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Room to Grow

Steven Winter, Deputy Head of Bethany School, explains the steps you can take to help your child transition from primary to secondary school. "I don’t remember my first day at senior school, but for my children it was a very big...

Course Work

Our pick of the best adult education courses across the South East. Kent Adult Education With almost 4,000 wide ranging and diverse courses to choose from, Kent Adult Education offers adults the opportunity to reach their full potential by trying...

A Pebble’s Throw

Experienced house renovators Robey and Kelly Hilliard’s latest project – a three-storey wreck of a home cut into the Sandgate hillside – has been a labour of love for the couple, who wanted to preserve as much of the original...

Off the Scale

With soaring ceilings, contemporary décor and the most beautiful views across the Kentish countryside, Bayham Hall’s restoration has allowed the building’s original features to shine through whilst providing an enviably spacious family home for owners Jaime and Justin Cooke.  [showhide...

Spotting the signs

Speaking from her own personal experience, Sarah Maxwell looks into the stigma and concerns surrounding the menopause and perimenopause. Perimenopause generally occurs in a woman’s 40s but can happen in her 30s or even earlier. With this in mind we...

Heads Down

When it comes to successful exam revision, it’s all in the motivation, as Hilary Wilce explains. For some students, the new school year means retake exams looming ahead. For many others, there will be new tests and exams coming down...

The Forever Plants

Jo Arnell explains what makes succulents such strong survivors. Technically, a succulent is any plant with thick, fleshy (succulent) water storage organs. Succulents store water in their leaves, stems, or roots, so they can go for long periods without needing...

A Changing Climate

Jennifer Stuart-Smith takes a look at how gardeners are having to adapt to extreme weather conditions. Whether you are a farmer, fisherman or gardener, there’s little point battling Mother Nature. She always has the upper hand. So, rather than railing...

Eating Green – Lentil, Spinach & Onion Curry

This is like a dhal; split peas or other pulses can be used (if using dried pulses, check pack instructions). I like the texture of Puy lentils and because this is made quickly, all the ingredients stay firm and discernible....

Eating Green – Beetroot and Butternut Tart

This can be made as a tart tatin, or layered into a pastry case. It is a loose mix, so will fall apart slightly when cut. Preheat oven to 180°C, gas 4. Mix 1 tbsp of the oil, beetroot, butternut...

Eating Green – Stuffed Courgettes

Life may be too short for stuffing mushrooms, but not courgettes! This recipe can be adapted in many ways, depending on what you have in store. I have used quinoa and pine nuts as the protein ingredient, but you could...

Making Sense of the World

Hilary Wilce looks at how politics is approached in the classroom. As I write this, we have no idea where the country will be heading this autumn, and whatever your political views, you’ll probably agree that this is a time...

Join Our Club

We explore the vast range of after-school activities on offer across schools in the South East. From tug of war to mindfulness colouring, there's no shortage of options. [showhide more_text="READ MORE" less_text="READ LESS" hidden="yes"] Dulwich Prep Cranbrook At Dulwich Prep...

Word Play

Which languages are students choosing to study? And how are they being applied to life after school? We look into language matters at Buckswood School and Ashford School. [showhide more_text="READ MORE" less_text="READ LESS" hidden="yes"] Buckswood School Gilly Johnson, Deputy Principal...

Education Directory

Our Education directory, focuses exclusively on Kent, Sussex and Surrey, introducing some of the south east's best and brightest preparatory academies, specialist colleges, independent schools and boarding schools.

WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FOR TWO AT LEEDS CASTLE PLUS TICKETS TO THE CHRISTMAS MARKET

As part of its 900th anniversary, from the 14th to 19th of September, join Leeds Castle in Kent for a ‘floral party’ celebration with the spectacular Festival of Flowers, for which Wealden Times is Media Partner. Each year the Festival...

Goats’ cheese, Parma Ham & Nectarine Salad

Wash and spin the salad leaves. Wrap the wedges of nectarine with the strips of Parma ham and place randomly over the leaves. Crumble the goats’ cheese on top and sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts. Serve with a simple...

A taste of the Mediterranean: Sharing Platter

Putting it together Begin by choosing a large platter and using 3 points, start by placing the elements in all 3 areasDecant your dips into 3 small bowls and place in a triangle formation on or near the board.Next start...

Courgette Spanakopita

Courgette preparation:  Grate the courgettes and sprinkle with salt. Cover with a tea towel and leave overnight in a colander with a bowl underneath.The next day, submerge the courgettes in water to rinse the salt from them. Then gather in...

Green and Pleasant

Childhood memories and favourite holiday haunts are the inspiration behind Karen and Rafe Easter’s charming family home. It’s difficult to believe just how much of England’s green and pleasant land lies a mere hour’s train journey from the capital, and...

Too Cool for School

The colourful history behind Juliet Maingay-Cooper and Jake Mintrim’s Hastings home, part of a mansion built by eminent Victorian travel writer Augustus Hare, saw it once serve as a convent and school before its current incarnation as a chic and...

Late season crops

Jo Arnell proves that, with a little planning, there’s still plenty to grow in the veg garden as colder months approach. There might be gaps appearing on the plot this month. I’m hoping it means you’ve been able to celebrate...

Play & Learn

Our children need to explore and have fun, it’s a key part of their development, as Hilary Wilce explains... For all of us, summer is a time of play. Children play in the long days free from school. Adults play...

Late Bloomers

Sue Whigham gives her tips for glorious autumn colour.  A few years ago a group of us went to have lunch at Gravetye Manor, home to the Victorian gardener, William Robinson. Robinson bought the Elizabethan house and about 200 acres in...

Win an 8-piece knife block and A Kent Cookery School course

Manufacturing knives in Germany since 1731, ZWILLING has built up a reputation of quality, tradition and innovation resulting in knives that are exceptionally sharp, strong and durable. Through tradition and innovation, ZWILLING has remained a leader in kitchenware quality and...

Fairground attraction

When Laurie and Sol bought a derelict listed building in St Leonards they’d never done a renovation before, but with boundless resourcefulness they have created an unforgettable family home. All the houses that feature in this magazine have required leaps of...

Wild at Heart

Henrietta Norton from Wild Nutrition explains how she’ll be harnessing summer goodness to keep her body and mind healthy throughout July. The Summer Solstice on 21st June this year marked the transition into a new season and the start of...

The whole person and nothing but the whole person

Dr Adrian Rainbow, Deputy Head (Co-curriculum) of Sevenoaks School, describes how the whole person education philosophy is applied there and the benefits pupils – and society – enjoy from it We live in precarious times: climate change, species extinction, tariff...

Early years – ask the experts

Ashford Prep School – The Pre-Prep Team How can parents best support their child as they start in Reception? Be positive as this is an exciting time. Don’t make school a big deal as this can make children more fearful of...

On their marks…

A lifelong love of exercise can be inspired by the right approach to teaching sport at the earliest stage. Ashford Prep School - Harrison Straw – Head of Pre-Prep PE I believe it is very important for children to take...

Planting the seed

Gardening is good for everyone’s wellbeing – and children who grow their own vegetables are far more likely to eat them. We hear from two schools where pupils grow their own. Dulwich PrepCranbrook Dulwich Prep Cranbrook has a Gardening Club...

Prep School – ask the experts

Claremont Prep School - Rachel Potter, Head of Pre-Prep What do parents need to consider when choosing a prep school? A good place to start is to choose a school with the same values as your own.  A school’s value...

Is your child ready to become a Cyber Attack Agent or an Algorithm Bias Auditor?

Jeremy Lewis, Head of School at ACS Egham International School, looks at ways you can ensure your child is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century workplace  What will today’s children be when they enter the workplace? With...

Poetry please

We are thrilled to share the winners of our poetry competition, judged by award-winning children’s author Sally Gardner One word sums up our response to the entries to our first poetry competition: WOW! And not only because the pile of...

School of Rock

Violins and flutes are all very well, but a great way to engage a wider swathe of young people with music is to allow them to play the style they most identify with. [showhide more_text="READ MORE" less_text="READ LESS" hidden="yes"] Claremont...

A fine vintage

Claire and Henry Warde take us inside Squerryes, the splendid historic home of the award-winning Kent sparkling wine . All houses have a vibe – but not many have one you can bottle. Squerryes, however, is not only the splendid 17th...

Educating the whole child

Our education writer Hilary Wilce explains the new – and ancient – philosophy which is coming back to the fore in British schools. A radical and exciting revolution is taking place in education and it’s one guaranteed to produce happier...

Going up to big school – ask the experts

The New Beacon - Mike Piercy, Headmaster How involved should the child be in the choice of upper school?  Involved yes, but not the ultimate decision-maker. Often, a child will be influenced by where his/her friends are going, which again should not...

GCSEs – ask the experts

This is the most stressful time of the whole school journey – how can parents best support their children? Planning can really help here. During holiday times, in the run-up and half term in the middle of exams, make sure...

Meet the matrons (or house parents as they are now called)

Boarding can be a wonderful experience, producing independent young people, ready to go out into the world – but the prospect can be daunting, so who better to ask for advice about it than matron? (sorry, house parent) [showhide more_text="READ...

The life scientific

In every aspect of life, science is more important than ever – and schools are rising to the challenge. Just as technology is now involved with every aspect of life, the school subjects that used to be considered the preserve...

School’s out for summer

But what if the lengthy summer holiday ceased to exist? Hilary Wilce spells out the advantages. Quite soon schools will be closing down for the holidays. Some boarding schools will be quickly opening up again to reap useful income from...

Baked to Perfection

Here, Sevenoaks-based sourdough expert Ilgin Beaton – who, as her company name Just Sourdough by Ilgin suggests, solely focuses on crafting unadulterated sourdough loaves – shares three recipes for you to try at home.    You’ll need: Sourdough Starter There...

Mad about the BEES

Jo Arnell explains why, in a world full of pesticides, making your garden a destination for bees provides them with the ecological haven they’re crying out for. Insects are in crisis at the moment, their numbers declining at a frightening...

Heal Headaches

Henrietta Norton explains how a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing can help to ease problem headaches. A headache is one way your body can tell you that something is out of balance – whether this is a psychological...

Going solo

Team sports don’t suit everyone – some pupils flourish competing alone.  We speak to schools about their solo sports offerings. Hurst College  Rebecca Jutson, Assistant Director of Girls’ Sport With a greater number of students in the school we are...