Our students deserve success and it is our responsibility to help them realise it. True happiness and future achievement depend upon being comfortable with oneself and upon standing out from the crowd, not simply blending in with it. Success comes in many forms, but is not achieved without the effort and stamina that come naturally to some but not to others.
From their early years we aim to inspire children’s learning, encouraging them to inquire and challenge so that they can achieve more than they think possible. We develop confident learners who are brave enough to make their own decisions, recognising that ultimately academic achievement is critical for entry into adult life and its realisation is our core offer. Students deserve that we go beyond the expected by creating a stimulating environment that offers rich and varied learning experiences.
Educators are guides and mentors, not controllers. Students will never know their capabilities unless we give them the freedom to show what they can do. We will encourage them to experiment, to take a lead to engage others, and be prepared to fail. We will create leaders with resilience and foster and understanding of the importance of the team.
We will listen before we speak. We have much to learn from those around us, those who have different value systems and rich and varied cultural backgrounds. Life is about people; systems come second and must fit around those that they serve. We will always remember that parents know their children much better than we ever will. We will listen to them talk about their children many of whom, including the most able, may have individual needs. This is not a stigma.
It is through the arts that expression and personality shine, and we champion and value this area of learning. Drama, particularly, is a vital part of the curriculum. It teaches understanding and acceptance of others, the importance of teamwork and a sense of presence. Above all it engenders confidence in handling stressful, personal situations from presentation and performance to the management of conflict and emotion.