In his last blog before he retires, Dr Hind reflects on the impacts of the Coronavirus crisis and the ways in which Dame Allan's has risen to the challenge of learning during lockdown.
Choosing the best school for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent will ever make.
Dame Allan’s Schools were founded in 1705 by Dame Eleanor Allan to provide a ‘proper education’ for children in Newcastle; in doing so, she established one of the first independent girls’ schools in the country.
Now, over three hundred years later, we honour this heritage by building upon our traditions with a firm focus on the future to provide an excellent education for young people from all cultures and backgrounds within a supportive environment.
The Schools are unique in the city in following the diamond structure, an educational model which sees boys and girls educated together in the Junior School, separately between the ages of 11 and 16 and together again in the Sixth Form. This offers the benefits of single-sex education combined with the social and cultural merits of a co-educational environment. We are passionate about this structure and strongly believe it prepares our pupils for the challenges of life they may face once they leave our school community.
Our commitment to high quality education and pupil development has been highlighted in recent inspection reports by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI), in which both the Junior School and Nursery and the Senior Schools and Sixth Form were deemed ‘excellent’ – the highest honour they can bestow. Our Boys’ and Girls’ Schools were also shortlisted together for the Senior School of the Year by Tes, a well-respected weekly teaching publication, in their Independent School Awards 2020.
I am incredibly proud to be the Principal of Dame Allan’s Schools. I would urge you to make an appointment to visit the Schools and see first-hand that the structure and ethos of Dame Allan’s Schools puts each boy and girl at the heart of the school.
Dr John R. Hind
Dr. John Hind