"We gave Richard Cairns our Best Head of a Public School award last year – something of a no-brainer because it seems this man can do no wrong. Pupils love him, staff revere him and even Michael Gove calls his leadership 'visionary'."
Tatler Schools Guide 2014
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TATLER SCHOOLS GUIDE 2014
We gave Richard Cairns our Best Head of a Public School award last year – something of a no-brainer because it seems this man can do no wrong. Pupils love him, staff revere him and even Michael Gove calls his leadership 'visionary'. Record results at GCSE and A level (96.8% A*-B) again last year; every single pupil who took Chinese (Mandarin) at GCSE gained an A* (its compulsory for everyone up to Year 9); and there was the highest number of Oxbridge offers too. Mr Cairns has a great line about wanting his pupils to be a 'first-rate version of themselves, not a second rate version of someone else' – it's all about celebrating the individual. You want proof? Among the finalists in the sixth form's 'Strictly Come Dancing' contest were a first XV rugby stalwart and an English National Schools' bronze medallist shot-putter. An artist had a painting accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; a dancer won a National Ballet scholarship; and a lower sixth was runner-up in BBC's Young Apprentice. The 1st XV rugby squad has been unbeaten in Sussex for six years, and girls' cricket is extraordinarily strong – the under-15 team is the national indoor champion. Girls play in the boys' 1st XI cricket team too – 'on of the fundamental principles of the college, which believes inclusion should be based on merit, not gender', we're told. There's sky-high demand for places, so they're building a fifth boarding house to keep up.