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PSB achieves charitable status

Founded in 2012 by 4 leading independent schools, the PSB has grown to 23 schools across the UK. Initially formed as an association under the umbrella of the Prep School Baccalaureate, the PSB recently achieved charitable status, and as a reflection of its growth across the sector is registered as The Pre-Senior Baccalaureate Trust.

The objects of the charity are to advance the education of pupils aged up to 14 years old at member schools by:

i. Enabling programmes of study for pupils in member schools that aim to prepare pupils academically, personally, socially, culturally and spiritually by actively developing and tracking knowledge, skills and attitudes.
ii. Helping schools to promote vital skills in independent learning, in the appropriate use of technology, in critical thinking.
iii. Promoting the development of leadership and team-working in pupils. iv. Offering a framework for assessment that provides a complete record of a pupil's achievement.
v. Fostering collaboration and teamwork between teachers and leaders of member schools.

Chair of the Trustees, Paul Brewster, said This is an exciting development for the PSB which is at the forefront of educational practice in the UK. By focusing on learning and life skills, we are ensuring that pupils are best prepared for the challenges of adult life.

Julia Harrington, Headmistress of Queen Anne’s School, Caversham and Stephen Jones, Warden of St Edward’s, Oxford are fellow trustees. Mrs Harrington believes that

The PSB is an innovative programme that takes into account the learning needs of our young people as they strive to prepare for an ever-changing world, alongside the need for assessment of their skills and learning that is effective, genuinely informative and geared towards the needs of both the pupils and their current and future schools. It is excellent news that the PSB now has charitable status. As an organisation we have been growing considerably in recent years and this new change in status represents a significant advantage for many children.

Mr Jones is most positive about the PSB moving forwards.

CEO of The Independent Association of Preparatory Schools, David Hanson, has been a great supporter of the PSB as it has developed and grown. The

Chair of the PSB Heads’ Committee, Joel Worrall, Head of Stroud School, Romsey said that achieving charitable status is an important kitemark for the PSB as it develops both its UK network of schools but also an overseas framework. We are focused on expanding the model with excellent schools and I would be delighted to welcome visitors to Stroud to see the PSB in action.

Peter Kirk, Executive Chair of ISEB, the organisation that administers Common Entrance Examinations commented:

THE PRE-SENIOR BACCALAUREATE TRUST Registered Charity Number 1179282.

embodies the best in primary education. It provides a framework that gives

that has real depth and breadth and an assessment methodology that celebrates

PSB

teachers and leaders the confidence to offer their pupils a curriculum experience

success. And both pupils and teachers enjoy it. But, most importantly, the PSB

demonstrates that by educating the whole child, academic progress and

achievement is not compromised, but is actually enhanced.

The Independent Schools Examinations Board,

ISEB, wishes the PSB every success with its new venture.

For further details about the PSB, visit the website psbacc.org , contact James

Barnes, General Secretary via email – james.barnespsb@gmail.com - or phone -

James Barnes