Wednesday 5th October 2016
As we begin a busy and productive academic year, we thought it timely to write to all parents with regards to the College.
We are justly proud of the College’s great beginning: the pupils are working hard, have notched up many triumphs and the College experience has surpassed all expectations. Numbers in the College are filling up across all age groups. We would like to draw attention to this as pupil places are limited.
S. Anselm’s is well known nationally for both its traditional approach to education and the personal nurturing that each child receives. The emphasis on hard work, setting high personal standards and common decency within this caring environment produce well-rounded individuals who are a credit to both their school and families. This prep school education paves the way for whatever the next step may be, be it a senior public school or the College. Indeed, S. Anselm’s is sending more children than ever to the most prestigious public schools in the country. However, the College continues to provide the same traditional and caring education that is a clear strength of S. Anselm’s. Here, the students can continue to develop within this same ethos with the added benefit of an affordable fee structure. We believe that this offers unparalleled value.
Since the announcement of the College almost two years ago we have been delighted with the support shown from both current and new families. The parents of College children are great advocates for the care and opportunities that are extended and we are thankful for their unwavering commitment. With increasing external interest, priority will always be given to current families for College places although admittance into the College is neither automatic nor guaranteed.
Within the College framework, we pride ourselves in the bespoke and multifaceted education that is provided. From student-hosted dinners to walking 120km of the Camino Way, all pupils have developed in confidence and independence. The benefit of small class sizes has ensured all pupils have the attention that they need and we are delighted with the academic progress that has been made. There have been multiple engaging trips to complement the classroom experience. College students have enjoyed Art and History trips to London, Geography field studies to the Peak District and the Yorkshire coast and cultural trips to Oxford and Sheffield. These have extended the classroom work and allowed the pupils to gain first-hand experience through an engaging curriculum. The Arts Evening showcased the extensive creative side within the College and the careers and PSHE programmes are already preparing pupils for later life.
Year 10 (Derwent) have started the internationally accredited Young Enterprise scheme. The students will have the opportunity to set up their own business and take control of everything that this entails: they will sell shares to get their venture started, research their chosen market and then, once established, pitch at regional trade fairs and compete against other teams first locally, regionally and potentially nationally.
This year will see the start of the Duke of Edinburgh award in the College. We are perfectly situated to take advantage of the beautiful Peak District when planning camping and orienteering expeditions. The volunteering, skills and physical aspects of the award will provide the students with a wealth of experiences.
The Duke of Edinburgh, coupled with the Young Enterprise, will develop essential life skills which will further enhance what is happening in the classroom. We genuinely feel the engaging College experience provides a first class all-round day education for your children.
There is a bright and exciting future ahead at both S. Anselm’s and the College. The building work on the College annex is now complete and its conclusion will yield exclusive classroom space and a large meeting area. If you are interested, please come and have a look. The Open Day on 15th October provides a suitable opportunity for parents to come and see the exciting developments that have taken place.
Alison Whawell, Deputy Head
James Mortimer, Head of College