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Windlesham House is a forward-looking prep school with well-rounded children that benefit from a purposeful curriculum that develops confident, caring and successful citizens with a wide-range of skills. We are committed to an education in service of society that instils good character values in our young people and inspires them to make a positive contribution in our communities and wider world. Windlesham is part of the Step Up To Serve #iwill Campaign launched by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Prime Minister to encourage 10-20 year olds to engage in greater youth social action. Evidence-based research shows that positive action in service of others creates more positive people, providing a double benefit for both individuals and society.

Through the leadership of Headmaster Richard Foster and Justin Blake, Head of Social Responsibility, Windlesham led a number of ground-breaking experiences in slums in Africa and Asia and was awarded ‘Independent School of the Year’ for their positive impact and innovative partnership work with state schools. Windlesham was the first independent school to receive an SMSC Quality Mark Gold Award for outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and recently launched INSPIRE, a national peace-building initiative that is inspiring peaceful schools and engaging and empowering thousands of young people around the UK to be a force for good. Windlesham regularly host and facilitate events supporting social mobility, values-led leadership and transformational education in alignment with the 2030 UN Global Goals. Research demonstrates that a life-changing education is one of the main drivers for world-wide development.

Windlesham Leadership Conference: Transformational Schools In Service of Society
Launching The Ivy House Leader Award

Floyd Woodrow MBE DCM, Dr Neil Hawkes, Founder of Values-Based Education,
Elke Edwards, Multi-Award Winning Leadership Development Coach

Thursday 15th November 9.30am-3.45pm,
Windlesham House, London Rd, Washington, West Sussex. RH20 4AY

“Windlesham facilitates wonderful events for teachers and leaders reflecting on the core purpose of education. Windlesham Conferences impart an inspiring vision and are a true oasis.” Lord Hastings CBE

“Windlesham Leadership Conferences are authentic, stimulate inspiration, innovation and action and draw people together to consider what the very best kind of education is about: schools as transforming communities that develop purposeful young people and extraordinary leaders who make a difference through a life lived in service of others. Inspirational!” Martin Reader, BSA Chairman

Windlesham regularly hosts Leadership Conferences focused on the core purpose of education. Our leadership events support school leaders and teachers and are an ideal opportunity to reflect on how we create the next generation of purposeful, values-led leaders. We have an exciting line-up of inspiring speakers who are world-class leaders in their sphere. The conference will be introduced by Elke Edwards, Founder of Ivy House and award-winning leadership coach. We will be joined by Floyd Woodrow, Founder of Chrysalis Worldwide and Dr Neil Hawkes, Founder of Values-Based Education. We are delighted that the Boarding Schools Association Chairman is supporting our leadership conference.

Elke Edwards spent 20 years running one of the leading executive development businesses in Europe, working with over 40% of the FTSE 100. She has won 43 Awards for her work in leadership performance. Elke will share what organisations expect from young people and how we can better equip them for their future. She will explore how the leadership landscape is shifting and what this means for our pupils. Elke will also give an insight into The Leader Programme – a new ground-breaking resource for schools, that brings the foundations of world-class leadership development to young people. It will provide the knowledge and skill needed to discover the leader within and create a purposeful and fulfilling future.

Dr Neil Hawkes, Founded Values-based Education (VbE) which is recognised as a foundation of outstanding school practice. Neil will speak on values-led education and leadership. VbE has inspired schools across the UK and around the world to create cultural health, effective teams and education that transforms lives and develops successful global citizens who will make a significant difference. A values-based approach to education helps increase levels of attainment and achievement and empowers us to be the best we can be.

Floyd Woodrow is an authority on optimal performance and leadership development, having served in the SAS for over 20 years. He advises governments, businesses, headteachers, teachers, elite performers and leaders at the highest level. Floyd is passionate about young people becoming the very best version of themselves and developing into extraordinary leaders with the skills, vision and values to change the world. He will speak at the conference on the positive outcomes of the Compass for Life initiative which is having a significant impact in schools across the UK.

Our events profile innovative ideas, useful resources and provide a great opportunity for networking. At this forthcoming event we will also promote additional benefits for schools such as the new ACE Character Education Kitemark and the SMSC Quality Mark Award. Our education conferences give teachers and leaders an ideal opportunity to reflect on our core values, and reconnect with a sense of purpose as we explore together how we develop highly effective transformational leadership and a top quality school culture with ethos enhancing outcomes in service of the common good.

This forthcoming event is fully booked. If you would like to enquire or find out more about our leadership conferences and training days please contact Justin Blake, our Head of Social Responsibility via email: jblake@windlesham.com


Windlesham had the pleasure of hosting the launch for the INSPIRE peace building movement engaging schools across the UK. Lord Hastings introduced the launch, which was attended by many Heads of Prep and Senior schools. Following the event Windlesham children created a beautiful mosaic of a white dove – a symbol of peace building that will serve as a legacy to inspire the next generation of peacemakers. Windlesham was the first independent school to sign the INSPIRE Peace Charter, which was also promoted at the 2018 BSA Heads’ Conference. Justin Blake, Head of Social Responsibility, has been very involved in this and is leading on the INSPIRE initiative for independent schools.

Our INSPIRE Peace Dove mosaic is now installed in our Windlesham Chapel alongside our Centenary display in connection with our special Remembrance Sunday Service with Lord Michael Hastings, KPMG Global Head of Citizenship as part of our centenary commemorations. Windlesham supports INSPIRE and the call to action to create a movement of change for peace – inspiring young people to become future leaders who are a force for good in our world.

Windlesham will use this year’s centenary of the end of WW1, to call young people to take a stand for peace. Windlesham is playing a part in mobilising a generation of young people to commemorate those who have given their lives in conflict, collaborate with others to become a nation of peace builders, and celebrate a hopeful future that can be achieved as we all work together in alignment with the UN Global Goals.

Windlesham In The Community Supporting Lorica Trust & East Clayton Farm

Windlesham has a long history of involvement and engagement in supporting charities and life-changing initiatives that transform lives. We are also making a positive contribution in our local community.

Windlesham is engaged in the local community and supports a local charity, Lorica Trust based at East Clayton Farm, Storrington.  This charity has developed a number of unique initiatives supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable young students in West Sussex. The facilities at East Clayton Farm allow students and young people to enjoy the South Downs and to rebuild their confidence and self-esteem through the work they undertake on the Farm.  There are a number of ongoing projects and exciting future plans for the development of the Farm. You can learn more by visiting: www.eastclaytonfarm.org.uk

Windlesham is supporting this project with practical volunteering support.  Lorica Trust are also looking for local help and volunteers to work with their livestock, (they have a little herd of donkeys together with other small farming livestock based at the farm).  Our children have had supervised visits to learn how to take care of the animals.

Windlesham is proud to be supporting the important work of Lorica at East Clayton Farm, where young people across our region can benefit from the support they need to build a brighter future.

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