The Edwardian house in which our school is set provides a safe and familiar environment in which our pupils can flourish. Kindness, courtesy and confidence are core values, which are encouraged and endorsed by a carefully considered reward system. Children belong to one of three houses, Malling, Barbican or De Montfort, and eagerly collect House Points, earning special badges for themselves, but also with the hope of their house being awarded the prized trophy at the end of the year.
Children being exceptionally kind and thoughtful are given a golden ticket inviting them to a place at ‘Top Table’ in the dining room, an honour which takes place each month, allowing them to sit at a specially laid table with refinements such as a tablecloth, flameless candles and the company of the Headmaster!
Class teachers are responsible for the day-to-day welfare of their pupils, and a programme of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health education) fosters emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. Our whole school approach ensures that our pupils’ well being is central, and embedded in every aspect of school life. Each term the same themes are taught across the whole school, having been introduced in a special assembly highlighting the key learning message. Themes include ‘Being Me in My World’, ‘Celebrating Difference’, ‘Dreams and Goals’, ‘Healthy Me’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’. Through self and group awareness children begin to understand, and are equipped to cope with, modern issues such as body image, cyber bulling and internet safety.