Mr Philip Hoyland has today announced his intention to retire as Head of Pinewood in August 2020. The Governors, staff and whole school community wish to thank Philip and Henrietta for 18 years of outstanding service.
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!
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!
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:
The school was deemed fully compliant
The quality of the pupil’s academic and other achievements – Excellent
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’.
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.”
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.
The first ever Pinewood Cycle Train set off to school this morning. Starting in Foxhill and picking up in Hinton Parva on the way, the 4.5 mile route took them across fields, on tracks and finishing by coming up Pot Lid Lane to the school. Several children, members of staff and a parent took part and arrived at school in plenty of time for registration. What a great way to start the day – not to mention the health and environmental benefits of commuting by bike!