40 NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 2010
Savings for Service families at RHS
THE Royal Hospital School is a coeducational full boarding school for 11- to 18-year-olds set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour. Eighty-five per cent of the 700 pupils board full time and the experience and provision for pastoral care is unsurpassed. As a result of its seafaring
heritage and the generous support of its parent charity, Greenwich Hospital, the school is able to offer generous discounts for those currently in any of the Armed Services and eligible for the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance.
This special fee is set so that the total parental contribution is the minimum ten per cent which equates to approximately £1,875 per annum. Alternatively, the children or
dedicated staff, pupils at the Royal Hospital School are encouraged to aim high, achieve their personal best and most importantly to enjoy doing it. The curriculum is broad and balanced, combining the finest of academic traditions with the latest technologies and with small class sizes, every pupil receives close individual guidance.
grandchildren of serving or retired Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Auxiliary Fleet or UK Merchant Navy personnel and certain other seafaring families can apply for a means-tested bursary or discount off the full boarding fee.
These fee remissions make a boarding school education all the more affordable for services families.
With excellent resources and
reputation for musical excellence and creativity and imagination are fostered through the performing arts. Fitness and well-being are promoted through the enjoyment of a wide range of sports, from traditional team games to more specialist pursuits. Uniquely, all new pupils in Year 7 receive RYA sailing tuition as part of the curriculum and, as a result of the school’s seafaring heritage water sports play an important part in the sporting programme. Consequently, every pupil has
The school has a proud
Bromsgrove adds pizzazz
AS one of Britain’s oldest and largest independent boarding and day schools, Bromsgrove is utterly dedicated to the individual pupil. Bromsgrove looks to produce
creative citizens with a strong moral compass and a dash of pizzazz to boot. Ofsted, who were focusing
exclusively on the experience of boarders at the school, are bound by the vocabulary of apparatchik convention, and this year, 2010, they once again gave the school their highest accolade: “outstanding”. Boarders can be full time or
weekly, and a healthy minority are from forces’ families and duly entitled to appropriate allowances. The Good Schools Guide,
opportunity to pursue a huge range of interests, to discover new passions and develop important values and commitment that will last a lifetime. For more information call 01473 326210 or go to www. royalhospitalschool.org
West Hill Park fosters independence
A RECENT Ofsted Inspection of Boarding at West Hill Park School has judged the provision to be ‘outstanding.’ Particular note was made of the excellent pastoral and medical care the children received.
The extent and variety of after school and weekend activities were highly praised and reflected in the fact that many children chose to board at the weekends. The inspector remarked that the catering was of a very high standard and was impressed that the Boarders had significant input into the selection of menus as well as other developments within the Boarding House.
newly refurbished and decorated dormitories and the range and quality of recreational areas available to the children. Safety was noted as a priority for the staff team but the children have the space and opportunity to learn by experience whether it is managing pocket money or their own free time. West Hill Park School offers a safe and happy environment in which pupils can be prepared for life in a senior boarding school and learn all the skills required to live confidently away from home or just simply to feel part of a happy community when the need arises.
Mention was made of the
“inhabits the academic stratosphere” and lauds the titanic
says Bromsgrove less
extra-curricular programme as one of the finest it has seen. But accolades are worthless unless the pupils are happy, focused and keen to make a difference for the better. They are.
One thousand five hundred of them from two to eighteen years old.
Five hundred years old but as contemporary as the moment, Bromsgrove’s scope is staggering: from A-level to the International Baccalaureate, day to boarding, the arts to sport (soon to be enhanced by a further multi million pound build), pupils can soar. Friendly, engaging and – despite its ranking – not driven by league tables, Bromsgrove is a local, national and international centre of learning. You will receive the warmest of welcomes should you visit.
The why of Wellington
WHY do so many Forces families choose to send their children to Wellington School?
Is it because of its consistently good academic results? Or perhaps its highly acclaimed reputation for music and theatre, sport and outdoor activities, including an active and enthusiastic CCF with Army, RAF and Royal Navy cadets? Or maybe is it the realistic fees that make independent education a very real possibility? Or is it, as so many prospective
parents say, the welcoming atmosphere they feel on first entering the School and the evident enthusiasm for learning seen in every classroom from the youngest in the Junior School right through to the Sixth Form?
The ethos of Wellington
School is simple; that each and every pupil should be helped and encouraged to develop his or her own particular talents to the full. Traditional values of hard work, good behaviour and unpretentious manners are held in high esteem, complemented by the total commitment of the staff to the individual needs, personal welfare and happiness of every single pupil. If you can spare an hour or so on Saturday 25 September, why not pop along with your family to the open morning?
The school will be open between 9.30am and 12noon so why not come and see what makes Wellington so special? For directions, please go to the website www.wellington- school.org.uk
Shebbear’s strong belief E BROMSGROVE
SCHOOL FOUNDED 1553
SHEBBEAR College continues in its belief that it is the ‘best small school in the south-west’. Head teacher Bob Barnes said the college, which “never stands still”, is continuing to build on its already impressive infrastructure. Recent years have seen
Not only have all of the teaching areas been subject to considerable investment but the addition of a full size all-weather pitch as well as a professional standard cardiovascular suite; dance studio and weights room, have ensured that the sporting facilities are exceptional. Work started in the summer on a new build on to the existing
Junior School with the addition of an assembly hall, and classrooms. The kindergarten has recently been redeveloped and now boasts one of the best facilities in the south-west.
improvements right across the school.
On the music front a new recital room will complement the successful choir – and the new minibuses will ensure that they will arrive on time at the next North Devon Music Festival. The school currently has its highest number of pupils in 18 years and still has waiting lists for some year groups. Sixth form scholarships and
bursaries are available. Contact Mrs Jacky Rowe on 01409 282001 or registrar@ shebbearcollege.co.uk
West Hill Park Preparatory School Open Mornings
Preparatory School, Years 3, 4 & 5: Preparatory School, Years 6, 7 & 8: Senior School (13+ ): Please telephone Admissions for details.
470 pupils aged 7 - 13, 880 pupils aged 13 - 18
01329 842356 www.westhillpark.com
Telephone: 01527 579679
Day and Boarding School for
boys and girls 2½ - 13 years
Saturday 2 October 10:00 - 12:30
Hampshire PO14 4BS
Skipper success for Kelly College
KELLY College CCF Navy Cadets have been doing well as Day Skippers. Chris Barbour (17 years old) achieved his Day Skipper last year through Kelly College and is now working towards his Coastal Skipper.
particularly proud of its music and drama and delighted to be taking advantage of the Performing Arts Centre.
George Harold (16 years old) successfully completed his Day Skipper in June this year through the CCF at Kelly. And pictured above Will Jones (16 years old) also successfully completed his Day Skipper alongside George in June this year. Kelly College, founded by Admiral Kelly in 1877, is proud of its 130 years of service to the Royal Navy. Kelly is situated in the beautiful
south-west of England and offers a co-educational full and weekly boarding, and day education for pupils aged 11–18. It is a school of 360 pupils of whom half are boarders.
The school aims to nurture the academic potential of all pupils. In recent years, every leaver who has wished to proceed to Higher Education has done so. Small class sizes ensure individual attention and a committed staff seek to work with parents to achieve the personal goals of each pupil, whether that be a place at a top university,
Kelly offers all the facilities of a larger school, while retaining the advantages in the individual care and class size of a smaller school. The Preparatory School is co-educational and has a further 190 pupils aged 2½–11 years. The Prep School shares many of the facilities of the senior school including boarding from Year 5. Kelly provides a high-quality,
well-balanced education with a strong commitment to a whole range of extracurricular activities. The staff are fully involved seven
days a week, 24 hours a day. Kelly enjoys an established
representation, or a chosen career. Entry to the Senior School is by examination and/or interview at 11+, 13+ and at Sixth Form level.
age groups and full details are available from the registrar. Kelly welcomes visits from prospective families and would be delighted to arrange a tour of the school so that you can experience the happy and friendly atmosphere of Kelly, meet some of the pupils and discuss your child’s education with the headmaster, Dr Graham Hawley. For further information about
reputation for excellent academic results (98.5 per cent pass rate at A-level, with 59 per cent at Grades A and B in 2009) and for its cultural and sporting achievements. The sporting record of the school is very strong; Kelly has a national reputation in swimming, rugby and athletics, while hockey and netball teams have achieved county and regional success. At the same time, Kelly is
Scholarships are available at all international sporting
One of Kelly’s strengths is the range and diversity of its societies and activities – from squash to shooting, debating to drawing, sailing to surfing, public speaking to pottery – with dozens to choose from there is something for everyone to enjoy.
bursaries for Service Families or to arrange a visit, please contact the registrar, Candace Greensted, on 01822 813100, 01822 612050 (fax) or admissions@kellycollege. com or visit the website at www. kellycollege.com
. Kelly College invites all prospective families to its annual Open Morning on Saturday October 2 2010 between 10am and 12 noon. If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact the registrar.
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