Headmaster's Summer Term Message
As I look out from Lattergate’s great bay window towards the sun glistened Green Court, resplendent with daffodils and lined by varied trees coming into blossom, it is hard to believe just how few days separate this beautiful vista from the scenes of House snow ball fights and bitter winds during the second half of the Lent Term!
As the first cohort of 6as face up to the first complete summer of entirely linear A Levels and Pre-U qualifications and the Fifths focus on their I/GCSEs, the most serious part of the academic cycle now commences.
‘Carpe diem’ was my advice for all pupils in Shirley Hall prayers this morning, as regards seizing all the opportunities the longer days of light will bring. My distinguished predecessor, Canon Anthony Phillips, used to remark on just how culturally rich, varied and engaging every day was at this justly famous School. I am confident that the same is true to an even more striking degree today, as pupil numbers rise to 850 and the range of splendid new facilities extends into the City.
Every reason to envy the young for their Summer Term, but also to admit that for the 6bs (the Year 12s) in particular, the impact of the Michael Gove reforms to the Sixth Form curriculum have been hugely beneficial when it comes to restoring the traditional King’s ‘work hard, play hard’ maxim at the heart of this exciting stage of the King’s education.