Deputy Head’s Blog

A series of occasional blog posts from our Deputy Head, Mr Matthew Godfrey.

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Setting the Educational Agenda

In his latest blog post, Mr Godfrey (Deputy Head) gives some details about what we can expect from this year’s much-anticipated Academic Conference at Downe House.

Discover 08/05/24
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Getting to Grips with Gen-Z and Gen-A

In his latest blog post, Mr Godfrey (Deputy Head) throws the spotlight on the futurist and author Chloe Combi, who is one of our guest speakers at this year’s much-anticipated Academic Conference.

Discover 02/05/24
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What does it mean to be creative?

In his latest blog post, Mr Godfrey (Deputy Head) reflects on his recent assembly on the topic of creativity.

Discover 23/04/24
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Leading the Educational Debate

In his latest blog post, Mr Godfrey (Deputy Head) looks forward to our Academic Conference and asks how can we best prepare our pupils for their future?

Discover 15/04/24
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One Day You Could be a Teacher!

In his latest blog post, Mr Godfrey (Deputy Head) advocates against the infamous quote, "those who can, do; those who can’t teach."

Discover 07/03/24
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Resilience Conference with Radley College

This week, our Lower Sixth were delighted to be invited by Radley College to a conference on resilience, as part of our ongoing Respect Project.

Discover 31/01/24
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The Value of our Respect Ambassadors

In his latest Deputy Head's Blog, Matt Godfrey explores the role our Respect Ambassadors play in mentoring our younger pupils.

Discover 04/12/23
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Investing in our Teachers

In his latest blog post, our Deputy Head discusses one of the most rewarding and important aspects of his role - supporting colleagues with their continuing professional development (CPD).

Discover 17/11/23
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Thought Leadership at Downe House

On Tuesday 13 June, we welcomed nearly 200 school leaders and teachers from across the UK to an Academic Conference about Maximising Pupil Progress, featuring outstanding examples of thought leadership across the schools sector.

Discover 17/06/23
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UIV Respect Conference

In this blog post, Mr Godfrey explains why he was so pleased and excited with Downe House’s first ever UIV Respect Conference, which took place in the Murray Centre on Friday 19 May.

Discover 21/05/23
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Building the Culture and Values of a School

In this blog post, Matt Godfrey (Deputy Head) meets the Head of a Birmingham comprehensive whose partnership with an independent school is reaping rewards for both schools. A version of this article has been published in the April edition of The Independent Schools Magazine.

Discover 03/05/23
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Helping Our Pupils to Find Their Voices

At our Academic Conference in June, 'Maximising Pupil Progress - What are the keys to success?', all our guest speakers will be focusing on different ways in which their schools aim to achieve this goal. Clare Wagner, Head of The Henrietta Barnett School in north London, has chosen the fascinating topic: helping our pupils to find their voices...

Discover 24/03/23
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