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 Mr Jones and Mrs Stott who are Assistant Head Teachers, Mrs Djukic who is Head of the Junior School and Mrs Van der Sande as Deputy Head of the Junior School. 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 build on 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 and since 2016 they are now also able to transfer to our Sixth Form, which is a joint facility run with our partner school, Rushmoor. 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.
If you would like to know more about admissions, please contact my PA, Philippa Abruzzese, who deals with Admissions for both St Andrew's and Rushmoor Schools. She is based on the Rushmoor site, so please telephone 01234 352031 or email heads_PA@rushmoorschool.co.uk to arrange a personal visit with me. I look forward to meeting you.
I M Daniel, BA NPQH