Hurtwood House, one of the best Public Schools in the country
Hurtwood House's reputation is based on highly qualified and experienced teachers, an excellent record of students achieving successful entry to university degree courses, individual attention in small classes, and careful monitoring of student progress.
The aim at the best public schools is to offer a first class education. However, in addition, the happiness and security of children at school enables them to develop their full potential, both socially and academically. The best public schools keep close liaison with parents to create a consistent approach which will instil a strong set of values for life in every child. Working in partnership with local communities will create a stimulating, challenging and caring environment in which individuals are encouraged to develop their full potential within the school, the community and the wider world.
Quality public schools aim to ensure that all students achieve academic success, develop as responsible young adults, are active in the wider community, gain the knowledge and skills that are the first step to a successful career, keep themselves fit and healthy, respect the environment in which they live and work, understand and enjoy other people’s creativity, make informed choices free from prejudice, and above all, enjoy their school life.
At a quality public school the personal success of every individual student is central.
They should place great emphasis on close and supportive relationships between staff, students and parents. The mutual trust and respect which develops should aid the way in which they work together for excellence in everything they do. Their task is to prepare students for the world in which they will work and live during their adult lives.
The best schools are committed to the ideal that studying should be enjoyable, with a well-planned curriculum and lessons designed to challenge all abilities. They should have high expectations of students and encourage them to have high expectations of themselves. Staff ought to use a variety of teaching and learning styles and grouping patterns in order to encourage students to develop their talents and areas of expertise to the full. Frequent assessment of students’ work should be used to set challenging targets, monitor progress and inform planning. Strong investment in resources will support and accelerate learning.
Homework can play a vital role in raising standards of achievement, by helping students develop independent research skills which will prove invaluable for further study and the world of work. A well equipped Library Resources Centre and ICT rooms provide valuable resources to help with independent study. Good relationships between all members of the school community are essential in order to make the individual feel safe and secure. It is in this atmosphere that students succeed.