AN UPDATE FROM SCOTT CARNOCHAN, HEADMASTER SEDBERGH PREP SCHOOL

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Dear Old Sedberghians,

As the Preparatory School now enters its fourth year at Casterton I thought you might enjoy reading of the developments at the school and would also be pleased to learn that the school is in rude health and indeed started this academic year with the largest ever pupil numbers. Alongside the strength and development of the Prep School is the success of our Nursery, The Mulberry Bush. The Nursery was launched just over 18 months ago with just 2 pupils and today boasts just shy of 40 of our youngest Sedberghians from 6 months – 4 Years. It has been a wonderful addition to our school and has this year for the first time provided the Prep School with its own organically grown Reception Class which was one of our key strategic imperatives to ensure the continued growth of the school.

Again, the summer holiday has been a hive of activity for the Prep School. The first month of July saw the International Summer School being hosted for the first time at the Prep School with over 100 visiting children. Alongside that was the usual site works and capital investments in the estate which are now common place during the summer months. This year we have invested heavily in IT infrastructure to allow us to develop our exciting Digital Enhanced Learning Strategy, including Google Classroom and Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLE) lessons, both of which have undergone significant trialling and will this year be fully introduced following the enormous success of their respective trials and, most importantly, the significant impact on pupils’ learning which was identified. In addition to these developments, we have – with the wonderful support of The Foundation – developed a Design and Manufacturing Centre, the likes of which I don’t think you will find in other Prep Schools. The machinery which has been purchased is state of the art and will see our youngsters designing projects using CAD/ CAM software prior to the designs being printed using 3D Printers and Industrial Laser Cutters. I very much look forward to the completion of our very first Prep School Go-Kart and seeing it being driven around the school grounds. What a wonderful Prep School memory for our young pupils.

As ever, our music, sport and drama remain immensely important to us and you would be most welcome to attend any events throughout the academic year. We would love to give you a warm Sedbergh Prep School welcome.

For those of you who may wish to stay abreast of events and goings on at the Prep School, you can do so via Social Media:

Twitter: @Sedbergh_Prep
Facebook: Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School
For now, may I wish you good health and every happiness.

Yours,

Scott Carnochan
Headmaster.

Open Morning’s: Friday 7th October & Saturday 17th November, 2016
Scholarship Day: Thursday 17th November, 2016