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Claremont students ensure they are heard and not just seen. At this independent co-educational school ‘student voice’ encourages meaningful dialogue, in a learning space primed for collaboration and positive action. SO magazine discovers more…


The collaborative efforts of the Prep School Eco Committee and young reporters on the school newspaper, The Arrow, are great examples of the ‘student voice’ ethos at work. In June 2023, The Arrow newspaper team was named ‘Editorial Team of the Year 2023’ by First News, the highly acclaimed and award-winning national newspaper for 7-14 year olds.

Their ongoing work to raise awareness of the issues that matter to the school community has produced cover stories that include ‘Down to Earth MP!’ which featured an exclusive interview with local MP Huw Merriman about environmental issues, and ‘Save our Seas’ which told the story of what happened when Arrow reporters accompanied Eco Warriors and School Council representatives on an historic trip to the Houses of Parliament.

There they delivered a petition which called for action to be taken before 2035 to stop Southern Water dumping sewage in the sea, and as a result of their efforts, Sally-Ann Hart MP is currently working with Southern Water to bring an earlier solution to the problem.

Eco Schools, having awarded Claremont it’s much coveted Green Flag for the third consecutive year in July, said of our Eco Warriors “Your fantastic work has really demonstrated, on a national level, that young people care about the state of our nation’s waters and hopefully you will prove to be at the forefront of change…”

Claremont Prep School has BBC Young Reporter School status, was named a Finalist in the Talk Education Awards 2023 for Innovation in Education in the Entrepreneurship & Business category; Shortlisted for an Independent School of the Year Award 2023 in the Environmental Impact category for a third consecutive year; and Beach School has been introduced to the Pre-Prep curriculum to further enrich the outdoor learning programme, which includes Forest School for Nursery children all the way up to Year 6.

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