Conference Ambassador brings 30 Head Teachers to Sheffield

Conference Ambassador brings 30 Head Teachers to Sheffield

14 May 2015

A Sheffield Conference Ambassador recently welcomed thirty Head Teachers to Sheffield. Ambassador and Headmaster of Westbourne School, John Hicks invited the members of the North East branch of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) to join him in Yorkshire for their Summer Conference.

The IAPS covers some 60 schools, mostly from Yorkshire but also from Nottingham in the South to Durham in the North.

The chosen venue for the main event was Halifax Hall, a former Victorian steel baron's mansion set in the middle of the conservation area, close to Westbourne School, and now part of Sheffield University.

On the evening of the event delegates enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and an informal networking session, before a morning session the next day for which David Hanson, CEO at IAPS, was the guest speaker. The event briefed Heads about current issues including the political climate and ISI inspections.

This session was followed by an interactive discussion workshop from Sheffield's Andy Hanselman entitled 'Independent Schools as a business'. To round off the conference the Heads were offered a pupil led tour of Westbourne School.

John Hicks said: "I have been an active supporter of IAPS since taking up my post in 2004. The support that comes from being a member is crucial - to be able to pick up the phone and share expertise and knowledge has been invaluable over the years. I was delighted my colleagues travelled to Sheffield and were able to host such a prestigious event at the University.”

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