Moving away from Common Entrance is opening up the prospect of a much more creative and interesting curriculum for pupils at the top of the Prep School, and at the same time providing the opportunity to get a head start in learning the skills and approaches needed for success at GCSE and A level.

Linked with this is a programme of curriculum development that we are calling Skills for the Future. This is a thoroughgoing review of our teaching programmes from the youngest in Squirrels to the Sixth Form, to ensure that in the classroom, as well as in the diverse range of activities pupils enjoy here, we are developing qualities such as digital literacy, financial acumen, the ability to self-regulate and the capacity for collaborative work.

We anticipate that the real scope for OD and parental support in this area of development will come in the form of help with work experience, mentoring and networking – in the Senior School, and beyond.