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With its candle lit, Andrew Burdett was delighted with the cake father Richard had made.

My Late‑eenth Birthday – 22 June 2014

A birthday in late-April is no time to hold a celebration (examinations begin in the early weeks of May), but two months on, my late eighteenth birthday party was blessed with wonderful weather.

Five years after the family hosted an evening boat party to mark Mum’s 50th and Harriet’s 18th, I picked this Sunday afternoon to hold my very own. With me engrossed in revision, Dad had done the vast majority of the organising, although I came up with the finer details: deciding on the menu, compiling the playlist, and suggesting a ‘Henley’ dress code.

Frererick Glover, a D-Day veteran, looks out over the fields of Western France.

D-Day: 70 Years On – 11 June 2014

Fighting Spirit Under clear blue skies, sheltering from the heat of the blazing June sun, French Republican Guards stood in the shade of a giant hoarding. Upon it, a simple inscription: 70ème Anniversaire du Débarquement. The weather on Friday could not have been...

Sarah Donlon and Andrew Burdett speaking at Furze Platt Senior School's Celebration Evening in September 2013.

My Speech: FPSS Open Evening – 3 October 2013

“I arrived at Furze Platt as an unhappy little boy: truth be told, I didn’t really want to be here. I’d said goodbye to my favourite teachers; some of my best friends had gone to other schools; and – worst of all – I’d forgotten my packed lunch. Seven years later, I’ll be leaving as a truly content young men, thanks to a wealth of experiences offered to me by the school.”

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Theresa May MP at Furze Platt – 23 November 2012

The current season of weekly Seniores seminars – “interesting talks by interesting people about interesting things” – is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the quality of the speakers is beginning to dwindle. Quite the opposite, as Rt Hon Theresa May, MP for Maidenhead and UK Home Secretary, approached the school to talk about her work, and this afternoon spoke to a 70-strong audience of Furze Platt students and teachers.