The school aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Our educational programmes encourage students from diverse backgrounds to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The aim of all programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
As learners we all strive to be:
Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
Knowledgeable: We develop and use conceptual understanding across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
Open-minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
Risk-takers: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
Balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
Reflective: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.
Aims of the school
Special quality: To provide the highest quality of education which is enriched by a strong International dimension.
Intercultural worth: To respect individuals and their culture whilst developing a respect for, and an understanding of, the student’s own culture and the cultures of others.
L’Avenir: To give students the academic and social skills which enable them to move freely and productively beyond the boundaries of their own community.
The school is committed to a broad and balanced curriculum. Within this breadth there are opportunities for students to choose subjects of their choice. The study of a language other than English at every stage of a child’s career at the school is compulsory. This includes two such languages from age 11-16 and one such language in the Sixth Form.
The curriculum is designed to allow teachers to educate succeeding generations of young people and encourage them to think globally whilst learning locally.