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King Ed­ward’s Wit­ley has ap­pointed Lynsey Cleaves as di­rec­tor of Drama In recog­ni­tion of the school’s on­go­ing ex­pan­sion of the cre­ative and per­form­ing arts. Lynsey joins the school hav­ing spent the last nine years as head of house and a drama teacher at Brent­wood School in Es­sex.

‘can’t do’ – af­ter over a decade of ed­u­ca­tion – this is scan­dalous, not too men­tion a huge loss in hu­man po­ten­tial. We should have a sys­tem that finds out what chil­dren can do and re­wards them for it. Writ­ing off swathes of young peo­ple in the way that we cur­rently do is morally ab­hor­rent and eco­nom­i­cally il­log­i­cal. There are other ways to set up our ed­u­ca­tion struc­tures; for ex­am­ple in the Nether­lands’ ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem where there are sep­a­rate aca­demic and vo­ca­tional ‘strands’, in a sense no child ‘fails’. They also have, ac­cord­ing to many stud­ies, the hap­pi­est chil­dren in the world. What makes you most proud of your pupils? I am most proud of the fact our pupils are well-rounded, com­pas­sion­ate and per­son­able young men and women. The best part of my job is speak­ing with the pupils in the school, watch­ing their progress and shar­ing in a small way in their chal­lenges and achieve­ments. I am con­tin­u­ally in­spired by what I learn from them and how they sup­port one an­other.

Reed’s School, Sandy Lane Cob­ham, KT11 2ES Tel: 01932 869001 (Ad­mis­sions), 01932 869044 (Re­cep­tion) Web: reeds. sur­rey.sch.uk

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