Simple Mind Games

It’s been a while since I started with some self-indulgent 80s musical nostalgia. So why not. Simple Minds. About the best I could do, and I believe well up to the usual tenuous standards....


Those who watched this year’s London Marathon could fail to be impressed by the imperious performance of Eliud Kipchoge, now widely regarded as the greatest exponent of the art of running 26.2 Miles of all time.

So, when he talks about what it takes to push back the boundaries of what was previously thought possible, people listen hard.

And for Kipchoge it’s all about simplicity of belief and the power mind...




‘The mind is what drives a human being. If you have that belief - pure belief in your heart - that you want to be successful then you can talk to your mind and your mind will control you to be successful.’

It’s a message that resonates powerfully as our students prepare to develop the positive mindset needed to take on the challenge of their forthcoming public exams...

And also highlights the link between mental readiness and physical well-being, which we are looking to strength this week through taking part in the first ‘Run and Revise’ initiatives...

Run and Revise



These in turn build on a tradition of emphasising the importance of physical activity in the lead up to exams, as I endeavoured to explain to a Guardian reporter some four years ago now...




By coincidence, Eliud Kipchoge has just announced his intention attempt to break the two-hour barrier for the Marathon later this year…




Promising a miracle?