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Head of School's Welcome
Having had the privilege to be part of the St Andrew’s School community for over eighteen years, as science teacher, parent of two daughters and Head of Senior School, I am delighted and extremely proud to be leading St Andrew’s School at this exciting time. Our new close working relationship with Rushmoor School, under the leadership of Mr I Daniel, will increase the opportunities to pursue our main aims of providing outstanding care and excellent enrichment opportunities, as well as promoting self confidence and academic success, all within an enjoyable and stimulating learning environment.
We aim to build on our recent positive Inspection Report and very good GCSE results to provide the best educational setting we possibly can for your child to learn and be prepared for the next stage of their education.
I hope that you will be inspired to visit us and see for yourself the calm, friendly and purposeful environment which continues to make life at St Andrew’s such an enriching and fulfilling experience.
I look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our students and their teachers.
H J Ryan, BEdHons
Head of School
I would like to welcome you to the St Andrew’s School website and thank you for taking the time to find out more about the school. St Andrew’s was established in 1896 and has a strong reputation within Bedfordshire for providing excellent education and care for its pupils. As Principal my role is to provide the strategic vision to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered now and into the future. I am supported by Mrs Ryan who acts as Head of School and Dr Pacini who is Deputy Head. They provide the day-to-day leadership and management skills to ensure our school community is a happy environment in which to learn.
In the UK approximately 7% of children attend an independent school. It is important to all parents to give their children opportunities to develop and some believe that an independent education is the right choice for their child. This belief may be based on the understanding that independent schools inculcate values such as discipline, self-reliance and competition. They do not just concentrate on the best place in Government 'league tables', but care about the individual needs of each child, understanding that sport, enrichment activities, moral values and standards are vitally important to a fulfilling life.
Teachers at small independent schools like ours also have the luxury of truly knowing their pupils. Many children join us at Nursery level and stay at St Andrew's until they complete Year 11. This helps the child, as the benefit of accurate assessment knowledge ensures the best progression results each year, with any weak areas targeted quickly.
Pupils joining St Andrew’s enter a small, friendly environment. There are small class sizes and classroom support is a key strength. I would urge parents to visit us to witness day to day school life to see what an ideal environment the school offers in which to learn, develop and grow. We believe in individual care and attention and we encourage a friendly, positive attitude in our pupils as well as an energetic sense of purpose. The staff realise the importance of effort and personal discipline in enabling pupils to achieve their highest academic standards.
Please contact Mrs Heaney, who deals with admissions, to arrange an appointment to meet with myself or Mrs Ryan for a tour of the school.
I M Daniel, BA NPQH