School Aims

“Achieving Excellence with Care”

We believe in the widest possible horizons for learning and aim to achieve the finest 11-16 education to be found anywhere.

  1. To provide a curriculum which:
    1. Interests and motivates, both through its content and its range of Teaching & Learning styles;
    2. Enables students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills upon which they can build according to their interests and abilities;
    3. Allows students to make progress at a challenging pace and which also provides for the development of special aptitudes;
    4. In addition to fulfilling national requirements, will also meet the broader needs of our children in an ever changing world.


  2. The provision and maintenance of an environment in which ALL students can achieve success, and where all students are valued and respected and extend the same value to others.
  3. The development of a concept of learning as a desirable, life-long and enjoyable process.

The aims are further divided into the following categories:


To teach students: develop lively and enquiring minds; learn in a range of contexts; be literate and numerate; think and reason clearly; develop independence of thought and action; observe carefully; discriminate intelligently; make rational judgements; stimulate and sustain curiosity.


To teach students to: develop a healthy body; grow in confidence; develop body control; develop skills and awareness of how to maintain and improve personal health.


To encourage a response to beauty and form and develop a sense of awe and wonder.


To help students develop emotional stability and maturity through their experiences.


To enable students to establish a broad basis on which they can make judgements concerning their own conduct and relationships.


To develop spiritual awareness and understanding.


To promote: self knowledge and the ability to respond to strengths and address weaknesses; the opportunity for students to recognize their own progress and set targets for further learning.


To develop a sense of responsibility of self and the community; to encourage tolerance; sympathy and understanding of others; to produce members of society capable of performing useful adult life-roles, with the ability to change society for the better.

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