This week, I was invited to speak at a national conference organised by ‘Inside Government’, a forum that promotes innovation in education. I enjoyed sharing some of the exciting developments at BPS with the great and good in the world of education.
The concept of The Four Quadrants of Learning was outlined, along with their intended outcome, which replaces the idea of a preparatory school preparing children to gain places at senior school. Instead, Bickley Park intends to lay the foundations for boys to flourish in the very different world they will enter as adults.
The outcome of this aspiration can be seen in the Year 8 boys we will say farewell to next week:
Boys whose rigorous education and self-discipline have enabled them to gain places, with excellent exam results, at some of the leading schools in the country, with numbers of academic scholarships to boot, including top awards to Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.
Boys who have demonstrated fantastic talent on stage (the Monty Python-esque Entertainment Evening will live long in the memory!) and in multiple other ways in the Performing Arts, achieving an unheard of Distinction in Grade VIII LAMDA, being awarded a place at The Brit School and being cast in a national CBBC television show. Not forgetting some terrific talent on display in the visual arts.
Boys who have sought to serve different communities, be it in fulfilling positions of responsibility at school with maturity and commitment, to serving other communities, ranging from raising funds for underprivileged boys from Gujarat Province in India to visit BPS next summer to supporting the rebuilding programme in earthquake ravaged Mexico and Nepal.
Boys who have given their all for ‘the team’ on the sports field and, with great determination, risen through the ranks from the ‘D’ to the ‘A’ football team. Boys who have performed to national level in squash and golf. Boys who have climbed the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, as well as hurtled down the fastest zip wire in the world.
I have no doubt that these exceptional young men will go on to achieve great things in their future lives and, above all, will make a positive difference in whichever communities they belong to in their later lives.