TV presenter and alumni, Michaela Strachan, returns to Claremont

Claremont Fan Court welcomed wildlife TV presenter and alumni, Michaela Strachan, back for a visit on Monday 3 February.

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10th February 2020 — It was a great pleasure to welcome wildlife TV presenter and Claremont Fan Court alumni, Michaela Strachan (1974-1982), back for a visit on Monday 3 February. Best known for programmes including The Really Wild Show, Countryfile, Elephant Diaries and Springwatch, Michaela has recently been in the UK filming Winterwatch on BBC 2, with just enough time to visit her old school before heading back to her home in Cape Town, South Africa.

During her visit, Michaela enjoyed a tour of the school’s wonderful Forest School in the Pre-Prep and Nursery and met a group of pupils in the Prep School launching their own special recycling scheme and wildlife protection initiatives. She was delighted to hear about how much the children were learning about local wildlife and the actions they were taking to look after the environment.

Next she visited the Senior School’s newly modified media studies classroom, where three sixth form students interviewed Michaela in the green screen studio. A fantastic experience for those interested in how she embarked on her career in TV presenting. Finally, there was time for a student led tour of the school’s recently opened Sir Sydney Camm science and technology building.

Pupils and staff alike were thrilled to meet Michaela and we hope to welcome her back to the school in the not too distant future.

About Claremont Fan Court School

We are a gently selective co-educational independent school for children aged from 2 1/2 to 18 years, situated in Esher, Surrey.

At Claremont, there is a space for every kind of individual to find their niche and thrive within it. We invest in pupils' character, so Claremont students can unlock potential they didn’t even know they had, and achieve what seemed impossible. Staff and pupils are enabled to support and extend the atmosphere of respect, courtesy, love of learning and the value of friendship held dear at our school.

We have 100 acres of historic landscaped grounds to offer a wide range of fully co-ed sports, a brand new science and technology building with outstanding facilities and a broad curriculum of arts, alongside over 60 co-curricular activities including dissection, dragon's den, yoga and Lego clubs. 

Our teaching philosophy is to link academic rigour and the value of good character. The academic programme ensures that pupils attain the highest qualifications of which they are capable. The pastoral curriculum includes three weekly assemblies, discussing the importance of contributing positively to school and home and weekly PSHE lessons. Behavioural standards are high and pupils develop and value respect for peers, teachers, the school and greater society.

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