>> CULTURE AND CLIMATE
Nicholas Chamberlaine School has served the local community for more than sixty years. The school creates successful learners and world citizens by developing students’ enthusiasm and motivation for learning, their determination to reach high standards of achievement and their openness to new thinking and ideas.
Education influences and reflects the values of society, and the kind of society we want to be. It is important, therefore, to recognise a broad set of common values and purposes that underpin the work of Nicholas Chamberlaine School. Foremost is a belief in education, at home and at school, as a route to the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical and mental development, and thus the well-being, of the individual. Education is also a route to equality of opportunity for all, a healthy and just democracy, a productive economy, and sustainable development.
The school promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. Nicholas Chamberlaine School:
- promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, in particular, develops principles for distinguishing between right and wrong. It develops knowledge, understanding and appreciation of own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence individuals and societies.
- passes on enduring values, develops integrity and autonomy and helps to develop responsible and caring citizens capable of contributing to the development of a just society. It promotes equal opportunities and enables all to challenge discrimination and stereotyping.
- develops awareness and understanding of, and respect for, the environments in which people live, and secure commitment to sustainable development at a personal, local, national and global level. It also equips consumers to make informed judgements and independent decisions and to understand their responsibilities and rights.
- promotes self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and helps to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect, at home, school, work and in the community.
- develops the ability to relate to others and work for the common good.
The school provides opportunities to learn and to achieve. It:
- develops enjoyment of, and commitment to, learning as a means of encouraging and stimulating the best possible progress and the highest attainment.
- builds on strengths, interests and experiences and develops confidence in the capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.
- equips all with the essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy, and information and communication technology, and promotes an enquiring mind and capacity to think rationally.
The interdependence of the two sets of values
These two sets of values reinforce each other. The personal development of all, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in the ability to learn and to achieve. Development in both areas is essential to raising achievement. Together, they contribute to establishing the culture and climate in the school that allows for effective teaching and learning to take place, supported and enhanced by strong and effective leadership and management.
GST schools are characterised by the development of independence of thought and learning in the pursuit of excellence. Students develop their individual strengths and skills and build the integrity, self-discipline, decision- making and resilience necessary to their own success and that of others.
They develop an understanding of their social responsibility and the scope they have to make a difference in their local communities and as world citizens. Students are able to express their opinions and passions articulately and confidently with due consideration for others.
Nicholas Chamberlaine School is an outward thinking, inclusive and creative school with a proud history of outstanding provision and achievement.
Students at Nicholas Chamberlaine School have free access to an extensive range of curriculum enrichment and extra- curricular activities which broaden their experiences and horizons.
We take part in national events such as the Shakespeare Schools Festival, National Poetry Competition, UK Maths Challenge, Crest Awards, Royal Academy Young Artists Award and Saatchi Young Artists Award. As members of the Griffin Schools Trust family we are proud to be part of the Griffin Sports Festival, the Griffin Arts Festival and to host the Griffin Science Symposium.
Students follow a curriculum that both gives them a firm foundation in the disciplines that support all learning, including exceptional English and mathematics provision, that will allow them success at the highest levels.
We expect most of our students to stay on into our VI Form, with its own facilities and study areas. Our VI Form students are well prepared for their next steps, with the majority choosing to take up degree places and degree level apprenticeships at prestigious institutions.