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Guardianship initiative
A new organisation offering inspection and accreditation to schools for their guardianship provision for overseas pupils whose parents live abroad is to be launched later in the year.
Quality Guardianship UK is
the brainchild of Val Barnes, former Head of Inspection and Accreditation for AEGIS (The Association for the Education
and Guardianship of International Students) which assesses guardianship organisations. She believes that effective delivery
of high-quality safeguarding by schools and colleges working in close partnership with educational guardianship organisations, is
the major contributory factor to securing and thereby enhancing each international student’s health, well-being and happiness.
QegUK School Validation is designed to offer a quality mark to schools, giving them recognition for excellent work, and to provide
staff advice on best practice. It will also allow overseas parents to feel reassured that the school they choose for their children will meet the best standards of guardianship provision.
According to Val Barnes, (pictured), 76% of international pupils
with parents living overseas are
not looked after by a validated guardianship organisation. “This current practice is unsafe and could result in reputational damage to a school” she said.
There will be two levels of school membership. Associate, costing
£300 a year, will provide access
to advice, training, and access to
a useful database of information. Full Membership at £4,000 will last four years and additionally offer inspection and accreditation.
Martin Ayres, former Head of Inspection, ISI (the Independent Schools Inspectorate) said: “International students attending British schools and colleges contribute signi cantly to the economy and culture of these institutions. These students are living a long way from their countries of origin and need more focused and specialist attention. QegUK will be able to provide such an essential service in the form
of validating safeguarding and welfare arrangements in schools and colleges. This is very much welcomed by heads and principals, who recognise the particular vulnerabilities of international students and would value external validation of their provision.”
St Martha’s
Mount House
St Martha’s School, Hertfordshire, has transitioned to new ownership and will become Mount House School, from September. The school will continue to be led by Matthew Burke, who has been Head for the past four years.
Welcoming boys from September 2018, Mount House School will become coeducational; educating both girls and boys aged 11 to 18 at the historic house, originally called Mount House, and grounds in Hadley Wood in Hertfordshire.
Albion Ventures, an independent venture capitalist group based in London and with well-established success in investing long-term
in independent schools, will be supporting the move. Investment in facilities will begin immediately this summer to create an enhanced learning environment, bene tting all the pupils and staff. Over the course of the next year there will also be signi cant investment in the school’s sporting provision with increased access to excellent facilities within a short drive of the School.
Toby Mullins, Executive Principal at Mount House School and
a Director on the Board, said: “Mount House School will share many of the same academic and pastoral aims as St Martha’s and we look forward to providing
a strong and exciting future
for pupils at the school. With signi cant new investment, highly experienced governance and leadership and a long-term commitment to providing an exceptional education, Mount House School is set to have a very exciting future.”
School wins Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Bolton School has won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
(QAVS) 2017. This unique UK national honour was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the highest accolade given to local volunteer groups and is the equivalent of an MBE for an individual.
The award is for the whole school which has a Nursery to Sixth Form preovision. Headmistress of the Girls’ Division, Sue Hincks, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award, which re ects the wide range of community activities that our pupils are involved with - from our Infants singing for local older residents to our Sixth Formers committing thousands of hours of their time to voluntary service.”
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A letter from the QAVS Service Team to the School said: “The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE and I am delighted to inform you that your group has been selected as a recipient for
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017. The award represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.”
Boys’ Division Headmaster Philip Britton was equally pleased with the award: “Our pupils serve local, national and international communities and, in doing so, establish a habit of volunteering for the bene t of themselves and
others. Our thanks go out to all who have contributed to this prestigious award. We believe we are the  rst school in the country to be honoured in this way.”
School representatives attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate winning the award.
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