April Education News

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For the latest news from schools and nurseries in London and beyond.

Our round-up of education news for our April Journal takes us from the kitchen to the stage, with some inspiration from friends in Yorkshire.

Kew College Prep Stay & Play

Kew College Prep is inviting local children aged 0-3 years and their parents to a free Stay & Play session, held in their Nursery classroom on Friday 26th April 2024, from 9am until 10.30am.

The session will be led by their Head of Early Years, Mrs Fryer, and will include toys and free play for the children, singing, stories and of course, refreshments for parents. It is a great opportunity to get a feel for the school and to meet other local families.

Top Chef at St James Nursery & Prep

Chef Allegra McEvedy MBE is overseeing the bespoke cookery curriculum at St James Nursery & Preparatory School. Pupils from nursery to Year 6 will learn in a state-of-the-art Teaching Kitchen, immersed in a hands-on culinary experience, exploring not only the art of cooking but also gaining valuable insights into seasonality, nutrition, and ethical sourcing.

Read more here.

School Takeaway Service Launches

A little outside of catchment, but we love this story from Carr Junior School in York which has teamed up with School Kitchen, a community-focused initiative which partners with local schools to use their kitchens on weekday evenings and weekends. The school receives a share of revenue from the ec-friendly, home delivery food services cooked on their premises.

School Kitchen offers a Sri Lankan restaurant, Pirivena, and a Mexican offering, Quetzalcoatl, Thai restaurant named Mae Nam, and Tapas restaurant, Averroes. Customers can mix and match dishes from the different restaurants in each order.

The aim is to offer customers an ethical sustainable alternative to other food delivery models. The socially-conscious food business will prioritise customers, communities, and employees, rather than focusing exclusively on returns for shareholders – it’s the takeaway that gives back.

As well as offering a food delivery service, School Kitchen will be running cooking demonstrations for pupils, as well as providing apprenticeship jobs for school leavers, with the purpose of offering opportunities to the next generation. All of their employees, from chefs to delivery riders, are being paid at least the current living wage of £12ph.

For more information, visit www.schoolkitchen.com.

Notting Hill & Ealing High School hosts Film Festival

A two-day GDST Film Festival, held at Notting Hill & Ealing High School included a film convention with star-studded guest panel and a gala evening announcing the winners of the recent film competition.

Hundreds of local secondary school children attended the film convention to learn about careers in the world of film production and network with film industry professionals, who ran 12 stalls, including a stunt workshop. There was an inspiring talk from a star-studded guest panel, featuring casting director Lucy Bevan, responsible for Barbie and Cruella, producer Victoria Fea, who produced TV shows Marchella and The Durrells, and design researcher Karen Krizanovich, who worked on The Avengers and Mission Impossible.

This year’s film competition opened in February with the theme ‘Flip the Script: a different perspective’. Thirty eight student short films were submitted, the highest number received for this bi-annual competition to date. The two-day Film Festival culminated with the highly-anticipated return of the student-led gala evening in the main hall on Tuesday evening. The shortlisted 21 films were each introduced by students from the attending schools and then watched in full before the winners were announced and won golden statues. Nearly 200 students, teachers and parents from 12 GDST schools across the country attended the gala.

The overall winners for Years 7-9 were Wimbledon High and for Years 10-13 were Newcastle High. There were also winners in each age group for different categories including creativity, cinematography, costume, acting and soundtrack.

St Augustine’s Welcomes New Addition

Over the Easter holidays, St Augustine’s Priory welcomed Apricot to their flock. Did you know the school has a farm? The London day school sits on 13 acres, and the farm has chickens, ducks, pigs and an endangered variety of sheep. Girls at the school become Farm Managers, caring for the animals including at weekends and in the holidays.

Lancing College Celebrates 175 Years at Southwark Cathedral

Last month, current and former parents of Lancing College, OLs, staff and pupils gathered at Southwark Cathedral for a magnificent celebratory concert. The South Bank of the River Thames echoed with the sounds of Lancing College’s musical talent including the College Choir, Choral Scholars, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, String Quartet, Wind Quintet, Pianists, Saxophone Quartet Honk!, visiting musician guests and soloists, all led by Director of Music, Alexander Mason. Guests were welcomed with a glass of fizz at the Cathedral before taking their seat to enjoy exceptional performances. The programme was devised to demonstrate the richness of music making at Lancing, with 75 children, over ten per cent of the pupils in the school taking part.

Oundle Announces New Head

Dominic Oliver will join Oundle School as Head in September 2025. He is currently Head Master of Lancing College, a co-educational boarding and day school in West Sussex. He said: “I have long been an admirer of the School and it is a huge honour to be selected to take up the role of Head from September 2025. Oundle’s special combination of determined aspiration, the warmth of its community and complete commitment to enabling each pupil to thrive is an exhilarating prospect.” 

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