Our educational philosophy is based in the belief that first and foremost, young people need self-belief. That is, belief in their own ability to create the life that they want (otherwise described as self-efficacy). Overall, we want to engage young people in learning that is interesting, relevant and practical, and then start them on a life-trajectory that is based on a clear understanding of their unique talents, what they are passionate about, and where they want to go. Self-belief requires a positive mindset, sustained effort, and resilience – built on a scaffold of incremental success.
Beyond a sense of self-belief, our aim is for young people to be enterprising – in both senses of the word – meaning, the world of work and business, and as an attitude, wherewithal or resourcefulness. We want young people to be able to undertake difficult and important things (projects); to be creative and energetic in anything they set their mind to; to be able to deal with setbacks, failure and disappointment. And to maintain a sense of mental health and wellbeing that enables them to thrive.
This educational philosophy is rooted in the principles of holistic and progressive education, and is concerned with the development of each student’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical and creative potentials. It aims at helping students to make the most of who they are, and what they want to become. Finally, it is about engaging them in a learning process that encourages personal and social responsibility, in the context of living a purposeful life.