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Pre-prep/prep school of the year

We are delighted that St Ives has been shortlisted for the pre-prep / prep school of the year award at the prestigious 2018 TES Independent School Awards. This is a huge accolade as we are one of only 8 schools nominated, with competition from some of the finest and most respected of the country’s 620 independent prep schools.

The nomination recognises the success of St Ives, not only in academic achievement but also innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables. We are of course extremely proud of the high academic standards of our pupils, in a non-selective environment, but we recognise that this represents only part of developing the whole child. The breadth of wider experiences offered at St Ives allows all our children to develop as individuals, to grow a general life-long love of learning and to naturally achieve and progress. This was evident in 50% scholarships to senior schools, 34 distinctions and 5 merits in Verse & Prose / Acting exams, qualification for the IAPS swimming and coming 2nd in the National United Ideas invention competition.









Ann Mroz, the Editor of the TES has said “Independent education in this country is world class. It’s one of Britain’s great success stories. And those shortlisted for the TES Independent School Awards are the cream of the crop. This year we had more entries than ever, the standard was the best yet and the competition fiercer than ever before. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”
Our Chair of Governors, Graham Harvey-Browne, has also said of the news “We are delighted and very proud to hear this wonderful news. This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of Mrs Goldsworthy, Miss Smith and all of the teaching and support staff at St Ives and is a clear indicator of the continued success of the school in producing well rounded young people who are inspired and supported in achieving their potential.”

Our broad curriculum is enriched and enhanced by a fantastic array of activities and events which have provided good reason for our nomination of this award. Our magical Forest School, educational visits, focus on local community and whole school charity days are just a few examples of how we broaden the perspective of our pupils and develop the whole child. At St Ives we provide opportunities for each child to discover, develop and showcase their individual interests and talents whether that be in music, art, sport or other areas. In this way, we provide a truly nurturing and inspiring environment.

We would like to thank all our staff and pupils for their dedication and commitment 

Surrey-based online retailer of eco, ethical and premium baby products has been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday, the campaign that culminates in the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on December 3rd.

Natural Baby Shower has been trading for nine years and, last June, opened a new flagship store in the heart of Surrey. It will now be among the select number of businesses to be featured by the campaign, one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday itself.  Natural Baby Shower will be recognised on Sunday the 09th of October.

Founder Victoria Hampson conceived the idea for the business when she was expecting her first child while living in New Zealand. She was inspired by the natural approach to parenting she experienced there as well as the readily available natural, organic and ethical products. After returning to the UK when her son, Dylan, was six weeks old, she found there was a gap in the market and launched Natural Baby Shower in 2007 from her kitchen table. The business is now growing from strength to strength and is home to essentials such as nappies, slings, changing bags and a vast selection of organic clothing all from top name brands. Now that they have opened their flagship store they have also been able to additionally offer their customers a wide range of buggies and car seats.

“Small businesses make a real difference to peoples lives,” says Victoria. “We believe in helping parents have the best pregnancy and start to parenthood, along with providing the best products for newborn babies. Often the best products have come from other parents who have either struggled or been inspired and seen improvements or gaps in product design and use. They create small businesses like ours and embark on a journey that we are proud to support.”

Small Business Saturday is already the UK’s most successful small business campaign. This is the fourth year of the campaign, which last year saw £623m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, an increase of £119m or 24 per cent on the previous year. The campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day with more than 100,000 campaign-related tweets being sent. Over 75% of local councils supported the campaign, giving considerable national reach into local communities.

The campaign is a great nationwide promotional and marketing tool for small businesses. It is totally free to participate and any small businesses can get involved – from one-man-bands, through to a high growth office, and from tradesmen to social media gurus. In addition to the big day, the campaign also delivers help and advice alongside opportunities to connect with other small businesses. In short, Small Business Saturday exists to support, inspire and promote small businesses.

The British public has a great affection for small businesses and we continue
to see that grow year on year.  Small Business Saturday is an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,” explains Campaign Director Michelle Ovens.

“Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round. Most people in this country own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does, so supporting a small business on Small Business Saturday is absolutely personal.”