Deputy Head’s Blog

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

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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, 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, 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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Helping Young People to be Outward Looking

In his latest blog, Deputy Head, Mr Matthew Godfrey, explores one of the key characteristics in Downe House’s DNA - to be Outward Looking and the ways in which the school encourages this.

Discover 18/03/23
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Top of the subject-popularity charts

In his latest blog, Deputy Head, Mr Matthew Godfrey, examines the declining popularity of humanities and other subjects at A Level and beyond. Could Adele, global superstar and singer-songwriter, hold the answer to reversing the trend?

Discover 09/02/23
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AI: a teacher’s friend or foe?

In his latest blog, Deputy Head, Mr Matthew Godfrey, explores the impact of the sophisticated online 'help' now available to pupils in the form of artificial intelligence systems like ChatGTP.

Discover 20/01/23
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Maths for all until age 18? No problem, Prime Minister!

In his latest blog, Deputy Head, Mr Matthew Godfrey, explores how, contrary to the PM’s suggestion, a resurgence of the humanities is likely in the coming years, as the core skills involved in these subjects – not least independence of thought, communication and imagination – become more and more valuable in modern society.

Discover 13/01/23
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Wellbeing Through Philanthropy

In recent years, Downe and many other schools have placed the ‘wellbeing’ of their pupils at the heart of all they do. Our Deputy Head explores the positive impact philanthropy can have on the self-esteem and confidence of young people and why the best wellbeing programmes come from 'within'.

Discover 15/11/22
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Joining Downe at 16+: A Step Towards Independence

In this blog, Mr Godfrey (Deputy Head) talks to pupils, Alice and Violet, about their reasons for choosing Downe House for Sixth Form.  

Discover 23/09/22
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The Victory Of Kindness Over Cruelty: Anne Frank’s Legacy

Mr Godfrey led an assembly at the start of this term about Anne Frank and why her legacy demonstrates the victory of kindness over cruelty. 

Discover 14/09/22
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Building Closer Links Between Downe House and Radley College

Downe House and Radley College have enjoyed close relations for a long time. Recently, the pupils and staff at both schools have been collaborating on academic, co-curricular and social activities as part of a coherent strategy, which has led to a number of exciting student-driven collaborations.

Discover 10/09/22
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