S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 13

Ethos

Childhood should be a joyous, carefree time, bursting with laughter and friendships, with freedom to explore in a safe, exciting environment.

Strong bonds between the children can be established in the Early Years, with trust and respect underpinning the children’s cooperative and imaginative play.

Access to the outdoors with frequent opportunities for physical activities should not be dependent on fine weather. With a few basic items of clothing the garden, surrounding fields and footpaths instantly become a wonderful extension of the everyday learning environment. Our extensive grounds present a different dimension to those challenges possible inside with incorporated safe risks, such as scrambling over banks, log pile mountaineering, swinging across deep, muddy puddles or exciting bear hunts. Play of this kind offers a great sense of accomplishment, rapidly building confidence, independence and motivating children to strive for further goals.

We place huge importance on understanding each and every one of our pupils and believe that children learn best when they are completely engaged in their play. An essential part of the process is recognising their unique set of interests and using this enthusiasm as a starting point for our teaching and planning. Through the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, the different areas of learning are delivered through carefully planned topics elicited from these child initiated themes. Children’s natural curiosity, creativity and critical thinking flourish through fun, play-based tasks and investigations which they can actively explore and develop.

Running alongside these themes are a plethora of other appealing creative and physical activities; swimming, gym, French, cooking, dance, pottery, music and den building.

"Where ever I lay my hat, that’s my home…" reflects how we aim for the children in our care to feel; be it a sun cap, woolly hat, astronaut’s helmet or princess’ tiara, we strive to create an environment where they feel comfortable and secure but at the same time ready and excited by the world of possibility and adventure ahead of them.