S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16


Social, moral and cultural values are recognised in every aspect of the school's curriculum and life.

The positive nature of the S. Anselm’s School community enshrines many of the values and themes of personal, social, health and citizenship. These are addressed continually by our life together and within the content of many subjects.

PSHE/Citizenship guidance is provided by:

  • A strong form tutor system. Each child is placed in a form group and meets their tutor at least twice a day. A longer session in the morning allows pastoral issues to be discussed and this also allows the flexibility of responding pro-actively to issues as they may arise or discussion on events in the news.
  • Form-tutors form part of a larger pastoral system at the school including the house parents and tutors, matrons, through to the ground and kitchen staff.
  • Pupils play a peer role, from senior and junior guides to prefects, all of whom add to a community in which universal good personal and social education takes place.
  • Whole school assemblies take place three times a week. Termly themes are explored and recently these have included initiative and perseverance.
  • The Reverend Canon Tony Kaunhoven from All Saints Church, Bakewell. He is also involved in our assemblies and runs confirmation classes. The boarders have services at all Saints Church most Sunday evenings during term. Reverend Tony is also our school Chaplain.
  • A programme of visiting speakers on issues and themes. Recently topics have been as varied as a mountaineer tackling Everest, an expert on WW1 through to a course on etiquette and decorum.
  • Charity fundraising events and activities that involve us with the wider community of Bakewell and the world.
  • Outdoor education including residential opportunities. The junior years have a night away in Northumberland, the middle years have a sports tour and the older children have a wealth of experience from spending a night in a museum through to a trip to France.
  • The Year 8 leaver's programme, which helps prepare children for life beyond S. Anselm’s and to embrace a few challenges along the way.