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INSIDE SCOOP “A sense of community and a busy life outside the classroom while facilitating contact with home helps a child to settle quickly and enjoy all that school life can offer.” that all boarding schools seek to help all pupils achieve their full potential. The structured environment and extended school days offer pupils a wealth of valuable life experience, in turn enabling them to gain independence and be wellprepared for life beyond school. Parents may choose for their child to attend boarding school on a full, weekly or flexi-board basis, according to their family schedule. Visits, support at concerts, pitch-side and events are encouraged, as is communication via Skype, email and FaceTime. Boarding schools work hard to make the transition from home to school as smooth as possible. A sense of community and a busy life outside the classroom while facilitating contact with home helps a child to settle quickly and enjoy all that school life can offer. Most pupils will report that ‘spending time with friends’ is the best part of attending a boarding school. Boarding will not suit every child or family - but for the right child, in the right school, it can offer an enriching life experience, preparing them for life beyond school. Learning to live with others with respect and tolerance and having the ability to resolve conflict when it occurs are key skills pupils will need when they enter the working world and experience the challenges of the 21st century. Often, the achievements, friendships and interests cultivated at boarding school last a lifetime. For further information about the Boarding Schools’ Association and to search for a boarding school please visit boarding.org.uk PHOTOGRAPHY: © MILLIE PILKINGTON PHOTOGRAPHY FOR TWYFORD SCHOOL 62 schoolnotices.co.uk ★ 2019

INSIDE SCOOP Newton Prep School 149 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4BX Admissions: registrar@newtonprep.co.uk 020 7720 4091 • newtonprepschool.co.uk Day 3-13 The Inside Scoop from a current parent… Newton feels more representative of London than other prep schools. It’s progressive in its approach to education, with an ethos that supports the flourishing of each individual child; the facilities are simply amazing, the art work on display is the perfect illustration of how colourful, diverse and vibrant the whole school is, top to bottom. What a prospective parent may not know about the school is how diverse it is: the registrar told me there were now over 50 nationalities represented at Newton. Yet it doesn’t feel like an international school – there is that indefinable Britishness still, but just the modern London version. Sometimes I think London schools can lose the “precious childhood years” in their hothousing but not Newton. GL As parents, we love: The teaching staff are exceptional, I was so impressed with how quickly they ‘got’ my children. Amazing facilities, relaxed environment, strong structures in place so that everyone get the right support (kids and parents!) The large size means there is a bit for everyone in terms of clubs. Our children love: The ‘All Weather’ pitch where we can play more freely with all of our friends. The school fair, it’s so much fun. Our teachers who are always so kind and help us with everything that we do. HEADS UP “Newton Prep is unashamedly ambitious for its pupils; we want them to achieve their academic potential. We want our children to develop a strong sense of kindness and community. Fundamentally, we want Newton Prep children to enjoy their precious childhood years.” Alison Fleming, Headmistress Open days: 12th October 2019. 2019 ★ Read the full review on schoolnotices.co.uk 63

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