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Shut Up and Listen!

posted on January 15th 2019 in Headmaster's Blog

I have two New Year’s resolutions. One is to establish a regular exercise regime (not going too well so far) and the other is to shut up and listen much more. An unfortunate side effect of my job is that I am required to pontificate a lot. For example, I am required to write blogs

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Minerva Day

posted on December 21st 2018 in General News

On Monday 3 December pupils and staff enjoyed participating in our annual Minerva Day. On this day we cancel the normal school timetable and everyone spends the day in a series of workshops which focus on different aspects of our Minerva philosophy. We believe that our mission as educators is about more than helping people

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The Value of Getting Spaced Out

posted on November 20th 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

If you were to analyse the challenges that school pupils face you would find a variety of individual issues – some struggle with note-taking, some are brilliant verbally but find it difficult to do themselves justice when writing essays, others freeze when faced with applying existing knowledge in novel contexts. But the one thing which

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Three Steps to Learning Heaven (Behaviour)

posted on November 13th 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

Over my last two blogs I have outlined ‘three steps to learning heaven.’ Three key areas of school life that any school needs to take a long hard look at if it is going to become exceptional in its culture and learning outcomes. These three areas are as follows: Curriculum content (i.e. what pupils spend

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Amherst Remembers

posted on November 12th 2018 in General News

Every Remembrance Day, Amherst School, Fairfield Prep, Loughborough High School and Loughborough Grammar unite through marches and ceremonies. A time for pupils and staff to honour those who lost their lives during battle. Pupils and staff came together around the quad to collaboratively  recite hymns and prayers, whilst honouring the fallen during the Centenary Remembrance. Remembrance Sunday

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Three Steps to Learning Heaven (Marking & Feedback)

posted on November 6th 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

In my last blog I outlined ‘three steps to learning heaven.’ Three key areas of school life that any school needs to take a long hard look at if it is going to become exceptional in its culture and learning outcomes. These three areas are as follows: Curriculum content (i.e. what pupils spend their time

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Three Steps to Learning Heaven (Curriculum Content)

posted on October 30th 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

Everyone acknowledges that in many UK schools, teachers are dangerously overworked yet as a country we are out performed educationally by far too many other nations. This points to one obvious conclusion, that more of the same in terms of teacher workload is not the way forward and that, instead, we need to take a

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U23 Triathlon European Championships Contender

posted on October 15th 2018 in General News

Chris Perham, 23, is currently working as a Graduate Sports Assistant, at Loughborough Amherst School. After completing his Degree at Loughborough University, Chris joined Amherst, one of the four schools that make up the Loughborough Schools Foundation, in September 2018 to gain teaching experience while he continues full-time training as a triathlete. Chris started his

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Years 4, 5 & 6 Get Creative

posted on October 4th 2018 in General News

Today has been very exciting for our older Prep children. We welcomed Billy Bob Buttons into School to talk to, and inspire, Years 4, 5 & 6 about their creative writing. Billy Bob is an award-winning, bestselling children’s author who has, to date, penned 16 books for children, including fantasy, adventure and comedy titles. In

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Let it Flow

posted on October 2nd 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

Noel Coward once observed that ‘work is more fun than what most people call fun’. I am not sure I would have agreed with him when I was twenty-five, but now I am closing in on fifty I can definitely see his point. No job is fun all the time, otherwise someone would come along

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