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Announcement of New Headmaster

Neal & Nici

The Board of Governors are delighted to announce the appointment of Neal Bailey as Headmaster of Pinewood School on the retirement of Philip Hoyland in Summer 2020.

Neal is currently Head at Mowden Hall in Northumberland, since September 2014, and has previously worked at Cothill House School and as Headmaster at Chateau de Sauveterre. Prior to entering teaching, he enjoyed a successful career in investment banking. Neal has a keen interest in sport, enjoying a wide variety of activities, including rackets, football, surfing and tennis. He also enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with his family.

Neal will be joined at Pinewood by his wife Nicola, who is keen to play a full role within the School, and their two boys, aged 10 and 8.

In the course of the next three terms, Neal and Nicola will visit Pinewood, subject to continuing their excellent work at Mowden, and they are very much looking forward to meeting parents and members of the school community.

The Governors are confident that Neal and Nicola will continue the outstanding efforts delivered by Philip and Henrietta over the past 18 years and we very much look forward to welcoming them into the Pinewood community.

Robin Badham-Thornhill – Chairman of Governors

Welcome Back!

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We welcome you all back for the Spring Term and in particular welcome all new pupils and staff, especially our Gap Students for the year: Charlotte Boyd-Walsh, Sophie Jaggers, Finn Parker and Michaela Vogt, who are joined for this term by local Gapper Olivia Hollis, and Theo Taylor, who returns for the first half of term.

We look forward to a busy and exciting term ahead!

Welcome Back!

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We are delighted to welcome you all back for the start of what is sure to be a busy and happy Autumn Term at Pinewood. We extend a particular welcome to all our new pupils and members of staff.

New staff joining us this term are:

Mr Jack Chatfield – Head of TPE, History teacher and Form Tutor to 7C

Mrs Rebecca Metcalfe-Tarren – Learning Skills

Mr Alex Newcome – Teacher of Science and TPE, Form Tutor to 7N

Miss Emma Stevens – Teacher of Science and History, Form Tutor to 5S

Mrs Camilla Walter – School Nurse

Theo Taylor – Gap Student


Healthy Eating at Pinewood

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The Lower School Council decided that they would like to help promote healthy eating at Pinewood, so they came up with a ‘Healthy Eating Competition’. Children in Years 3 and 4 were asked to design a healthy meal focusing on the three main food groups: proteins, vegetables and carbohydrates. The winning meal would then be served to the children and staff at Pinewood. We had lots of exciting and tasty looking entries and it was very hard to choose just one winner!

Congratulations go to Isabella for her honey mustard chicken main course, Freddie for his frozen yoghurt in a cone for pudding and Bessie’s delicious banana muffin (for Little Tea), which were all served to the whole school this week to much enthusiasm.

The following children were also awarded with highly commended places for their huge effort and presentation: Isla, Ashwin and Zara. Well done everyone!

Pinewood is EXCELLENT!


We are celebrating the excellent results from our recent ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection which took place just before the Easter break.

Three overall judgements were given in the inspection:

  1. The school was deemed fully compliant
  2. The quality of the pupil’s academic and other achievements – Excellent
  3. The quality of the pupil’s personal development the school – Excellent

Headmaster, Philip Hoyland said:

“Overall we could not be more delighted with the report and credit goes to all of the Pinewood community for their outstanding commitment, dedication and excellence which enabled us to achieve this report. I was particularly pleased that the report highlighted the attention we give to developing children’s resilience, self-awareness and confidence, so that they are well prepared for the next stage of their education and beyond.  Outside of just providing the children with an all-round solid and enjoyable education, we want to ensure that we are equipping them well for any situation they may face later in life.”

The report talks of the excellent attitude that the children have towards learning, and credits this to the variety of teaching methods employed and the overarching ethos of encouraging and celebrating all endeavour.

It also identified how the strong foundations in pupils’ learning laid down in the Early Years pave the way for continued success throughout the school.

Director of Education and Head of Pre-Prep, Ruth Hall said:

“Deciding at what point to invest in your child’s education is something parents often wrestle with and obviously there are many considerations that need to be taken into account.  That said, we were delighted that the ISI recognised the value of the Pre-Prep education here at Pinewood and felt that the support, structure and syllabus that we teach, really does contribute to their success higher up in the school and indeed later in life.”

The comprehensive enrichment programme at Pinewood was also credited for undoubtedly aiding pupils’ learning.   No one pupil is treated the same and ‘the school fully meets its aim to release the potential of every pupil by developing character, curiosity, learning and skills’.

To read the full inspection report, please click here.

Tatler Runner-Up Prep School of the Year

Tatler Schools Guide

We are delighted to be awarded Runner-Up Prep School of the Year by the Tatler Schools Guide.

“‘Pinewood is different from other schools,’ says head Philip Hoyland. It’s less cash-and-cashmere than some – ‘A smiley greeting says more than a tucked-in shirt,’ the school tells us. Most pupils live within 40 minutes of the place, with a tiny handful of Londoners. Boarding (from Year 5) is weekly and flexi. There’s strong emphasis on the great outdoors – there are the famous Pinewood Adventure weekends, and masses of sport (three-ball football, anyone?). Leavers bagged 22 scholarships to senior schools last year, and there are close ties with Cheltenham and Marlborough. Mr Hoyland is old school in the best possible sense. Ask him to tell you his elephant-in-a-cage analogy – we don’t have space to share it here, but it’s a neat encapsulation of the school’s mission to give pupils the confidence to push boundaries without breaking them.”

Welcome back!

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Welcome back to the start of another busy year at Pinewood! We welcome, in particular, all our new pupils and new members of staff:

Bryce Hewitt-Boorman – Head of English

Lucy Llewellyn – Middle School Teaching Assistant

Sarah Martyn-Fisher – Science

Harry Roberts-James – Pre-Prep Teacher

Alex Tipping – School Nurse

Libby Rowe – Gap Assistant Matron

Gap Students: Emily Acheson-Gray, Henry Brown and Benjamin Powell

Year 8 Scholars Shadow A Teacher

Year 8 Scholar Darci Shadows Mrs Harrison May 17 1

Our Year 8 Academic Scholars spent this morning shadowing a teacher in a subject (or subjects) of their choosing. They chose subjects ranging from Science to French to Art. Canford scholar Darci, for example, worked with Mrs Harrison in the Junior Art Room and did a fantastic job teaching the Year 3s how to draw a cartoon centurion.