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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.  

As we begin another school year and thousands of children across Bristol return to the classroom, I thought I would share my thoughts on how to make the most of your education.   There ...
Posted: 02/10/2017 09:41:06 by Abigail Sawkins | with 0 comments


Who’d be a teacher? Given the predominantly negative media coverage of the teacher’s lot – curriculum and exam changes, funding shortfalls and pay freezes, the difficulties of fin...
Posted: 30/06/2017 12:06:05 by Abigail Sawkins | with 0 comments


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



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