Mr Luke Bromwich has been appointed Headmaster of St Margaret’s following the retirement of Karen Cordon after 22 years.
Mr Bromwich, 35, was Deputy Headteacher of Kellett School, the British International School in Hong Kong, was chosen to lead the school after a rigorous selection process carried out by the Governors. Chairman of Governors Svante Adde said: “He was our unanimous choice and stood out as the leading contender in a very strong field of candidates, both from this country and abroad.”
Mr Bromwich grew up in Devon and studied Engineering at Exeter University before pursuing his passion in education which eventually led him to Hong Kong where he has been living for the last six years.
LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Our school takes teaching beyond the confines of the classroom and has become one of a small group of schools in Wiltshire to be recognised by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.
St Margaret’s Preparatory School has been awarded the Bronze award by LOtC, after undertaking a rigorous assessment.
A report by assessor Kim Hudson said ‘St Margaret’s Preparatory School is offering its pupils a large array of real-world learning experiences in their school grounds and beyond the school premises. I have no hesitation in recommending them for LOtC Schools Bronze Mark.’
The school’s Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator Kim Callaway said that to qualify, the school had to show it did far more than just building camps and lighting fires.
She said ‘The award recognises everything that happens outside the confines of the classroom. Not only the curriculum lessons that are taken outside on a regular basis, but everything from residential trips to visiting guests, such as the NSPCC and musical theatre companies. It also encompasses sponsored walks, taking part in Devizes Eisteddfod and maths competitions.’
St Margaret’s pupils regularly take part in a LEGO League challenge, which tests their programming skills and recently even had a visit by the UK Space Agency. Its Chamber Choir sang at The Royal Festival Hall in March and also supported the annual Julia’s House ‘Carols by Candlelight’ charity event. It is soon to join with other local schools to hold ‘The Big Outdoor Lesson’.
A representative for LOtC said ‘The Bronze LOtC Mark recognises those schools and settings which have an awareness of the benefits of providing frequent, continuous and progressive LOtC to all pupils. The award also acknowledges attempts to integrate LOtC into the life of the school and a commitment to developing LOtC to enrich the learning of pupils.’
ST MARGARET'S AWARDED UNICEF GOLD AWARD
St Margaret's has taken a golden opportunity to show it respects the rights of its pupils and encourages them to respect the rights of everyone else.
The school has been awarded the highest possible accolade by the charity UNICEF after showing it was worthy of its gold award.
A spokesman for UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting School programme said: “The third stage of the award means St Margaret’s has fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school’s policies, practice and ethos.”
For the past two years St Margaret’s has been going for gold after achieving the silver status in 2017. Children were elected as ambassadors to lead campaigns including a bid to improve air quality in the school.
Pupils from Year 2 took part in the UNICEF/Clarks shoe share scheme which raised money to support education of young people around the world. More than 200 pairs of shoes were recycled.
The school’s Rights Respecting Co-ordinator Jo Perkins said: “Our ambassadors support children in all age groups and regularly lead discussions and assemblies on children’ rights.”
Headmaster Luke Bromwich, who took over leadership of St Margaret’s this term, said he was delighted that the school was leading the way on such an important issue.
He said “The award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to ensuring that outstanding pastoral care is at the forefront of everything we do here. Such an accolade is a wonderful way to celebrate the quality provision that our pupils experience at St Margaret’s Prep”.