27th March 2014


The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) Annual Conference for the Heads of boarding schools will take place at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, 12 – 14 May 2014.


Raymond McGovern, BSA’s Chairman and Headmaster of St George’s School in Harpenden, will make the opening speech at 1pm on Monday 12 May. 


Mr McGovern was born and raised in Glasgow, where he attended St Thomas Aquinas School.  He left school aged 16, and then completed an apprenticeship in Engineering at Albion Motors on the banks of the Clyde, during which time he studied Engineering at Stow College and Glasgow College of Technology (now Caledonian University).  He served in the Royal Air Force for nine years before entering the teaching profession as a Licensed Teacher.


The Boarding Schools’ Association represents member boarding schools in the UK, in both the state and independent sectors, including primary as well as secondary schools.  There are 470 schools in BSA, educating and caring for approximately 72,000 boarders.


Other speakers at the conference include:


·         Jim Hawkins, Head Master of Harrow School, on what it was like (and what he learned from) having television cameras in the school for  A Very British School broadcast  last year


·         Professor Robert Davis, Professor of Religious and Cultural Education at the University of Glasgow


·         Dr Christopher Thurber, Psychologist and Teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy in the USA, on why children should be encouraged to ‘do the dumb stuff’ of youth and why safety measures can ‘retard learning’


·         Major General Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of The Soldiers’ Charity, on why supporting charities enriches schools’ social development


·         Magnus Linklater, Columnist and former Scottish Editor of The Times, on how  Scottish Independence might affect Scottish schools


·         Chris Hughes, Director of the Royal National Children’s Foundation, on finding and funding children in need of boarding


·         Janet Farnsworth, Director of Strategic Development at Alpine Academy, on therapeutic programmes for teenagers and young adults


·         Simon Noakes, Director of Interactive Schools, on using social media effectively in boarding houses


·         Peter Tait, Headmaster of Sherborne Prep School on bullying – new mutations, new responses


·         Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning at the Scottish Parliament


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