St Peter's School
School should be serious fun. A good school should offer a welcoming but challenging environment in which its pupils can develop as people and work out where they want to go in life. Adolescence can be an uncertain, choppy sea and, however intrepid our youngsters are, they need islands of certainty. Schools, like parents, provide the harbour walls, the navigation charts, the lifeboats. It is the youngsters who must do the sailing.
As a Head, I want to ensure that we are delivering a dynamic, all-round education that develops the abilities and enthusiasms of each and every individual. Above all, we want our pupils to work hard and enjoy learning – both academic and co-curricular - for learning’s sake. A good education should last a lifetime. Of course, this means getting good exam results but certificates are just one product of education, not the overall purpose. There are many skills, values and aptitudes that schools develop in their pupils that don’t come with a piece of paper, but are vital for happy and purposeful living.
As a thriving school we are constantly investing in our learning spaces, innovating within our curriculum, offering more and more creative and sporting opportunities. Ours is an enriching and inclusive community, founded on living Christian values. St Peter, our patron, urged: “Prepare your minds for action”. That’s a pretty neat summary of what education is for. Peterites, as we call them, are rarely seen standing still: we want them to be busy; to think, listen and speak for themselves; to care for others and take a genuine interest in the world around them. We want our pupils to live thoughtfully and actively, seizing life’s opportunities and always seeking to give of their best.
Leo Winkley, Head Master