There was widespread coverage in the press last weekend on new research by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University. The research commissioned by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) revealed that attending an independent school in England is associated with the equivalent of two additional years of schooling by the age of 16. This research reflects information from other sources. The Q&A Emanating from the Parents Forum document sent to all parents on Monday, 29 February, contained data demonstrating that Red House pupils achieve some remarkable results at GCSE when compared to other Schools.

Undoubtedly much of this success goes down to the hard work of pupils and their teachers. But more than this is the mutual respect between teachers and children. This strong rapport creates the foundations to allow us to capture and nurture the intrinsic curiosity and love of learning of each child right across the school.  This is what makes Red House unique and allows us to offer a truly bespoke education. It is also true that the value parents put on their child’s education and the support that comes from home is of huge importance in ensuring success. That strong triangle of child, teacher and parent working together helps each individual reach their potential. Education is, as we are all aware, far more than just academic success. This is something the children have been demonstrating over the past weeks, some of which I recount below.

I am also very pleased to be able to introduce Eleanor from Year 10 as a guest writer to my blog with her accounts of the recent English-Speaking Union and Poetry by Heart competitions.

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