It has been lovely to be back at TPS today after two days in Middlesex inspecting another school for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. I do this once or twice a year and it helps us at TPS to keep up-to-date with the very best practice in prep schools around the country. Thank you to Mr Coleman for holding the reins so well in my absence.

At least I did not have to leave TPS until after our pancake races at break time on Tuesday. It is always a thoroughly entertaining event and this year’s edition was no exception. A number of boys and girls from each year group represented their houses in hotly contested races before the traditional final dash for glory by all staff in their first year! Community spirit, good natured competition and lots of laughter were all in plentiful supply and congratulations to all, competitors and spectators alike, for making it such a success.

Also on Tuesday was our ‘Simply the Best’ concert for our most advanced pupils in the Performing Arts department. I understand that it was a concert of the highest standards, due of course to the pupils’ great commitment and hard work. Very well done to all of our performers and to the staff who support and teach them so well.

It has been terrific to see so much fantastic play on the netball and hockey pitches recently. In Netball, the Year 7 and Year 8 girls took part in the IAPS Regional Tournament last Friday, and both of these teams finished runners-up, thereby qualifying for the IAPS Nationals on Friday 22nd March. In Hockey, the Year 6 and Year 8 boys were crowned county champions and the Year 7 boys finished in second place, with all three teams qualifying for the Regional Finals. In addition, our cross country runners showed tremendous grit and ability in the County Championships last weekend where our Year 5 team beat all of the other schools and our Year 6 team came second. Many congratulations to all of the pupils and their coaches for these impressive results. In Cross-Country, the Year 5 and 6 girls and boys took part in the County Championships last weekend. Our Year 5 boys were the overall winners of their event, and also achieved an individual 1st place for the boys and 3rd place for the girls. Our Year 6 team were runners-up and also achieved 2nd and 3rd places in the boys’ individual results. Very well done to all of the pupils and the coaches for all of these superb results.

Finally, I have much enjoyed seeing fantastic photos from World Book Day with its focus on stories, authors, illustrators and, most importantly, reading. It was a delight to see the creativity and effort which went into so many wonderful costumes. All children will have received a £1 book token which they may use to buy one of the twelve £1 books on sale at participating bookshops. Alternatively, they may use their book token to get £1 off any full price book instead. Very well done to all parents and pupils who helped make it such a magical day!

I wish you all an enjoyable and relaxing weekend.

Mr Andrew Edwards
Headmaster TPS