Prospectus tells a story

Personal values and a passion for teaching have inspired a headmaster to take a new approach to the school prospectus

Matthew Unsworth, headmaster at Barrow Hills Prep School, a co-educational preparatory school in Witley, turned away from the traditional idea of a school prospectus – using images of pupils smiling on a warm summer’s day – and instead chose to create a cloth, hardback book, which relates what he personally loves, both as a parent and as a head teacher, about Barrow Hills, written in the style of a story. It provides an insight into the nature of the education offered at the school and the philosophy behind it. 

A parent commented: “It is the first school prospectus I have read in its entirety, in fact the first I have given serious consideration. I loved its simplicity and its uniqueness and it is very well written. Thank you for being brave and doing something completely different, for challenging my thinking and helping me to learn about great practice in education. You have described the school and its ethos beautifully.’

Mr Unsworth said: ‘Take half an hour in an armchair with this little book. Devote the time to think more deeply about your child’s future. If what you read chimes true, then come and visit. I ask no more.’


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