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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.

Deputy Head's Blog: Outstanding Outcomes at Edenhurst

Posted on 15th Feb 2017 by Chris Barnes

As we come to the end of our 11+ season for 2016/17, our Honours board makes very pleasing reading.  A Governors’ Scholarship; three Exhibition Awards; three Music Scholarships; a Sports Exhibition and an Academic Award...all of the pupils who gained these have demonstrated the necessary qualities to ACHIEVE their Outstanding Outcomes.

But what are these qualities?

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.

Deputy Head's Blog: Growth Mindset - Encouraging Olympian Success

Posted on 4th Oct 2016 by Chris Barnes

Undoubtedly, many of us will have spent late nights and early mornings during the summer holidays watching the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, or at least keeping up with the latest developments on social media - fortunately my baby daughter decided to wake up around the time that most of the results were coming in, so I found myself very up to date in the early hours!