What’s it all about, Govey?

Elmhurst School for Boys

10th June 2012

As Principal of an academically high-achieving prep school, I should support Michael Gove’s latest proposals whole-heartedly. High standards of language skills, of reading, writing, spelling and grammar are essential if children are going to do well in today’s competitive world.

But I’m also a supporter of independence. The schools that do best in both state and independent sectors are those which are innovative and want to stretch and support their pupils in the way they know best. Excessive intervention from the government is always a danger.

At Elmhurst we are pleased to embrace the best of what central government can offer; but to do the best for our boys, we need the curriculum time to be able to teach all subjects, not just those which are the current fad. I’m worried that more intervention from the government won’t actually improve the standards, but will fill up the curriculum time with over-prescriptive lessons and tests. And the trouble with national tests is, they clog up teaching time with exams.

Of course, none of these proposals affect us very much, since we cover all this ground anyway, and indeed go far beyond what Michael Gove is proposing. We already teach French (and a bit of Latin!); we teach traditional grammar and spelling, and history and geography as discrete subjects.

I only hope that any new educational initiatives will benefit those they are intended to help, and don’t merely overburden the already stretched primary schools.

Posted on 25th Nov 2021 |

Year 6 Trip to the Imperial War Museum

Today, Year 6 went on a trip to the Imperial War Museum to learn some more about their topic this [...]

Read more »

Posted on 21st Oct 2021 |

Can You Find The Lost Elmhurst Bears?

To celebrate the launch of our new all year round Pre-Reception Nursery provision, we are hosting a ‘Name the [...]

Read more »

Posted on 20th Oct 2021 | Little Elms

Little Elms Pre-Reception Nursery is Now All Year Round

Elmhurst School for Boys is excited to announce that the Little Elms Pre-Reception Nursery class will be open [...]

Read more »
Photo Gallery Arrange a visi Request a Prospectus School Calendar
Est. 1869
Back to top Back to top

© 2021 Elmhurst School for Boys

44 - 48 South Park Hill Road, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 7DW

T: 020 8688 0661

Privacy Policy | Site Map

School Website Design by CHIEF