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Overcoming various obstacles

   Jun 27, 2022
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Barney Durrant, Headmaster St Lawrence College, Ramsgate

“I’m excited about moving the school forward despite any COVID-19 setback. We’ve created a Strategic Development Plan that focuses on pushing the school to be the very best that it can be and on making sure that we provide as many different opportunities for our pupils. We’re a medium-sized school but we do everything to get to know our students, nurture them, and get the very best out of them whatever their level.”

Barney Durrant, Headmaster

St Lawrence College, Ramsgate 


Jesse Elzinga, Headmaster Sevenoaks School, Kent

“As we approach our 600th anniversary in 2032, we aim to be a school that continues to attract the best and the brightest. Furthermore, if a student earns a place at Sevenoaks and we know that they would benefit from the education, then we want them to be able to join us, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. One of our key aims, as we approach this important anniversary, is increasing the number of free and assisted places. Other aspects of our strategy include a focus on sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint, aiming for Carbon net zero in 2032, as well as maintaining strong links with our local community through service and partnership work.”

Jesse Elzinga, Headmaster

Sevenoaks School, Kent


Henrietta Lightwood, Group Director of Marketing and Admissions Cardiff Sixth Form College

“We’ve been committed to how we can help our students get good assessments. We’ve been looking at everything. In terms of our teachers, we have a complete in-house training package for all of them. We work across all of our schools to share best practices. We always discuss how we can get better? How can we make sure that we stay ahead of the curve? One thing about us is we are not a school that rests. We are always looking to improve.”

Henrietta Lightwood, Group Director of Marketing and Admissions

Cardiff Sixth Form College


Robin Silk, Headmaster St Bees School, Cumbria

“We pride ourselves on being a very multicultural school. We want our students here to learn English but, at the same time, appreciate why we have a fusion curriculum. All our students speak a little Mandarin, so they can still communicate with their new Chinese schoolmates. Another good thing is they get to interact with students from other countries, so they’re also learning about different cultures from their German or Spanish classmates.”

Robin Silk, Headmaster

St Bees School, Cumbria


Muhammad Farmer, Chief Executive Officer British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce

“We are being creative in how we want to grow. We want to expand in a way that we are talked about. As an organization, we may be small, but we think very big and always within context. That really is the key to our success. As an institution, we need to be preeminent in our area of expertise if we are to call ourselves an institute of technology.”

Muhammad Farmer, Chief Executive Officer

British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce

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