This week, I spent some reflective time at the annual IAPS conference in Liverpool. Such events are good for the soul, lend perspective and provide a strong overview of the Educational landscape. Based on the seminars and keynote speakers from Julie Robinson, CEO of the Independent Schools Council, to the fully tattooed ‘Scary Guy’, who gave us the benefit of positive messages for what is all too often a negative world, I would suggest that BCS is in a strong place. 

Of course, the Scot in me never allows me to be complacent, so I hereby reinforce my mantra, which is to provide the best for the children. And I know that the staff at BCS concur fully with that aspiration.

How comforting it is to know that, when I go away, I am leaving the School in such caring, capable hands. 

And on that subject, was Hogwarts not in such an enviable position under the stewardship of Dumbledore, alias the great Sir Michael Gambon. Some people just seem immortal, but with Sir Michael’s death we have lost one of our great stage and screen actors.

On a more positive note, this week we saw the ECO Committee, Digital Leaders, Science Ambassadors, have their initial meetings. It is so important in my eyes that the children have a voice and can help us move forward in various areas of School life. This coupled with my weekly Golden Table is a real insight into the children’s thought process not only at School but their home life also. It’s so nice to be able to support and hear about all the facets of the children’s lives.

It was wonderful to get the Hockey and Cricket season truly underway this week. There were some great team and individual performances across the matches with Bromsgrove and Warwick School. Every child in Year 6 played a competitive match, representing the School with pride. Thank you one and all for your efforts.

Today we welcomed Mrs Macro, the Head of Edgbaston High School, to speak at our Upper School Chapel Service. Her strong message on generosity was well received by the children and parents.

Clare Macro visits The Blue Coat School to deliver a Chapel Service.
The Chapel Choir singing in the Chapel.

I must sign off this week with how delighted I was with the wonderful entries into the academic book of excellence. Ranging from Art, to some wonderful English writing, to Maths that I am sure I didn’t cover until my GCSE years. How time has changed! Well done to the children involved.

Finally a big thank you to all the pupils for their support for our Open Morning tomorrow. From Tour Guides to sportspeople, their contribution is incredibly valuable in showcasing the best that BCS can offer. It is one of the biggest I’ve known with over 120 families due to attend. Many prospective parents have talked of the wonderful words you the parent body have said about the School. 

Thank you, and a happy weekend to you all.