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10th June 2013 | Headmaster's Blog

With my two youngest children going through their exams at present, one ‘AS’ and one ‘A’ level, I am only too well aware of the importance of exams and the impact that they can have on all of us.

 This morning in assembly we discussed the forthcoming exam week, asking why do we have exams?

To test our knowledge

To test what we have learned

To test what we haven’t learned

To find out what we know;  where some of the answers I received.

 Exams are important. However, at a recent Head Teachers’ conference I attended, one of the keynote speakers was concerned that we are in danger of becoming a country that is good at teaching its children to be good at passing exams, but at the expense of our children’s broader education.  He might be right, I fear we do have to place too much importance on exams, but for the moment we have to work with our current system.

As I said to the boys this morning they need to try their best and learn from their mistakes.

I wish all our boys the very best of luck in their exams this week.

Charles South


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