Headmaster's Blog 14 October

Headmaster's Blog 14 October

A great day!

Today has been a hectic day in many ways. It kicked off with the news, via a conference call that the Charity Commission has been branded “wrong and obscure” in its interpretation of the Charities Act of 2006. In other words the inspection by them of our school, and the implication that because we failed we might have our charitable status removed, has now been declared incorrect by the high courts. In future it will be upto individual schools and their trustees or governors to assess and define their contributions to the public benefit, although it is hoped the good work that so many schools do in this area will continue.

This was added to by some sterling hockey this afternoon by our girls at the IAPS Regional Hockey Finals. Our U12’s played well but narrowly missed out on a place at the finals. They came third (with the top two sides going through). Our U13 girls in a larger competition battled hard and all the supporters had to endure not only a penalty flick soot out, but then (after the scores were level) the sudden death soot out! By getting through to the finals they qualified for the National Finals and the top 10 or so U13 sides in the country! Well done.

The drive back from Repton amid glorious sunshine and beautiful rolling hills was one to savour after such a good day. Once back at school I helped Richard Mace deliver a “What goes on upstairs” presentation to parents about the boarding at S. Anselm’s. Richard did a marvellous job outlining what happens, which allowed me to talk briefly about the overall merits of boarding, and what it can add to an individual. It is no surprise that the best schools in the world are boarding schools!