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Making the Grade


Maggie Alderson takes a look at listed properties

It’s only now I’ve moved out of a house which was a Listed building that

I’ve realised quite what a privilege it was to live in one. And not just for the

bragging rights when filling in insurance forms and the like. Form: ‘Is it a

Listed building?’, Me (in my head): OH YES, MATEY.

Of course, Listed status doesn’t come without inconveniences. Even the humblest

of repairs has to be done using the appropriate materials and expert techniques,

or to put it another way, costs more. And there can be no cavalier pulling down

of walls in pursuit of the modern lifestyle ideal of the eat-in kitchen/family room,

which was why I left my adored Grade II Listed last year (1745, sob…).

It can even be difficult to remove 1980s plastic plug sockets and light switches, as a

friend of mine discovered when she was trying to renovate business premises in a Listed

building. There was much sucking of teeth by Conservation Officers before she was

allowed to replace them with more attractive ones, because they expressed the building’s

‘journey’ from its 16th century origins all the way to its current 21st century arrangement.

They had a point, of course. Later Victorians thought Gothic styles were much

more fabulous than restrained Georgian lines, so we’re lucky they didn’t rip out

all the curving staircases and Adam chimneypieces we love so much today, to put

in what they considered groovy.

Taste changes constantly, so we should be very thankful we have Historic England – the

body which governs the listing process – in place to preserve our architectural heritage

from the whims of fashion. Future generations will be grateful we Listed back-to-back

houses in Birmingham and mid-twentieth century office blocks in the City of London.

On a more personal level, I’ve come to understand that what makes the responsibilities

and restrictions of owning a Listed house worthwhile is the joy of living in a building

which has rare and unique character, a sense of history palpable in its very structure.

Here are four houses currently for sale with full Listed status.


1. The Old Vicarage

Where? The Old Vicarage sits just 150m

from the village green in the favoured west

side of Warlingham, in lovely countryside,

with several quality golf courses nearby.

London Bridge is just over half an hour by

train from Upper Warlingham station.

What? An imposing Grade II listed late

17th century double-fronted brick house

with nine sash windows to the front and

five dormer windows, with a very appealing

‘higgledy-piggledy’ rear elevation. The

ground floor has three reception rooms,

French windows from the sitting room to the

garden, kitchen (Aga) and adjoining breakfast

room. On the first floor is the master suite

with a dressing room and en suite, two

more bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The second floor is a separate apartment

with it’s own staircase entrance, comprising

a bedroom, bath, kitchen and sitting room.

The garden is well established with mature

trees and borders and a terrace for al fresco

dining. The site of a former tennis court begs

to be restored to use.

How much? The Old Vicarage is on

the market with Jackson-Stops & Staff,

Oxted, with a guide price of £1,500,000.

01883 712375







2. Woodlands Farm

Where? Woodlands Farm sits in a

semi-rural setting two miles from the

village of Horley and under five from

Reigate. From Salfords station it’s 33

minutes to London Bridge (or you can

take the Gatwick Express to Victoria).

What? A Grade II listed property of

16th century origins, plus a modern

annexe. Downstairs in the principal house

there is a kitchen/breakfast room, utility,

sitting room, study, a small bedroom and

a downstairs shower room. Upstairs is a

master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe

and en suite bathroom and two further

bedrooms. Immediately adjacent to the

house is a substantial (approx.. 1132 sq ft)

two-bedroom annexe, with a large openplan

modern kitchen/living area with

bi-folding doors out onto the gardens, two

bedrooms and two shower rooms, one

en suite. The swimming pool complex

boasts a 56’ x 20’ heated swimming pool,

changing/shower room, kitchenette and

gym area. One entire side of the complex

is floor to ceiling glass with sliding doors

that open out onto the extensive grounds

beyond with lawns and mature trees.

How much? Woodlands Farm has

a guide price of £1,425,000 and is with

Savills, Reigate 01737 230200

3. The Old Manor

Where? Surrounded by its own

extensive grounds, The Old Manor sits in

the village of Witley seven miles south of

Guildford. There are mainline stations at

Witley, Milford and Godalming providing

fast services to Waterloo. The area is

farmland and woodland, surrounded by

the Surrey Hills AONB. Nearby Witley

and Milford Commons are owned by the

National Trust.

What? A 16th century Grade II

listed manor with a Queen Anne front,

with gorgeous features from both eras

– leaded windows and beams, panelling

and beautiful doors, inglenooks and a

beautiful wide oak staircase. Ground

comprises three main reception rooms,

large L-shaped kitchen/breakfast room,

boot room. Upstairs there are six

bedrooms, master en suite, plus a family

bathroom. Outside there are extensive

lawns and borders, a wisteria-draped

terrace, tennis court, swimming pool and

a detached office, plus facilities for horses

and fenced paddocks.

How much? The Old Manor is on

the market for £2,000,000 with Savill,s

Guildford. 01483 796800

4. Lollesworth Farm

Where? Lollesworth Farm is set among

12 acres of land, just over a mile from the

Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty, within walking distance of

the village of West Horsley and five

minutes from larger East Horsley.

Guildford station is 15 minutes’ drive – 45

minutes to Waterloo.

What? A Grade II listed farmhouse with

16th century origins, enlarged in 1677,

with ceilings more Georgian in height

making it lighter and airier than most

houses of this era. The kitchen/breakfast

room (Aga) leads to a very large utility and

the conservatory. Drawing room, sitting

room, dining room. Upstairs are five

bedrooms, the master en suite, a family

bathroom and an extra cloakroom. The

impressive grounds have multiple garages,

one with a first floor office, a swimming

pool with summerhouse and changing

room and a tractor barn.

How much? Lollesworth Farm is

listed with Knight Frank, Cobham at

£2,875,000 01932 591600 knightfrank.





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bowl, surrounded by tree trunk stools. For even closer river

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Some houses are like the Tardis – you need to get all the

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Others reveal their full fabulousness the moment you are

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The back view, visible from the road in Rye, is of a cluster

of weather boarded buildings painted a uniform matt black.

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The house, within a compound of a garage/studio,

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onto the River Rother and uninterrupted views across

the salt marshes, with their lush green grass and thickets

of vegetation. To the east, the river curves round to the

left in an arrangement Capability Brown would have

approved as a natural effect so pleasing to the eye.

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characteristic big sky of this marsh and marine landscape.

“You can walk all the way to Camber Sands from

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with fond familiarity, “crossing only one road.”

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caught the attention of John and Anna to the property.

“I drive around and notice things,” says John. “I’d seen

this place, it was on my radar, but we decided not to look

for anywhere to buy until our previous house was under


This page: In contrast to the bedrooms, the dining room features

cladding running horizontally rather than vertically along the

internal walls. A life ring and vintage water skis allude to the

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offer, or you’re wasting people’s time. Just after we found the

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“The layout of the house is

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it, but it’s re-purposed,

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made it hygge, cosy – our

previous house was more

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and now Fin’s a teenager it’s great to be somewhere he can

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up and down lanes in the car. In Rye he can walk to the

station, the cinema and the tennis club is next door –

although, of course, the river frontage was the thing…”

One glance round the garden shows how they’ve

made the most of it. There are two timber decks, both

with tables and chairs to eat out on. The one by the

main house has two sets of glass doors leading out to it

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a pergola with a mature vine – already in place when

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“I try not to have things which break,” says John, in

what sounds like the wise voice of experience. “But we

have mates with speed boats, so we go out with them.”

If, with all these mentions of speed boats, ping pong,

tree trunks and fire bowls, Chandler’s Reach sounds like a

bit of a boy zone – you are not far off it. The interiors of

all four buildings continue the theme of man-toys, with

decorative features including vintage water skis, wooden

canoes, framed posters for Steve McQueen movies and

original art work for Ozzy Osbourne album covers.

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masculinity feature throughout, it’s not a case


Above: The couple put in a new kitchen with large drawers – instead of cupboards – fronted with American barn oak.

The wood has been used to brilliant effect as facings on an off-the-peg kitchen, so it has a hand-built, rustic look

of John making all the decorative decisions, rather

a shared taste for that ultra cool aesthetic.

“It’s all collaborative,” says John.

“Anna and I do it all together.”

Which is not surprising for a couple from a background

of multiple creative disciplines. Anna’s company Cunning

specialises in highly imaginative ‘disruptive’ marketing

initiatives (she was responsible for Gail Porter being

projected on to the House of Commons, for FHM

magazine in 1999, which caused quite a stir…) and John

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the Creative Director of an Ad agency, as well as to fine

art projects. He has recently directed the world’s first

‘Selfie’ movie, a psychological thriller called Starvecrow.

“John and I are both into the whole process

of interior design,” says Anna. “Sometimes it’s

a compromise, but it all works out.”

An example of this is found in the walls of decorative

tiles on either side of the bed in the cabin.

“They’re from Emery et Cie in Belgium,” says Anna. “I

went over to one of their monthly warehouse sales, saw

that they had them already made up as panels and thought

they’re great and they’re the perfect size… John didn’t like

them at first, he would have chosen the white Metro tiles

we have in the bathrooms, but now he loves them.”

The beautifully planted raised beds framing the

garden are also by Anna – “I don’t know anything

about gardening,” says John – and reflect their

shared aesthetic, sided with the recycled planks

which are such a feature of the whole property.

“The house was already weather boarded,” says

John. “But we clad it on the inside as well, using

boards from the old deck, which we replaced and we

put in a new kitchen with large drawers – instead of

cupboards – fronted with American barn oak.”

If it seems a long way to bring reclaimed wood, there

were practical as well as style reasons for the choice.

“I couldn’t find anything that I really loved the patina of,”

says Anna, “which had also been properly seasoned, so it

wasn’t going to bend the moment there was some moisture in

the air, which you are inevitably going to get in a kitchen.”

The wood has been used to brilliant effect as facings on

an off-the-peg kitchen, so it has a hand-built, rustic look,

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This page: The guest cabin is home to a group of six striking

images that John created in collaboration with artist Luke

Hannam. John takes the black and white photographs, then

Luke paints over the top

“It was so efficient,” says Anna. “I could never go

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then you’re on top of the drawer to take things out,

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Functionality of this kind was her

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“I designed the kitchen for ease of use,” says Anna. “You

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Feature wood, as used to such effect here – and

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“The layout of the house is the same as when we bought

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that house we had rooms we didn’t go in.”

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Terry O’Neil and the family group shots in the

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Karen Birchwood’s Victorian cottage is familiar, I have

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we also thought that it would be very expensive to build.” A

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the luxury of two kitchens. The kitchen switch has been a

complete success. “It has opened up the house completely

and we use the whole space a lot more now,” she says.

The new kitchen is very different to the old one and at


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first Karen wasn’t sure that it would work. “I wanted clean

modern lines, but this is a Victorian house and I worried that

there would be a clash of styles,” says Karen. “But I didn’t like

any of the traditional ones that we saw. I remember being in

one place and the woman saying, ‘have what you want, it’s

your kitchen,’ which suddenly freed me up.” Karen then found

clarifying the look and feel that she wanted much easier. “I

didn’t want handles, I wanted a simple, streamlined shape.” In

the end they chose a German make; freestanding, but fitted –

apparently it is usual for Germans to take their kitchens with

them when they move, so the units are designed to come out

and be moved around. There are no cupboards and no wall

units; “I don’t like wall units,” she says unapologetically. Instead,

there are large drawers that are wonderfully deep and easy to

use, some of them ingeniously pulling out to reveal specialised

spaces for recycling and storage of bulky items and equipment.

Big changes are not new for Karen and her husband, Piano

expert David Manson. They relocated to the house from

Harrow around 14 years ago. Karen is originally from Kent, so

it seemed like a good place to move to, although both worked

in London. Karen was a textile designer. “When I had Dominic

I was able to work from home and then carried on, working

from this house once we came down here.” Inevitably though,

parts of the design process became computerised and Karen

found that the new practices took away some of the creativity

and spontaneity of the work. Also, she says “I got a bit tired of

re-inventing tartan.” She came to a conclusion; “I’m going to

give up textile design and become a painter,” she announced to

husband David. Perhaps there was an intake of breath, someone

sat down in a chair. It was a big decision, but one that has paid

off in many ways. Karen stopped travelling to London, was

able to fit her work around the needs of the family. She had

time to explore the local environment, gaining inspiration from

trips to the coast and surrounding countryside, visiting places

like Great Dixter, and Derek Jarman’s garden at Dungeness.

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in Rolvenden. “The late great Micky Wilson framed the work.

I exhibited in the gallery there, then got accepted at the Rye

gallery and it went from there.” Karen now exhibits regularly

at West End House Gallery in Smarden amongst others, but

says, “I guess the house is my main gallery,” and has been

holding open studio events at home for several years, the

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with shells and beach finds arranged on shelves and windowsills.

The loo is partitioned away from the bath area, making it

separate, but still part of the room

Open Studio events an imposition? “Not at all, I enjoy it!” she

says. “I also think that it helps people to see the art in a home;

seeing it in a gallery is different and it can be hard to visualise

the spaces.” Most of the walls downstairs are painted in Farrow

and Ball’s Strong White, but there is a tiny area downstairs with

beautiful, highly coloured wallpaper. It is a print from a tapestry

and has a textured look, corresponding well with the red wall

opposite. “I would go stronger elsewhere too,” she explains,

“but the artwork needs to go on plainer walls to be shown off

to good effect.” Every wall features Karen’s work, but because

the spaces are homely it doesn’t feel at all like an art gallery.

The smallest room downstairs is the room they call the snug.

“This is our winter sitting room,” she says. It’s small and cosy and

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fits perfectly along one wall and on the other side of the room

is a sixties sideboard that the couple found in a skip back


This page: The cool grey of Karen’s son’s room is broken up with framed photographs and prints and splashes of colour from his

mother’s paintings

in Harrow. The walls are panelled and there is a sweet little

fireplace, enhancing the warmth and ‘snugness’ of the room.

We head upstairs and a pale blue light washes down,

bringing an uplifting and serene feeling to the climb, as

if we are heading into a coastal sky. Up on the landing,

the artworks are coloured with gorgeously calming blues

and greens. “These are my colours,” she says, adding, “I

do like a bit of turquoise.” The soft, sea coloured scheme

is particularly effective in the bathroom, where shells and

beach finds are beautifully assembled on various surfaces.

The bathroom is spacious – and this is partly due to the

ingenious way that the lavatory is partitioned away from the

bath area, making it separate, but still part of the room.

All the bedrooms are decorated in quiet ocean shades.

Gone are the children’s murals and daughter Gabby’s pink

and purple colour scheme, now that everyone is grown up.

In the master bedroom it is easy to spot which side of the

bed is Karen’s. There’s a carefully arranged collection of

treasures – like a memory corner, reminders of her travels

and of loved people. The dressing table was from her

grandmother and was originally a writing desk. “All these

little things are just objects that I love,” she says. “I love

little dolls.” The two latest are puppets brought back from

a recent trip to India. “Collecting these things is a way of

bringing the memories along with you,” she says wistfully.

At the top of the house is Karen’s office space and a

workroom. This was where her studio was when the children

were little, but it was not ideal, especially as her paintings tend

to be large and hard to manoeuvre and she had to keep taking

them up and down stairs to look at them properly. They bought

the field next to them some ten years ago and the stable in the

field was an obvious place for her studio. “It’s quite important

to have the studio away from the house,” she says, “as I come

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This page: In the master bedroom, carefully arranged collections

of treasures remind Karen of her travels and of loved people

and fabulous colour from late summer perennials. “I guess

we’ve done a lot to the house, but we’ve actually done more to

the garden,” she says. “There were just a couple of shrubs in it

when we first moved here.” There is a division of labour – of

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Back downstairs and we are in the room that was once the

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wood burner. A large walnut cabinet in the corner of the room

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Memory and a response to the experiences of a place is a

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Josephine Fairley handpicks the latest must-have beauty books

When my co-author Sarah Stacey and

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books, alongside wisdom we’ve gleaned from the

world’s leading beauty experts over what are now

very long careers. And you know what? Those

books have been read by millions of women.

Since we first launched The Beauty Bible,

though, there have been many, many other

really useful – actually, invaluable – beauty

books published. Notwithstanding the rise

of the YouTube vlogger and Instagram minivideos,

at the end of a weary day the last

thing many women want to do is sit down

and stare at a screen. Which means a book

is still a fantastic way to absorb information.

So: aside from Sarah’s and my Beauty Bible

series (the most recent of which is The Anti-

Ageing Beauty Bible), here’s what I’d suggest

you stock your beauty bookshelf with. The

reality? Women do – and should – read beauty

books. If they’re good. And these all are…

Facepaint: The Story of Makeup, by Lisa

Eldridge (ABRAMS Image, £18.99). Talking of

YouTube followers, Lisa Eldridge has millions

– but she’s also written a really fascinating book

which isn’t a make-up ‘how-to’, but a really

authoritative, riveting look at the history of

make-up – going back thousands of years. It’s

a subject that has fascinated Lisa her whole

career, and in the early 1990s she began

collecting vintage make-up – much of which

is photographed for the pages of her book:

covetable compacts, beautiful blusher pots,

snaps of Mary Quant products which take us

right back. She looks at ‘Makeup Muses’ from

Elizabeth Siddall – the Pre-Raphaelite artists’

model – right through to Twiggy, Elizabeth

Taylor and Grace Jones. There are glorious

vintage ads, Egyptian wall paintings and a

nod to kabuki – and so, so very much more.

Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful, by Bobbi

Brown, £19.99 (Chronicle Books). Bobbi

may have stepped down from heading up the

make-up empire which bears her name, but

she’ll continue to write books (and is involved

with other exciting new ventures – including

stunning eyewear). This is probably my favourite

of the many she’s written: a celebration of

her philosophy, featuring page after page of

amazing before-and-after photos – which

demonstrate the power of make-up to (as she

puts it) ‘make you look like yourself, only

prettier’. The book features these women’s

stories, and wisdom – but it also shares Bobbi’s

all-important make-up wisdom (including the

brilliant 10-Step Beauty Make-up Basics).

The Make-up Manual, by Lisa Potter-Dixon,

£14.99 (Ryland Peters & Small). I’ve probably

never laughed so much in a make-up artist’s

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wearable looks for real women like us, not supermodels.

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Love Your Skin, by Abigail James, £20 (Kyle Books).

Abigail is one of London’s go-to facialists. Actually, her

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She’s now written a truly brilliant book, packed with

brilliant and easy-to-follow how-tos, but also with Trish’s

philosophy of beauty. As Trish crystallises it: ‘This book

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those other requisite practices like exercise and healthy

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Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion,

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Slide into September

Surrey Homes talks to health and wellbeing coach, Alison Nixon

Health & Beauty

Pumpkin seeds: Stocks

Do you have a beauty

regime? I absolutely do and

it starts on the inside with

nutrition and hydration.

I consider that paying

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When Maidstone-based Erin

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This helps to replenish my

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I usually shower and wash my

face with TrueScience beauty

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my body with nutritious

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glowing you look and feel!

Do you have a particular

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What’s your ultimate

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believer in regular manicures,

pedicures and having my

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someone to wash and dry

it is a real treat). However,

my ultimate pampering treat

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which I believe keeps me

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My top three self-care

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in your day just for you…

to CARE for you! I like to

go for a walk with my dog

and to listen to my favourite

podcasts. ● Enjoy a luxurious

bubble bath ● Laugh – there

is nothing better than a

good belly laugh. Call a

friend or surround yourself

with people who lift your

spirits and help you enjoy

life. Sometimes we can take

life too seriously when we

just need to laugh and live.

Who’s your style icon? I

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school, here are some simple steps to ensure

children are protected from these curses of modern living.

Breakfast - Unfortunately, most breakfast cereals aimed at

children will give them nearly half or more of their daily

intake of sugar. They also lack protein needed for growth

and development and the essential fats needed for the brain,

immune system, skin and more. Try to shake things up in

the morning. There is more to breakfast than sugary cereals

and toast and jam, opt for peanut butter on wholemeal

toast or add boiled or poached eggs for added protein.

Packed lunches - The average packed lunch is high in sugar

and devoid of many nutrients. Ditch fruit flavoured yoghurts,

crisps and cereal bars and swap plain sandwiches for wholemeal

wraps (spread a little hummus inside), or mini wholemeal pitta

breads. Crackers are also a good bread alternative. Look up

‘yumbox’ for excellent lunch box suggestions that include all

elements of the food groups. Always include some fresh veg

and fruit and try adding pumpkin seeds with raisins or making

some homemade cereal bars or energy balls. Be aware that

most schools have a nut-free policy so check ingredients. Visit

my website to download the free e-book with ideas on how to

increase nutrients and conform to the allergy-free policies.

Drinks - Get your child to drink more water. If you make

no other change but this, it will make a huge difference. We

are made up of nearly 70% water and our bodies function

much better when we are properly hydrated. Ban fizzy

drinks, dilute fruit juice and drink squashes only on special

occasions. The king of the drinks is definitely water!

Snacks - When I’m reviewing a family’s food diary, this is the

area that usually needs the most work. Snacks are notoriously

high in sugar and bad fats. First, establish set times for snacks

and establish that they are necessary. If your child is refusing

to eat at mealtime, start by looking at their snacks. The

Change4Life initiative is excellent for helping with ideas and

again, download my free guide to children’s snacks (see below).

Eat together - Study after study reinforces the fact that eating

together, as a family, can have the biggest impact on health. Try

to sit down and eat as a family as often as you can, without any

distraction – no TV, no phones, tablets etc. Use this time to

discuss your day. The evidence is that families who eat together

not only increase their health statistics but also their results at

school! Doing a ‘help yourself’ meal can be incredibly good for

the ‘picky’ eaters. Provide a meal where your children can serve

themselves. This helps to regulate their appetite. My children love

to serve up a chilli with tacos plus salad, cheese and hummus.

Lead by example - Your children will mimic you and learn

from you. You HAVE to lead by example. It’s that easy!

One step at a time - Don’t get overwhelmed, start with one

ingredient, one meal at a time. The best way to make long

term changes is to take things at a steady pace and not to try

and do everything at once. We are all busy and the person

providing the meals in your family has a huge responsibility.

Draw up a weekly meal plan, share the jobs and take it slowly.

Julie Clark is a Kent based Registered Nutritional Therapist

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Lavandula (common name lavender) is a genus of

forty-seven known species of flowering plants in

the mint family, Lamiaceae, and surely must be one

of the best known and versatile plants in the world.

I expect most of you know and have visited Winchelsea.

I find the sun seems to shine on me on every visit there,

and what a good place it is to see lavender. Quite a few of

the houses have it growing profusely in narrow beds outside

their gardens, perfect for us passers-by to enjoy and a couple

of months ago when the Winchelsea gardens were open

it was in full bloom. There’s an enchanting combination

of a low growing pale pink rose, name unknown, valerian

and a particularly floaty lavender (Old English?) outside a

white house which I admire every year. It’s such a charming

planting and one day I must knock on the door and find out

more about the rose, let alone the lavender. I noticed today

that the rose is still blooming, albeit in a rather desultory

way, but the lavender is, for this year anyway, over.

And it was interesting to read Christopher Lloyd’s

comments about lavender in The Well-Tempered Garden. He

gardened on heavy clay at Great Dixter, not of course the

perfect medium for lavender, and whilst he was happy enough

to grow L. ‘Hidcote’ and favoured the silvery non hardy

Llanata, he described lavender plants as ‘cherished eyesores’.

He had a point in that from August to the following May,

most lavenders, if not all, don’t really do much except of

course they can, if pruned after flowering, make neat grey

mounds which aren’t unattractive. But he’s right to say that

they die off in dribs and drabs but never quite enough for you

to give up and say ‘enough is enough’ and to rip the plant out,

never to be replaced. Having said that, the lavender that edged

his paths in the Peacock Garden were eventually consigned

to the compost heap and replaced by low hedges of a rather

underused plant, Aster lateriflorus ‘Horizontalis’ which flowers

in September. But when lavender is in full flower, I think

that the combination of an intoxicating scent and charming,

pollinator friendly flowers, make them an essential ingredient

of any garden whether it be formal or cottagey in style.

Where would you grow lavender and what are its needs?

The first thing is SUN and lots of it, and the second, most

vital element, is a well drained soil. Lavender is happiest

on neutral to alkaline soil although the French lavender, L.

stoechas (Mediterranean) does grow in the wild on an acid

soil. Castle Farm nr. Sevenoaks diversified into lavender

on part of their farm in the late 1990s as they had the

perfect conditions to grow the plant i.e. a slightly alkaline

soil and sunny, free draining slopes on the North Downs.

They conduct guided tours from the end of June to late

July/early August – the end of the season is rather weather

dependent and varies from year to year. They grow Lavandula

angustifolia ‘Folgate’ for a variety of uses including kiln

dried decorative cut bunches and for soothing lavender oils.

Back in 1998 they bought three plants of a French variety

of lavender called L. ‘Maillette’ which by the following year

they had micro propagated into 24,000 plants and which

has a particularly strong and beautiful scent and they also

grow Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’ for its lavandin oil.

95% of the lavender grown in France is lavandin which is

a strong growing hybrid cross intermedia and which also

has a very distinctive scent, 10/12% of which is camphor.

Lavandin oil therefore has totally different properties

to lavender oil in that it is definitely not soothing and

sleep inducing but rather a stimulant. It is excellent for

combating drowsiness, perfect for deterring mosquitoes

and ideal for warding off the ubiquitous clothes moth.

Lavenders thrive on a lighter, more alkaline soil but if you

are desperate to grow it and your soil is pretty acidic, you

can raise the pH by adding lime in the spring, a handful per

square metre would help. However, I sometimes wonder

whether it is best to cut your losses and stick

to plants that flourish in the conditions you

can provide. You know, this thing about ‘right

plant, right place’. But if you are set on growing

it, you could also add grit to the planting hole

and plant on a slight mound. What will surely

kill off lavender is wet winter and soggy soil.

Lavender is a good candidate for pots – just

use a soilless medium like John Innes

No 1 or 2, add some grit and a bit of

slow release fertiliser and you should be

alright. Half hardy varieties need little

or no watering between, say, November


Credit: Luczak, Jenny Rollo

and the following February and would appreciate being

sheltered away from the winter elements during that time.

We are so lucky to have Downderry Nursery so near.

Have you ever seen their astounding displays of lavenders at

the RHS Chelsea Flower Show? Downderry hold National

Collections for both lavandula and rosmarinus and it is

possible to visit there to both learn about the history of

and the uses for lavender. And of course their collection

of usual and unusual varieties is huge. I’ve asked them for

advice on which variety to plant in the past and not only

are they particularly helpful, they can usually provide the

plants too. There are so many interesting varieties to choose

from as well as some less usual which, more often than

not, are tender. L. canariensis is particularly choice and

as the name suggests, it comes from the Canary Islands.

It combines a lacy foliage with sapphire blue flowers.

The Mediterranean lavender, L. stoechas, comes in

all sorts of forms and if kept dead headed, has a long

flowering period. I found twenty-five different varieties

listed on a nursery website the other day. The scent of L.

stoechas is rather different to that of the L. angustifolia

varieties and the shape too. Its main flowering season

is May and the plant has curiously square heads with

its petals lined up on the corners of the square. This

arrangement is crowned with a tuft of bracts on the top.

Finally, should you want to propagate lavender, you can

really do it any time during the growing season but the

optimum month would probably be September. Take cuttings

just below a node, dip them in a rooting compound and pop

them into a gritty compost or horticultural sand. You can

just keep a bucket of hort. sand somewhere in the garden and

pop cuttings in it when you have a mind. Just water them

in and keep them sheltered – in a cold frame or something

similar if you have one. You’ll know whether they have worked

when they start making shoots the following summer.

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Jo Arnell looks into glorious late summer colour

Late summer and the gardening should be easy. There

are still plenty of flowers around, joined now by

grasses, seedheads and fruits. It could all be peachy out

there, but equally it could all be over, or at best, be looking

a little careworn and scrappy. I’m always full of enthusiasm

back in the spring and the garden centres are stocked with

plants that are about to flower. It can be hard to find late

flowering plants – and the end of the summer is a distant

thought. Many gardens are, or just end up being at their

flowery best in June when all the cottage garden lovelies are

in full swing – and then they seem to pack up and the garden

reverts to green (perhaps speckled with some ubiquitous

orange Crocosmia) – just when we are spending lots of time

outside. Our autumns are getting longer and warmer too,

so we could be enjoying the garden for months yet. If you’d

like to be surrounded by colour until Christmas, there are

masses of good plants to choose from for a late display – and

ways of prolonging the show into autumn and beyond.

daisy daisy

Daisies are a big group of plants in the Asteraceae family

and each flower is actually a collection of tiny flowers, which

is why they are so popular with butterflies and bees; lots of

nectar can be accessed from one place, saving flying time.

The flower heads make convenient landing platforms too,

with their wide centres and sturdy stems. The daisies that

bloom in late summer and autumn are the Rudbeckias,

Echinaceas, Asters and Heleniums. The range of colours are

suitably sultry, verging on autumnal – shades of dusky pink,

mellow oranges, russet and mahogany, with splashes of blue

from the asters. Many have long lasting seed-heads too, so

once the flowers have finished they persist as silhouettes.

Gorgeous grasses

Ornamental grasses come into their own in late summer,

sending up feathery plumes or shimmery seed heads. They

bring movement and an airy lightness that will lift a planting

scheme. Use shorter varieties at the front of the border – try

the irresistibly tactile Stipa tenuissima or showy Pennisetums

with delicate bottlebrush flowers. For a see-through curtain

in the middle of a border use Molinia ‘Transparent’, or

Panicum virgatum. Calamagrostis ‘Carl Foerster’ flowers

earlier in the summer, but looks great in autumn and winter,

standing tall and golden through the worst of the weather. I

often use larger grasses, such as Miscanthus sinensis as shrub

substitutes (and that’s easier typed than said), to provide a

contrast to the blocky ‘pudding’ shapes that evergreen shrubs

often have. There is a grass for every situation – they can be

shade tolerant or sun loving, dry or damp soil. They have

become welcome friends in the garden, performing nearly

all year, but at their graceful best in the early autumn.

Keeping the show on the road

• deadhead regularly to stop flowers going to seed

and the plants thinking that their job is done. This

is especially important with annuals like Cosmos

and Nicotiana, as they only live for one season.

• Feed container plants as the food in the

compost only lasts for 6 weeks. Fertiliser high

in Potash will keep the flowers coming.

• Try to choose plants that have a good overall shape,

interesting foliage, berries or stems to continue

the interest into winter, even just those that ‘die’

gracefully will bring something extra to the party.

• Help the soil retain moisture and prevent weeds

growing by applying a mulch in the spring.

• choose plants that flower for a long period – Geranium

‘Rozanne’, Verbena bonariensis and Gaura ‘Whirling

Butterflies’ flower continuously from June until the frosts.

• check flowering times when buying plants and make sure

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Ceratostigma willmottianum is a striking middle of the

border plant. It has blazing autumnal foliage and azure blue

flowers. It is slightly shrubby, dying back in a hard winter, but

keeping its shape and size in milder conditions. Another blue

flowering ‘shrublet’ is Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ or Russian sage.

Reminiscent of Lavender and Rosemary, Perovskia should

be grown in similar sunny, free-draining situations.

There are several clump-forming perennials that will make

a dynamic sweep of late colour when planted among grasses:

Eupatorium maculatum (John Pye-weed) is a tall, rangy plant

beloved of butterflies, Persicaria is low growing, but both will

romp about, forming large thickets if left to their own devices.

Almost daisy-like, but more suited to a shadier part of the garden,

is the airy looking Japanese anemone or windflower, Anemone ×

hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’. This is a tall plant with white flowers

on wiry stems that has a stoloniferous, spreading habit.

Better behaved, but just as generous with their flowers are

Penstemons, Salvias, Phlox and Monardas, all available in a range of

colours and all good late summer border stalwarts, especially if given

the ‘Chelsea Chop’ (cutting the whole plant back by a third at the end

of May). This is done to stop them getting too leggy and flopping

over just as the flowers appear. Dahlias and Chrysanthemums are

firmly back in favour too, clashing their way through the borders

with retro charm, like seventies disco divas. Remember that most are

not completely hardy, so will need protection through the winter.

Late flowering shrubs

Hydrangeas are hugely fashionable again and there are lots of

impressive new varieties around. The flowers (actually they’re not

flowers, but bracts) persist for a long time, fading to rust, lime green or

deep red, depending on the cultivar. Abelia grandiflora is an easy-going

semi-evergreen (loses leaves in a harsh winter), which has both flowers

– in pale pink – and long-lasting bracts, in a contrasting autumnal

shade of rusty red. Lower growing and tidy-natured is a demure little

deciduous shrub, Caryopteris, which has grey-green foliage and pale

cerulean blue flowers. It prefers a sunny position, but will put up with

semi-shade, making it a useful, quiet member of the late border team.

The garden in late summer has a lot to offer, but the days are

noticeably shortening: mornings and evenings are cool and the rate of

growth has slowed. There aren’t too many pressing tasks – apart from

perhaps dead-heading and watering, trimming a hedge or cutting

the grass if you’re feeling energetic. Much better though – and while

there’s still time and sunshine – is to sit back and watch the bees and

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Keeping with the cutting-edge theme, Toby Payne-Cook,

Head of Science at Marlborough House School, discusses the

new Weald Award for Creativity and Innovation on page 9.

Encouraging children to be active with a plethora of sporty

choices, five schools from across the South East talk to us

about the most popular choices and the world of opportunity

that taking part in a sport opens up, read on from page 13.

Behavioural issues in schools can be a very tricky

subject to tackle, but, as we find out, a comprehensive set

of strategies to deal with bullying and to make sure that

students are fully supported are in place to ensure that

schools maintain an open and nurturing environment

where any issues that come up can be dealt with quickly

and sensitively. Find out more from page 25.

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in the curriculum. I also follow

Science, Engineering and

Technology feeds with articles of

cutting edge developments. CPD

courses are immensely informative

in developing new and viable

project ideas for the classroom.

Jon Taylor

Head of Design Engineering,

Cranleigh School, Surrey

Design Team

SH chats to Downsend Prep, Cranleigh School and St Edmund’s School

Canterbury about current school projects and the technological advances

that are affecting the way Design & Technology is taught in the classroom

Beth Day, Head of Design

& Technology, Downsend

Prep School, Surrey

What projects have you been

working on recently with pupils?

Through our well-equipped workshop,

textiles studio and food technology

room Downsend children acquire

basic design skills and knowledge

across all three areas. Working with

a full mix of materials, food, CAD

and our laser cutter, the children

are involved in a range of projects

including moving monsters, lunar

buggies, woven fish, bird hides, fabric

postcards, an acrylic clock, a microbit

game, and a teenage bedroom design.

How do you encourage pupils to

find inspiration for their creations?

Inspiration can be drawn from

personal experiences such as

favourite holiday memories for hand

embroidered postcards in Year 4,

to favourite book characters that

inspire a marionette puppet in Year 6.

Exploring the traditions of different

cultures broadens our pupils’ historical

knowledge and is a great source

of design inspiration e.g. Native

American tipis and dreamcatchers.

Do boys and girls get equally as


Yes they do because we specifically

develop projects to generate their

interest and enthusiasm regardless of

gender. Increasingly, we incorporate

elements of CAD as results are

instantly visible and accurate. By

combining a full range of ‘compliant

and resistant materials’ in our projects,

all the interests of the children are

captured, they are excited to be

involved and find new talents.

What skills do you feel that Design

& Technology helps to develop?

Design and Technology develops

practical and creative skills and builds

resilience and perseverance. Projects

raise awareness of the properties of a

range of materials, an understanding of

sustainability and the impact we have

on our world. Children are taught

to be resourceful and are encouraged

to take design risks, learning from

mistakes equally as from successes.

How do you keep up to speed

with new technologies?

Personally, I am a member of

numerous Facebook groups that

raise and discuss developments

What projects have you been

working on recently with pupils?

We’ve been incorporating

programmable electronics and

mechanisms with our senior pupils,

including architectural models and

solutions to hydration for armed

forces serving in harsh climates.

One pupil was shortlisted for

the National Triumph Design

Awards for his working prototype

of a High-End Automated Watch

display. We’ve also been involved

with robotics and racing drones.

How do you encourage

pupils to find inspiration

for their creations?

Alongside providing briefs for

product design, and introducing

pupils to new concepts such as

robotics and drones, we encourage

them to read widely on the

subject and provide inspirational

environments to work in. We have

a new electronics lab, the ability to

produce circuit boards and several

3D printers, all in a calm and

creative Design Engineering block.

Do boys and girls get

equally as involved?

Design Engineering appeals

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to both genders. Overall we are

seeing a marked increase in the

number of pupils taking the

subject, and we expect numbers

to continue to rise as this year we

are hosting a number of national

qualifying events for both racing

drone and robotics competitions.

What skills do you feel

that Design & Technology

helps to develop?

Design is a unique subject that will

constantly evolve and respond to the

technological developments of the

outside world. It is a subject where

not only pupils will be learning

new skills; as Design teachers we

continually update and develop our

own skillsets to be able to respond

to, and deliver, a cutting edge

curriculum. There is always more

than one solution to a problem and

every pupil is capable of producing

their own unique concept.

How do you keep up to speed

with new technologies?

The introduction of topics such as

electronics, mechanisms, Computer

Aided Design (CAD) and 3D

Printing in the Fourth Form has

exposed our pupils to the latest

advancements in technology

and provides an insight into the

recently reformed GCSE and A

Level specifications, which came

into play in September 2017.

Marie Florence, Head of Design & Technology,

St Edmund’s School Canterbury, Kent

What projects have you been

working on recently with pupils?

This year saw the inaugural St Edmund’s

Festival and an opportunity to address

a real life design brief: a Mad Hatter’s

Tea Party for 95 guests! Pupils from all

year groups were involved in the design

and manufacture of flamingo croquet

sets, everything ‘Alice’ and our Leiths

students catered the entire event.

How do you encourage pupils to

find inspiration for their creations?

Every pupil has different interests, likes

and dislikes and they are encouraged

to explore all avenues. Each year we get

our GCSE and A Level students actively

involved in London Design Week which

proves hugely beneficial as it takes place

in September and so forms a fantastic

springboard for design inspiration.

Do boys and girls get equally

as involved? Absolutely!

What skills do you feel that Design

& Technology helps to develop?

There is a myriad of skills delivered

through this subject. Above all,

Design & Technology fosters

the ability to think creatively.

Creative thought is necessary to

solve problems that arise from new

technologies and indeed everyday

experiences. Being able to think

creatively is an essential life skill.

How do you keep up to speed

with new technologies?

Belonging to a vast range of Design

& Technology based forums keeps

me up to date with technological

advances in many areas. However,

our students have curious minds

and are always keen to explore

things that they have seen online,

on TV or even just wondered

about. Learning never stops.

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The wonderful

world of WACI

Toby Payne-Cook, Head of Science at Marlborough House School, discusses the Weald Award for Creativity and Innovation

Jobs that exist today may not exist tomorrow and as

paths to careers become less linear and the workplace

demands increasingly broader skillsets, I am conscious

of my responsibility as a teacher, to help prepare children for

this exciting yet uncertain world beyond the school gates.

Over the last 30 years, computers have advanced

exponentially, with infinitely superior processing capacity to

our own and although the Internet and social media seem

to have taken over our world, they have enabled us to share

more ideas, with more people, more often than ever before...

So imagine what the world might be like in 2047! Science

and Business need the most nimble thinkers to navigate the

complex ethics and technologies in a fast changing world

and it is important that our children develop life skills that

will enable them to not only navigate change, but thrive

as a result. So in conversation with colleagues, the idea for

The Weald Award for Creativity and Innovation (WACI)

was born, and with it, an opportunity for us to identify

and nurture a new generation of creative young minds.

Before becoming a teacher, I spent seventeen years as a

scientist in industry. Six of those were spent developing

chemical products and a further ten years developing

medicines and new drug delivery technologies for Pfizer. My

time in industry taught me the importance of collaboration,

curiosity and creativity in product development. Utilising

state of the art technology, these three virtues helped me, and

many of the brilliant people I have worked with to develop

innovative solutions to real world challenges. The launch

of this competition has enabled me to bring more of this

kind of knowledge and experience to the classroom, where

children are both curious and often sufficiently confident

to try out new ideas with no, or very little fear of failure.

WACI was piloted at Marlborough House School in 2016

with the help of a high calibre panel of judges, which included

a biochemist, an architect, an artist and a world-leading remote

sensing scientist who has pioneered satellite-mapping techniques

and worked for NASA. Just being in the same room as the

panel felt like being bombarded with twenty billion rapidly

firing, interwoven neurons; with no one field of expertise

dominating but all united in finding and being inspired by

young creative minds. From the outset, the children involved

were eager to use their imagination powers to conjure up and

develop a host of innovative solutions to every day challenges.

From a lifesaving wristband for dementia sufferers to a rewards

scheme to incentivise exercise in ‘green parks’; and from making

a cup of high quality filter coffee using hand sewn coffee

bags, to explaining how cochlear implants could help people

with hearing impairments – it was clear that the competition

had the power to not only inspire creativity, but also prompt

children to view the world from a different perspective.



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There is no theme or remit for WACI competition

entrants. The only criteria is that children must be

in Year 7 at school; that they must come up with a

creative idea, place it in context, and communicate it

well. It is not a research prize, nor a public speaking

award but an opportunity for children to apply

their powers of logic and creativity to develop an

original idea, solve a problem or simply improve

an existing product, process or organisation.

Continuing with a prize fund of £1000, the

competition was opened up this year to children

from local state and private schools. The winning

innovation came from a pupil at Bethany School

who built a prototype “Toilet Super System”,

including a turbine designed using a 3D printer, to

generate electricity by harnessing the wasted energy

from flushing a loo. While a large cash prize is a

significant incentive, the most impressive candidates

also received an eye-opening, experiential prize. On

a school trip like no other, 13 children this year had

a guided tour of an architectural ‘grand design’ in

Goudhurst, courtesy of the architect himself and

a visit to the COOK kitchens in Sittingbourne to

understand how a simple creative idea could grow into

a business with a turnover of £52 million. A behind

the scenes glimpse of scientific innovation at work

in the Pfizer development laboratories left many of

the children wide-eyed with wonder as they got to

grips with the scale and cost of the drug development

process... and I took a trip down memory lane!

Throughout my career in industry and education,

I have seen that when you dedicate more time to

developing creativity and the imagination, innovative

ideas are born and problems can be overcome.

Our ambition for WACI, is to involve even more

companies and sponsors in coming years but most

importantly, encourage more children to imagine,

wonder, explore, play, build, question and take a

risk in pursuit of an original idea. In doing so, they

too could become curious enough to discover the

art of creative and collaborative problem solving;

a life skill that I believe will stand the test of time

and enable the next generation to always view a

world of change, as a world of opportunity.

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Fun & Games

SH speaks to five schools from across the South East to find out more about the sporting opportunities on offer

Photo courtesy of Cranbrook School, Kent

Manor House School, Bookham, Surrey

What variety of sports are available? The students at Manor

House School are taught Netball, Hockey, Cross Country,

Gymnastics, Swimming, Rounders, Tennis, and Athletics both

in lessons and as extra curricular activities and school teams.

We also offer Dance, Zumba, Fitness, Football,

Volleyball, Handball, Basketball, Table Tennis,

Lacrosse, Touch Rugby and Badminton.

Is there anything out of the ordinary that pupils can try?

The older girls are allowed to play ultimate Frisbee,

Handball and Lacrosse. Manor House has just started

running Triathlons and this is open to all ages.

In the summer term some of the girls had golf lessons

from coaches at Tyrrells Wood golf club; they could

well run again next year if the interest continues.

What proves to be most popular? Netball, Hockey, Athletics,

Rounders, Gymnastics, Cross Country, Tennis and Swimming

are the most popular. The girls get the chance to play each

other and against many local schools. We offer coaching as

well as matches in order to develop skills and match play.

Do teams get the chance to travel to fixtures/matches

both locally and abroad? Girls from Year 3-11 have

the opportunity to take part in matches and they

generally travel up to half an hour. On occasion we do go

further afield; for example we had girls in the National

Preparatory Schools Athletics finals in Birmingham.

We are currently looking into offering sports tours abroad.

How can skills developed through participating in

sports transfer to other areas of academic life?

Participating in sport gives the girls a sense of

achievement, which can raise their self-esteem. We

have seen their school work and relationships improve

many times due to the increased confidence they have

gained from being successful or achieving in sport.

Our girls are always encouraged to have fun and

enjoy sport regardless of ability. They leave us happy

which sets them up for their next lesson.

How do you encourage a healthy and active lifestyle?

All of the girls at Manor House School are encouraged to join

in the lessons, whatever their age or ability, as a result we have

very few girls who do not want to be part of the buzz in sport.

We talk a lot about how sport helps a healthy lifestyle as being

active helps the brain and develops social skills. In fitness we

discuss how sports help keep a healthy mind and body and

we focus on getting our heart, lungs and muscles strong.

For more information about Manor House’s extra-curricular

clubs provision and how to apply for an individual sports

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The Mead School, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

What variety of sports are available? At The Mead we offer a

huge range of sports – from field sports such as tag rugby, football

and hockey to athletics including high and long jump, shot

put, javelin and sprinting. We play netball and do rollerblading

on the school playground and take part in judo, gymnastics,

trampolining and co-ordination and agility exercises in our

school gym. In the summer children enjoy rounders, cricket and

tennis. All children from Reception age go swimming every week

and our Year 6 pupils often achieve their 3000 metres badges –

proof that regular, consistent swimming can really get results.

Is there anything out of the ordinary that pupils can try?

There are many opportunities to try all sorts of different

sports here at The Mead. These include our annual

activity water-sports holidays where the children can try

sailing, kayaking, keel-boating and yachting. Another

favourite is The Mead annual family ski-trip with skiing

and snowboarding on offer. In Year 6 students get

the chance to learn windsurfing at Bewl Water Reservoir.

What proves to be the most popular? All sports are very

popular amongst Mead pupils but perhaps unsurprisingly

football and netball are the favourites. Recently circuits in the

gym has also become very popular with both boys and girls.

Do teams get the chance to travel to fixtures/ matches both

locally and abroad? Our Mead sports teams regularly get

the opportunity to travel to fixtures at local venues and other

independent schools and we make use of the fantastic Bayham

Sports Ground for our larger sporting events. The Mead is an

active member of the Independent Schools Association and our

sports teams participate in the ISA national and regional sports

competitions throughout the school year, with consistent success at

final stages and a recent win at the ISA South U11 Rugby Festival.

How can skills be developed through participating

in sports transfer to other areas of academic life?

Sport gives fundamental life skills. Learning to lose. Learning

to win. Playing as a team and sharing glory and defeat.

Respecting the opposition, the referee, the history, representing

your school with pride. Learning that life is as much about

play as it is work and there is no better feeling than running at

your fastest speed, pushing yourself to your physical limit and

feeling truly alive. Sport builds confidence, resilience, wellbeing

and commitment, traits which can all be transferred with

dramatic impact upon academic progress and achievement.

How do you encourage a healthy and active lifestyle?

The huge range of physical activities on offer at The Mead mean

there’s something for everyone whether it’s a team sport like tagrugby

or something more individual such as trampolining. Our

emphasis is on having fun whilst being active to encourage those

children who don’t see themselves as ‘sporty’ to give activities a try.

This, along with regular opportunities for outside play, fresh air

and exercise along with a healthy nutritious school menu including

lots of fresh fruit and vegetables ensure a very a healthy and active

lifestyle for our Meadites, from Kindergarten up to Year 6.

Reigate Grammar School, Surrey

What variety of sports are available? Is there anything out

of the ordinary that pupils can try? We offer a wide variety

of sporting opportunities throughout the students’ journeys

at RGS; these vary from traditional sports such as Rugby,

Hockey, Netball, Athletics, Cricket, Swimming, Golf, Tennis

to ‘newer’ sports which include Ultimate Frisbee, Sailing,

Girls’ Cricket, Skiing, Biathlon, Archery and Girls’ Rugby.

What proves to be most popular? Students have loved the

opportunity to explore the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. It is

a fantastic workout and gets students working within a coed,

team environment during competitive matches with a

focus on fair play. Those values are important across all of

our sports. We see it as important to be a school known not

just for being good at sport but also as a school where we

are ‘good sports’ – traditional sporting values matter.

Do teams get the chance to travel to fixtures/matches both

locally and abroad? Students have regular opportunities to

represent the school in weekly fixtures and national competitions.

While we are a co-educational day school we punch well above our

weight and have recently achieved major successes on a National

level. In just the last few months, we were the highest ranked co-ed

day school at the Inter Girls National Schools Athletics Finals,

won one of the Natwest trophy competitions for senior Rugby

and enjoyed similar extensive success across our major sports.

How can skills developed through participating in sports

transfer to other areas of academic life? The RGS community

goes well beyond our shores and as a school we have a wide network

of Old Reigatians across the world. Our current students have the

opportunity to build links across the world through International

Sports Tours which give a fantastic opportunity to play sports in

foreign environments, meet students from different backgrounds

and learn about historical and geographical aspects of the countries

they visit; recent tours include Cricket to Dubai, Rugby to South

Africa, Girls’ Hockey to Holland and Skiing to France. As a school

we have a strong link within the community and this continues

to be apparent through sport with our partnership links with

Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Golf, Squash, Tennis and Swimming

clubs in the area. For students on an elite sports pathway or for

those who just want to be part of a team, RGS sport is a winner.

How do you encourage a healthy and active lifestyle? We believe in

a multi-sport approach to help students get a wide variety of activities.

We help our students find activities which stay with them beyond

RGS, as they lead a healthy, active, lifestyle based on good nutrition,

sleep and regular physical activity. We use sports psychologists,

nutritionists and a strength and conditioning coach amongst our

team of well qualified sports staff and professional coaches working

as full time Performance Directors. Members of our team include

international athletes, commonwealth games competitors, sportsmen

who have played regularly at Twickenham and a current

netball international – these are just a few of

the experiences and expertise that our

elite coaches have had and which

they use to inspire our students.


Cranbrook School, Kent

What variety of sports are available? We offer a range

of sports including traditional games such as Rugby,

Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Rounders and Tennis. Individual

pursuits such as Athletics and Cross Country are also

offered. Dance is taught within the curriculum at KS3

and many extra curricular clubs are offered. Our annual

show DanSing is a popular event in the calendar.

Is there anything out of the ordinary that pupils can try?

Thanks to parental and staff support and expertise

we currently offer Rowing for the sixth form, Triathlon for all

years and Yoga both within the curriculum and through extra

curricular clubs. Fencing, Squash and Water Polo are also offered

and a Self Defence Club option is currently being pursued.

What proves to be most popular? The range of opportunities

allows students to pursue sport and exercise choices that

suit their lifestyle. Traditional games are popular for many

but Dance, Rowing or Yoga are also favoured options.

Do teams get the chance to travel to fixtures/matches both

locally and abroad? Matches are played against independent and

grammar schools within the South East. There is a busy fixture

programme offered every Saturday throughout the term and also

during the week against more local schools. Sports tours abroad

are offered regularly and vary in length. The next major tour for

Rugby, Hockey and Netball is currently being planned for 2019.

How can skills developed through participating in

sports transfer to other areas of academic life?

Discipline, commitment to learning and a positive work

ethic are three of many life skills that students will develop by

participating regularly in sport. Overcoming challenges and

experiencing success and failure are also key components that will

help build resilience which is key to academic development.

How do you encourage a healthy and active lifestyle?

Fitness is a key component within the PE curriculum

and all students are encouraged to use our cardio and

weights gym (as appropriate) outside of lessons. Fitness

plays a key part in all training sessions and a range of

classes and clubs are also offered within our extra curricular

programme incorporating various components of fitness

and also mindfulness through activities such as Yoga.

Sutton Valence School, Kent

What variety of sports are available? Is there anything out

of the ordinary that pupils can try? Sutton Valence School

plays most of the major sports; Hockey, Rugby, Netball, Cricket

(for both girls and boys), Tennis, Rounders, Swimming and

has an Athletics team. One thing the School does very well is

support people as they find their niche, whether in our main

sports or those that are more unusual. The School recently

launched a Ski team, an Equestrian team and Golf team

who have all celebrated success in their first competitions.

What proves to be most popular? Each child is different and

has different interests. At Sutton Valence, no sport is universally

favourite but we challenge our pupils to take part in team sports.

Whilst everyone would like to compete in the 1st team the

School will field as many teams as there is opposition giving most

pupils an opportunity to represent the School competitively.

Do teams get the chance to travel to fixtures/matches both

locally and abroad? We have an extensive fixture list playing

many top schools both locally and slightly further afield,

such as Tonbridge School, Benenden, Eastbourne College,

Whitgift School and the King’s School Canterbury. The

School also participates in local and national competitions

with great success. The School runs international tours

on an annual basis, enlarging each player’s experience.

How can skills developed through participating in

sports transfer to other areas of academic life?

The benefits of sport and physical activity are well known, with

recent research linking it to high achievement in academic studies.

Such studies have proven that sport and physical activity helps to

improve brain function, increase energy levels and enhance the

quality of sleep. Regular exercise can also assist greatly in reducing

stress levels whilst it enhances wellbeing in those who undertake

it; all very important for our pupils in their academic work.

How do you encourage a healthy and active lifestyle?

Health and fitness run through the seam of sport at Sutton

Valence School. Last year alone, the Sports department

completed over 7,000 fitness tests, measuring seven

different components of fitness of each individual student.

Pupils are then able to analyse their own performances

in these tests and establish areas of fitness where they are

strong, and areas of fitness where they can improve.

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Where are the skills our children will need

to optimise the internet?

Well, complex problem-solving skills are embedded

in the curriculum at Sevenoaks School, so in theory we

need look no further.

Our alumni certainly go on to achieve extraordinary

things; equipped as they are with the skills they need to

change the waiting world.

Robyn Exton for example, mastered complex

problem solving at Sevenoaks. She left in 2004, and

now runs a mighty tech-based business in Silicon Valley;

a business she built from scratch serving a market

worth billions.

It’s worth considering then, that many of the skills

your child may need to make a significant impact, can be

acquired here at Sevenoaks.

Every day at Sevenoaks, students practise complex problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, negotiation, team working

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what’s so special?

We find out what makes

these awards so desirable

Jonathan Powis, Headmaster, Vinehall

School, Mountfield, East Sussex

What does a scholarship offer the pupil? A scholarship

award is non means tested and is worth 10% of the

basic school fees. We hope to attract talented children

who will enhance our school community and provide

them with a broad range of educational opportunities

and training in preparation for their senior school.

How many scholarship places are available each year and

to who? There are ten scholarship places available each year.

Scholarships are available to children wishing

to join Year 4 and above who are not already

part of the Vinehall community.

What areas of the curriculum are covered? All

applicants are interviewed by the Head and tested in

English, Maths and creative writing for an academic

award. In addition, children who are talented in

sport, music, drama or art may also offer a maximum

of two elements for practical assessment.

What are the chances of being a successful

applicant? There is tough competition for places and the

required award standard is high. However, all applications

are welcome as our Governors are committed to broadening

access to the school by offering financial assistance.

How are potential students guided through the process

– what do they have to do/complete? Candidates are

guided through the process with detailed instructions on the

scholarship application form and provided by staff on the

assessment day. Candidates must be formally registered for

Vinehall School in order to apply. Supporting references and

reports from a candidate’s current school are also required.

Arabella Stuart, Director of Admissions,

Sevenoaks School, Kent

What does a scholarship offer the pupil? A small

financial advantage – currently £1,000 per year off

the fees although this can be increased for families

who would struggle to pay the fee. Scholarships are an

honour. They are a great source of evidence of excellence

in a particular area which can be used in university and

job application forms. There are structures in place

which enable scholars to meet each other and develop

relationships with like-minded people, for example

the academic scholars’ society and the music scholars’

recital. We also offer a number of bursaries every year

to academically talented students who may not be able

to afford the fees, and our aim is to double our bursary

provision by 2020.

How many scholarship places are available each

year and to who? Y7 entry: 11 academic, 4 music.

Y9 entry: 11 academic, 4 music, 4 sport, 1 drama, 1 art.

L6 entry: 11 academic, 4 music, 4 sport, 1 drama, 1 art.

What areas of the curriculum are covered?

Academic, art, drama, music and sport.

What are the chances of being a successful applicant?

There is tough competition for places – it

varies from year to year but typically there

might be four applicants for each scholarship,

and more in the areas of drama and art.

How are potential students guided through the

process – what do they have to do/complete?

There is comprehensive information about what is

required and how to prepare on our website in our

Admissions section.

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Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex

What does a scholarship offer the pupil? Award holders are

valued at Hurst, not only for what they can achieve, but also

as role models and for their ability to support and lead others.

They will be well supported and every step will be taken to

ensure they make the most of the opportunities and their

own abilities. There is a regular process of reviews in order

to see how best to develop an individual pupil’s talents.

In line with most HMC independent schools, the majority

of scholarships awarded are between 5% and 25% of school

fees. However, means tested bursaries can significantly

enhance the total amount of financial assistance.

How many scholarship places are available each year

and to who? There is no fixed number of Scholarships

or Awards given in any discipline each year (apart from

Dance, which is one; and the BN6 award, which is up to

two), decisions are based on the ability of the candidates.

Awards are made to candidates who will make an outstanding

contribution to the life of the school and recognise high

academic ability or excellence in another field.

What are the chances of being a successful applicant?

Whilst competition is tough the chances are good, subject

to ability (as per criteria for each award), assessment and

test results. Practical assessments/auditions/interviews

will take place for non-academic awards and candidates

are assessed on potential as well as achievement.

How are potential students guided through the process

– what do they have to do/complete? Potential applicants

are sent a scholarship booklet, detailing the criteria and

process for each award, which includes contact details

for the staff member in charge, should they need further

information or advice prior to completing their application.

They must complete an application form, signed by their

current Headteacher, and submit references from the teacher/

coach relevant to the award being applied for. In addition

to assessments in the relevant area, they will be required to

sit verbal/non-verbal reasoning tests and attend an interview

with the Headmaster and Head of relevant part of School.

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What areas of the curriculum are covered? At 11+

(Year 7): Academic, up to £1300 per term; Music, up

to £775 per term; BN6 (for academically able pupils

living or attending a school in the BN6 area, fullyfunded

from Year 7 to Sixth Form, means tested)

At 13+ (Year 9) and 16+ (Year 12): Academic, up to £1,925

per term; Music, up to £1,150 per term plus free tuition for two

instruments; Drama, up to £1,150 per term; Sport, up to £1,150

per term; Art, up to £1,150 per term; Hurst (all-rounder), up

to £1,150 per term; Dance (13+ only), up to £1,150 per term.

Caterham School, Surrey

What does a scholarship offer the pupil? At Caterham

School scholarships not only recognise ability and potential

but, vitally, nurture and accelerate talent. Children

benefit from a programme that recognises and adapts to

a child’s skill and unique approach to learning, whether

their talent lies in academic subjects, sport, performing

arts such as music, drama and dance or technology.

How many scholarship places are available each year

and to who? Scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and

16+ (Sixth Form) entry and are designed to encourage

and recognize a broad range of talent across academic,

co-curricular and sporting. There is no set number of

places each year although applications are high and so

all candidates are required to be assessed. Scholarships

can be held alongside means-tested bursaries.

What areas of the curriculum are covered? The School

is keen and equipped to welcome and nurture a broad

range of talents. As one of England’s leading independent

schools, Caterham’s scholarship offer reflects every aspect

of school life, including academic, science, music, drama,

sport and a new Innovation Scholarship for technology.

What are the chances of being a successful applicant?

Caterham is a popular school and so applications for places

and scholarships are competitive. We take every care to

support and look after children and their parents throughout

the application and scholarship process. We take great care

to demonstrate genuine interest in each child who applies

so that the assessment is a positive, affirming experience.

How are potential students guided through the

process – what do they have to do/complete?

The process for each different kind of scholarship is

tailored towards identifying talent and potential in that

particular area. Our admissions team are always on

hand to talk parents through the process and answer

any particular questions they have at any stage.



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Teacher Georgina Watford

discusses common

behavioural issues in the

classroom and what can

be done to improve them

How do you develop your own set

of rules for the classroom? Every

teacher is different and despite us all

following the school rules, as humans we

all implement them to a different degree

and in a different way. At times this can

be difficult for students to understand

and adhere to, but after having taught at

four different schools over the last eight

years, I have learnt to be very clear from

the outset about both my expectations

and the punishments rule-breakers

will receive. You then have to follow

through on both or it leads to confusion

and a disruptive atmosphere where the

students don’t know where they stand.

Consistency and regular feedback (both the

“WWW”– what went well – and the “EBI”

– even better if) are vital for a student to

feel they are able to work in your classroom.

What do you think causes behavioural

issues? They can sometimes stem from

learning difficulties such as ADHD,

but in my experience, they are a result

of either struggling with a subject or

actually being bored in class and not

challenged by it. It is a constant challenge

to ensure that lessons are aimed at the

class’s ability, but that you are also able to

support and stretch everyone in there.

Occasional lapses in behaviour are a

regular occurrence in every school, and this

is usually due to either problems within

friendship groups or issues at home. If

the poor behaviour is constant, it then

becomes a question of whether it is due

to disengagement with your teaching

(and that would then need to be resolved

by you) or a complete lack of interest in

school itself which becomes a matter for

heads of year and parents to discuss.

Also, the age of the student very much

affects their priorities in life, and this

obviously has an effect on their organisation

skills, their stress levels (exam years prove

to make students much more anxious),

and their effort with homework.

What steps do you take to avoid or calm

a problematic classroom situation? The

primary steps are to follow school rules.

Some schools have a warning system in

place which then leads to a child being

taken out of the lesson if they reach three

warnings; this is generally only used for the

more distracting/upsetting behaviour and

allows other students to get on with the

tasks set in a positive working environment.

Again, every teacher handles these

situations differently and when I first

started my career I regularly took

confrontation as a personal grievance

towards me. I now realise it is often a build

up of emotions from something that has

occurred earlier, outside of the class.

Students all react to reprimands differently,

so the first steps for me are taken right

back in September when the student

starts. I must ensure I know the student’s

needs academically, but I also need

to build a relationship with them that

ultimately leads to them enjoying my

lessons, feeling supported and challenged.

To avoid a problematic situation in

the first place usually involves reading

the atmosphere of the class and

reminding them to stay on task, while

also speaking 1-2-1 with the student

who appears unhappy to allow them

to discuss the issue they are having

and then seeing if I am able to offer a

solution. Often it can be just a question

of moving seats, voluntarily, to either

a seat alone or with someone they are

happier working with. Sometimes it just

means allowing the student to leave the

room to get a drink of water and a change

of scenery. If you know your students

then the majority of the time it becomes

obvious what solution will work best.

How do you try to help children to

overcome any issues that they may be

having at school? It really depends on

the issue. Academic ones, such as poor

performance or lack of understanding,

usually involve 1-2-1 sessions with a

student and helping them to overcome

any gaps they have in their knowledge.

This also then improves their outlook

in lessons, they become less anxious and

worried and they can build up their

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confidence with the subject week by

week. As a teacher, in general I always

believe you have to be approachable and

supportive with students, so they feel able

to ask questions in class and ask for more

support or challenge if they need it.

If students have issues with friendship

groups, this often becomes a matter for

tutors and heads of year, who prioritise

the student’s emotional wellbeing at the

school. Often things can be resolved

by mediation and, if not, parents are

regularly brought in to gain a better

understanding of their child’s problems

and act as another system of support.

Personally, if a student comes to me

with issues, of any kind, I would always

offer support and advice, while ensuring I

pass it on to the relevant member of staff

to ensure that the student can get the help

they may need. However, a student will

never willingly come to you if you haven’t

built up a relationship of trust with them.

I’m sure everyone can remember that

teacher at school, be it five years ago or

50, with whom they not only enjoyed the

lessons but also felt they were able to go to

for advice, this is the key to being able to

support a student if they are struggling.

Is there anything that parents can do to

help from home? Parents can be one of the

best support tools a teacher can have. It can

be hard for a child to have two sets of rules,

one for home and one for school, so if

parents are able to take on board things like

homework expectations by allowing a place

in their home where their child can get on

with their homework easily and without

distraction, this can really help the child to

understand the importance of consolidating

their understanding through homework.

Taking an interest in your child, both

in their academic success but also their

extra-curricular activities and friendships

also leads to the child feeling supported and

understood. Parents should make sure they

have a good working relationship with the

school and the staff, so that communication

lines are open if and when they are needed.

It can be hard for both parties to discuss

more delicate issues, such as bullying or

poor grades, but if you both have the

child’s best interests in common, then you

should feel you can be honest and open

and discuss ideas that will ensure their

child has a successful school career.

Georgina Watford teaches languages

and has worked in comprehensive and

private schools across Kent and Surrey.


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St George’s Weybridge, Surrey

Photo courtesy of Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook, Kent


the issue

How is bullying being tackled in schools and what’s being

done to track down the root cause? SH finds out

Dulwich Prep,

Cranbrook, Kent

How do you maintain a friendly

atmosphere in the school? We

do everything humanly possible to

make sure each child feels emotionally,

physically and intellectually supported

in an inclusive and family-orientated

community where kindness, compassion

and making a positive contribution to

society are held in the highest esteem.

Everything we do is designed to help

our children believe in themselves.

We focus on nurturing each child’s

self awareness and self belief because

how they feel and think has immense

influence on their capacity to learn

and their ability to embrace every

opportunity, and ultimately to be happy.

How does the school teach its

pupils to respect the feelings of

others? Children are encouraged to treat

others as they would like to be treated

themselves. We explore and seek to

impart the understanding of differences

between people and encourage empathy

with those around us. We believe that no

two children are the same, so we don’t

treat them as if they are. Instead we get

to know our children inside out so we

can tailor to their individual needs and

provide the support and stimulation they

need to fulfil their unique potential.

Who can pupils talk to if they have

an issue? We have a very open culture

where children are actively encouraged

to share their concerns through our

PSHE lessons and with their personal

tutors and form teacher. We operate a

mentor system which encourages peer

to peer support, and our partnership

with specialist charity Place2Be means

that conversations around wellbeing

ranging from troubles in the playground

to more deep-seated issues can be dealt

with. Therapeutic support is accessible

and easily available, and mental health is

discussed as readily as physical health.

What do teachers look out for?

We are well organised. We have

established processes and practices

in place that allow us to track the

emotional and academic development

of our children throughout their time

with us, enabling us to intervene

quickly if necessary. Our Assistant Head

Welfare and our Headmaster meet

all staff regularly to discuss individual

children’s welfare and pastoral needs.

Fundamentally our pastoral care

is designed for children to flourish.

As Roald Dahl’s Danny in Danny

the Champion of the World said, “It’s

impossible to make your eyes twinkle if

you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself.”

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How do you maintain a friendly

atmosphere in the school? Being

a Roman Catholic school, pastoral

care is central to all that we do at

St George’s; the whole community

recognises the importance of creating

an environment in which our children

are happy in school, so it could be

something as simple as saying ‘hello’

when we pass someone in the corridor.

How does the school teach its

pupils to respect the feelings

of others? Respect for others is a

common theme in our assemblies

and PSHE lessons, it’s also in our

school prayer. If things go wrong, we

encourage the children to discuss how

they feel and to consider how other

people might be feeling, as a result of

their actions.

Who can pupils talk to if they

have an issue? We’re fortunate to

have a Chaplaincy Team, a School

Counsellor, a Sixth Form Mentoring

System and the children know that they

can talk to any member of staff too.

We’ve also created an online bullying

reporting system that allows children to

raise concerns in a very discreet manner.

What do teachers look out for?

Our teachers know their students

extremely well and so they are able

to spot changes in a child’s mood,

academic achievement or participation

in the extra-curricular programme

early on; we also have staff patrols

at breaktimes and so we can identify

children who are on their own.

How can parents raise a concern?

We encourage parents to contact their

child’s Tutor as soon as possible with

any concerns; parents have the contact

details for the Tutors, Heads of Year

and Pastoral Deputy Head. In First

and Third Year, we have two Tutors

per class to help the transition for

students new to St George’s.


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Friday 3rd November

Thursday 7th December

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Mix it Up

Susan Elkin explains how new staff can keep teaching fresh in schools

Seasons of mists, mellow fruitfulness and new teachers.

Almost every school in the country starts the school year

with some new staff this month. That means new faces

for children to adjust to and a new dynamic in the staff room.

Some teachers will be bright eyed and bushy tailed in

their first job. That probably means they have a three year

degree and a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Education

(PGCE) and may be as young as 22, just four years older

than some of their sixth form students if they’re in a

secondary school. I remember that well. I was 21 when I

started in an all boys’ secondary school in Deptford as my

book Please Miss, We’re Boys (Kindle, 2013) describes.

Other new teachers are older and “learning on the job”

through the excellent Graduate Teacher Programme.

This allows people, who usually have experience in other

fields, to train over one or two years in a single school

with mentoring by senior staff and part-time attendance

at a university or college for the back-up theory.

And there are always teachers with a few years

under their belts moving to other schools for

promotion or diversification of experience.

Any good school needs a through-put of staff in order to

remain fresh. I once worked in a school in which almost no

one had left for promotion in the entire eight years I was

there. That is not healthy, first because it means many staff are

“time serving” and second, there are no vacancies for young

teachers whose presence is vital for balance and new ideas.

On the other hand, new faces on the staff means that, at

this time of year, there’s a lot of adjusting to do. Children

can get quite nervous about the prospect of a new teacher.

And I can assure you that, from a teacher’s point of view,

having to face thirty unknown young personalities, all

ready to test the boundaries of their new teacher, is pretty

daunting. Acting skills are useful. You have to pretend

to be a lot more sure of yourself than you really are.

Let’s spare a thought too for the many schools, especially

in inner cities, who have such difficulty recruiting

good staff who will stay long enough to provide the

children with some continuity. That means supply

teachers, agency staff and the like. Far too many pupils

have far too many different teachers far too often.

So, as we move through September, there will be a

lot of fencing and getting to know new people in our

schools. Just remember that, as Harper Lee makes

Scout say in To Kill A Mockingbird, “folks is folks”.

Tolerance, understanding and empathy make for

good, successful classrooms and that applies to both

teachers and pupils. Have a good term, everyone.

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Legal experts Jill Thomas and Jessica Jamieson chat to SH about disputes with

neighbours and the effect Brexit may have on buying a property abroad

Jill Thomas, Partner in ThomasHaywood

Solicitors gives her advice on property disputes

“Disputes between neighbours are one of the most frustrating

forms of litigation. Rights which people thought were theirs

to enjoy forever sometimes turn out not to be when a new

neighbour moves in, particularly if it is a property developer.

When you buy a property, your conveyancer should check

that your property enjoys adequate rights. Sadly, some people

either buy a property despite warnings or find that problems

were not highlighted when they bought. You may find that the

location of your boundary, your right of way to your property,

your right to park on your property or your right to run

services to your property may be challenged. Development may

be proposed which would restrict the light to your property,

might devalue your property or might increase the noise.

The first thing to do is to check what your rights are with

the conveyancer who helped you to purchase the property.

If your property is registered (which most land in this area

is), then you can apply for official copy entries from HM

Land Registry to check what rights are registered there.

It may be possible to prevent disputes at that stage.

Proposed development might be thwarted if there is a

restrictive covenant preventing it or if your existing rights might

be compromised. Opposition to an application for planning

permission might also be successful. The Party Wall etc Act 1996

might protect you during development. A property litigation

solicitor should be able to set out your options, including

litigation or alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation.”

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Jessica Jamieson, Partner in law firm Cripps,

discusses how to protect your foreign property

“With the decision having been made to leave the EU, owners

of property abroad are starting to think about what impact

this may have on foreign home ownership and inheritance.

The general view seems to be that Brexit will

have little impact on holiday home ownership

but there is one area in which people should be

planning ahead: succession and inheritance.

Under UK law we are able to leave our estates as we wish

but the law also says that ‘real property’, such as holiday

homes, will pass under the law of the country in which it is

situated – which in some countries is ‘forced inheritance’. This

dictates that property is divided among family members in

set proportions, which may not fit with the owner’s plans.

However a piece of Euro legislation introduced in 2015

(‘Brussels IV’) now allows people to decide if they wish

to have the law of their nationality applied to their estate

when they die. Although the UK has not opted in to the

rules, and won’t be able to after Brexit, they affect property

in all other EU states except Denmark and Ireland.

If no choice of law is specified, the law of the person’s

country of ‘habitual residence’ will apply. This is likely

to be UK law, which, as already mentioned, states that

overseas property should be dealt with under the law

of the country in which it is situated. To avoid this,

you need to ensure that your will states that you want

the property dealt with under UK succession law.”

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Antiques & Collectables

This independent community arts

Food & Drink

Sports & Leisure

and music festival is full of variety

Weds 6 Sept 10am – 4pm

and colour within its unique layout

Fri 8 Sept

Sun 24 Sept

Watts Gallery Lawn, Watts Gallery

of ‘areas’ dedicated to pursuits and

Brooklands Hotel, Brooklands

Various starting locations, all

Artists’ Village, Down Lane,

amusement including wellness, food,

Drive, Weybridge KT13 0SL

ending at Denbies Wine Estate,

Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ

crafts, theatre, and of course the best

An Evening with Gregg

London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

Valuation Day

of local music with Lucy Rose, Vinyl


The Surrey Hills

Experts in gemology, silver, antiques,

Staircase, Sapphire and Idles.

An evening of culinary delights


entertainment, memorabilia,


with Gregg Wallace. After a glass of

It’s the biggest sporting challenge

collectables, watches and fine art

prosecco, take your seat for a fine

in Surrey, and it has options for

gather for valuations. Ewbank’s Fine

Sun 24 Sept 9am – 5pm

dining experience. The renowned

everyone, from the epic ‘Ultra’ which

Art Auctioneers are also offering a

Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS

television personality will announce

includes a 2050.6m clime in its 60k

reduced commission rate of 10% on

The Surrey Game &

and discuss each dish as it arrives

route, to the family friendly 5k,

items consigned in a forthcoming

County Fair

before circulating the tables for a chat

which you can even bring the family

specialist auction or no commission

A fair full of clay shooting, terrier

with all guests and a question and

dog along to.

if the proceeds of the sale are donated

racing, horse ploughing and classic

answer session after dinner.

Entry: £15 - £80

to the Watts Gallery Trust, which all

rural fun. Spectacular main ring

Entry: £69

Info: 01483 542221 /

proceeds from the event will go to.

entertainment will be coupled with


Entry: Donation £1 per item

tractors, dogs, falconry and a food


hall showcasing loads of local goodies.

Sat 16 Sept


Info: 01483 890810 /

St Hilary’s School, 32 Holloway

Weds 20 – Fri 22 Sept

Hill, Godalming GU7 1QS

Sat 9 Sept 10am – 4pm

Ewbank’s Fine Art Auctions, Burnt

Bottoms Up Godalming

Farnham Maltings, Farnham

Common Auction Rooms, London

Sat 30 Sept – Sun 1 Oct

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Road, Send, Woking GU23 7LN

Birtley House Estate, Guildford

this event comes to Godalming for

Copper Etching for

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Surrey Hills Wood Fair

an up-and-coming local band and a

Learn to make your own copper

Three sales of finery in three days.

This thriving fair radiates traditional

money-can’t-buy auction with prizes

jewellery. This adult workshop for

With jewellery, watches and silver

rural charm. With its horse and

including Stella&Dot jewellery and

over 18s will give you the chance

going on sale on Wednesday 20, Fine

wagon rides, focus on charming wood

a drink lover’s package from Albury

to experiment with different resists

Art & Antiques on Thursday 21, and

products and setting in the heart of

Vineyard and Silent Pool.

to varying effects. By the end of

Antique Furniture and Clocks on

the Surrey Hills at the Birtley Hills

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Friday 22 September. All are at 10am

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Sat 30 Sept 10am – 4pm

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Castle Street, Farnham

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Food and Drink Festival

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South Englands sellers of tasty treats,


Sat 16 Sept

The Lightbox, Chobham Road,

Woking GU21 4AA

The Lightbox 10th

Birthday Party

Celebrating a decade of culture and

art, the Lightbox are throwing a

family-friendly birthday party, with a

‘Butterflies and Bugs’ workshop, the

Friends of Woking Palace performing

‘Woking’s Story’ and free access to all

the galleries!

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Festivals & Fairs

Fri 8 – Sun 10 Sept

Stoke Park, Nightingale Road,

Guildford, Surrey GU1 1ER

Always the Sun Festival

Entry: 7.50, Surrey Hills Society

Members £5, Under 12s Free

Info: /

Sun 30 Sept & Sun 1 Oct

9am – 5pm

South of England Showground,

Ardingly RH17 6TL

Autumn Show & Game Fair

A fun-packed line-up including

Jonathan Marshall’s Falconry on

Horseback display, Chris Green

the “Cornish Countryman”, terrier

racing, clay pigeon shooting, fly

fishing, archery, great shopping and

delicious seasonal food and drink.

Dogs welcome!

Entry: 10% discount online before

Sat 29 Sept, Adults £11, Seniors and

Students £9, Under 16s Free with a

paying adult

Info: 01444 892700 /

local goodies and foodie fancies

gather to transform Castle Street

into a bustling marketplace filled

with music, family activities and




Sat 16 Sept 10am – 3.30pm

Painshill, Portsmouth Road,

Cobham KT11 1JE

Autumn Botanical

Illustration - Walled

Garden Harvest

As their Walled Garden approaches

the autumn harvest, Painshill is

planning a workshop which will

teach adults of all abilities to create

beautiful botanical illustrations of the

garden’s colourful produce.

Entry: Adults £60, Members £50


Listings are correct at time of going to

press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

We can list your event in the next

issue of Surrey Homes for only £15!

Please supply up to 50 words that

should include date, time, venue, and

any entry price to whatson@ or send with

payment (cheques payable to JPS

Media) to What’s On, Surrey Homes,

Kettle Chambers, 21 Stone Street,

Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF. Surrey

Homes reserves the right to edit text

to fit space allocated. If you would like

your event listing to be accompanied

by a full colour reproduction (42.5 x

62.5mm) of a poster or other pictorial

image, the total charge will be £95.

Deadline for the October issue is 15

September 2017.


Clandon Regis Golf Club

Since Clandon Regis Golf Club became a

members’ owned club on May 31, 1996

the Club has gone from strength to

strength. It is a challenging course to

golfers of all abilities. With a par of 72

and 6485 yards off the back tees it has a

number of holes that require carries

over water and some dog legs which

demand careful club selection.

The course has no temporary tees

or greens and is playable all year round.

The members, led by their volunteer

board of directors and seemingly tireless

committees, are determined to

keep Clandon Regis at the forefront.

Our current Membership offer is

featured below however we also offer

competitive rates for of all ages.

Intermediate aged 18-26 £475

Intermediate aged 27-30 £735

Intermediate aged 31-39 £995

Junior Membership is just £99 or FREE

with a full Member such as a Parent,

Guardian or Grandparent.

Our Academy welcomes

members new to the

game, offering group

lessons, full use of

clubhouse with social

Membership included

and free use of all practice facilities. Just

£325 for a full year to include bar credit

offering 10% discount on all food and

drink purchased at the bar.

Contact our team for more information

or to apply to join the Friendliest Club in



Sign up for Full Membership in September for just £600

Offer Includes:

6 Months Full 7 Day Membership, £75 Bar Credit &

3 x 1 Hour Lessons with our Head Professional

Clandon Regis Golf Club Ltd, Epsom Road, West Clandon, Surrey GU4 7TT

Call: 01483 224888 Email:


What’s On In September

discover the

Luke Jermay in Sixth Sense

theatre • comedy • film • music • dance

workshops • festivals • monthly market

box office 01252 745444

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR

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Bocketts Farm Park 21st - 29th October 2017




Hundreds of


Wizards Magician


Creepy Crafts

Witches Quiz Trail

Reptile Roadshow!

Encounter awesome creepy crawlies and reptiles up close!




Situated in Leatherhead, Surrey.

5 minutes from J9 M25.






£1 OFF full price farm entry per person*

Valid from 3rd September - 20th October 2017.

Only with this voucher (*maximum of 5 people).



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What’s On In September




Open 10am – 5pm

Birtley Estate | Bramley | GU5 0LB

A fantastic family day out with a variety

of attractions & children’s activities.

Adult tickets are £10 on the gate & children under 12 are FREE

25% off adult tickets when you book in advance online:


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Win A Gin making

experience for two

Ever fancied yourself as a gin maker? Well this month’s prize allows you to become

just that! Wealden distillery Greensand Ridge is giving away a Gin Making

Experience for two as well as a bottle of their multi-award-winning gin.

Greensand Ridge Distillery make innovative spirits at their distillery in a Victorian

coach house in Shipbourne in Kent. Not only do they distil their own spirit in their

300 litre copper pot still, but they do so sustainably, using only renewable power,

no chemicals and without producing any waste which is not reused or recycled.

Importantly, their spirits are distilled from surplus produce sourced from

Wealden farmers that is not suitable for sale to supermarkets. Unwanted raspberries

become a Raspberry Vodka, unsightly apples a barrel-aged Apple Brandy.

It is their London Dry Gin which is winning new fans in bars and restaurants

around the Weald. Distilled with botanicals which can be found in the woods

and fields of the Weald including cobnuts, oak moss, gorse flowers and bay,

it is a gin of remarkable smoothness with a luxurious silken mouthfeel.

This month’s winner will be able to visit the distillery as part of their Gin

Experience tours and, under the tutelage of head distiller Will Edge, distil a full

bottle of gin choosing from the extensive botanical library. The experiences last

2.5 hours and include a distillery tour and complimentary gin and tonic.

Visit to buy spirits, find local stockists and book

a gin experience for yourself. Spirits are available to the trade through

HT White or direct from the distillery, call Will on 07971 164688.

How to enter: For your chance

to win a Gin Making Experience

for two plus a bottle of Greensand

Ridge’s gin, just answer the following

question: Where is Greensand

Ridge Distillery’s Victorian coach

house? Enter your answer with your

contact details* in the online form


or post to: The Greensand Ridge

Distillery Competition, Surrey

Homes, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF by 15 September.

There is no cash alternative and the

prize must be taken before 1 March

2018. *All entrants’ details will

be passed on to Greensand Ridge

Distillery and Wealden Times Events.

Please let us know if you do not

wish your details to be passed on.

Congratulations to Michael Powell who wins our August competition for a couples retreat at Dale Hill Hotel & Golf Club


Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane turns her attention to the Coopers Farm flock

With summer drawing to a close,

our thoughts are now turning

to sorting out the flock for the

‘sheep year’ ahead. This involves buying

and selling some breeding stock and also

trying to work out the best time to sell this

spring’s crop of lambs. For no apparent

reason (as far as I can see) one week they

will be worth £1 more than the next

week, so call it right and if you’re selling

1,000 lambs it makes quite a difference.

With only 60 ewes and 100 odd lambs

to sell, second guessing lamb futures

doesn’t really affect the family finances,

but with the UK having

25% of the European flock,

and 33 million head of

sheep (even more than New

Zealand), raising sheep is

an incredibly important

part of the economy.

Aside from selling the

lambs we also need to go

through the breeding stock.

Girls first. Female breeding

sheep, ewes, operate on a

5,4,3, system. They are pregnant for five

months, milking for four months and

then get a well deserved three months

off. As our lambs were born in April

and weaned in August, the ewes are now

resting and it’s time to body score their

condition and decide whether or not to

“With the UK

having 25% of

the European

flock, raising sheep

is an incredibly

important part

of the economy.”

put them back to the ram in November.

At this point in the season some ewes

will have a pronounced backbone (score

1 or 2), while others seem as plump as

ever (hmm, 4 or 5). Ideally we want

them around 3. The likelihood is that the

thin ones will be old and will have lost a

few teeth – known as broken mouthers.

Without a good set of gnashers they can’t

eat enough to support a healthy pregnancy

and raise a couple of strong lambs, so off

they go. The fat ones may have lost their

lambs so haven’t had to produce any milk

or be poor milkers preferring to turn the

rich summer grass into

inches round their own

waist. Either way they’ll be

getting a hard stare from

the shepherd and a trip

‘up the road’ or a couple

of months’ Fat Camp

treatment on a bald patch.

Last year’s lambs

seemed especially good,

so Adrian (his sheep, my

cows) decided to keep

about twenty of the female lambs for

potential replacements. Now eighteen

months old they are known as tegs –

females ready to go to the ram for the

first time. Having sorted out the old girls

it looks like we only need to replace half

a dozen so there are 14 to be sold on.

And now is the time to do it. In the

coming weeks literally thousands of

breeding sheep will be traded at Ashford

and Hailsham markets. The biggest one

day sheep fair in the South East is the

annual Dolphin Fair (I know, weird

name! What could be less woolly than a

dolphin?) in late September. Over 7,000

sheep will be sold and as well as the girls

it’s also a very popular destination for

farmers looking to buy a new ram.

We have two rams at Coopers to

service our sixty ewes. Each one does

two years before he will be back on his

daughters and we swap them in rotation

so there is always a more experienced

and proven ram working alongside the

newcomer should he prove not fit for

purpose (and there is only one of those!).

So we need a new ram. There will be

literally hundreds on sale at the Dolphin

Fair, so with plenty of choice and chequebook

in hand we’ll be going shopping – a

rather different take on retail therapy!

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

Jane will be taking a cow and calf to The Bell in Ticehurst on Sunday 10 September from 12noon-2pm to talk

about how she cares for her cows to produce the best Sussex beef. Call 01580 200234 to reserve your place.

Adrian tends to the flock;

sheep at market (right)


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