Head's Blog: IAPS Meeting
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Those of you who watched the early episodes of ‘The Crown’ may remember the focus on St George’s House, set in the grounds of Windsor Castle and founded in 1966 by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh and the then Dean of Windsor. It is a place where those who are in a position to make a difference gather together to grapple with issues pertinent to our contemporary world. The House thrives on debate, discussion and dialogue as a way of nurturing wisdom which can be put to use in the wider world.

Last week, it was a privilege to join over 50 Independent Association of Prep Schools’ (IAPS) Heads and Governors at St. George’s House to discuss the future opportunities, challenges and trends facing schools and the education of young people. There is no doubt that such an inspirational venue helps the flow of conversation and encourages people to think creatively.

The event was jointly Chaired by me and William Goldsmith (Head of St. George’s Windsor), and topics discussed included the changing landscape in terms of parental objectives, pupil wellbeing, staffing and recruitment, as well as future headwinds facing the sector (both educationally and strategically). It was also encouraging to focus on so much that is positive. Advances in AI were cited as a great opportunity, as was the recognition that the education which IAPS schools such as Moulsford offer is transformational for a young person.  A key takeaway was the priority we must put on partnerships - both with our parents and families but also within the communities our schools serve.

I feel extremely fortunate to be a member of several strong communities, and take great strength from them. Moulsford is a particularly special place, and the collegiality I experience from regular interaction with other prep school Heads is invaluable.

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