Students will believe they matter to a school not just as a set of potential exam results but as unique individuals capable of growing in spirit, making responsible moral decisions, playing a full part in society and enjoying the fruits of human activity: students will believe they matter in this way only if their experience and relationships throughout the school convince them of their value as individuals.
The Personal Development programme provides the time, the opportunity and the focus for this most enriching and significant of activities in the life of a student. We believe it to be so crucial that over forty members of staff are involved in the delivery of this wide ranging and extensive programme. A full period every week at every year level of the school is set aside for PD. Pupils could be participating in an audit to determine whether they were assertive or aggressive; creating a strip cartoon to illustrate what happens in the break-up of a relationship; in the Sixth Form they could be defending their CV; making a presentation on a contentious ethical issue or working towards an extended project on a topic of interest to them. We hope that some of the most momentous things that a student will absorb, learn and remember after he has left the school will have been raised in the co-curricular PD programme.
David Smith BA, MPhil, PhD
Deputy Head (Academic)