Category Archives: Headmaster’s Blog


With the second set of mock examinations taking place this week for our 5th Form and U6th Students it has been great to see the rest of the school being so supportive in ensuring the conditions for examinations have been perfect for them. I do believe it is incredibly useful to have these additional examinations […]

24/02/2017 Comments (0)

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With half term now upon us, depending on the year group there have been various events to focus the minds of all the staff and students this week. For those girls in 5th Form and Upper 6th they return to school after half term for their final set of mocks before completing their GCSE, iGCSE […]

10/02/2017 Comments (0)

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Having recovered from the excitement of the various activities that took place on Friday for the inter-house Business Studies Competition the focus shifts this week and next week to the inter-house Languages competition which always proves an exciting, amusing and challenging competition for the houses. It was wonderful to have our handing over assembly on […]

02/02/2017 Comments (0)

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What has been another eventful week at St Martha’s has culminated today in us marking the actual 70th Anniversary of the Founding of our great school here in Hadley Wood. It was wonderful to have our current staff and students as well as former staff and students join with the Sisters, Governors and Trustees and […]

26/01/2017 Comments (0)

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It was so great to have so many Year 6 girls in school last week to take the St Martha’s entrance tests. We have also had a number sitting the test this week which I hope all bodes well for our numbers for First Form for September 2017? The staff spent time on Friday in […]

13/01/2017 Comments (0)

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I read with interest this week an article written by the Headmistress of the Lady Eleanor Holles School on the topic of perfection. A lot of what was written really resonated with me and what we have at St Martha’s. We live at a time when everyone is striding towards the same thing and in […]

13/05/2015 Comments (0)

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As I write this I am in the middle of what is a whistle stop tour of various cities in China. I have visited Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo and am about to depart for Changshai followed by Chengdu, Shenzhen then on to Hong Kong – all in the space of just over a week! This […]

25/03/2015 Comments (0)

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As most of you will be aware, it has been confirmed that the AS and A2 are being decoupled from September 2015, essentially meaning that the AS will return to a standalone qualification rather that part of a full A Level. In addition to this, beginning in September 2015, modular examinations will be replaced with […]

25/03/2015 Comments (0)

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At a time when GCSE league tables have been published, this seemed an obvious topic of discussion but I would like to take a slightly different take on the story –that these tables have provided a fine an example of Government doublethink that even George Orwell would have been proud of it. In my first […]

10/02/2015 Comments (0)

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To read some educational articles, you would be forgiven for thinking that teachers believe parents are mass-produced in a factory somewhere. I guess we are just as guilty of creating convenient stereotypes as any other profession. Mechanical metaphors abound. So much despairing talk about ‘Helicopter Parents’, those who hover over their precious progeny, ready to […]

03/02/2015 Comments (0)

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Recently I had the pleasure of attending the annual meeting of the Catholic Independent Schools Conference (CISC). These are always hugely enjoyable and worthwhile events. The conference brings together all the heads of the leading Catholic schools in this country and, increasingly, heads from overseas as well. This year we met in Weybridge and were […]

28/01/2015 Comments (0)

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Since the beginning of December I have had the pleasure of conducting family interviews with those prospective parents and girls who would like to join St Martha’s in September 2015. Since the start of term it has also been a delight to interview those girls who have applied for one of the various scholarships that […]

28/01/2015 Comments (0)

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