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Growing up in the 1970s there was not the wide range of children’s literature which fills shelves today. Independent reading started with things like Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and moved on to books like JRR Tolkein’s ‘The Hobbit’. Now I appreciate that Tolkein’s fantasy world of Middle Earth is like Marmite for most people, […]

Ofqual have now announced in detail the approach that the examination boards should take to determine GCSEs, AS and A levels this summer. Students, parents and teachers can read the announcement here There are links from the announcement to guidance for both schools and for students and their parents. As you would expect, we will […]

So much has changed since the Friday before the general closure of schools that it seems like an age away already, rather than just seven days. It was with great sadness, of course, that we had to announce that closure at Bennett and say some very premature farewells (in person at least) to our year […]

God of love and hope,you made the world and care for all creation,but the world feels strange right now. Our hopes and plans for the future,all that we have been working towards,have suddenly changed. We acknowledge our bewilderment and sense of powerlessness.In the midst of all our anxieties, fears and questions,Lord, be our strength and […]

A memorial flame created by Bennett Memorial Diocesan School students in art has been selected by a distinguished panel of judges to feature as part of a national art exhibition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The artwork is one of 75 memorial flames chosen to represent each year since the […]

The New Year and new decade have predictably encouraged the media in the past few days to follow the Roman deity Janus in looking backwards to evaluate the year past and to look forward in order to predict what may be coming our way. This annual stock-taking has, it seems, become something of a hand-wringing […]

The Bennett Senior Debating Team have progressed to the second round of the English Speaking Union Schools’ Mace, having won their debate against the team from Tonbridge School on the motion, ‘This House would limit each person to one flight per year’. Yasmin Malik, Ralph Green and Joseph Sparke successfully opposed the motion and were […]

“REMONSTRANCE, calm, distinct, and persevering, in public and in private, direct and indirect, by word, look, and demeanour, is the unequivocal duty of every Christian” On 14th July 1833 John Keble thus addressed the congregation of St Mary the Great, Oxford with his famous sermon lamenting what he described as the “National Apostasy”, what he […]

At funerals in Ancient Rome actors would be hired to wear the death masks of deceased family members to join the procession to the tomb. In this way the Roman family stressed their sense of connection to a long unbroken chain of ancestors. It was a powerful statement of where they came from and their […]

Students at Bennett, an outstanding Church of England school, have again achieved exceptional results in the context of the tough reformed GCSEs, now graded 9-1. At Bennett this year 81% of students achieved 5 or more grades 9-4 and above including English and maths (where grade 4 is equivalent to the old grade C). Exceptional […]