Head of School
It is a pleasure to welcome you to St. Nicholas School. Having trained and worked as a teacher in the UK, and then spent 14 years working in a variety of educational settings and roles overseas (in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and South America), I recognize that no one school is the same: every school community is different; an amalgam of the diverse personalities within it. St. Nicholas School is a small, family-friendly environment that despite its size is a hive of activity. I strongly encourage you to visit us to experience for yourself the warmth of our welcome and to view the sense of purpose in the school. We set very high expectations for our pupils in terms of both behaviour and performance, whilst wanting our students to love their time with us.
With our small class sizes we are able to much easier personalise the education of our pupils. Taught in combined year groups, tasks are differentiated according to ability and not age, and pupils are provided with in-class leadership, coaching and mentoring opportunities as they access our rich curriculum. As with all schools that are ambitious for their pupils to transition to high-achieving secondary schools, and ultimately to succeed in life, we also place significant emphasis upon the holistic development of our pupils. We seek to widen the learning opportunities open to our pupils through a broad extra-curricular program, including programs for the Gifted & Talented among our student body, and through bringing the World into the school – in other words, ensuring we relate the curriculum to the wider World. We also place a strong emphasis upon Fundamental British Values. Our pupils have links to more than fifteen countries, and although we are a non-denominational school we celebrate the cultural diversity that our community represents.
In order to facilitate our aims for our pupils we understand the need to recruit high quality staff. We set high expectations for our staff, and recognize that a key aspect of their role-modelling for pupils is a commitment to ongoing learning. As a staff we meet regularly to discuss all aspects of the school, participate in CPD, and engage in peer coaching and mentoring to improve practice. The core business of our school is teaching & learning, and pupil success is the focus of our discussions and decisions.
The final piece of the ‘jigsaw’ that comprises a high quality education in my mind is our partnership with parents and the wider community. We are committed to engaging parents and keeping them well-informed. We are highly fortunate to have a parent body very knowledgeable about education, and we draw upon parental ideas via focus groups. We encourage home-school communication on a daily informal basis as parents drop off and collect their children, and more formally for example via bulletins and the pupil diary. In addition, our active PTA shares the responsibility for organising social events, which raise money for worthy causes. Ensuring that our parents are very satisfied with the service we provide is a key priority.
Once again, welcome to St. Nicholas School. These few words cannot do proper justice to our school so please do not hesitate to make an appointment to visit us or to get in contact with us to discuss your child’s education.