Tuesday, 23 October 2018

A school at which to flourish

"I believe that to be the best, you need to know what the best looks like”, says Julia Harrington, headmistress

"I believe that to be the best, you need to know what the best looks like”, says Julia Harrington, headmistress of Queen Anne’s School in Caversham, one of the country’s leading independent schools for girls.

“It is our job as educators to inspire our pupils. Through our BrainCanDo: Life and Learning Programme we promote a “no limits” learning culture, which is enhanced by working with professionals from the worlds of academia, the performing arts, sport and enterprise. Girls throughout the school are able to recognise excellence and learn how to develop both the skills and the mindset to achieve it.”

As part of the school’s BrainCanDo: Life and Learning Programme, and in conjunction with International Women’s Day, on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, Queen Anne’s will host a two-day conference, which students, teachers and parents are invited to attend.

On March 6, students in Years 10-13 and parents will hear from inspiring women, each discussing their own journey and promoting a “no limits” approach to life.

Speakers include Zoe Jackson, founder of Living the Dream Performing Arts Company; Jo Elvin, editor of Glamour magazine, and Sejal Hathi, entrepreneur and founder of Girls Helping Girls and Girltank.

On March 7, the focus of the conference will be Education for the 21st Centuryand will include key speakers from the fields of business, technology and education, including Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, professor of cognitive neuroscience at UCL; Andrew Curran, leading paediatric neurologist and Professor Sandra McNally, professor of economics, University of Surrey.

Speaking about the two-day BrainCanDo conference, Mrs Harrington said: “We believe that learning is far more than just gathering information. Our brains can do amazing things and the more we learn about brain function, the more we can enjoy and achieve. This has to feed into our education system so that there are no limits to learning, no constraints on curiosity and no ceiling to success.”

“BrainCanDo aims to fuel innovation and creativity through a series of regular events, talks and learning programmes. This year, we will be hosting our first ever two-day conference at Queen Anne’s to help support, encourage and inspire our students and peers.”

For more information on the BrainCanDo conferences, hosted by Queen Anne’s School, and to book tickets, visit www.braincando.com or email braincando@qas.org.uk.

The next open morning at Queen Anne’s is on Friday, February 27 from 9.30am. Visit www.qas.org.uk/bookonline to reserve your place.

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