The most influential people in the county?

PUBLISHED: 11:09 17 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:43 20 February 2013

Heather Owens

Heather Owens

These men and women will shape the lives of our children and turn them into fine, upstanding citizens who can also read and write! Fancy sports facilities and gleaming science labs are wonderful but nothing makes a good school like a good head.

The Kingsley School


Headteacher: Heather Owens
Tell us about your school:
The Kingsley School is a happy and welcoming community in which girls are able to thrive from the ages of 3 to 18. Were small enough to know each individual so that we can provide a personalised education and yet we are large enough to offer an extensive range of enrichment opportunities to develop gifts and talents. We have high expectations of both academic achievement and behaviour so that girls can get on and enjoy their learning without distractions.
How long have you been headteacher here?
I start on 1st September. Im new and incredibly enthusiastic!
How did you get into teaching?
Through a passion for my subject English Literature and being inspired to love learning, both of which gave me a desire to foster the same in others. I have a firm belief that a good education opens doors and leads to better life chances for todays children tomorrows leaders!
What is the best thing that has happened in the educational world since you started teaching?
The extra-curricular explosion! There are so many more trips and activities than there used to be and this is excellent. These not only bring the taught curriculum to life but also enable girls to develop in other ways besides the academic; this builds social skills and self-confidence.
And the worst?
Probably the worst thing today is the impersonal size of many schools. Its important that schools know each individual and that children have a sense of community and belonging.
Tell us about someone who has inspired you.
I find it difficult to name any one person. I admire all sorts of people many of them who lead seemingly ordinary and uneventful lives but who face adversity with resilience and a positive attitude. I think the women who campaigned for womens suffrage were incredibly forward thinking and resilient and we should not forget how far they advanced the role of women in society.
What is your favourite:
Book:

The Complete Works of Shakespeare
Piece of music?
I honestly do not have a favourite piece of music. I have a very catholic taste which changes with the seasons, the occasion or my mood...
What do you do in your spare time?
I love the theatre, cooking, being with my family, walking my dog and a little known fact until now is that I am a great Coronation Street fan.
If there is one piece of advice / wisdom you could pass on to your school pupils what would it be?
Never let fear of failure hold you back or make you miss an opportunity. Often the biggest mistake can be the fear of making one and yet throughout life we all learn and grow from our mistakes as well as our successes.


The Kingsley School
Beauchamp Hall
Beauchamp Avenue
Leamington Spa
CV32 5RD
Tel: 01926 425127

www.thekingsleyschool.com

Kings High School


Headteacher: Mrs E. Surber
Tell us about your school:
Its our girls who make Kings High the great place it is to be. They grace us with their individual gifts, intellect and personalities. We offer them the finest teaching, facilities and opportunities. In their seven years with us they are transformed from children into poised, confident and accomplished young women.
How long have you been headteacher here?
Nine years.
How did you get into teaching?
I started out aged 15 as an assistant teacher for Saturday morning ballet classes, loved it, and never looked back!
What is the best thing that has happened in the educational world since
you started teaching?

The idea that school can be an enjoyable experience!
And the worst?
The introduction of an insane amount of regulation!
Tell us about someone who hasinspired you.
My own French teacher at school whose love of France, the French and life in general made her lessons an absolute joy, not like a lesson at all.
What is your favourite:
Book?

The Essais of Michel de Montaigne
Piece of music?
Cant possibly choose: Bach, Chopin, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Gurney, Durufl
What do you do in your spare time?
Walk my dog; go to the ballet; travel in Italy and France; garden; eat; read and sleep!
If there is one piece of advice / wisdom you could pass on to your school pupils what would it be?
Make the most of this precious gift of life you have been given!


Kings High School for Girls
Smith Street, Warwick, CV34 4HJ
Tel: 01926 494485
www.kingshighwarwick.co.uk

King Henry VIII School, Coventry


Headteacher: Jason Slack
Tell us about your school:
An independent, HMC, co-educational school of 1,300 children aged 3 to 18 years with 850 students in the senior school. We aim to make a real and significant difference to the lives of each and every child we educate.
How long have you been headteacher here?
Since April 2010.
How did you get into teaching?
I was inspired by my own experiences as a student and by the teachers that taught me. I wanted to make a positive difference to young people.
What is the best thing that has happened in the educational world since you started teaching?
A greater number of young people are staying in education longer, through to further education, creating greater opportunity for themselves.
And the worst?
The evolution of an overly structured and regulated educational system, particularly with over-assessment and the huge examination burden that limits the freedom of teachers and schools to be flexible in meeting the needs of their individual students.
Tell us about someone who has inspired you.
As a boy I was always inspired by the decathlete Daley Thompson. I always admired his ability to motivate himself more than his rivals to achieve his goals. What he was doing seemed to matter more to him than his fellow competitors and this is what made the difference. Closer to home I've always been inspired by my own father who has been a fantastic role model, both as a father and husband through his motivation to better himself.
What is your favourite:
Book?

I read more factual books rather than fiction and I have always particularly enjoyed reading the Lonely Planet series of books whilst I have travelled to other parts of the world. I enjoy the emphasis that they place on being aware of the culture and customs of the places that I have visited.
Piece of music?
I enjoy playing the violin and my favourite piece to play is Czardas by V. Monti. I enjoy the range of emotion that it requires although I've always struggled with the more technical aspects.
What do you do in your spare time?
I've always tried to stay active and play football although my favourite past time would always be spending time with my family.
If there is one piece of advice / wisdom you could pass on to your school pupils what would it be?
I have a favourite quote of Einstein that I've always appreciated. Imagination is more important than knowledge.


King Henry VIII School, Coventry
Warwick Road, Coventry
West Midlands, CV3 6AQ
Tel: 024 7627 1111
www.kinghenrys.co.uk

Old Swinford Hospital School


Headteacher: Peter Jones
Tell us about your school
Founded in 1667, Old Swinford Hospital is one of the UKs leading state boarding schools for boys from 11 to 18, with girls admitted in the Sixth Form. Almost two-thirds of the schools 634 pupils are full or weekly boarders. Its reputation is based on high academic standards and a traditional ethos.
Fees of 3,300 per term are a fraction of the cost of an equivalent boarding place in the independent sector, as parents only pay for accommodation and supervision of their children.
The education costs are met by the Local Authority.
A broad curriculum embraces both traditional and modern subjects and includes many subject-based enrichment opportunities unique to the school. Science specialist status was recently added to Business and Enterprise.
Whilst academic results are clearly important, they are only one element of life at Old Swinford Hospital. The school has become synonymous with an outstanding range of extra-curricular opportunities that enrich school life, develop potential and play a significant part in creating happy, fulfilled and well-adjusted young people. There is no time to be bored as a boarder.
Why choose a boarding education?
The reasons are diverse, but increasingly for many parents it offers a practical solution to juggling the demands of family and work commitments, whilst meeting their childs educational needs.
Parents can feel safe in the knowledge that their child is receiving a first class education, in a secure and stable environment. For a weekly boarder, the weekends are a time to enjoy with their family.
Whats new at Old Swinford Hospital?
The school has recently completed a 10.5 million expansion programme. The new buildings offer 21st century state-of-the-art facilities. This latest addition complements and enhances the extensive facilities the school already provides.
A new boarding house will accommodate up to 85 students. An extension to the sports centre has created an all-weather multi-use floodlit pitch and outdoor nets, plus brand new changing facilities, classroom and
fitness suite.
There is a new teaching block for English and Art, together with a hi-tech performing arts centre with seating for 200 people, a control room for sound and light, and a green room.


Old Swinford Hospital School
Heath Lane, Stourbridge DY8 1QX
Tel: 01384 817300
www.oldswinfordhospital.co.uk

Blue Coat success


Eleven year olds at The Blue Coat School, Edgbaston, have broken new records with their 11+ results for entry to grammar schools in 2010.
Forty-three places were scooped this year, beating the previous record of 42 places in 2006. Elsewhere, the school exceeded its previous years success at King Edwards School and King Edward VI High School for Girls, bagging 43 places and scholarships at two of the countrys leading independent schools. Of those children who gained a grammar school place, four were also awarded a scholarship by King Edwards School and King Edward VI High School for Girls. And further news was to come from Edgbaston High School - a record 13 scholarships being awarded to 27 successful candidates.



Future KEHS scholar Laura Henderson said: Winning a grammar school place is fantastic news and a 50 per cent scholarship from King Edwards is beyond my wildest dreams!
Originally located in the heart of the city, the 560-strong preparatory school has occupied its Edgbaston home since 1930. Described as a very good school in a previous inspection report, Blue Coat attributes much of its success to small class sizes, setting in English and maths, and careful monitoring of each childs progress. Additionally, the teaching of reasoning skills - so essential to 11+ success - forms an integral part of the schools curriculum. Headmaster Alan
Browning explained: Our favourable class sizes and setting policy enable us to give individual attention to each childs needs in both of the core subjects. With a talented staff, supportive parents and a good number of able pupils, weve raised the bar even higher in 2010.

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