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Clan House - Schoolblazer


Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

As a school or college leader, you need information and advice that is clearly relevant to your role. Because ASCL only represents leaders in secondary schools and colleges, all of our work is focused on the sector – from financial management to understanding the latest Ofsted framework. With ASCL you have access to the very best professional advice, through our publications and telephone hotline, and excellent legal support should you ever need it in your working life.

ASCL Professional Development is a leading provider of CPD and leadership development across the UK. We design, develop and organise a range of conferences, short courses, seminars and consultancy services that are responsive to both government initiatives and professional needs identified by colleagues in schools and colleges. Our events are designed for all colleagues in or aspiring to management and leadership positions in schools and colleges and are accessible for members and non-members alike.

We also provide a range of additional services such as DVDs which can be used to supplement a number of ASCL Professional Development courses to give a comprehensive training package and ongoing support when returning to school or college.

For a complete guide to all our current events, courses and conferences, please view our ASCL Professional Development e-portfolio or calendar.

Our membership continues to grow as more leaders recognise the benefits of joining an association that so clearly addresses their needs.

Can you afford not to join them? Find out more at www.ascl.org.uk/offers



Cambridge International Examinations


Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge International Examinations prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge.

Our international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, we devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners' potential.

Our programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research. They provide a strong platform for learners to progress from one stage to the next, and are well supported by teaching and learning resources.

Every year, nearly a million Cambridge learners from 10,000 schools in 160 countries prepare for their future with an international education from Cambridge.

Web: www.cie.org.uk
Email: info@cie.org.uk



Clan House - Schoolblazer


Clan House and Schoolblazer

announce Tie-up

Edinburgh's leading uniform retailer announces long-term partnership with their English counterpart to bring increased competition to Edinburgh's parents.

Since their foundation in 2004 Schoolblazer have taken the English Independent School uniform market by storm becoming the market leader and the acknowledged innovator. Their unique online offering with Intelligent Sizing and free name-taping coupled with their customer service ethos has delighted parents, whilst their ability to innovate with new designs and products in both uniform and sportswear has been welcomed by schools.

Clan House, Edinburgh's leading uniform supplier, has today announced a strategic tie-up with Schoolblazer. This relationship, which may in time lead to a full merger, will give Clan House access to Schoolblazer's sourcing ability, their Squadkit sportswear brand and allow Edinburgh parents to benefit from the Schoolblazer web technology.

Michael Fyfe, owner of Clan House said, "We are very excited by this move, Schoolblazer are a strong business that has made a real impact on the English market. This relationship will mean that Clan House can offer an even better service to our Edinburgh and Scottish customers."

Robin Horsell, Co-Founder of Schoolblazer said, "We have a great respect for what Clan House have achieved in Edinburgh and are excited to now have the opportunity to showcase our products and services through them to their Schools and bring additional competition to the Edinburgh market."

Web: www.clanh.com/index.html - www.schoolblazer.com



Future Digital


Future Digital

Safeguarding the Digital Generation

Future Digital provides your school with the most comprehensive e-safety solutions keeping students safe online while helping them to become responsible digital citizens.
In today's tech savvy environment where children are growing up as digital natives and have unprecedented access to the internet; schools are increasingly faced with new safeguarding challenges. Future Digital products offer a dynamic solution that puts you in control by providing you with complete visibility across your school's digital environment ensuring that your students get the most out of the internet while also staying safe.
Future Digital solutions protect students by monitoring, capturing and alerting you to potentially harmful content or behaviour allowing you to safeguard against online dangers such as inadvertent exposure to inappropriate websites, cyberbullying, grooming, online gambling and un-moderated chatrooms.

Key Features

This is a fully scalable cost effective solution that responds to your digital environment allowing you to tailor your e-safety requirements and ensures that everyone in your network is protected from online dangers. Future Digital products are available across a range of devices including iPad, PC and Mac.

Contact Details
Tel: 0844 484 8908
Email: enquiries@futuredigital.email
Web: www.futuredigital.solutions



Holroyd Howe


Holroyd Howe

Holroyd Howe is an independent school caterer specialising in the provision of fresh, creative food solely for the independent school market. Operating across the UK, we work with schools ranging from small day to large boarding schools, catering for pupils from 3 to 18 years old.

Since 1997, Holroyd Howe has been committed to providing fresh, healthier food, served by well-trained people who really care. We approach food service with a simple, no fuss attitude, using the best natural British ingredients on offer. Nothing processed, nothing added - just delicious, honest food everyday. We engage pupils with food using demonstrations, tastings and cookery lessons and we also encourage schools to grow their own produce where facilities allow.

Operating in over 100 schools, our clients include Bromsgrove School and Shrewsbury School, St Edmund’s College in Ware, Bede’s in Hailsham, Seaford College in Petworth, The Perse in Cambridge, St Paul’s School in Barnes, City of London School for Boys and Pangbourne College.

Holroyd Howe not only provides the core pupil dining, we also cater for parents, Governors and visitors, managing all aspects of hospitality, from match teas to formal dinners. Furthermore, we support our schools in developing their commercial enterprises and revenues during the non-term times, catering for weddings, conferences, sporting events and summer lets.

Distinctly different from our competitors, we are both specialists in the market and independent, whilst also benefitting from being part of WSH, our parent company, as we can share best practice, resources and expertise in areas such as events with our sister company Searcy’s, and café culture with our sister company Benugo.

For more information or to discuss how we could work with your school,please contact Claire Long:

01189 356 707



John Cheatle Group


The John Cheatle Group

flexibility and added value from your schoolwear service

Schoolwear specialist the John Cheatle Group supplies more than 1200 schools around the UK with uniforms and sportswear, from 35 High Street stores, 45 on-site school uniform shops, a growing internet service, efficient mail-order facility, selling visits and direct-to-school operations. 

John Cheatle is three times bigger than its nearest competitor in the independent schools sector, and significantly larger than a standalone school uniform shop. It maintains its market leadership by providing the best service, quality, value and flexibility in schoolwear and school sportswear.

Every school is different and may require one of, or a combination of, the main options in schoolwear provision: a dedicated school shop on-site, a High Street branch stocking all school uniform needs, or an online or mail-order option for parents who have difficulty visiting shops or the school. Being able to offer almost any combination of options means John Cheatle supplies the most flexible solutions, tailored to your school’s individual needs.

A typical school shop comprises less than 0.5% of a school’s activity, but when managed in-house requires a disproportionate level of management time and investment.  Putting it into the hands of an experienced organisation like John Cheatle will free up your school team to focus on running your school. Your parents will also benefit from the lower prices on basic uniform items that only an operator with the buying power of John Cheatle achieves. They’ll enjoy the efficiency and flexibility, complemented by the latest in fully computerised till technology, debit/credit card facilities, ‘live’ stock management and helpful staff.  John Cheatle handles many ancillary services, such as pupil payment cards for low value items, name-taping, specialist embroidery, monogramming, stationery, bag ranges, sports equipment and even Scouts and Guides uniforms.

The John Cheatle Group operates all over the UK. See what schools say about us on our website www.john-cheatle.co.uk Contact Justin Cheatle for a friendly chat about your current and future school uniform requirements, on 0116 299 0925 or email Justin.cheatle@john-cheatle.co.uk

John Cheatle Limited
32 Charles Street, Leicester LE1 3FG
Tel: 0116 299 0909
Fax: 0116 251 9675
Email: hannah.tomlinson@john-cheatle.co.uk
Web: www.john-cheatle.co.uk



SIMS Independent


Mark Beaumont

Broadcaster • Athlete & Adventurer • Author

Mark hosts regular lectures, workshops and is guest speaker at school prize-giving across the UK, sharing lessons from his record breaking expeditions and presenting skills from his work with the BBC.  The World Record for cycling around the world, rowing a boat 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle and interviewing athletes in 68 nations in the build up to the Commonwealth Games are just some of Marks achievements in recent years.  Mark has a passion for inspiring young people and is able to share key lessons that help shape careers.

Contact for enquiries



Muddy Stilettos School Reviews


Muddy Stilettos School Reviews

Muddy Stilettos is the UK's only influencer network that talks directly to smart, fun-loving, urbane A/B women living OUTSIDE London and the other big cities.

Under one brand with a single editor-in-chief, we are a network of national journalists across 19 counties helping 200,000+ affluent, hard-to-reach readers make the right decisions on everything from cosy pubs and romantic getaways to the best schools for their children.

Our National School Reviews are massively influential amongst our readers, because we offer something unique.

1. We’re readable
The antidote to fusty, dry advertorial, our reviews are honest, independent, informal and witty – like your best friend giving advice. Our subscribers trust our judgement and act on our recommendations.

2. Our reader is your customer
Muddy readers are AB parents. 76% have school-aged children. They're eager to find the best schools with the right academic results, sports facilities and pastoral care.

3. Local with a national reach
Our reviews work brilliantly on a local level, going out to regional subscribers and readers on site and on social. In addition, ALL current school reviews across the 19 Muddy counties are accessible on our National School Reviews site meaning your review can be viewed by 200,000+ Muddy subscribers, including Londoners who are using Muddy to access where to go and what to do away from the city.

4. We wear two hats
At Muddy Stilettos, we review as respected national journalists with an eye for detail but also, crucially, as parents ourselves.

5. Our features are FUN
No-one wants to yawn through a school review! Our reviews are chatty, informal, good-humoured and knowledgeable. Yes, we’re interested in exam results, facilities and sweeping driveways, but we also work hard to explain the ‘essence’ of a school and give our readers an honest steer based on what they’re looking for what might suit a competitive, alpha- student might not be right for the quiet, contemplative child.

Email: Katie Molloy, Schools Partnerships. katie@muddystilettos.co.uk for more information.



Simply Boarding


Simply Boarding

What if you were to invest as much energy into yourself as you do in your boarding house?

Yes, I agree- life would be different! Put simply, we are a life company. We champion the changes, those little changes that will make your boarding life easier. In our 24-7 lifestyle many of us make the wrong choices because we do not have the knowledge or are too tired to think clearly. There’s not always someone to ask for advice and most of us have made bad choices, said the wrong things and escalated situations because we did not have the
knowledge to approach things a different way. To get ahead in today’s world you need to be people smart. From empowering people to leadership development, we address the knowledge doing gap so ideas are turned into reality meaning that people can achieve more.

At the heart of boarding is the people - people like you. What happens on your boarding front line massively impacts your reputation, the next generation and your income as a school. In fact, your people can make or break your boarding community, so you need to take time to understand them – inside and out.

Through a unique blend of training, coaching, consultancy and careermanagement we increase your ability to draw the best from your people on the front line of boarding. So, are you ready to join us?

Moved to a new job this term, check out Boarding Right Start. Part of the escape committee (all schools have one :)), act now and download our termly magazine. Your time is now – moving on, up or just want some independent advice – it is time to read our inspirational new book Boardingology.

It is all on www.simplyboarding.com, and we are only a click away.



SIMS Independent


SIMS Independent

The MIS of choice for independent schools

With over 30 years’ experience in the education sector, SIMS Independent is the leading MIS supplier, providing more than 650 independent schools worldwide with a trusted, proven management information system.

We understand that as an independent school, you need to continually demonstrate the value of the education you provide, the quality of the pastoral care on offer and the benefits of the unique traditions that set you apart from other schools. SIMS is the only system with the breadth and capability to help you ensure you deliver excellence in every area of school life and that is why prestigious schools like Malvern College, Winchester College and the City of London School use SIMS.

In fact 79 HMC schools are among the 650 independent schools that have chosen the SIMS solution in total – more than any other provider. An impressive 65 independent schools have switched to SIMS in the last 18 months alone.

Why choose SIMS Independent?

For more information about how SIMS Independent can help your school achieve educational excellence, please contact the independent schools team on +44 (0)1285 647459 or email info@capita-independent.co.uk.

5 Mercian Close



Stevensons School Uniforms



Your ideal school uniform partner

School uniform is just one of a school’s many responsibilities so if parents and children are happy, it makes a school’s life easier too. More than 300 schools put their trust in Stevensons because they know they’re assured of high quality clothing coupled with outstanding service.  Our business is successful because of the level of expertise, customer service and understanding of the specialist schools market that we have throughout our company.  

Multi-channel retailing at its best

Parents rate us highly for convenience as we offer them a choice of ways to buy including online, through our retail branches, telephone ordering and pop-up shops on school premises.  We understand that when parents place an order - they want it now! That’s why we commit to stocking your uniform year round and offer next day despatch on all stock items. For many schools, we manage the ‘on campus’ school shop on their behalf and can also supply wholesale to schools managing their own shop.

As a dependable and experienced clothing retailer founded in 1925, we are expert at outfitting children.  We believe in building strong relationships with our schools by providing unrivalled service to bursars and parents alike and that commitment means in practice:


Contact Howard Wilder for a chat about your needs on 01727 815715.

Stevensons Head Office
Uniform House
7, Acrewood Way
St Albans




Synergia Coaching Limited


Synergia Coaching Limited

Synergia Coaching Limited is an Organisational Development business which works with Leaders and Managers across independent schools nationwide. Our work across the UK enables people at all levels to understand how to work more effectively with their colleagues, teams, pupils and parents.

The Synergia brand was created in 2003, with the aim of sharing our professional expertise. Emotional Intelligence is at the heart of what we do and the foundation of all our programmes. Our core values of authenticity, enjoyment and to make a real difference shape the way we work, to ensure we deliver programmes which exceed our client’s expectations; a guarantee that learning is achieved and transferred back into the workplace and that the participants enjoy the session.

Synergia work with schools at all levels through our bespoke training sessions and INSET days to:

E: clare.barnett@synergiacoaching.co.uk
T: 07909 962916
Twitter: @synergia_coach
Facebook: Synergia Coaching Limited



American Uniniversity of Rome


The American University of Rome

Founded in 1969, The American University of Rome is the oldest private American institution of higher education in Rome, Italy, offering undergraduate Bachelor degrees in ten disciplines to a student body of around 500 students each semester: Archeology and Classics, Art History, Business Administration, Communication, Film and Digital Media, Fine Arts, International Relations and Global Politics, Interdisciplinary Studies, Italian Studies, and Religious Studies.

It is also a destination for study abroad students from American and worldwide colleges and universities for year-long, semester and summer programs.

We pride ourselves on a robust academic curriculum that features: small classes (16:1 student/faculty ratio), personal attention, a global perspective in a multicultural environment, an internship program with a very high turnover for job placement.

AUR academic program is complemented by a rich variety of extra-curricular activities ranging from clubs, performing groups, local events, social activities and athletics. Highlights include: competitive university men's and women's soccer leagues, a coed running club, a yoga club, a men's basketball club, martial arts training, and even a rowing club that allows students to enjoy Rome from a unique and privileged perspective.

Students also have ample opportunities to travel across Italy and Europe through either in-class field trips or studying abroad with other universities.

Overlooking the historical center, the University is located in the prestigious area of the Janiculum (Gianicolo), Rome’s highest hill, just a few minutes’ walk from the historic Trastevere district and the heart of Rome. With its own gardens of Roman pines, AUR terraces offer a spectacular view of Rome.

Studying at AUR is undoubtedly an exceptional educational experience that will develop your character and prepare you for the world in such a unique way that is simply not possible anywhere else. For many students, the time spent in the uniquely energizing city of Rome is a life transforming experience.

The American University of Rome has full American regional accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is licensed by the State of Delaware Department of Education to award Associate and Bachelor Degrees. AUR is incorporated in the District of Columbia as a not for profit institution.


The American University of Rome
Via Pietro Roselli, 4 (Gianicolo)
00153 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39.06.5833.0919
Fax: +39.06.5833.0992
Email: admissions@aur.edu
Web: www.aur.edu






Trybooking is an online booking system designed for any type of school event. It takes all the heavy lifting and admin time away from organising Parent Teacher Meetings, to Open Days, School concerts and performances, to trips and courses.

Parents love it too, as no more forms to fill in and cheques to organise. They can organise all school events from the comfort of their office or home any time of the day.

Not only does it take bookings but it automatically gives the school all the information they need for the event be it a Door List or a report of dietary requirements, or all the details in a registration form for courses.

We loved it so much as parents in Australia, we brought the business to the UK. Don't take our word for it though: as one of Head of Music beautiful summarised: "We are busily pulling together a programme for the concert, while the tickets sell quietly in the background".

Want to find out more go to: www.trybooking.co.uk/html/aboutUs.shtml

Want to set up an event go to: www.trybooking.co.uk/html/sellTickets.shtml






Higher Education thought leadership for UK Teachers and Career Advisers supported by the University of East Anglia

More than just a ‘box’, UniBox seeks to support the dedicated teachers and career advisers based in Sixth Form schools across the UK. It is a unique hub of online resources, expert guidance and thoughtful commentary exclusively for those giving students higher education advice.

The UniBox website is an open, impartial space for discussion around the concept of going to university; where you are invited to ‘think inside the box’ and support educational colleagues across the UK.

The free eBook, ‘Guiding your Students to University' is now available to download from the UniBox website, which you can easily print and share with students, parents and colleagues.

UniBox is the brainchild of the University of East Anglia (UEA), inspired by a powerful vision to guide young people, from whatever background, toward understanding the university opportunities available and making a smooth transition from school.

Contact Details
Tel: +44 (0) 1603 591957
Email: unibox@uea.ac.uk
Web: www.unibox.uea.ac.uk
Twitter: @the_UniBox
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/unibox



University of Groningen


University of Groningen

400 years of passion and performance

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in Europe. We offer over 100 degree programmes in English at undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD levels in virtually every field and belong to the Top 100 universities in the world.  

Talent is nurtured, enabling the University to bridge the gap between science and society. We are committed to actively collaborating with our social partners, with a special focus on the research themes Healthy Ageing, Energy and Sustainable Society.


Facts and figures


Fields of study

Student facilities: the Groningen personal approach

Website: www.rug.nl
Parents: www.rug.nl/education/parents

Online information pack: www.rugmagazine.nl

Facebook: www.facebook.com/universityofgroningen
Facebook UK students: www.facebook.com/groups/BritishIrishGroningen

Open Days: www.rug.nl/opendays

Contact: prospectives@rug.nl