From the Headmaster’s Study

It has been wonderful to host parents on site over the past couple of weeks for a number of fantastic community events. The French soiree in the delightful environs of the Orchard gardens was nothing short of magical and brilliantly supported by parents (and grandparents and siblings) of Block 4 and JL pupils – all of whom were in great voice, accompanied by the masterful Monsieur Latteur on the guitar.

Speech Day on Saturday on our beautiful playing fields was also a great success. The weather was with us – and the sea breeze kept us from overheating. The pupil performances – poems, play extracts, piano, fanfare, drums, harp, guitar and choir – were nothing short of superb and all seemed to enjoy the atmosphere. It was such a pleasure to welcome Mr and Mrs Peter Roberts and we thank Peter for his address about the benefits of a broad education. Thank you to all who were able to support; we hope that you enjoyed the day as much as our staff did. The pupils conducted themselves superbly in the athletics finals, with some extremely impressive individual performances and everyone, quite simply, getting stuck in. My thanks go to all of the staff – teaching and non-teaching – who worked so hard to make it all happen.

Claire and I look forward to seeing many parents at our Leavers’ Chapel service on Thursday at 11.30 before our pupils and teachers head off for a much deserved summer break.

Gavin Franklin

JDRM Gavin Portraits-2

Speech Day and Sports Lost Property

There is a wonderful array of lost property items, collected up off the school fields on Saturday evening, available for collection at the school office. Items include a stunning Atlantic blanket from Cornwall, a bone handled knife, a picnic chair cover and 2 Chilly style water bottles; one a metallic silvery blue, the other with flamingos on.

School Last Week

Speech Day and Sports

On the afternoon of Speech Day, we hosted our set athletics competition. Aside from set relays (for both 100m and 300m), an open 800m and an open 300m, all pupils from JB upwards followed a carousel of track and field events. It was a hugely inclusive sporting event and aside from seriously impressive individual performances, all pupils should be commended for their effort, conduct and sportsmanship throughout. Well done to Sam Reading (JB), Reuben Young-Gadd (JL), Tilly Spanton and Rufus Hulme (Block 4), Harriet Brooks and William Quinn (Block 3), William Franklin and Teegan Pretzlik (Block 2), Stanislav Shatokhin and Gracie Lawton (Block 1) for being the highest point scorers in the overall year group competitions.

The Set results were as follows:

1st – Danes

2nd – Vikings

3rd – Saxons

4th – Romans

Art Exhibition

On Saturday we held our first ‘real’ Art exhibition for two years with work from students in year 3 up to year 8. Thank you to everyone who visited and a big congratulations to all the pupils for their hard work and dedication to the creative arts over the past year!


Thank you to everyone who came to support the Pre-prep sports morning. Super displays of athleticism and speed from our nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. Danes were the set winners and collected the Junior House Sports Trophy – well done!
In our final week of the year classes will enjoy Beach School, Forest School and swimming. This week all Pre-prep children should be collected at 3.30pm and 12.30 on Thursday, our final day.
It has been a wonderful year in the Pre-prep and we wish all those Year 3 children much luck as they transition to the Prep school. We will miss you!


We now include all 3 menus for you to see in the table below.  This week the kitchen will be serving menu week 2.

Pre-prep menu

Menu 1.

Menu 2

Menu 3

School This Week

Block 3 Camping

Our Block 3 pupils are enjoying their annual end of summer term camping experience, this time being kindly hosted by Mr and Mrs Loudon at their home in Wye. A huge array of outdoor activities are planned under the guidance and supervision of the form tutors, Mr Kearns and Mrs Sabin-Dawson. We hope everyone has fun.


Swimming Sports

The annual swimming sports takes place on Wednesday morning for pupils in JL and above between 9am and 11am. Please can all pupils remember to bring in their swimming kit?

End of Term – Thursday 7th July

We warmly invite all parents in JL and above to attend our Leavers’ Chapel service on Thursday at 11.30am. Please complete this form to confirm your attendance and we hope that many families will be able to support this poignant event.
On the last day of term, pupils in JL and above should come to school in Best uniform. All children (Pre-prep and JL to Block 2) should be collected at 12.30pm. For parents with children in Block 1, we very much hope you will be able to join us for the Leavers’ Lunch in the dining hall, from 12.30pm onwards.

For parents collecting boarding pupils, all boarders’ luggage will be available to pick up from the back of the school, by the dining hall. Any Flexi Boarders’ belongings that haven’t been collected by children will also be bagged up, labelled and left here for collection. Mrs Spencer will let individual parents know if there are things to collect.


We now include all 3 menus for you to see in the table below.  This week the kitchen will be serving menu week 2.

Prep menu

Menu 1

Menu 2

Menu 3

Matches This Week

Wednesday, 6th July

Cricket v St Faith’s: U11 A Boys (h) 2pm start.

Please always refer to the website calendar as it is the most up-to-date place to check for fixture changes and locations.


If your child has been selected for a fixture, we will email you each Tuesday morning with information regarding the recommended pick up time from Wellesley.


Matches Last Week


Tennis Kent Finals: Boys 1st IV 


Cricket v St Edmund’s: U11 A Boys 


Cricket v St Edmund’s: U11 B Boys 


Cricket v Marlborough House: 1st XI 

Won by 99 runs

Cricket Cranbrook Tournament: 1st XI 

3rd place out of 8

Cricket v Sunningdale: 1st XI 

Lost by 10 wickets

Won 2nd innings chase














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