“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize” – 1 Corinthians 9 v 24
Christianity teaches us to strive for excellence in everything that we do – whether that is work, spiritual matters or our relationships with other people. We are a school which believes in excellence as a principle. We believe that young people should always be nurtured, helped and encouraged to reach their full potential. Whilst the ethos of the school is distinctly Christian, pupils of a variety of faiths and cultures work together with mutual understanding and respect.
Academically, all pupils in the Upper School (age 10+) have specialist subject teachers for every subject. Where social skills allow, pupils are streamed by ability rather than age. This means that more able pupils are often able to take GCSE examinations one or two years early. Small class sizes are a great help in ensuring that our pupils live up to their potential.
Pupils are courteous and considerate. Their behaviour is generally outstanding. Whilst we expect high standards of behaviour, our staff are also caring and approachable. We place great emphasis on pupils’ well-being and emotional development, as well as providing individual attention to help those pupils who may struggle academically from time to time.
Unlike many independent schools, we are passionately non-selective. Our greatest triumphs are not always those pupils who achieve A* grades in most of their subjects. Most of our real success stories are those pupils who find learning difficult but through their own hard work and their teachers’ commitment, manage to achieve 5 GCSEs at C grade or above.
Finally, Christianity is never forced upon our pupils. Christianity underpins our curriculum, but all children must be allowed the opportunity to make up their own minds.