Aims and Values
Breadth, Excellence and Integrity
The primary aim of St Andrew’s Prep is to equip the children to lead happy, fulfilled lives in a safe and healthy environment. We provide a broad education that takes place in the classroom, the Music School, the boarding house, the games field, the assembly hall and the wider community.
We are an inclusive school in which each child is valued for what he or she can offer. By treating children as individuals with particular needs, interests and strengths, not only do the pupils gain personal success but they learn to celebrate the achievements of their friends too.
We value our heritage through our House system, our chapel, our uniform and our Old Androvian Society but we are not afraid of change and we grasp new opportunities. St Andrew’s is a proper ‘prep’ school; we prepare children for life at senior school and actively promote choice at 13 so that each child can enter the senior school that is best for them.
‘Pupils are confident and independent.'
Discovery of self and the wider world
Children have the chance to discover their own strengths and passions, to make mistakes in safety, to show ambition and take risks. We allow our children to be children yet prepare them for the realities of the world beyond the school. The children take on the joint responsibilities of leadership and teamwork from a young age. The broader St Andrew’s community of children, parents and teachers provides the context from which our children learn about their responsibility for the wider world.
Our children leave us with an education in the true sense of the word. Their broad academic grounding is the perfect foundation from which to specialise at senior school and the range of sports and non-academic pursuits provides the counterbalance. Children leave us with a clear set of moral values, encapsulated in our school values which are based upon Christian principles. The children know how to behave, how to respect others and themselves. They will be ready to accept leadership and also know when to follow, being strong enough to be individuals but knowing how to work in a team. St Andrew’s children are comfortable in themselves. They are at home performing on many stages and ready for the world beyond.
- To be kind and honest
- To listen to each other
- To be tolerant and forgiving
- To try our best
Our values are promoted through our rewards and sanctions policies, assemblies, Chapel services, PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) and, most importantly, the human relationships and partnerships that are nurtured between the children, staff and parents.
Together we educate our children to be confident, yet not arrogant; to be comfortable with formality and informality; to celebrate the successes of others and to be proud of their own achievements; and ready to extend courtesy and kindness to those about them.