St. Nicholas’s ethos highlights its commitment to encouraging pupils to fulfil their potential and for them to be valued equally. We place particular emphasis on a balanced, all-round education. Our pupils are happy and confident, eager to learn and to help others.
The School Inspection Service praised the quality of care for the children’s well-being and academic success, highlighting it as a particular strength of the school, adding: “This is a close reflection of the school’s aims to value all children equally and encourage them to fulfil their potential.”
The inspectors also commented on the way we develop children’s characters in the widest sense, saying: “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent and provides a wide range of opportunities for extending their personal and intellectual development.”
Our approach is to cherish the individual, to catch them being good and to build on their strengths while supporting them in overcoming areas in which they perform less well. We do this through our weekly Worker of the Week (WOW) awards and in our friendly but competitive House System in which children are allocated to houses named after explorers Scott, Livingstone and Shackleton.
The Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme, from year 1 to year 6, not only reinforces these good attitudes and behaviours but also broadens children’s outlook on world events and history. We introduce them to the democratic process through visits to the UK Parliament and through holding our very own election days, with older pupils developing their own parties and manifestos, choosing candidates and delivering campaigns when the school visited the hustings to vote.
Provision for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. The quality of care for the pupils’ well-being and academic success is a particular strength of the school.