High School in Colchester
The children in our Senior School benefit from an education that is both traditional and forward-thinking. It’s a blend that matters a great deal to me because I am a former pupil of the school myself and I care deeply about its past, present and future.
We are traditional in the sense that we teach to a broad curriculum, set high standards and expect our pupils to conduct themselves with good manners, discipline and a community spirit. We are forward-thinking in the sense that we have small classes taught by subject-specialists, provide a wide-ranging enrichment programme, and treat every pupil as an individual.
That final point is key. We get to know our pupils extremely well, identifying and nurturing their personal talents, setting specific targets and helping them to meet and exceed them. It’s an approach that works, with our boys and girls achieving strong GCSE results year after year.
Of course, none of this success could be achieved if we didn’t look after the wider needs of our children. As a parent myself, I understand the value of studying in a happy atmosphere, where hard work is encouraged, people look out for you, and you have an outlet for all your talents – sporting, artistic, musical and social.
That’s why we place so much emphasis on our pastoral care. Every day I see how strong the relationship is between the pupils and their dedicated form tutors. I take great pride in the culture of openness and communication that allows our teachers, pupils and parents to work together to achieve success.
It all makes for a school with a strong sense of community – a safe place where our pupils feel that they belong, and where they have the confidence to explore their potential and shape their own – extremely bright – futures.
Head of Senior School