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Headmaster's Blog

Thoughts from Rod MacKinnon, Headmaster of Bristol Grammar School, on education, learning and life at BGS and beyond.  

The upcoming General Election is, unsurprisingly, generating debate and discussion around a whole host of policy areas. With 33 years’ teaching experience, I have found myself reflecting on t...
Posted: 12/05/2017 12:55:07 by Abigail Sawkins | with 0 comments


I am often asked by parents what I am looking for when I appoint a new teacher. My answer is quite straightforward. Teaching styles may have changed in the 25 years I have been recruiting staff, bu...
Posted: 28/03/2017 09:52:28 by Abigail Sawkins | with 0 comments


Education has long been recognised as vital to achieving social mobility. But despite successive governments committing to ensuring that a child’s life chances aren’t dictated by their ...
Posted: 31/01/2017 10:00:00 by Abigail Sawkins | with 0 comments


Walking into work at the start of November, I was struck by the contrast between the feelings of hope and uplift generated by the crisp air, sunshine and the autumnal colours of the trees and th...
Posted: 29/11/2016 09:49:48 by Abigail Sawkins | with 0 comments


Since Theresa May became Prime Minister in July, education policy has once again become headline news. Her vision of Britain as “the great meritocracy” rightly ascribes education a cent...
Posted: 12/10/2016 10:21:16 by Abigail Sawkins | with 0 comments



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