With the change in weather the beautiful grounds are looking more autumnal. With darker mornings and the fact that half term is only a week away, the boys are more tired but they continue to work hard across the curriculum: full credit to them for maintaining their high standards.

It has been lovely to see Year 6 parents this last week at Parents’ Evening; it is always a wonderful opportunity for both teachers and parents to touch base and discuss their child’s personal progress. Please remember that our doors are always open if ever you feel you want to touch base about any concerns you may have.

This coming week the boys are excited about the prospect of representing their individual companies with our first intercompany sporting fixture. As always, we are looking forward to seeing the boys display great sportsmanship and team spirit on and off the pitch during the Company Football competitions. Good luck to all!

Half Term Reports
At half term you will receive the first of this year’s school reports. For these half term reports, Year 5 will receive effort grades across all subjects and a Form Tutor report detailing how the boys have settled into The Middle School. Year 6 will receive grades for both effort and attainment along with a Form Tutor report. There will be full reports at the end of the term for Year 5, and due to the recent Year 6 Parents’ Evenings, this year group will receive a full report at the end of the Spring Term.


Gum Shields
The rugby season will be upon us after the half term break. Please could all boys ensure they have a well-fitting gumshield when we return to school. It is imperative they have the correct equipment to play.


Atom Nucleus Webinar – Y6 ISEB Preparation
To support parents and guardians as their child uses Atom Nucleus, the Atom Learning team will be hosting a parent webinar for our school on Thursday, 19 October at 5pm.

In this 30-minute live session, you will find how to best support your child’s progress and boost their learning. The following will be covered:

  • How to develop independent learning skills at home
  • Accessing your child’s progress data
  • Getting the best out of Atom Nucleus
  • Atom Mock Tests
  • Q&A

To register for our school’s webinar please click here.
Can’t make it? Register for the webinar using the link above and a recording will be sent directly to your inbox.

If you have any more questions about Atom Learning, do feel free to email:

Atom Nucleus Webinar – Y6 ISEB Preparation


Head’s Art Competition – Last Call
Final call for all budding artists, the inaugural Head’s Art Competition is running until the end of half-term giving plenty of time to pick up pencils/paintbrushes/oils or crayons! The entry should be A4 size but can be portrait or landscape and the theme for this term is ‘New Beginnings’. The winning entries will be exhibited in Mrs Brownsdon’s Study.


Y6 Atom Preps
A reminder that whilst we gear up for the ISEB tests, Y6 boys are being set Atom in place of humanities preps and it is our expectation that these preps will be completed. It has come to our attention that some boys are not completing all tasks set, and we will monitor this closely going forward with a view to following this up with parents if needed. Your support in this matter is, as ever, appreciated.


Late arrivals to school
If your son arrives late to school, a reminder that he must be dropped off at the main school reception and then he must sign in with Mrs Hoffmann at Matron’s Dispensary. It is vital that your son signs in, in case of the unlikely event of an emergency (such as evacuation due to fire) when we need to know exactly who is school – or not. Similarly, if you have been given permission to collect your son early, he must sign out using the ‘Signing Out Book’ outside the main school office upon collection.


Reflective Armbands
When boys return to school after the half term break it is a requirement that, with the darker mornings and evenings, they wear their reflective armbands to and from school. These need to be pinned to their outermost garment and clearly named. If your son requires a new set of armbands, this will be arranged by your sons’ Form Tutors and the cost added to your end of term bill.


BBC 500 Word Competition
Budding Authors Take Note!

The BBC have recently reintroduced a competition for children (5 – 7 years) and (7 – 11 years) to write a short 500-word story.  This represents an opportunity for our/your boys to fire their imagination and write a creative piece. Any interested participants will need to create their stories and submit them to the BBC from home. This a wonderful opportunity for boys to harness their creative potential and take part in a national competition. All entries must be submitted directly to the BBC no later than Friday, 10 November 2023.  

Click here to access the BBC website which covers how the competition is organised, prizes, judges etc.  In addition, there are multiple videos covering:

  • Who am I? Creating characters.
  • What happens next? Building a plot.
  • Wonderful words and fantastic phrases
  • Finish with a flourish
  • Edit, improve and read aloud

Good luck to any budding authors!

Georgia Harris
Assistant Head of Middle School