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Headmaster's Blog, May 2017

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Posted on 4th May 2017 by Nick Copestick

How Edenhurst Encourages Children’s Learning Skills

Last term ended in high spirits after a successful visit from ISI inspectors in the final week. I am not permitted to comment officially on the outcome until the report is published, which is likely to be before half term, so please keep an eye open for the formal news release.

Headmaster's Blog, March 2017: A Fabulous End to the Term: the Spring Concert and a celebration of Prep 6’s achievements

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Posted on 30th Mar 2017 by Nick Copestick

This term’s Spring Concert coincided with the first day of ISI’s 3 day Inspection visit. These visits are due every 6 years (3 years for EYFS) so we knew ours was imminent, but it was still a bit of a shock to receive the phone call on Monday morning!

However, in the best of traditions, the ‘show must go on’, so we assembled as planned at the Potteries Museum Theatre for rehearsal on the Tuesday morning. This went extremely well and we felt happy with the programme - then it was back to school to meet the inspectors.

Headmaster's Blog: 'Take One Picture' - our whole school, in-depth study

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Posted on 15th Mar 2017 by Nick Copestick

The children arrived very expectantly on Monday morning, as they knew we were about to begin our exciting fortnight’s project called 'Take One Picture'. The concept was developed by the National Gallery's as a countrywide scheme for schools. Each year the Gallery focuses on one painting from their collection to inspire cross-curricular work in primary classrooms. The challenge is for schools to use the image imaginatively in the classroom, both as a stimulus for artwork, and for work in other curriculum areas.

Headmaster's Blog: How We Prepare Children for 11+ Examinations

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Posted on 28th Jan 2017 by Nick Copestick

Edenhurst is in a unique position in being able to prepare children for a variety of independent schools. Look here to see our recent results .


We are proud of our record of NURTURING and INSPIRING the children to ACHIEVE the results they want and 2016-17 is no exception, albeit with a few Prep 6 pupils still to take their exams.


Music At School And In The Community

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Posted on 16th Nov 2016 by Nick Copestick

“Without music, life would be a mistake” (Friedrich Nietzsche).


Last week we enjoyed the now traditional Autumn, tea time concert, with over 20 individual performers, some of whom had never played in public before. It was an inspiring concert, full of talent and commitment. The children played and sang confidently either on their own or in one of the ensembles.


Headmaster's Blog, October 2016

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Posted on 19th Oct 2016 by Nick Copestick

Yesterday was ‘Outdoor Activity Day’ for the Prep Forms and I was lucky enough to spend it with Prep 6 on the Orienteering Course at nearby Apedale Country Park. The children navigated their way around a small part of the course, gaining useful experience in map reading and initiative-taking. If they occasionally found themselves on the wrong path there were staff strategically placed to help them and we all had a lovely picnic at the hill top peak, overlooking Newcastle and the Potteries.

Headmaster's Blog: Celebrating endings and new beginnings

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Posted on 12th Jul 2016 by Nick Copestick

I find it hard to believe I’m writing my last blog of the year which appears to have crept up at a very fast rate! What a busy, rewarding and productive year it has been for all in the Edenhurst community. 

You will of course hear about the many different achievements, developments and successes of all aspects of the school at Speech Day in September but for now I think it is worth reflecting briefly on a few endings and new beginnings.

Headmaster's Blog, June 2016

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Posted on 17th Jun 2016 by Nick Copestick

More than half of UK primary school teachers say that they do not have enough time to read and discuss books in the classroom, a new survey has found (article in the Times Ed, June 16 2016)


Earlier this year we held a well-attended Parents Workshop on the subject of Phonics and Reading, during which we shared our philosophies on the mechanics of reading and how we listen to children read.