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COVER IMAGE A Monday in Copenhagen A nd just like that, we’re back again with our Autumn issue and Schools Supplement in association with The Good Schools Guide. We’re huge champions of futureproofing our children against all that life can throw at them so you’ll find a series of articles inside our pull-out which focus on growth mindset, resilience and confidence. The supplement also includes our Schools Directory as well as a guide to boarding schools - state and private. Find our Schools Supplement on p19. Following up a great summer of sport, Sophie Clowes takes on the mansplainers and misogynists with her take on the present and future of girls’ sport on p68. We have some fantastic wallpaper ideas and autumn fashion to peruse as well as a great back to school snack from Jo Pratt. All this alongside our What’s On pages, interview with content creator Cat Sims, podcast ideas, trips and some two-wheeled know-how and it’s a bumper issue to kick-off the new academic year.

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Step back in time when you hop on board a steam train. Then try to spot the Gruffalo on your journey and follow clues to find large eggs around the station.


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An action-packed cricket tournament, accompanied by DJs, live

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Young movers and shakers have the chance to experience a real life, full-on festival with DJs, rides, face painting, and games.


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Unleash your imagination as you enter a magical fantasy world of sprites, spirits and even cat buses in this coming-of-age show.

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Travel to a genre-defying world at this extraterrestrial exhibition, which explores how scientists and science fiction creators imagine new worlds.

Explore the history and evolution of women’s football and celebrate diversity in the game.


Guinness World Record holder Mr Bubbles shares stories, magic and art, with giant bubbles, bouncy bubbles, square bubbles, and even fire bubbles on show.


HALLOWEEN Eltham Palace and 22 to 30 28 until 30

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Treat your little monsters to a ghoulish day out where they can solve creepy clues around a trail and listen to spooky tales.


With puppetry, songs and live music, follow Stick Man as he tries to find his way back to the family tree.

Dust off your spookiest costume for a trip to Hever Castle to listen to ghost stories, walk Halloween trails and join vampire-themed workshops.


Enjoy live folk music, children’s activities, woodworking, and a food & crafts market at the Palace’s annual harvest celebration. from from 8 from 22 22 to 30

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Ride a vintage steam train wrapped in lights for a special Christmas treat.

The award-winning ballet is sure to enthral young audiences with its special brand of magic and dance.

Explore African diasporic social experiments, rituals, and practices of hair care at this exhibition of personal and found collections.

See the gardens transform into a glorious winter light trail and, if you’re lucky, you might just run into a special jolly someone.

Travelling all the way from the North Pole, Father Christmas’ tallest elf Buddy searches for his birth family.

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Raymond Briggs’ classic tale returns to the stage for its 25th year, complete with spectacular costumes and enchanting music and dance.


Follow the adventures of the puppet who came to life in this timeless tale, which has a sprinkling of Christmas magic.

Mini music maestros can discover exciting instruments, songs and stories at a nature-inspired music workshop.

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Over the last two and a half years we subverted millennia of understanding about protecting children from fear by heaping upon them threats that they could “kill grandma” through the innocent act of catching a virus. Masked up in class; locked in bedrooms and subjected to needles of unproven benefit, it’s no surprise that record numbers of children - including those of primary age - are on antidepressants. One in three 12-18 year olds are now on such potentially addictive drugs. We took children out of their classrooms and disrupted friendships. Adult politicians kept changing the goalposts on the whim of false predictions, thereby creating uncertainty - that most effective of techniques to psychologically harm the young. What the hell have we done? This autumn, we parents must somehow harness the excitement of a new school year whilst protecting children from our worries. Despite being materialistic little capitalists most of the time, children fundamentally want those who care for them to be happy. I’m not advocating that we lie to our kids about how flush we are, adopting a rictus grin whilst shelling out on another designer t-shirt and secretly racking up debts. But we must not blame our children for financial hardships. It’s poor government that got us into this mess, not your child’s constant need to spend money on Roblox. And saying ‘no’ to children is OK. Most of our children should probably consume less plastic tat from China anyway. You can get younger children involved with a supermarket shop - set the challenge of finding the cheapest items.

Adults are adults and it’s our job to manage life’s woes. So deep breath. We can do this.


12 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK BEVERLEY TURNER F or parents of school age children, September subverts January 1st as the start of new beginnings. Dense with anticipation, trepidation and relief that you no longer have to entertain the kids over the endless summer holidays, the First Day of School is huge for mums and dads.We must time the uniform purchase to precision: go too early in the summer holidays and the teenage boy’s trousers are suddenly ankle-skimmers after six weeks of sunshine and pizza. Go too late and you’ll be arguing with the teenage daughter because the only skirts left are “disgusting!” and you’ll end up using the slightly threadbare one from the previous term (which will delight the daughter as it’s now unavoidably short). And don’t even get me started on school shoes. People worry about our increasingly online shopping world causing data breeches and a surveillance state. I’m equally worried about future humans hobbling along pavements with concubine feet. Nobody measures feet anymore (except for places where a ticket will permit you to stand in-line for three, hungry days until your child is so impatient that they will agree to the first pair they step into regardless of squashed toes).

BEVERLEY TURNER is a regular presenter on GB News, TV and Radio. This autumn, we parents must somehow harness the excitement of a new school year whilst protecting children from our worries.

Pencil cases are packed to bursting with all manner of mathematical instruments that will snap and need replacing by Christmas. You will inevitably write your child’s name on their new water bottle in a manner that is “so embarrassing!” Zip cards will be topped up and you’ll enter into negotiations about how much snack money is too much that will train you for life as a UN Peacekeeper.Evenon a good year, it’s all such an enormous faff. But what does September 2022 feel like?... Mostly, it feels expensive. We have barely recovered from gasping at the price of a round of ice-creams on a Cornish beach and now we’re staring down the barrel of a winter in which fuel bills have leapt to the price of a new car - for the simple act of heating up our homes and water. Wages have dropped in real terms; inflation is soaring and many will be eyeing up credit cards deciding what is affordable as interest rates begin to climb. How we talk to our children about the need to cut our cloth accordingly is very important.

Obviously, the teens will look at you like you asked them to clean the toilets with their toothbrush but maybe get them involved with cooking - hosting a meal with a set budget as way of earning their allowance. Necessity is the mother of invention, and this winter is likely to feel more ‘wartime’ than at any other time of their relatively comfortable lives. We will need to be creative about cheap or free ways to have fun: picnics in coats with warm flasks of soup and movie days under quilts rather than trips to the cinema. Hopefully this will be temporary and brighter days will lie ahead. But in the meantime, we need to remind ourselves that kids are kids and should be free from stress.

You return home having paid a week’s wages for shoes which don’t fit and will come back on day one with the toes transformed from black to ‘playground grey’ (I’m amazed Farrow and Ball haven’t used that yet).

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Finally, we round-up the latest education news and catch up with the new faces a variety of schools in the capital and the southeast this Autumn.



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CONTENTS elcome back! We trust you had a great summer and are raring to go this term. It’s always a long one and can be super tiring for our children. As a result, you’ll notice that resilience and selfconfidence are running themes. These are skills we value highly so you’ll find several articles tackling these subjects.


Boarding schools have always been seen as places where the seeds of independence are sown and as luck would have it, our education partner The Good Schools Guide has recently launched a Boarding Schools Guide. Packing your children off may not be something you have considered but boarding options can start from one or two nights a week which have benefits for all concerned!




D espite a drop in international pupils due to the pandemic and world events, UK boarding is as strong as ever. Growth has been recorded across all age groups and while the number of younger boarders remains modest, senior schools have seen a surge in interest and a third of private school 6th formers now board.

Unlike the old days, when youngsters were packed off to school at the age of seven or eight and didn’t see home again until the end of term, today’s boarding schools offer parents a choice of full boarding, weekly boarding, and flexi boarding. For instance, flexi boarding may allow for a day pupil to board during exam times. You may be a little undecided as to how keen you are for your child to board and so an appealing alternative might be ‘day boarding’. Boarding schools have days which start earlier and end later than any day school. Day boarders are the ones who take advantage of this and yet go home at the end of the day to their own bed.

If you have your sights set on a private school, they may offer financial assistance in the forms of scholarships or bursaries. For the most





Choosing a boarding school for your child, however, is a big decision for the whole family. From worries about being away from your child to navigating fees, we explore some key challenges you may face during your journey, and how you can overcome them.

One plus of a move to sixth form boarding is that it is almost always the young person’s own decision. Parents may also feel that it’s a positive choice that will help their child learn to live independently and, as a side benefit, reduce some of the family conflict those teenage years often bring (at least during term time).

When on a school tour, check out the practicalities in the room such as storage and workspace; look at the kitchen facilities; how many showers? And are the beds big enough? We learned on a recent visit to Rugby School that a shipment of Boarding Schools from The Good Schools Guide, £40 + P&P. Use discount code ‘CITYKIDS20’ for 20% OFF your order. Brighton College

You’ll have a better sense than anyone else as to whether your child is ready to hack it in the cut and thrust of school life away from home. If your child is aiming to apply to a senior boarding school, it may make sense for them to try out boarding beforehand at a boarding prep school. This experience can be enjoyable in its own right, with out of hours access to facilities such as sports fields and swimming pools and more time to spend on hobbies and interests instead of in the car on the school run.



There is also the option to save boarding for sixth form. We visit many schools where there are more boarders in the sixth form than lower down the school - largely because 16- to 18-year-olds are keen to concentrate on their studies, socialise with their friends in their spare time and get a taste of living away from home prior to university.

Many parents choose a boarding school no more than an hour’s drive away from home. If it’s likely you will be making regular trips for sports matches, concerts, plus routine picking up and dropping off for weekends or holidays, do you want to be spending hours on the motorway each week? Ensure you find out what’s going on at the weekend. If you’re considering full boarding at a school which offers a mix of full, weekly and flexi boarding, you want to make quite sure that there will be plenty to occupy your child at the weekend. Find out how many pupils of your child’s age are typically in school at the weekend and what is laid on for them.


new beds has allowed 6 foot plus pupils to sleep comfortably for the first time. Quite important for the home of the first 1st XV!


When it comes to beds and facilities, our boarding school reviews cover a full assessment of dorms and facilities, to help with your decision. This means you can sleep well, knowing your child will too in your chosen school. Choosing a boarding school can be an overwhelming process, but no one said you have to make the decision alone. Boarding Schools from The Good Schools Guide includes more than 360 boarding school reviews and is packed with maps, reviews, articles and photographs. Whether you are interested in big names, local treasures, state boarding schools or country preps, this is your unbiased guide to all that’s best in British boarding.

suitable candidates, bursaries can be worth up to 100 per cent of fees and are based on both your child’s abilities and means tested on your financial circumstances. Scholarships are often highly competitive but are usually worth more in kudos than cash. The financial benefit of a scholarship is rarely worth more than 10 per cent of fees these days and often as little as £100 in vouchers for art supplies for an art scholar. It is possible to hold both a scholarship and a bursary - and many able children do. This means that you gain your place at the school on the strength of your abilities and the school makes it possible for you to come by giving you a bursary. If you think your child would benefit from this kind of education but the high fees at traditional private boarding schools are too much of a barrier, a state boarding school in the UK may be the answer. Compared to fees at independent schools which can be upwards of £40,000 per year for full boarding, state boarding schools are comparatively cheap - mostly somewhere between £10,000-£18,000 a year.


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26 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK Dulwich Prep London provides an outstanding Values led education for boys aged 3 to 13 with a co educational nursery. We offer a wide range of opportunities to nurture independent thinkers who go on to be thoughtful citizens of the world, equipped with a strong moral compass and the ability to adapt to our rapidly changing environment. Our Early Years site is home to our Nursery and Reception classes. They are housed in an award winning building with five acres of woodland and playing fields. We are now offering tours for 2023 entry at either 9.30am or 5.30pm every Wednesday (term time). We look forward to meeting you soon. Contact our Admissions team on 020 8766 5525 or admissions@dulwichpreplondon.orgemail 150+ Co curricular Clubs, Activities and Trips 50+ Senior School Destinations 200+ ScholarshipsAwardedin20202022 12+ Alumni and Friends School Community 20+ Musical Ensembles 15+ Stage Productions 25+ Acres of Open Space and a Swimming Pool 10+ Sports Played at Every Level 7.00am 7.30pm Wrap Around Care

it takes a lot of effort to run in the same spot for one hour, but it does not lead anywhere. So, in this instance, praising the effort does not work. Dweck says it’s important to praise both the effort and outcome.

While it might seem innocent to praise a child as being ‘smart’ or ‘gifted’, this can in fact be detrimental because it sends the message that their intelligence is ‘fixed’ and not of their own making. Instead, it would be better to praise kids for their efforts, motivation and attitude toward learning according to Professor Carol Dweck, who developed the ‘growth mindset’ theory. According to Dweck, praising talent or intelligence leaves children vulnerable and does not teach them that resilience is important in learning. This is not to say that having talent or innate gifts are wrong - but that it is not enough. Author Stephen King says it best, ‘talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.’ It is also worth noting that praising effort alone is not effective, the effort has to be tied to an effective strategy that leads to learning progress. For example,



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ometimes I like to play a game at the end of our silent reading sessions called ‘30 second book review’. Recently, one student’s mini review inspired me to write this article. The student gave a charming and motivational review about ‘ You Are Awesome ’, by Matthew Syed. The principles of a growth mindset underpin the book and examples of successful people, from Mozart to Serena Williams, are used to show that the power of self-belief, determination and practice can help you achieve anything. I praised this student for a) giving an excellent book review, but above all for b) having the courage to believe that they could do anything they put their mind to.

It is this way of thinking that generates successful students, and they should be praised for having the drive to learn, not for having a perfect exam result.

The fixed mindset is believing that you are born with set abilities that cannot be changed, hence the term ‘fixed’. The growth mindset, on the other hand, is the belief that talents and abilities can be developed by overcoming challenges. When a student faces a problem, they can either let it define their ability level, or decide to overcome it. This therefore dispels the stereotypes that some people are ‘either good at maths or art’. You can be good at both if you try effective strategies and consistently work hard. Sure, doing


much like their minds. In conclusion, enduring setbacks and having an attitude to bounce back are powerful skills for students to help them progress. This mindset is also integrated in the IB philosophy; as the learner profile advocates risk taking, being open-minded and reflective. These traits are essential in developing the growth mindset. When giving praise, it’s important for both parents and teachers to also adopt this way of thinking so that children don’t limit their aspirations by putting themselves in boxes. calculus or sketching a self-portrait may be more difficult for some than others, but just because something is hard does not mean you are ‘not good at it’ full stop - more that you’re not good at it ‘yet’ says Dweck.

As a science teacher, I often empathise with students with how difficult many concepts can be when learning them for the first time. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and resign to the idea that they’re ‘not good at science’ and give up. However, this is when I like to remind students that science is a cumulative endeavour built upon the work of countless scientists and failure is a big part of discovery. For example, our understanding of light has taken over a thousand years to reach.


One of the first theories was put forward by the Ancient Greeks who thought that light emerged out of our eyes, but this theory could not explain why we could not see in the dark. It was only until the Arab scientist, Alhazen, put forward his theory that our knowledge of light evolved more closely to what we understand today. He suggested that light entered our eyes, rather than exited it. Although this seems obvious and is taken for granted, understanding how light and vision works is a challenging idea when you are exploring it without prior knowledge. In this way, students often have to think like earlier scientists, with their limited understanding of the world, to help explain their observations. Is it wrong to think like these scientists because their theory was later proved wrong? Does this then make them ‘bad at science’? No - and that is why inquiry based-learning is an important process. It equips students with the skills to investigate problems by taking an active role in their learning. This way of learning therefore promotes the growth mindset because students learn that scientific investigations can be developed, You are Awesome , Matthew Syed and Totriumph


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At ACS Hillingdon, based in West London, creativity is at the centre of everything we do. We teach students to approach challenges with imagination, bringing joy to their education and helping them to develop the skills needed in a world that demands original thinking. To accommodate a diverse range of students, we have a broad intake with no entry exams and offer a range of curriculum options. For students aged 16 to 19, we offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), a rigorous, two-year qualification globally recognised as the best alternative to A-Levels. We also offer the IB Career-related Programme (CP), which enables students to experience the academic rigour of the IB, while pursuing their passions in Film and Theatre or Digital Arts. Making the most of our proximity to Pinewood Studios, we are the first school to offer a further education course in Digital Arts and VFX animation in partnership with the film industry. Students aged 16 to 19 also have the option to study the US PlacementAdvanced(AP) programmes and the US High School Diploma, both renowned for academic excellence. Our students achieve outstanding academic results every year: in 2022, we achieved an average IB point score of 36 in the DP, which is equivalent to two grade A* and one grade A at A Level. With exclusive buses running from North and West London, ACS Hillingdon’s community comprises young people from the local area as well as international families, creating a welcoming and eclectic education environment for every student. In being part of such an inclusive school community, our students gain a unique sense of belonging, internationalmindedness, and personal responsibility. Our beautiful green campus is home to extensive sporting facilities and, for all school years, we have Forest School classrooms to add depth and creativity to students’ learning. Through our world-class facilities, which include science and IT labs, a dedicated music and technology centre, Think Tank classrooms, gallery spaces, an auditorium, and digital media studio for game and animation design, our students are able to explore their creativity and prepare for a wide range of 21st century careers.




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Many pillars of modern teaching are influenced by a well-known list of core skills that every young person needs. These ‘21st Century Skills’ include creativity, flexibility, leadership, and social skills, to name but a few. They do not, however, include resilience, grit and coping with crisis – all skills desperately needed by children growing up in a world of existential threats such as climate change and international conflict. Combined with the incessant messaging of social media, that we are, ‘less than’ our peers, the challenge for teachers and parents to foster wellbeing in children has arguably, never been greater. Here we suggest some practical ways that you can help boost your child’s wellbeing and confidence.

However, from nursery right through to the end of secondary school, a myriad of challenges can reduce a child’s sense of wellbeing; leading to conflict, anxiety and in some cases, can impact academic success.





WHAT IS CONFIDENCE? Confidence comes from experience and learned ability. A confident child either knows how to do something or feels that they can ‘have a go’ and it will not matter too much if they don’t get it right the first time. We can help nurture this in our children by showing that we love and accept them however they perform and whomever they become.

One of the few positive outcomes of Covid was an acceptance that children, even when they come from loving and supporting families and who go to great schools, can suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety, frustration, and isolation, affecting their wellbeing and ultimately their confidence. This can manifest in problems in social settings and friendships, rows with parents and challenging behaviour at school.


e all want our children to be happy, well rounded, and confident young people.

MENTORSHIP In the distant past, children and teenagers learnt from the interaction of parents, family, and community in a supportive kinship group. These diverse relationships provide children with a range of role models. For many, this all-important rite of passage is limited to the occasional trip to see the grandparents. Surrounding your child with other adults who are invested in their wellbeing can help reinforce your work as a parent and provide a level of accountability for your child, as well as allowing them the opportunity to communicate with adults outside their immediate family unit, or school. Encouraging and fostering these independent relationships, whether they be with a godparent, older cousin, aunty, or family friend, can increase your child’s confidence by broadening their horizons and removing limiting beliefs.

Children love telling you what is happening to them. Even if they don’t know what they want, even when they are shouting at you, running away, or punching the wall, deep down they want you to know that they exist and that they matter. So, spend time on their level, exploring things they are interested in, listening to them rather than always telling them what they ‘should’ be doing.

Success at school helps to build a feeling of confidence within children. Your child spends most of their week at school, so a positive experience is important. The meaning of academic success can be different for each child, but a joinedup approach can help children feel supported, secure, and confident in having a go. As a parent, keeping in the loop with schoolwork, or the next exam, and communicating with teachers about other ways you could help is key. Rather than micromanaging and emulating a constant need for ‘the best’ results, having a consistent awareness of the ebbs and flows of your child’s schooling and attainment enables you to implement support or changes as and when they are needed. A pragmatic approach to your child’s education will help increase confidence which ultimately does influence academic results.

REACT WITH CARE As children grow, they are in a constant struggle between needing to know that they are safe and cared for and pushing new boundaries to allow them to explore their world. Your job is to support them on this journey. The way you react to your child will change everything that happens next. It is sometimes appropriate to be angry in the moment, particularly if your child is doing something that could hurt themselves or others. However, holding a grudge, being passive aggressive or escalating into a rage is counterproductive and usually has more to do with how you want your child to be rather than enquiring about and accepting the way they are now.

NATHANIEL MCCULLAGH is Founder and Director of Simply Learning Tuition.

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London has some of the best secondary schools in the country and as a result it can feel a bit frenzied as families head towards 11+ exams. But, if you ignore the tittle tattle, stay honest about your child’s ability and character, and do your research, you will find a school where your child will flourish and be happy.


Amongst the most sought after schools in the capital, places are hard to come by and come at a cost. Research is key as parents of neuro-diverse and children with special educational needs will know, one size does not fit all.

You’ll find all the schools within our directory on The Good Schools Guide website: those which are reviewed are marked with a . PRIMARY/PRE-PREP/PREP

DEVONSHIRE HOUSE PRE-PREP & PREP SCHOOL 2 Arkwright Road, NW3 6AE T 020 7435 1916 E W½to13schools:Highgate,StPaul’s, UCS, Westminster, Mill Hill, City of London, Eton, Merchant Taylor’s, Haberdashers, Charterhouse, Harrow „ MAPLE WALK SCHOOL 62a Crownhill Road, NW10 4EB T 020 8963 3890 E

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As your children become more independent, distance is not quite so key, so our directory reflects this, taking in further flung counties such as Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset. And some quintessential English boarding schools.

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Choosing a first school can be overwhelming. Old hands will tell you that league tables and statistics (and tittle tattle) are only part of the story – an open day, tour or show around will give you the feel for a place and the opportunity to ask questions.

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„ ORLEY FARM SCHOOL South Hill Avenue, Harrow, HA1 3NU T 020 8869 7600 E W NextCo-edorleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk4to13schools:MerchantTaylors’, Mill Hill, Northwood College, Parmiter’s, Rugby, St Paul’s Girls, John Lyon, Royal Masonic, Westminster, Aldenham,

You may be considering a move out or prefer your child has a countryside education. Our prep boarding list has distance in mind, with journey times from London under an hour.

If you are considering the private route, our schools directory provides some basic information and contact details to help you on your way to choosing a school. Check websites for open days and registration deadlines as some schools will operate a first come first served system, while others might assess.

W,City of London, Emanuel, Queen’s College, Latymer Upper, John Lyon, North Bridge House, Belmont Mill Hill Prep School, Wetherby Prep, Francis Holland „ NORTH BRIDGE HOUSE SCHOOL 1 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 7AB T 020 7267 6266 E W Co-ednorthbridgehouse.comnursery2to5,Pre-prep 5 to 7, Prep 7 to 13 Next schools: Senior School, City of London, Channing, Eton, Francis Holland, Merchant Taylor’s, Channing, South Hampstead

ABERCORN SCHOOL 28 Abercorn Place, NW8 9XP T 020 7286 4785 E W NextCo-edabercornschool.com2to13schools:Aldenham, City of London, Francis Holland, Highgate, Latymer Upper, Mill Hill, North London Collegiate, Queen’s College, UCS, Westminster, Eton

„ FALKNER HOUSE 19 Brechin Place, SW7 4QB T 020 7373 4501 E W & Latymer, St Paul’s Girls, City of London, Latymer Upper, Notting Hill & Ealing, Queen’s Gate, Putney High School, Benenden, St Mary’s Ascot, Wycombe Abbey

ST ANTHONY’S SCHOOL FOR BOYS 90 Fitzjohn’s Avenue, NW3 6N T 020 7431 106 E

W,Cityof London, Wetherby Senior, UCS, Sherborne, Tonbridge ST ANTHONY’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS Ivy House, North End Road, NW11 7SX T 020 3869 3070 E

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FALCONS PREP RICHMOND 41 Kew Foot Road, TW9 2SS T 020 8948 9490 E W School, Haileybury, Reed’s, Radnor House FALCONS SCHOOL FOR GIRLS (& PEREGRINES PRE-PREP) 11 Woodborough Road, SW15 6PY T 020 8992 5189 E W nursery 2 to 4

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„ BROOMWOOD HALL SCHOOL 68-74 Nightingale Lane, SW12 8NR T 020 8682 8830 E W Girlsnorthwoodschools.com4to13andboysfrom 4 to 8

The Manor House, 58 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 9RU T 020 3917 5050 E W CharterhouseatWinchester,NextBoyseatonhouseschools.com3to13schools:Eton,Tonbridge,Westminster,StPaul’s13+,DulwichCollege,Harrow, „ EATON HOUSE THE MANOR GIRLS’ SCHOOL 58 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 9RU T 0203 917 5050 E W JAGS,Girlseatonhouseschools.com4to11WycombeAbbey,StPaul’s Girls’, St Mary’s Ascot „ EATON SQUARE SCHOOL 55-57 Eccleston Square, SW1V 1PH T 020 7225 3131 E W


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BROOMFIELD HOUSE SCHOOL Broomfield Road, TW9 3HS T 020 8940 3884 E W LEH,Ibstock,GodolphinNextCo-edbroomfieldhouse.com3to11schools:StPaul’sJuniors,&Latymer,Hampton,KingsCollegeWimbledon,LatymerUpper,PutneyHigh,


Next schools: Putney High, Ibstock, Kew House, Latymer Upper, LEH, Radnor House, Harrodian, Benenden

FALKNER HOUSE (BOYS) 20 Penywern Rd, London SW5 9SU T 020 7373 2340 E W,

NextCo-edeatonsquareschool.com4to11schools:Alleyns,JAGS, Francis Holland, Dulwich College, Godolphin & Latymer, Latymer Upper, Putney High

OPEN MORNING Saturday 8th October 2022, Register10.00–12.00pmonline SouthTel:Email:orleyfarm.harrow.sch.ukat:registrar@orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk02088697600HillAvenue,Harrow,HA13NU@orleyfarm DIRECTORY

The Vale, SW3 6AH T 020 7352 4040 E W NextCo-edcameronvaleschool.comaged2to11SchoolsQueen’sGate, Wetherby Senior, Queen’s College, More House, Holland Park School DOLPHIN NOAHS(incorporatingSCHOOLARKNURSERY SCHOOLS) Northcote Road, SW11 6QW T 020 7924 3472 E W’s,Croydon High, Downe House, Dulwich College, Ibstock Place, Whitgift, Sydenham High, Francis Holland „ EATON HOUSE 3-5 Eaton Gate, SW1W 9BA T 0203 917 5050 E W NextBoyseatonhouseschools.com3to11schools:Westminster, St Paul’s, Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Latymer Prep, Westminster Under, Thomas’s Battersea, Wetherby Prep „ EATON HOUSE THE MANOR BOYS’S SCHOOL

W’s Juniors, Highgate, North Bridge House, South Hampstead High, UCS, Westminster Under, Latymer Prep, Merchant Taylor’s THE GOWER SCHOOL 10 Cynthia Street, N1 9JF T 020 7700 2445 E W, City of London, Highgate, Channing, Dame Alice Owen’s, Forest, Francis Holland, Henrietta Barnett, North London Collegiate, Hampstead High SOUTH + SOUTH WEST

Next schools: Francis Holland, JAGS, LEH, St Paul’s, More House, Streatham & Clapham High, Emanuel, Alleyn’s, Harrodian, Wellington „ CAMERON VALE SCHOOL

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Wimbledon, St Paul’s, City of London „ FRANCIS HOLLAND JUNIOR SCHOOL (SLOANE SQUARE) Graham Terrace, SW1W 8JF T 020 7730 2971 E W Holland Senior, Alleyn’s, JAGS, St Paul’s Girls, City of London Girls, Wycombe Abbey, Downe House „ GARDEN HOUSE SCHOOL Turks Row, SW3 4TW T 020 7730 1652 E W, Wetherby Prep, St Paul’s’, Winchester House, Summer Fields, Ludgrove. Francis Holland (north and south), Godolphin & Latymer, Latymer Upper, St Mary’s Ascot, Heathfield „ GLENDOWER PREPARATORY SCHOOL 86/87 Queen’s Gate, SW7 5JX T 020 7370 1927 E W NextGirlsglendowerprep.org4to11schools:FrancisHolland Sloane Square, Godolphin & Latymer, Wycombe Abbey, Kensington Park School, Latymer Upper, Putney High School, St Paul’s Girls’ ICS LONDON EARLY YEARS/PRIMARY 7B Wyndham Place London W1H 1PN T 020 7298 8800 W „ KEW COLLEGE PREP 24-26 Cumberland Road, TW9 3HQ T 020 8940 2039 E W NextCo-edkewcollege.comfrom3to11schools:Hampton School, Ibstock Place School, Kingston Grammar School, Radnor House, St Benedict’s School, St Catherine’s School, Surbiton High School, Harrodian, Wimbledon High School „ KEW GREEN PREPARATORY SCHOOL Layton House, Ferry Lane, TW9 3AF T 020 8948 5999 E W Kew House, Notting Hill & Ealing, Westminster, Latymer Upper, KCS Wimbledon, St John’s Leatherhead, Ibstock Place „ KINGS HOUSE SCHOOL 68 King’s Road, TW10 6ES T 020 8940 1878 E W Millfield,EpsomKing’sNextBoyskingshouseschool.org3to13withco-ednurseryschools:Hampton,StPaul’s,CollegeWimbledon,Reed’s,College,Charterhouse,Eton,Wellington,Winchester


„ NEWTON PREP 149 Battersea Park Road, SW8 4BX T 020 7720 4091

E W,City of London, JAGS, Wimbledon High, Dulwich, Godolphin & Latymer, Putney High, St Paul’s, Hampton, King’s College Wimbledon, Whitgift, Wellington, Eton, Benenden, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Charterhouse, Harrow, Brighton College „ NORTHCOTE LODGE SCHOOL 26 Bolingbroke Grove, SW11 6EL T 020 8682 8888 E W NextBoysnorthwoodschools.com8to13schools:Seniorschool, Harrow, Eton, Tonbridge, Sherborne, Bradfield, Marlborough, Wellington PRINCE’S GARDENS PREPARATORY SCHOOL 23-25 Princes Gate, SW7 1PT T 020 7591 4620 E W DIRECTORY Eaton Square Schools Prep & Nursery Rated ‘Excellent’ in all ISI Reports Secure your place at: 55-57 Eccleston Square, London, SW1V 1PH | registrar@eatonsquareschools.comNEXTMORNINGSOPENSaturday1stOctober2022Wednesday2ndNovember2022

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Fulham School is an independent and co-educational school, providing a rich and diverse curriculum for boys and girls aged 3 to 18. New Nursery School opening in September 2022. To find out more visit or email

CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 39 020 8940 kewcollege.com2039Look a little deeper. Kew College Prep has a singular agenda to do the best by each pupil – from all angles. It is about providing a secure environment for the children to grow as individuals by unlocking their own potential to the full. Your child. In technicolour.bright Kew College Advert - INN 6622 - Quarter Page - v2.pdf 1 22/07/2022 16:13 CO-EDUCATIONAL PREPARATORY AND NURSERY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN AGED 2-11 Our pupils get greatTheyresults.just don’t get stressed about it. busNewroutesW4/W6/W12&SW6 Earsby LondonStreetW14 8SH For more information and to arrange a tour of the nursery or the prep school, please contact 0207 348 1793 or email

SINCLAIR HOUSE SCHOOL 59 Fulham High Street, SW6 3JJ T 020 7736 9182 E W Holland,,FrancisFulham,Godolphin&Latymer

Co-ed 3 to 11 Next schools: Heathfield, St James, More House, St George’s „ PROSPECT HOUSE SCHOOL 75 Putney Hill, SW15 3NT T 020 8780 0456 E W’sCollege, Latymer Upper, Putney High, Hampton, Kingston Grammar, St John’s Leatherhead, Ibstock, Kew House, Surbiton High „ REDCLIFFE GARDENS SCHOOL 47, Redcliffe Gardens, SW10 9JH T 020 7352 9247 E W FrancisCo-edredcliffeschool.com2½to11HollandRegent’s

Park, More House, St Philip’s, Fulham School, Queen’s College, Sussex House, Hurlingham Academy, Queen’s Gate, Kensington Park School, St James’s

„ SUSSEX HOUSE SCHOOL 68 Cadogan Square, SW1X 0EA T 020 7584 1741 E co.ukadmissions@sussexhouseschool. W Harrow,,Winchester,StPaul’s,Westminster „ THE ROCHE SCHOOL 11 Frogmore, SW18 1HW T 020 8877 0823 E W NextCo-edtherocheschool.com2to11schools:Emanuel, King’s College, Wimbledon, Dulwich College, Ibstock Place School, Latymer, Wimbledon

High, Putney High, Epsom College THE ROWANS 19 Drax Avenue, SW20 0EG T 020 8946 8220 E W House, Kings College Junior, St Paul’s Junior, LEH, Wimbledon High, Feltonfleet, Danes Hill „ THE STUDY PREPARATORY SCHOOL Wilberforce House, SW19 4UN T 020 8947 6969 E W High, Cranleigh Prep, Guildford High School, Putney High, St John’s Leatherhead, Surbiton High School, Sutton High THE WHITE HOUSE PREP SCHOOL & WOODENTOPS KINDERGARTEN 24 Thornton Road, SW12 0LF T 020 8674 9514 E W NextCo-edwhitehouseschool.com3to11schools:JAGs,Alleyn’s, Dulwich College, Whitgift, Emanuel, Trinity School, Woldingham WETHERBY KENSINGTON 4 Wetherby Gardens, SW5 0JN T 0203 910 9760 E W’s,Latymer Prep, Kings College Wimbledon „ WETHERBY PREP SCHOOL 48 Bryanston Square, W1H 2EA T 020 7535 3520 E W WIMBLEDON PREPARATORYCOMMONSCHOOL 113 Ridgway, SW19 4TA T 020 8946 1001 E

Why Better?Smalleris 8 Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 5BG 020 8579 Nursery & Preparatory School for boys & girls from 3 to 11 years Find out at our Open Day Saturday 1st October 2022 10am - 12 noon „ Read the review at CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK DIRECTORY

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Researchers within the NHS and Harvard recommend that your child should get moving for 3 to 5 hours a day, including 60 minutes of vigorous exercise. This isn’t just important for your child’s physical health, but also critical to the development of their brain, their body, their sensory systems, and their social and emotional skills. Pressures on timetables, resources and space mean this can be di cult within schools. This is where The Little Gym steps in.

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Gymnastics is the only sport that challenges the body to move through every single movement plane and rotate around every single axis. That's why we consider it the movement equivalent of a superfood. Just like leafy greens, movement increases brainpower - children get smarter when they move! At the same time, their bodies get stronger which allows their brains to listen and learn better. At The Little Gym children learn to problem solve through movement, they learn to control their body, enhance their gross motor skills, discover what they are capable of, and to TRUST themselves. They develop self-confidence, self-esteem and boost their creativity and imagination through movement. They develop their peripheral vision, their balance, their spatial awareness through movement. They learn to concentrate, focus and even sit still through MOVING first.

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find out more about our classes for children aged 4 months and SW1, South Hampstead, St Paul’s, City Boys, Westminster Under, Wetherby CHISWICK AND BEDFORD PARK PREPARATORY SCHOOL Priory Avenue, W4 1TX T 020 8994 1804 E W,Girls3to 11 Next schools: LEH, Hampton, Godolphin & Latymer, Latymer, Kew House, Notting Hill & Ealing

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Upper, City of London, Notting Hill & Ealing, Francis Holland, Kew House, Emanuel, UCS „ BUTE HOUSE PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS Luxemburg Gardens, W6 7EA T 020 7603 7381 E W’s Girls, Godolphin & Latymer, Francis Holland (south and north), Wycombe Abbey, Downe House, St George’s Ascot „ CHEPSTOW HOUSE SCHOOL 108a Lancaster Road, W11 1QS T 020 7243 0243 E W

DALLINGTON SCHOOL 8 Dallington Street, EC1V 0BW T 020 7251 2284 E W

W College Junior, St Paul’s Junior, Shrewsbury House, Westminster Under EAST + SOUTH EAST „ CHARTERHOUSE SQUARE SCHOOL 40 Charterhouse Square EC1MLondon6EA T 020 7600 3805 E W HampsteadWestminster,,FrancisHolland,SouthHigh House, City of London, The Latymer School, Portland Place, UCS, Queen’s College „ DULWICH PREP LONDON 42 Alleyn Park, SE21 7AA T 020 8766 5500 E W NextBoysdulwichpreplondon.org3to13schools:DulwichCollege, Alleyn’s, Trinity, Whitgift, Westminster, Tonbridge „ THE LYCEUM SCHOOL 65 Worship Street, EC2A 2DU T 020 7247 1588 E W

W SydenhamCollege,NextCo-edthevillaschoolandnursery.com2to7schools:Alleyn’s,JAGs,DulwichRosemead,Oakfield,Girls,DulwichPrep

CLIFTON LODGE 8, Mattock Lane, W5 5BG T 020 8579 3662 E W Read the review at CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

CENTRAL + WEST BASSETT HOUSE SCHOOL 60 Bassett Road, W10 6JP T 020 8969 0313 E W

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Latymer Upper, Godolphin & Latymer, St Paul’s, Wycombe Abbey „ PEMBRIDGE HALL SCHOOL 18 Pembridge Square, W2 4EH T 020 7229 0121 E W

Regent’s Park, Francis Holland Sloane Square, Godolphin & Latymer, Queen’s College, St Paul’s Girls’ School „ PORTLAND PLACE SCHOOL 56-58 Portland Place, W1B 1NJ T 020 7307 8700 E W,Brampton College, Wycliffe College, Ashbourne College, DLD College London, Albemarle, Marianopolis College, Canada „ RAVENSCOURT PARK PREPARATORY SCHOOL 16 Ravenscourt Avenue, W6 0SL T 020 8846 9153 E W Kew House, Maida Vale School (linked senior schools), Francis Holland ( north and south), City of London, Hampton „ ST BENEDICT’S SCHOOL 54 Eaton Rise, W5 2ES T 020 8862 2254 E

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„ SHREWSBURY HOUSE 107 Ditton Road, Surbiton, KT6 6RL T 020 8399 3066 E W Westminster,Wimbledon,NextBoysshrewsburyhouse.net7to13schools:King’sCollegeStPaul’s,StJohn’s,Hampton,Epsom College, Wellington, Charterhouse, Tonbridge

STUDY SCHOOL & NURSERY 57 Thetford Road, KT3 5DP T 020 8942 0754 E W, LEH, Guildford High, Tiffin

Co-ed 3 to 11 Next schools: Merchant Taylors’ School, City of London Boys’, Hampton, The John Lyon School, St Benedict’s, Notting Hill & Ealing High School, St Augustine’s Priory, St Benedict’s, Latymer Upper School, Godolphin & Latymer, Putney High „ DURSTON HOUSE 12-14 Castlebar Road, W5 2DR T 020 8991 6530 E W’s Juniors, Falcons Prep, Westminster Under, Latymer, Caldicott „ HAWKESDOWN HOUSE 27 Edge Street, W8 7PN T 020 7727 9090 E W



„ LATYMER PREP SCHOOL 36 Upper Mall, W6 9TA T 020 7993 0061 E W Co-edlatymerprep.org7to11witha linked senior school „ NOTTING HILL PREP 95 Lancaster Road, W11 1QQ T 020 7221 0727 E W NextCo-ednottinghillprep.com4to13schools:StPaul’s, Wycombe Abbey, Eton, Westminster, Putney High, Francis Holland (north and south), Wellington, Rugby, Bradfield, Harrodian „ ORCHARD HOUSE SCHOOL 16 Newton Grove, W4 1LB T 020 8742 8544 E W,

„ WETHERBY SCHOOL 11 Pembridge Square, W2 4ED T 020 7727 9581 E W,Sussex House, St Paul’s Juniors, King’s College Junior School, Latymer Prep, Summer Fields, Caldicott, The Dragon


HARVINGTON PREP SCHOOL 20 Castlebar Road, W5 2DS T 020 8997 1583 E W NextBoysharvingtonschool.com3to7,girls3to11schools:StPaul’s,City of London Girls, Latymer Upper, Notting Hill & Ealing Will merge with Durston House for September 2023

„ ST JAMES PREPARATORY SCHOOL Earsby Street, W14 8SH T 020 7348 1793 E W Harrodian,Queen’sQueensgate,,Godolphin&Latymer,College,Westminster,UCS,LatymerUpper

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FALCONS PRE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2 Burnaby Gardens, W4 3DT T 020 8747 8393 E W’s

NextBoysdurstonhouse.org4to13schools:StPaul’s, Merchant Taylors’, Hampton, Latymer, City, John Lyon, St Benedict’s

Pickford Road, Markyate, AL3 8AW T 01582 840333 E W Haberdashers’,NextCo-edbeechwoodpark.com3to13withboardingschools:Berkhamsted,MerchantTaylors’, Mill Hill, Queenswood, Rugby „ ELSTREE SCHOOL Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5TD T 01189 713302 E W, Eton, Radley, Sherborne, Winchester „ GAYHURST SCHOOL Bull Lane, Gerrards Cross, SL9 8RJ T 01753 882690

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48 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK Sixth Form Open Evening Whole School Open Day 21st September 2022 8th October 2022 . . Radnor House Independent Senior School for girls and boys is relocating to the magnificent Kneller Hall for September 2023 65 Kneller Rd, Twickenham, TW2 7DN Scan to find out more and book an Open Day


Kneller Hall and Radnor House are part of the Dukes Education family of schools.

Founding Principal of Kneller Hall School, Darryl Wideman, says: ‘Victor Hugo once said, “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” We believe the time has come for some radical new thinking about the way we educate our children to prepare them properly for the future they will need to create’.


All enquiries: Kneller Hall School, 65 Kneller Road, Twickenham, TW2 7DN email:

Dukes Education’s team of architects and designers are now sensitively transforming the 60,000 square feet site into a truly modern, 21st century school. This includes facilities for celebration of the arts with studios for textiles and design, as well as dedicated music and performing arts areas, fantastic new sporting facilities with a brand-new sports hall, a swimming pool, turf sport pitches and a multi-use games area.

Kneller Hall is conveniently located a short walk from Twickenham train station with local buses stopping either outside or nearby. There is potential to increase the school coach routes (currently from Wimbledon, Ealing, and Chelsea) to accommodate children who may find this journey more difficult when travelling from locations such as Kingston, Surbiton, and surrounding areas.

Drawing on the very best educational expertise, research, and innovation, young people will develop a deep love of learning and be empowered to be the agents of their own future success. Our pupils will be encouraged to embrace critical thinking, to interrogate all situations and understand the importance of grit and resilience to become the very best possible versions of themselves.

Kneller Hall School will open in September 2023 as an outstanding senior school for girls and boys aged 11-18 years, and a new home for Radnor House Senior School and Sixth Form. Over 400 pupils will be relocating, with room for many more to join the school and benefit from all it has to offer.


Central to its ethos is the belief that children and their happiness must be at the heart of education. Kneller Hall will not be dedicated solely to learning the right answers or getting the best marks in exams, (though results are sure to be excellent).

The 30-acre site is the largest of any independent school in Southwest London and will allow the school to grow and

The ‘Kneller Laureate’ will offer a more formalised approach to activities beyond the classroom, using a credit-based system to help pupils to think more effectively, perform more skilfully, develop their selfknowledge and empathy for others, and prepare with greater focus for the world in which they will live.

The expansion of Radnor House into the new buildings at Kneller Hall cements the school’s standing as a leader in education and provides the opportunity to expand the provision of a world-class educational experience for all our pupils.

Kneller Hall itself is a magnificent Grade-II-listed building with a neo-Jacobean façade and grand entrance, originally built in the early 1700s.

develop into a unique and original new venture as part of the Dukes Education family. Over half the space is designated as Metropolitan Open Land, which means it must be retained as green space for the pupils to explore and enjoy. An ecological corridor with a beautiful outdoor space and outdoor learning will offer exciting opportunities for pupils to pursue their interests and develop their skills; new science laboratories, design and technology classrooms and a forest school will add breadth and depth to the pupils’ day-today experiences, giving pupils a chance to reconnect with the natural world.

Kneller Hall School will provide a modern education modelled on the successful foundations that have been laid at Radnor House, where we promote a values-based approach that puts kindness and compassion high on the agenda, uses encouragement rather than pressure to achieve success, and urges all our pupils to do what they are asked to do - and then do a little bit more.

Co-ed 3 to 18, linked junior school ICS LONDON SECONDARY/DIPLOMA 21 Star Street, W2 1QB T 020 7298 8800 W „ JAMES ALLEN’S GIRL’S SCHOOL (JAGS) East Dulwich Grove, SE22 8TE T 020 8693 1181 E W

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„ FRANCIS HOLLAND (SS) Graham Terrace, SW1W 8JF T 020 7730 2971 E W

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bilingual „ DULWICH COLLEGE Dulwich Common, SE12 7LD T 020 8693 3601 E W boarding EATON SQUARE SENIOR SCHOOL 106 Piccadilly, W1J 7NL T 020 7491 7393 E schools.comadmissions.senior@eatonsquare W Co-edeatonsquareschools.com11to18

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FRANCIS HOLLAND (RP) Clarence Gate, Ivor Place, NW1 6XR T 020 7723 0176 E W

„ KING’S COLLEGE SCHOOL Southside, SW19 4TT T 020 8255 5300 E W, girls 16 to 18, linked junior school „ LADY ELEANOR HOLLES (LEH) Hanworth Road, TW12 3HF T 020 8979 1601 E W, linked junior school „ LATYMER UPPER SCHOOL 237 King Street, W6 9LR T 020 8629 2024 E W Co-edwww.latymer-upper.org11to18,linkedjunior school

„ NORTH BRIDGE HOUSE CANONBURY 6-9 Canonbury Place, N1 2NQ T 020 7267 6266 E W Co-ednorthbridgehouse.com11to18,linkedjunior school „ NORTH LONDON COLLEGIATE Canons Drive, Edgeware, HA8 7RJ T 020 8952 0912 E W, linked junior school

„ ST JAMES SENIOR GIRLS’ SCHOOL Earsby Street, W14 8SH T 020 7348 1777 E W

„ FULHAM SENIOR SCHOOL 200 Greyhound Road, W14 9SD T 020 7386 2444 E W Co-edfulham.school4to18

„ EMANUEL SCHOOL Battersea Rise, SW11 1HS T 020 8870 4171 E W „


junior school „ ARTSED Cone Ripman House, 14 Bath Road, W4 1LY T 020 8987 6600 E W

„ NOTTING HILL & EALING HIGH SCHOOL 2 Cleveland Road, W13 8AX T 020 8799 8400 E W Girlsnhehs.gdst.net11to18,linked junior school

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„ HAMPTON SCHOOL Hanworth Road, TW12 3HD T 020 8979 5526 E W,linkedjunior school „ THE HARRODIAN SCHOOL Lonsdale Road, SW13 9QN T 020 8748 6117 E W Co-edharrodian.com4to18 „ HIGHGATE SCHOOL North Road, N6 4AY T 020 8347 3564 E W „ IBSTOCK PLACE SCHOOL Clarence Lane, SW15 5PY T 020 8876 9991 E W

„ ALLEYN’S SCHOOL Townley Road, SE22 8SU T 020 8557 1500 E

Pope’s Villa, Cross Deep, TW1 4QG T 020 8891 6264 E W Co-edradnor-twickenham.org9to18

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„ ST PAUL’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL Brook Green, W6 7BS T 020 7603 2288 E W Girlsspgs.org11to18 „ ST PAUL’S SCHOOL Lonsdale Road, SW13 9JT T 020 8748 9162 E W,linkedprep school „ UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SCHOOL Frognal, NW3 6XH T 020 7435 2215 E W, girls 16 to 18, linked junior school TASIS - THE AMERICAN SCHOOL IN ENGLAND Coldharbour Lane, TW20 8TE T 01932 565252 E W Co-edtasisengland.org3to18,with boarding „ WESTMINSTER SCHOOL 20 Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PB T 020 7963 1003 E W,girls16 to 18, with boarding, linked prep „ WETHERBY SENIOR SCHOOL 100 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2QU T 020 7535 3530 E W „ WHITGIFT SCHOOL Haling Park, CR2 6YT T 020 8688 9222 E W,with boarding, girls 11 to 18 Open Days (Prep) Saturday 17th September Saturday 12th November Pre-Prep Wednesday 14th September Wednesday 23rd November Boarding and day school for girls and boys aged 2-13 “A country school in the truest sense” Good Schools Guide, 2022 City Kids advert.indd 1 23/06/2022 11:48„ Read the review at CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 51 SECONDARYDIRECTORY

At Frensham, we truly believe that as much, if not more, learning happens outside the classroom as within. A real education is about so much more than accumulating facts and passing tests. Being able to apply knowledge, critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration to real-world problems and situations – well, that’s getting much closer. Get in touch at to find out more. WHO WE ARE. WHO WE BECOME. Visit to book a tour or join us for our Open Morning on 17th September. A progressive day and boarding school in Surrey for children from 3 to 18 | refreshingly different since 1925 52 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK OPEN DAYS Saturday 1st October Saturday 25th February Saturday 6th May Saturday 10th June Explore a modern co educational day and boarding prep school for children aged 7 to 13 where individuals are nurtured and talents explored



„ ST JOHN’S BEAUMONT Priest Hill, Old Windsor, SL4 2JN T 01784 432428 E W NextBoysSJBWindsor.uk3to13schools:Hampton, Reading Blue Coat, Harrow, Worth „ SANDROYD Rushmore, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QD T 01725 516264 E W NextCo-edsandroyd.org2to13schools:Sherborne, Marlborough, Bryanston, Radley, St Mary’s Calne, Downe House

Next schools: Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies’, Queen Anne’s, Downe House „ HOLMWOOD HOUSE Lexden, Colchester, CO3 9ST T 01206 574305 E W NextCo-edholmwood.house4to16schools:Ampleforth, Rugby, Stowe, Uppingham, Royal Hospital, Felsted „ LAMBROOK SCHOOL Winkfield Row, RG42 6LU T 01344 882717 E W MarlboroughCranleigh,Bradfield,,Wellington,Bryanston,Charterhouse,DowneHouse,Harrow, „ LOCKER’S PARK Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1TL T 01442 251712 E W Berkhamsted,NextBoyslockerspark.herts.sch.uk4to13,girls4to7schools:Bedford,Harrow,Rugby,StAlbans, Stowe, Eton „ LUDGROVE Wokingham, RG40 3AB T 01189 789881 E W NextBoysludgrove.net8to13schools:Eton, Harrow, Radley, Winchester, Marlborough, Sherborne „ MOULSFORD Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 9HR T 01491 651438 E W NextBoysmoulsford.com4to13schools:Abingdon, Pangbourne, Radley, St Edward’s, Marlborough, Wellington, Bradfield, Stowe, Harrow, Eton „ PAPPLEWICK Ascot, SL5 7LH T 01344 621488 E W Uppingham,Wellington,,Harrow,Radley,Bradfield,Charterhouse

NextCo-edcottesmoreschool.com4to13schools:Eton,Downe House, Harrow, Cheltenham Ladies’, Radley, Winchester, Wellington, Marlborough „ CRANLEIGH PREPARATORY SCHOOL Horseshoe Lane, GU6 8QH T 01483 542051 E W Co-edcranprep.org7to13,linked senior school Next schools: Cranleigh, Wellington, Charterhouse, Millfield, St Catherine’s Bramley „ CUMNOR HOUSE SUSSEX London Road, Danehill, RH17 7HT T 01825 790347 E W, Eton, Charterhouse, Ardingly, Hurst, Cranleigh „ DRAGON SCHOOL Bardwell Road, Oxford, OS2 6SS T 01865 315405 E W NextCo-eddragonschool.org4to13schools:StEdwards, Abingdon, Magdalen College, Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Radley, Wycombe Abbey, Wellington, Marlborough „ EAGLE HOUSE Sandhurst, GU47 8PH T 01344 772134 E W

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„ SUMMER FIELDS Mayfield Road, Oxford, OX2 7EN T 01865 454433 E W NextBoyssummerfields.com4to13schools:Eton,Harrow, Radley, Winchester „ SUNNINGDALE SCHOOL Dry Arch Road, SL5 9PY T 01344 620159 E W MarlboroughWellington,,Charterhouse,Tonbridge,Stowe,Harrow,

„ ALDRO SCHOOL Shackleford, Godalming, GU8 6AS T 01483 810266 E W NextBoysaldro.org7to13schools: Charterhouse, Cranleigh, Sherborne, Tonbridge, Wellington, Harrow „ BEECHWOOD PARK SCHOOL

EDGEBOROUGH SCHOOL Edgeborough, Farnham, GU10 3AH T 01252 792495 E W CharterhouseCollege,,Cranleigh, „ FELTONFLEET SCHOOL Byfleet Road, Cobham, KT11 1DR T 01932 862264 E W’s, Epsom, Reed’s, Charterhouse, City of London Freemen’s, Claremont Fan Court

Pickford Road, Markyate, AL3 8AW T 01582 840333 E W NextCo-edbeechwoodpark.com3to13schools:StAlbans, Bedford, Berkhamsted, Merchant Taylors’, Oundle, Uppingham „ BRAMBLETYE SCHOOL Lewes Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3PD T 01342 321004 E W’s Canterbury, Benenden, Ardingly, Canford, Roedean, Brighton „ CALDICOTT SCHOOL Farnham Royal, SL2 3SL T 01753 649300 E W NextBoyscaldicott.com7to13schools:Harrow, St Edwards, Charterhouse, Stowe, Wellington, Winchester „ CHEAM SCHOOL Newbury, RG19 8LD T 01635 268242 E W NextCo-edcheamschool.com3to13schools:Wellington, Marlborough, Bradfield, Eton, Radley, Downe House, Sherborne „ COTTESMORE SCHOOL Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage RH11 9AU T 01293 520648 E W




GODSTOWE PREPARATORY SCHOOL Shrubbery Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6PR T 01494 529273 E W Co-edgodstowe.org3to7,girls only 7 to 13


54 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK Senior School Open Morning Saturday 17 September 2022 9.30am to noon Boys and girls 13 to 18 HMC – Day, weekly and full boarding To register please contact: bedes.orgTadmissions@bedes.org01323356609 Bede’s Senior School Upper Dicker East Sussex BN27 3QH Bede’s Prep School Duke’s Drive, Eastbourne East Sussex BN20 7XL Prep School Open Morning Saturday 8 October 2022 9.30am to noon Boys and girls 3 months to 13 years IAPS – Boarding, flexi-boarding and day To register please contact: Tprep.admissions@bedes.org01323356939

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„ BRADFIELD COLLEGE Bradfield, RG7 6AU T 01189 644516 E W

„ BRIGHTON COLLEGE Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 0AL T 01273 704200 E W

„ CHARTERHOUSE Godalming, GU7 2DX T 01483 291501 E W

„ WINCHESTER COLLEGE College Street, SO23 9NA T 01962 621247 E W Boyswinchestercollege.org13to18


The Dicker, Hailsham, BN27 3QH T 01323 843252 E W Co-edbedes.org13to19, linked prep school „ BENENDEN SCHOOL Cranbrook Road, Cranbrook, TN17 4AA T 01580 240592 E W Girlsbenenden.school11to18

„ ST MARY’S ASCOT St Mary’s Road, SL5 9JF T 01344 296600 E

„ CHRIST’S HOSPITAL Horsham, RH13 0LJ T 01403 211293 E W Co-ed 11 to 18 „ CLIFTON COLLEGE 32 College Road, BS8 3JH T 0117 315 7000 E W Co-edcliftoncollege.com13to18,linked junior school „ CRANLEIGH SCHOOL Horseshoe Lane, Cranleigh, GU6 8QQ T 01483 273666 E W Co-edcranleigh.org13to18,linked junior school „ EPSOM COLLEGE College Road, KT17 4JQ T 01372 821234 E W „ ETON COLLEGE Eton, SL4 6DW T 01753 370611 E W Boysetoncollege.com13to18

„ FRENSHAM HEIGHTS Rowledge, Farnham, GU10 4EA T 01252 792561 E W Co-edfrensham.org3to18

„ OUNDLE New Street, Oundle, PE8 4GH T 01832 277125 E W,linkedjunior school „ QUEEN ANNE’S SCHOOL Henley Road, RG4 6DX T 01189 187300 E W

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„ HEATHFIELD SCHOOL London Road, Ascot, SL5 8BQ T 01344 898343 E W Girlsheathfieldschool.net11to18 „ LANCING COLLEGE Lancing, BN15 0RW T 01273 452213 E W,linkedjunior school


„ WELLINGTON COLLEGE Crowthorne, RG45 7PU T 01344 444013 E W,linkedjunior school

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„ THE KING’S SCHOOL CANTERBURY 25 The Precincts, CT1 2ES T 01227 595579 E W

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„ UPPINGHAM SCHOOL High Street West, LE15 9QE T 01572 822216 E W


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W;-Speech,Languageand „ CENTRE ACADEMY LONDON 92 St John’s Hill, Battersea, SW11 1SH T 020 7738 2344 E W,dyspraxia and dyscalculia; mild autism spectrum disorders; ADD and complex processing difficulties „ CLARENDON SCHOOL c/o Clarendon School Secondary Centre, Egerton Road, Twickenham TW2 7SL T 020 3146 1441 E W

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W autism, ADHD, and speech language and communication needs „ THE MOAT SCHOOL Bishops Avenue, SW6 6EG T 020 7610 9018 E

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he summer is long and as school time approaches, the fear/excitement/nerves kick in, whether that’s due to starting big school, another year group or for some, starting nursery. Encouraging independence and having high expectations (whatever the age) will significantly help your child at school and lead to them having more confidence to tackle problems. Remember to model everything so that you scaffold the learning and set your (realistic!) expectations. Here are some of our ideas you can try at home.

EATING AT THE TABLE TOGETHER and encouraging eye contact/conversation and of course, allowing them to eat independently. Early Years teachers will support children at mealtimes too but the more independent they can be the better.

First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd Kindness Rules by Eunice Moyle & Sabrina Moyle Have You Filled A Bucket Today? (one of our all time favourites!) by Carol McCloud Starting School by Janet Ahlberg Twit Twoo School: Mouse’s Big Day by Lydia Monks A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey


ALICE and REBECCA are the founders of education consultants, The Little Education House.

TIDY THEIR ROOM, clear away toys, make their bed etc. WASH THEIR HANDS INDEPENDENTLY before and after mealtimes (model how to do this correctly with soap). SHOW THEM THEIR UNIFORM (if they have one) and talk to them about how they could be in charge of setting it out each night before bedtime. INCLUDE YOUR CHILD in labelling items, buying stationary etc. ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO HAND OVER THE MONEY AT THE COUNTER when buying items. This will encourage confidence and communication skills. You can also include age-appropriate mathematical concepts too e.g. handling money or receiving change/mental maths. Remember to give children warning before asking them to tidy up e.g. ‘you have 5 more minutes and then we are going to do X’; this gives them time to adapt from one situation to another. You can always use a sand timer if this helps. If your child is engrossed in making something and has spent time doing this, put their creation to one side or on a table to show it off and so that they can come back to it later. If this isn’t possible then take a photo of their creation so that they can look back at it. This gives children a feeling of pride and satisfaction. At school and nursery, for all ages, children will be expected to follow a routine throughout the day so preparing them for this and continuing with structure at home will be a huge support for them. Give yourself additional time frames when you are asking your child to do something; this will avoid frustrations and try to remember that sometimes you will have to forget perfection!

SETTING THE TABLE: give them a role e.g. can you put 1 fork by each plate. You can then incorporate age-appropriate maths into this, from simple counting to multiplication (if there are 6 people coming to supper and each of them has 2 pieces of cutlery, how many pieces of cutlery are there altogether?)

ENCOURAGE THEM TO FEEL GROWN UP: “Now that you are a big boy/girl can you help me to…”




DRESSING INDEPENDENTLY: this can be age appropriate but even children starting at nursery can be encouraged to do aspects independently e.g. put their own coat on or pull a jumper over their head. Remember the coat trick – lie the coat on the floor with the label facing your child’s toes. Encourage them to put their arms into the arm holes and then flick the coat over their head.

All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell Too many carrots by Katy bySwapsiesHudsonFionaRoberton Happy to be me by Emma Dodd


A 14-year-old student from Southbank International School in London has won the national Art Bytes competition 2022, which saw over 1,500 standout pieces of artwork submitted from almost 100 schools across the country.Grade 8 student Mila Haromo’s piece ‘Hearts and Roses’ captured the hearts of the judges as well as members of the public, who named her National winner in the Secondary category, as well as for the Greater London region.ArtBytes is a prestigious competition that is open to primary, secondary and SEND schools across England and combines an inter-school art competition with bespoke virtual gallery technology. A panel of industry professionals selected their top three works from each school, then a public vote took place to choose the school winners, which are all exhibited in the Art Bytes Virtual Gallery. The judges then selected the regional and national winners. You can see them here:

the coming school year. The Middle School boys will be taken to Neverland for their Peter Pan Jr performance and the Upper School boys can look forward to some fun in the swamp with Shrek Jr. St John’s Beaumont is an academically and pastorally successful day and boarding school based on a 70-acre country estate near Windsor and Eton. The outstanding facilities, modern teaching and extensive cocurricular programme give its pupils a wealth of opportunities to reach their potential and flourish in this rapidly evolving world. The school is particularly proud of the 2022 cohort who, after the challenges of the pandemic, emerged successful from the top of the school to leave with a record number of scholarships (21%) to some of the top senior schools in the country, including Eton, Winchester & Harrow.


Dr Pamela Edmunds joins Parsons Green Prep from the Hampshire School Chelsea. She brings a wealth of experience across Early Years, senior, boarding and international schools. Elizabeth Stone has been appointed Winchester College ’s first female head and will succeed Dr Tim Hands in 2023. The 640-yearold school is also admitting girls for the first time this year, initially into the sixth form. Horris Hill in Berkshire will also be admitting girls for the first time. From September, girls as well as boys can enter the new nursery and Forest School as well as reception and lower school classes.

Miranda Norris takes on the Head’s role at Felstead Prep and Annabel Davies is the new Head of Croydon High .


A new Head of Drama has brought a touch of West End glamour to St John’s Beaumont Preparatory School for boys in Old Windsor. Scott Jenkins, who joined from Wellington College, has brought with him a wealth of experience from appearing in professional stage productions, TV series and blockbuster movies such as East Enders, The Bill and Harry Potter.His first production at the school was the Lion King Jr musical where there were roles for every boy in the Middle School. The performance took place in front of a full house and the audience was dazzled by an incredible stage setting and colourful costumes, created by the school’s Art Department and the boys themselves.Following this success, Mr Jenkins is excited to announce two brand-new productions for



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The average IB point score for ACS Hillingdon students was 36, which is above the world average of 32 points and is roughly equivalent to two grade A* and one grade A at A-Level.Martin Hall, Head of School, ACS Hillingdon, comments: “The DP is a rigorous course that challenges students to reach their full academic potential, while providing flexibility to allow young people to pursue their individual passions. The class of 2022 have all graduated as well-rounded, global citizens who have become the drivers of their own success.”


Emily was joined in Birmingham at the national finals by Year 6 pupil Cristo Porter, who ran superbly to finish sixth in the U12 1500m in a new personal best time of 5 minutes 4 seconds - a new middle school record.



A student at ACS International School Hillingdon has achieved the highest possible score of 45 in his International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) results, which is equivalent to five A*s at A-Level. San Cingay, the high scoring student who was also ACS Hillingdon’s 2022 valedictorian, has now accepted an offer to study Mathematics and Economics at the London School of Economics.

The humble blade of grass has been used as the centrepiece of a leaving memento for Year 8s at Penthorpe. Each resin keyring includes lawn cuttings from the school grounds as a reminder of their time, and the fun they had, within the grounds of the school.

Emily Sherlock, a Year 7 pupil at Highfield and Brookham Schools secured the long jump title and 100m titles at the National Prep Schools’s Athletics Championshiops in Birmingham. She leaped 4.60m before running away with the 100m in 12.86 seconds at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Her sub-13-second winning time was also the second fastest ever recorded by an U13 girl from any school.

The IB DP is a rigorous, two-year qualification globally recognised as an alternative to A-Levels which, research shows, helps students to thrive at university and allows students to continue studying six subjects in their final years. This year, ACS Hillingdon students achieved a 94% pass rate and will now go on to study at top universities in the UK and around the world.




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Students from Langdon Park School capped off their year at school with a series of fantasticAlongsideevents.aschool-wide prize-giving ceremony and extra-curricular events, SEND students enjoyed their own specific end to the year.In early June, 12 students showcased their sporting talents at a sports day held at Mile End Stadium, taking part in sports including track and field, football, cycling, cricket, golf, andLaterarchery.inthe month, the school’s SEND Open Afternoon gave parents the opportunity to meet their child’s key worker and see first-hand the brilliant work they had been completed across all curriculum areas. This success was celebrated further during the School’s Foundation Graduation at the start of July, with students awarded for their hard work. Finally, the year was capped off with a day trip for SEND students to Adventure Island, Southend-on-Sea. As well as a walk along the arcades, students enjoyed the warm weather on the beach and their fair share of rides and rollercoasters.NickLangham, Head Teacher for Langdon Park School said: “As a school, we strive to provide an exciting, inclusive, and wellrounded education for all our students. That’s why it has been so brilliant to see our SEND students enjoy a suitably celebratory end to the school year. A huge thanks to staff for their support in running and organising these events, and of course to the students for their enthusiasm.”


Unique Opportunity ArtsEd offers young people full of talent and energy a unique opportunity: to explore and develop their promise as performers whilst enjoying the challenges of a full academic curriculum. The best way to get a sense of what to expect from this thrilling mix is to attend their Open Evening or book a visit. Spending just an hour there will immediately convey the energy, engagement, and positivity that is at the heart of the ArtsEd experience.


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Outstanding Vocational Training Expert vocational teaching instils in ArtsEd students a passion for learning that feeds into all aspects of their educational and personal development enabling them to excel across the board.

The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent. Pupils demonstrate very positive attitudes to learning, notably a strong desire to fulfill their ambitions. Pupil’s performance in dance, acting and musical theatre is at a very high level. These levels of achievement are enabled by expert teaching. ” Independent Schools Inspectorate

Equipped for life Students spend time every day doing what they love most, whether it’s dance, drama or music making and the positivity and energy from these classes feeds into all their other subjects. The result is confident, collaborative, and well-rounded young people, fully committed to holistic education and armed with a set of skills and experiences that prepare them for whatever pathway they choose to follow. Recent Sixth Form graduate destinations include Oxford and Cambridge, alongside leading drama and dance schools and the industry itself, most recently, Hollywood, for the lead role in a Disney+ sitcom.

Parent Packed Timetable In the Day School, pupils spend a third of their time on their vocational studies; dance or drama in years 7 and 8, to which Musical Theatre can be added in year 9. The rest of their time is spent on their academic subjects. The academic curriculum is broad, with classes of no more than twelve in all core subjects, ensuring that students get the attention that they need. Science and Maths are strong departments and a brand new science lab has just been installed. Classics is also being introduced to the curriculum from 2022/23.

ArtsEd Day School is an independent school like no other; a place where pupils are engaged in excellent academic study whilst pursuing and developing their passion for performance. Founded over 100 years ago, ArtsEd’s ethos remains much the same today as it was then: to provide a broad and balanced education, stretching pupils to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal potential.

Academic Success An international leader in Performing Arts education, ArtsEd is also a local and national leader in its wider academic provision. Through a programme of teaching and learning that is tailored to each individual, pupils are supported to achieve their full academic potential. A claim evidenced by the fact that ArtsEd pupils achieve value added scores in the top 1% nationally.

Pastoral care Outstanding pastoral care is a core part of the school’s offer. Regular tutor group meetings, small class sizes, and a family atmosphere mean that every young person feels valued, supported, and encouraged to be the very best they can be. This level of care is an essential element in the development of pupils’ self-confidence and the fostering of an environment that supports and encourages everyone in all their endeavours. Whether he goes into a career in the performing arts or not, ArtsEd has helped to give our son the confidence to be himself.”

In what way do you hope these books can help children?

Confidence emerges from experience, knowing we can face fears, learn new things, cope with challenges so the best way to encourage a child to be confident is to help them embrace life and all it has to offer and to develop a growth mindset, so they keep trying again and moving forward.

Being calm puts less stress on their bodies and minds and their relationships and this will ultimately make them both happier and healthier. What kind of activities are on the pages of 365 Days of Happy ?

The two go absolutely hand in handchildren who have been taught SEL (social emotional learning) and those with robust mental health do better academically. This is because they are more likely to access help, rise to a challenge, cope with setbacks, and have the confidence in themselves to present their ideas.

I hope these books help kids feel inspired, positive and empowered knowing they have tools at their disposal to make themselves happier, kinder and calmer.

• Activities cement learning and kids love to try things out so every one of the themed weeks begins with a fun or thoughtful activity.

So many activities! From saying good morning in different languages to kissing your brain to acknowledge how amazing it is, cloud watching, random acts of kindness, writing a thank you letter, baking, nature crafts and so much more.

How do children use the books? Children work through the books one day at a time and either try out the activity, read the quote or practice the affirmation. Ideally, they would do this in the morning or after school and they may want to share this with their family or do it alone. How can these books help to change a mindset? The books are powerful in their simplicity and can absolutely help change mindset.

• Affirmations are a great way to change a mindset because they help people focus on what they can rather than cannot do. We are all born with a negativity bias, but it is absolutely possible to rewire our brains to think more positively and affirmations really help with this.

Positive feedback and encouragement and helping them reflect on their achievements and growth are also helpful.

When we are calm, we are around 30% more intelligent and make considered choices. It is crucial kids learn how to calm themselves to keep themselves and others safe and to act with a cool head.

• Words have power and quotes can be amazingly impactful which is why I have included these.


Do you think it’s more important to be resilient or to have academic success?

What are the best ways to boost a child’s confidence?

Award-winning blogger and author of Create Your Own Happy , BECKY GODDARDHILL is a former social worker and child development trainer. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Psychotherapy and is a certified life coach. She now runs six blogs, all highly ranked within the UK, predominantly on creative family life, supportive communities and emotional wellbeing.

How did the idea for the serie s come about? I love the idea of children being motivated and encouraged and to take care of their emotional health. I believe this should be done on a daily basis not only when times are hard, or things go wrong for them. These books provide daily inspiration to kids through short activities affirmations and uplifting or thought-provoking quotes.

Kindness matters above all else. If kids can understand that kindness is their superpower, they will pretty much always be okay. How important is it that children find ways to be calm?



There are three books hitting the shelves in September, 365 Days of Kind, 365 Days of Calm and 365 Days of Happy

Why do children need to understand the impact of kindness? Kindness is awesome - and works on every level to make a positive impact. It helps people feel connected to each other, it boosts the giver as well as the receiver and it is a really quick way to change how you feel. Self-kindness is the best response to any challenging situation and the greatest way to help ourselves. And of course, kindness to the planet is essential.


When Rachael Davis’s mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the author developed anxiety and escaped into her writing. This soon became her passion and how this book was born.

DADDY DO MY HAIR, BETH’S TWISTS by Tola Okogwu and Chante Timothy (Simon and Schuster)

There’s£6.99 nothing like the panic of a big event to get your hair in a twist. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. On the evening before School Picture Day, Beth would like a brand hairstyle. No pressure, dad! Luckily for Beth, he’s a dab hand at hairdressing and knocks up a style so cool that on the day all her friends want to know who her stylist is. A sweet rhyming tale, brought to life with bold illustrations of a father and daughter spending quality time concocting new dos.

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The human body is endlessly fascinating and even more when it’s presented in its most disgusting form! Dr Paul Ian Cross makes science easy to understand and as a former reluctant reader he knows exactly how to engage enquiring minds. Chock full of gritty details around bogies, pus and poo the hilarious illustrations will keep children wanting to find out more. A gross yet brilliantly compelling exploration of our amazing bodies.

Showing how even the most inspirational person can suffer with mental health conditions, this beautiful book highlights 21 influential people from all walks of life who have not let this stand in their way.

BARRY LOSER: TOTAL WINNER by Jim Smith (Harper Collins) £8.99 Marking 10 years of the Barry Loser books, this full colour graphic novel is the first in a new series of everyone’s favourite loser. Back with five chaotic adventures for a new generation of readers, the more random the tale the funnier it becomes as we follow Barry, Nancy and Bunky on the ride of calamity. Plus, for aspiring illustrators there’s a fun section at the back of book with a step-by-step guide on how to draw Barry. And a poo.

These powerful words pack a punch and take teen readers on a journey. Penned by poetry sensation Nikita Gill, her verse covers break ups, the wonder of joy, how to take a stand in what you believe in and all the things she wished someone had told her when she was growing up. Feminist, feisty and empowering, she wants the reader to reclaim their agency. Beautifully illustrated by Gill, this book isn’t just for fans of poetry but for those who want to own their voice and to use it. Rebecca Nesbit’s book sows the seeds of a debate which needs to be had.

Award-winning author and illustrator Sophy Henn is back with another joyful gem of a book, which looks at how music and emotions go hand in hand. Feeling happy? You’ll be hop, skip and jumping to the beat. Feeling cross? Music becomes a wall of angry sound. Whatever you’re feeling, you can always find the music in you. Perfect for showing youngsters how to follow their own tune.

Figures include Serena Williams to Greta Thunberg and with extra info exploring mental health conditions, this book helps children to understand an important topic which can affect us all.

THESE ARE THE WORDS – FEARLESS VERSE TO FIND YOUR VOICE by Nikita (MacmillanGillChildren’s) £7.99



A MIND LIKE MINE (21 famous people with mental health disorders) by Rachael Davis, Illustrated by Islenia Mil (Wide Eyed) £14.99

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BODIES, BRAINS & BOGIES by Paul Ian Cross PhD, illustrated by Steve Brown (Welbeck Children’s Boooks) £5.99

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To look forward, we have to look back and what we see worldwide is that sport has always had a problem with women and girls. In the UK, women make up 40% of sport participants yet receive less than 10% of sports media coverage. Women’s sport was, in fact, all over our screens this summer with an edge-of-your-seat Euros tournament as well as the Commonwealth Games. Not only were the mighty Lionesses victorious, they also drew the biggest crowd in Euros history for both women and men, and comprehensively kicked out the notion that women’s football is dull and no one wants to watch it. And there is real promise that the results will translate into actual change, such as highlights of the women’s game being broadcast on Match of The Day, football being available for girls in all schools, and the women’s game being played in and filling major stadiums.


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The cynics’ view is that the Euros got coverage because it wasn’t the little sister to a concurrent men’s tournament, and the Commonwealth Games because they are only once every four years. We are still asking, where are the regular televised Roses games – England women’s hugely successful netball team ranked fourth in the world in a sport played by girls in almost every school? Will next year’s Netball World Cup make our screens? How come top-flight women footballers make £250k a year, while their male counterparts are pocketing £3m? Why is golf, football, tennis, cycling, rugby, basketball and any other sport you can think of only prefaced by a gender when it is women participating, thus always putting them below the men? And why, when the drivers have to be so physically little, is F1 all about the men? Jessie J catchily sang, ‘It’s not about the money, money, money’, and yet that’s what it is always about. That, and blatant, old-school misogyny. And while it’s impractical to ‘Forget about the price tag’, it does feel that there is a swelling of people prepared to reframe the world

atalie Portman, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Garner, Serena Williams and her five-year-old daughter Olympia Ohanian are all linked by something beyond their considerable talent and fame. You might not guess, if you didn’t already know, that what binds them and a host of other luminaries together is a football club called Angel City, the largest female-led ownership group in professional sport.

It isn’t necessarily a love of the beautiful game that galvanised these women and a handful of men to invest time, energy, love and money in this National Women’s Soccer League club in the USA, but a fervent belief in the value of women in sport. The club is a disruptor in a heavily male-dominated world, with a large slice of profits going directly to the athletes. Make no mistake, this is big business and the team’s goal is to win. As viewing numbers, ticket sales, sponsorship levels and moreincrease,merchandisingmoreandpeoplegravitate towards the women’s game, helping change the sceneTheforever.thingis, sport has the power to change lives. It teaches us how to win and, as importantly, how to lose. It helps with concentration, it instills perseverance and resilience, it gives us friendships, fitness, strength, health and confidence. It teaches leadership, teamwork and communication skills. And it is called a game, or games, because it is fun. For girls, they have to be able to see her, to be her. It feels like we are finally at the point where women are not just asking for but actually getting a piece of the action on their own terms, not just as players but as managers, coaches, owners, investors, physios, and psychologists...

It’s about mitigating all manner of health problems and helping girls and women on an easier journey through adolescence and puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and into old age in as healthy and happy state as possible. It’s about finding a sport to enjoy, about camaraderie and solidarity. It’s about sweating and getting out of breath, about pushing out of a comfort zone, and much of it is about having fun.

Middle childhood, between the ages of eight and 12, is tricky and children are often forced in with much younger or older kids. Free play is still vital and while organised sport is helpful, it’s about letting kids develop strength and grit and body- and danger-awareness through selfregulated activities such as tree climbing and bike riding. It’s about women kicking balls about with children and letting them know that movement is for everyone. It’s about bearing in mind the idea that you can’t be what you can’t see.

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Play is vital to rounded development. We know that being immersed in nature is better for us than being on screens and that being active is better than being sedentary. Olympic rower Helen Glover and her explorer husband Steve Backshall have combined their many talents and released Wildlings – a guide to raising your family in nature with lots of ideas and activities for little ones. Some of their physical training takes place with the ‘help’ of their three small children, modeling to them what is possible.

According to the Well HQ, ‘the reasons why girls disconnect from sport after puberty are, at a high level, fairly straightforward: discomfort, embarrassment, irrelevance, disinterest… Put simply, girls disconnect because sport isn’t designed for them.’ So far, so elite. This drive, however, isn’t about producing future Olympians but about nurturing well-rounded human beings who are also human doings.

of sport and give the men a run for their money. It’s time to level the playing field. For the everyday woman, exercise has long been sold as a means of losing weight. This reductive sales pitch is damaging. Sport, surely, is all about how much a person gains. There is a prevailing fear that if girls and women are properly included, it takes away from the boys and men. What if it doubled the experience instead of halving it? What if we talk about adding instead of taking away? If girls and women get to see other girls and women play and participate, we have twice the involvement, which is a win for all of humankind.


For teenagers, sport gives a valuable sense of belonging and is the reason so many topflight athletes cite as saving them from getting into big trouble. Walking or running alongside a tween or teen is a comfortable way to have big conversations and a sport commitment the following morning is an excuse that seems to pass with most teens as reason enough to leave a party

If it’s all so depressing perhaps we should just give up. Sadly, this is what actually happens. By the age of seven girls are already less active than boys and at puberty, the drop-out rate of girls in sport is more than twice that of boys.

How do we do this?

The attrition rate of girls in sport is lower in those girls who are involved in a number of different sports. And we need to keep finding and supporting role models, constantly questioning out loud the representation of women’s sport in the media and paving the way for our children through our own involvement. We need to tailor the experience and training programmes to girls’ physiology and psychology, we need to discuss periods, comment on boys’ outfits as many times as we do girls’ and make girls know that their participation is just as valid as the boys’. And we should do all this with our sons, too, so that equality becomes instinctive.

Initially, through play. If we instill in our children a collective enjoyment of movement, without judgement, they will thrive. In fact, however tempting it is to see organised sport as the answer from the get-go, not least because it offers a set timeframe of easy childcare, Luis Fernando Llosa of Beyond Winning warns that, ‘When kids are thrust into hyper-organised, adult-oriented sports too early, an entire stage of their play development risks being lost.’ Save the money and let them hang from the monkey bars in the park with their friends, instead.

Across the Atlantic there is a community of elite runners, including Allyson Felix, Steph Rothstein and Alysia Montaño, who have been fierce in helping to break down the barriers that limit mothers in sports career opportunities and growth. Alysia was instrumental in persuading brands (Nike, here’s looking at you) not to drop sponsorship deals as soon as women became pregnant. There is still much progress to be made before women athletes are no longer treated as small men. We can call out these brands by researching and buying kit from companies that are run by women for women - such as Allyson Felix’s Saysh and, closer to home, Sweaty Betty, set up and run by Tamara Hill-Norton. There is Billie Jean King, the titan who has calmly paved the way for huge change across all sports for decades. Wimbledon has, finally, put women’s names on the winners’ board instead of their marital status. Abuse is being called out in gymnastics and other sports, modest swimwear and swim hats that accommodate afro hair are a thing, bike seats are being designed for women’s wider hips and handlebars for their narrower shoulders, ballet tights and shoes are offered in a broader selection of skin tones and there is space to progress for driven dancers who don’t fit the outdated and impossibly narrow physical profile of old. they don’t want to be at, as well as encouraging them to leave before the trouble starts at a party they do want to be at.


There is reason to be optimistic. As with all the big issues, we aren’t anywhere near where we should and need to be but we are advancing nonetheless thanks to dynamos such as Judy Murray, who has spent much of her coaching career encouraging community engagement in sport and working out how success at the top of sport can be used to increase opportunities for young people. She is currently campaigning to encourage women to ‘gather friends and get moving together’.

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Poorna Bell, author of Stronger, is shaking off long-held, mistaken ideas about women and strength. Jen Brown of meet you at the barre has created a high-intensity, low-impact, online barre community for menopausal women. There are period pants and even period swimwear. Gaby Logan and Claire Balding are revered in sports broadcasting and are lifting the team of younger women commentators joining them and we have free-to-view access to myriad sports on social media, YouTube and other channels.

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Meanwhile, Sky Brown, the 14-year-old bronze medal Olympian, has put skateboarding, and fearlessness, on the map for girls. About that F1 question… it turns out that there is no physical impediment to driving success for women. The more ecologically sound Extreme E is making tracks in equality, with teams obligated to include both men and women. Male ego is so often the barrier to any form of progress. The world needs more male allies in sport, such as former F1 driver and Extreme E team owner Nico Rosberg who commented, ‘Can women be as fast as men? I see nothing to suggest they cannot… any claim of male physical superiority is irrelevant.’ He went on to say, ‘We have given too few women the chance to develop - and as a result, inspired far too few girls along theirRosberg’sway.’ words have the capacity to accelerate change. ‘I’ve learned one thing in Formula One: where there’s a will, there’s a way. And there is a solution to every challenge’. Quite. And it is up to us every-day worker-shes to be the change we want to see, supported by the men around us. Perhaps Serena Williams’ and Alexis Ohanian’s daughter Olympia will soon be owner, manager and driver of an all-women F1 team winning against the men. Anything is possible.

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∙ Put the coconut oil, nut butter and maple syrup in a small saucepan and place over a gentle heat. Stir until everything has melted together. Pour this over the dry ingredients and mix well, so everything is coated in the syrupy nut butter.


∙ Put 50g of the oats in a food processor and blitz until you have a fine powder that resembles flour. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add the remaining oats, sugar, dried berries, coconut, pecans, salt and cinnamon. Briefly mix to combine.

∙ Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and crunchy on top. Allow to cool in the tin before turning out onto a board and cutting into bars.

225g porridge oats 40g soft light brown sugar

PREP 25 minutes

COOKING 20 minutes MAKES 10-12

∙ Keeps for up to 1 week in an airtight container.

To make apricot and chocolate chip granola bars, use 75g chopped apricots in place of the berries and stir in 75g dark chocolate chips (dairy-free if you are vegan) into the granola, and top with apricot jam instead of a berry jam. To make honey, sultana and almond granola bars, use 75g sultanas (golden raisins) in place of the berries and 75g chopped almonds in place of the pecan nuts. Rather than maple syrup, use the same amount of honey. Do note, this isn’t suitable for vegans if using honey.

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30g flaked coconut 75g pecan nuts, chopped ½ tsp flaked sea salt ½ tsp ground cinnamon 40g coconut oil 125g cashew, almond, peanut or hazelnut nut butter 125ml maple syrup

∙ Finish by scattering the reserved granola on top.

75g cherry or raspberry jam T hese are packed with all the good stuff we should be enjoying at breakfast for plenty of energy throughout the morning. The best thing about these bars is that you can customise them to create a flavour you love by switching around the dried berries, nuts, nut butter and jam. They’re just perfect for an on-thego breakfast or a portable snack.

∙ Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Line a 20 x 5 cm baking tin with baking parchment.


FLEXIBLE... Flavour swap

75g dried cherries, cranberries or blueberries (or a mixture)

∙ Transfer the granola mixture into the prepared tin, keeping a large handful back in the bowl. Press firmly into the base and sides using the back of a spoon. Spoon over the jam and spread over the surface.

Cover loosely with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes.

∙ Transfer to a large lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp tea towel or oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1-1½ hours or until doubled in size.


1½ tbsp ground cinnamon FOR THE SYRUP 50g caster sugar ½ tsp ground cinnamon FOR THE GLAZE 50g icing sugar T his might seem like a lengthy recipe but it’s surprisingly straightforward to make and great to get stuck into with children. To get ahead, you can prepare the cinnamon rolls up to the point of placing them in the tin and keep the tin covered in the fridge overnight. Return to room temperature for about 30 minutes and bake as per the recipe, giving you soft, freshly baked cinnamon rolls on the day you’re wanting to eat them.

FLEXIBLE... For festive buns, scatter 25g melted butter, 75g soft brown sugar, 2 teaspoons ground mixed spice, 100g dried cranberries and 100g finely chopped dried apricots over the dough in place of the cinnamon mix. Roll and bake as above. Glaze with 100g icing sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon orange juice and finely grated zest of ½ orange.

∙ Lightly grease a square baking tin, roughly 20 x 30cm, with butter and line the base with baking parchment. Turn the dough out onto a floured worktop. Roll out into a 20 x 27cm rectangle, with the longer edges being at the top and bottom, shorter edges at the sides.

∙ Combine the filling ingredients, then spread over the dough leaving 1cm at the top edge. Tightly roll the dough away from you, making a long sausage with the seam underneath. Cut into 9 slices and place cut side up in the tin, leaving space between them to rise.

∙ Gently heat the milk until it’s lukewarm, around 40°C. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix in the yeast, sugar, eggs and melted butter, then add the flour and salt. Mix until you have a sticky dough, then knead for around 5 minutes in the mixer until you have a smooth elastic dough.

∙ Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden. To make the syrup, add the sugar, cinnamon and 3 tablespoons water to a small saucepan and gently heat until it starts to simmer. To make the glaze, mix 2 tablespoons water into the icing sugar until smooth. Liberally brush the hot cinnamon rolls with the hot syrup. Cool in the tin then remove and drizzle over the glaze.

7g fast-action dried yeast 50g caster sugar 1 egg and 1 egg yolk, beaten 40g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing 450g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting ½ tsp fine sea salt FOR THE FILLING 125g butter, softened 100g cup soft dark brown sugar

FOR THE ROLLS 175 ml milk


PREP 20 minutes plus 2 hours rising COOKING 25 minutes MAKES 9

Scrapples use fruit that would otherwise go to waste to make fruit crisps. The vegan snacks are 100% whole fruit with no added sugar, salt, fat or oil. Scrapples Apple, Apple and Mango and Apple and Strawberry crisps also include a game to help educate kids about food waste.

Fizzy pop isn’t kind to teeth, but the occasional treat can be arranged easily, and sugar consumption monitored, at home with the Drinkmate OmniFizz. In a departure from a competitor you may have heard of, [cough] SodaStream, you can add sparkle to juices, squashes, water as well as cocktails and mocktails for mum and dad for treat days.





Little chefs can now bake it all with the Joseph Joseph Bake set. Equipped with all the baking essentials, this colourful set reflects the adult versions. Four measuring cups that slot into each other for handy storage; a large mixing bowl; twist whisk; egg spatula; and an ergonomic rolling pin. £13



Alice Oehr’s beautifully illustrated picture book, Off to the Market, explores a trip to a food market, teaching children about the produce, what can be made with it, as well as the journey to our tables. At each stall, a vendor introduces fun facts and new discoveries including when certain fruits are in season, food miles, food waste and sustainable agriculture. Published 22 September 2022.

CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 75 ExploreTRIPS p76 WHO IS? p82 GREEK ODYSSEY Ikos Odisia opens in Corfu in May 2023

A recent study of the UK’s most beautiful beaches by Holidu found that Wales took the top four spots. Barafundle Bay, Traeth Mwnt, Three Cliffs Bay and Marloes Sands have been reviewed with an average of 4.9 out of 5. Nestled in Pembrokeshire, Barafundle Bay Beach is backed by dunes and pine trees and can only be reached after a half mile walk. There are no facilities so take everything you need. A few miles north of Cardigan is Mwnt, a beautiful hidden cove on the Ceredigion coast, popular beach with families, walkers and dolphin watchers.


If you have a young David Attenborough then a trip to Kenya’s Maasai Mara with Cottar’s Safaris will blow their minds. They will love the opportunity to join female conservation rangers on their daily patrolling, de-snaring and game counting or the chance to visit and identify vulture nests. (In just 30 years, more than half the vulture population of Kenya’s Maasai Mara has been decimated, and seven out of Africa’s 11 vulture species are on the edge of extinction.)




Ikos Resorts are expanding their portfolio with a sixth resort opening in Corfu next year. The second Ikos to open on the Greek island, Ikos Odisia sits in a secluded bay across from globally awarded Ikos Dassia. The new Ikos Odisia offers dramatic views and landscaped vistas across the Ionian Sea with 395 sumptuous rooms, suites, bungalows, and villas, each thoughtfully designed for couples and families of all sizes. Set across 60 acres and blending harmoniously into the lush natural surroundings, Ikos Odisia combines relaxed beach life with luxury, chic interiors. The resort will offer 10 heated outdoor and indoor pools, including kids and adults-only pools, as well as a 420m white sandy beach framed by fragrant pines, citrus groves and olive trees, and overlooking crystalclear waters. A beach waiter service serving food and beverage and 30 minutes free childcare on the beach for kids over the age of four will also be on offer.


Other activities include walking with an expert hunter-gatherer, participating in reforestation seed balling and developing a deeper understanding of why conservation and our participation is so important. Full board stays in an open plan family tent also include park and conservation fees, half day vulture rehabilitation experience, foraging and feasting experience, reforestation and seed balling, Massai warrior school and stargazing.



Villatravellers has devised some gourmet experiences for its guests in Sicily. A combination of in-villa dining and tours of the local area have been created to inspire travellers and bring a deeper connection to the islands’ regional specialities. As part of the in-villa dining, guests can watch and learn from a local chef plus pizza lessons are available for children.

There are more foody delights on offer for families at Savoy Palace in Madeira. Aside from the free daily children’s club, the hotel has launched The Little Chef, a unique experience where children can learn how to cook their favourite dish from Savoy Palace’s chefs. For some added fun, staff will also arrange in-room camping by setting up a tent with pillows, activity books and toys.



Niyama Private Islands in the Indian Ocean, is the perfect winter sun retreat for the whole family. Set on two pristine islands on the Dhaalu Atoll, Niyama is a mix of modern and traditional Maldivian design and facilities, with a distinctive edgy feel, where families are wonderfully looked after, choosing between total privacy and an extraordinary range of activities. Children’s playgrounds do not get more heavenly than this. The Scott Dunn run Explorers Kids Club at Niyama is dedicated to children from 12 months to 12 years, making it currently the only resort in the Maldives to fully cater to younger guests. Children over three can enjoy Explorers free of charge, whilst there is a fee for those between 12 months and two years.

I like to ride my bicycle. The school run is back and we’re here with some practical, safe and fun ideas on getting them from A to B.

The new unisex Frog City bikes offer children the ultimate urban bike to commute to school. Designed for everyday use they’re high spec, offer an easy-to-mount, lightweight, step-through frame, and 8-speed derailleur gears. All Frog City bikes have Kenda City tyres ideal for travelling on varying terrains, and are also fitted with a floating chain glider, full-length mudguards, a kickstand and a pannier rack. Available in black, teal and pink to suit children aged five to 12. From £490

The Gingersnap is a miniature version of the brand’s adult bikes with sizes available for tots to teens. Available in mint green, yellow, cerise, duck egg and blossom pink. From £109




Three Wheelers


The Diditrike is a great starter for little ones. It’s super stable with smooth wheels and an easy to manoeuvre handle bar to help little explorers on their way. It is also suitable for indoor and outdoor use on any smooth, flat surface. £39.99

The Hornit Airo has a lightweight frame which requires zero maintenance and comes with a lifetime warranty. Footrests are contoured into the frame and the air-filled tyres are designed to give a smooth ride. Perfect for ages 18 months to five years. £139





Want to add some style to your child’s bike? These wicker bicycle baskets from Hill and Ellis are made by artisans in Portugal. Each is unique and can be hand painted in England with initials or names with eco-friendly paint. From £60

This new urban, lightweight and fully loaded bike is packed with special features. In a nod to bike messengers, there’s an integrated front rack, smaller front wheel with an added frame bag, plus a bell and protected lights already attached. From £695

If you are not fully committed to a buying a bike why not try The Bike Club. Founded in 2016, it is the UK’s first kids’ bike subscription service making high quality kids bikes and scooters more accessible through an easy to manage monthly subscription. Now partnered with John Lewis you can also try bikes out at their Stratford store. Expect brands such as Frog, Forme, Strider and Woom. From £4.49


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Lights Up Good lighting as the winter nights draw in is key. This Lucetta magnetic bike light is available in white satin, red and turquoise. £34

BE SEEN A bumblebee yellow raincoat from Frugi keeps little ones dry and visible in the wet. Made from recycled plastic bottles, it also has reflective strips on the arms and the chest. £45

Iconic retro bikes as well as stylish and safe helmets from Banwood. A dual fit adjustment system and ventilation as well as five cool colours. £39


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Bobbin’s easy-carry coil cable bicycle lock, suitable for locking up kids bikes. Comes in a variety of very jolly colours, to match your bike!£15

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Named best business podcast, the conversations that the brilliant author, speaker and novelist Emma has with her insightful guests look at how their interests have shaped their work. It’s not about traditional career trajectories, but more about how work, wellbeing and creativity have collided with fascinating and often fabulous outcomes.



Fans of Elizabeth’s How to Fail podcast will be delighted that she and her best friend Emma, who is a therapist, have collaborated on this new podcast about the challenges we face in daily life. Done with wisdom and compassion, it’s a form of therapy for the masses.





DJ, singer, and TV host Michelle Visage sits down for a one-to-one encounter with some of her favourite divas, rebels and rule breakers to hear their inspiring stories. The vintagespecs-wearing wild woman asks audacious questions and gets equally fabulous answers, all in little over half an hour.


The legendary DJ’s podcast is now on its eighth series. Annie chats to artists, musicians, writers and other luminaries about changes they have encountered and overcome in their lives. From Michael Sheen to Kelis, there are kernels of life wisdom in every episode.

Cat Deeley and Edith Bowman’s new podcast is a fabulous and joyful reminder of the importance of friendship. Friends for more than two decades, they chat together and with guests about anything and everything, eliciting warm laughs and knowing nods.

Editors and author Jennifer and Kim host this fabulous series for women, all about life over 40 and its accompanying identity shift. A chat show with themed episodes, they interview guests from the worlds of media and entertainment, digging deep into the big questions about this alternately weird and liberating stage of life. Their fabulous friendship elicits a lot of laughs.



This is a podcast that celebrates blended families through stories of relationships bound by love, regardless of the circumstances. Kate explores a host of topics including second marriages, divorce, grief and life after loss, adoption and fostering. And she strongly contests the idea of the ‘wicked’ stepmother. With a stellar guest list and first-hand experience, Kate treads kindly and carefully.



About 1.8 billion people in the world get periods and yet we still know shamefully little about our menstrual cycle. India Rakusen explores the whole bloody story in 28 episodes, discovering facts that could change your life. See also Disney’s Pixar release Turning Red, following 13-year-old Meilin as she gets her first period. About bloody time.

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A lot of people wouldn’t have known that I had a drink/drug problem; I wasn’t drinking in the morning or hiding booze around the house. I hadn’t lost a job or ended up in prison but I knew I was drinking too much and it was affecting my anxiety hugely. I really want to smash the stigma attached to the word alcoholic because it’s seen as such a shameful dirty thing and I think that stops a lot of people asking for help.

Three words to describe yourself. I asked my family this.

The First Time You Smiled (or was it just wind?) from Amazon, Waterstones and all good book retailers.


Jimmy said: Funny, ditsy, sexy. Billie said: Funny, kind, helpful. Bo said: Mummy is funny. Mine would be: chaotic, kind, tired!

Where’s your dream date night in London?

The last book you read? Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.

who is? CAT SIMS

I started a blog after having my first baby. She was nine months old, I was in the depths of post-natal depression, my husband was touring and had been for five months and I was lost. It was the hardest time of my life and I wanted to talk about it so badly but felt I didn’t have anyone to talk to. So, I wrote it down. That first blog blew up and it all went from there. There weren’t many people talking openly and honestly about parenting at that time so I think a lot of people related to it. Since then, I’ve worked hard to hone my craft, I wrote a lot of comedy sketches, blogs and create content that I hope makes people feel like they are not the only one.

Tell us about your book

My Kindle so that I can read, factor 50 sunscreen, a journal and pen and my phone and AirPods so that I can listen to music, watch movies and keep in touch with people. There’s obviously phone service on this island.

What’s your proudest moment? Bringing my kids into the world and watching them grow and learn.

You’ve spoken a lot about sobriety, how has it changed your life?

My life is unrecognisable now that I’m clean and sober - as is my marriage, my relationship with my kids, my work life, my mental health. Sobriety has been the hardest and the best thing I’ve ever done.

Tell us one thing people don’t know about you. I was a child actress and appeared on Emmerdale until I got fired at five!

We are big fans of the Natural History Museum so that’s always a favourite. The Southbank is amazing for the kids. We also love the water fountains at King’s Cross when it’s warm and the riverside at Dukes Meadows in Chiswick.

What’s next for Cat Sims? Well, I’m hoping to get a second book out soon but honestly, I’m just going to continue working hard and being kind. AND

It’s called The First Time You Smiled (or was it just wind?) and it’s a baby record book with attitude. When I had my babies I couldn’t find a baby record book that didn’t make me feel bad! They were all so perfect, pink and blue, totally not inclusive, twee and well, boring. What do you hope parents will get out of it?

Signature dish? Fish. I’m not an enthusiastic cook but I have a gift for cooking. Gosh. What would you take to a desert island?



I hope it’s funny, helpful and allows parents to record all the things that you’ll want to remember - like the first time your kids cut their own hair - as well as the usual milestones. How important is journaling to you? Incredibly important! I’m kind of a hot mess! I struggle with anxiety and I’ve got ADHD and I’m an alcoholic in recovery so I journal every single morning to help keep my head straight. How did you become a content creator?

Where’s your favourite place to go with the kids in London?

I’m a movie buff and my favourite cinema is Everyman on Baker Street. There’s also a wonderful fish restaurant in Mayfair (I can’t remember the name!) but after the movie I want to eat there.

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What did you do in a previous life? Oh lord! It’s so random! I started as a fashion buyer at Jaeger. Then I did some ski seasons before training as a teacher. I taught secondary English at inner city London schools and then left to work in music. I toured with artists like The Saturdays and Ray Davies from The Kinks. Then I fell pregnant and was unceremoniously dumped from the music industry. So I went to work for a charity where I organised massive fundraising rock events at the Royal Albert Hall. After that the blog started to pick up, I founded an influencer marketing agency in 2015 called Hustle & Fox with Gayle Haddock and eventually decided to go into content creation full time. What do you think about the world of Thereinfluencing?are,and always will be, influencers who are problematic just like in any industry and I think audiences are starting to understand how it works and able to see red flags. I love the industry. The paid content, for me, is necessary to allow me to do the part of the job that I love the most which is creating content that makes people feel good. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to earn a living this way but I NEVER take it for granted.

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