Good schools go beyond a commitment to academic excellence; they aim to educate the whole person producing a fully rounded individual. At Humphrey Perkins School we endorse that aim in the knowledge that if we provide a good quality academic education, take a close interest in each individual and provide an extensive and challenging array of extra-curricular activity to appeal to all tastes then we will produce well rounded students able and keen to fulfil their potential in all aspects of life.
Our educational philosophy is based around eight areas of learning for all students from Year 7 to Year 11. Based upon brain research and common sense our curriculum is delivered through what could be called 'enlightened traditionalism'. We fully embrace traditional standards of behaviour and dress with the emphasis on the pursuit of excellence in a warm and caring but disciplined community. We incorporate the latest technology into lessons and expect all of our students to become electronically fluent. Innovation sits alongside tried and trusted teaching techniques to ensure that all students have the opportunity to over-perform.
Whatever the nature of the local community, students are growing up in a wider multicultural and multiracial society where they are subject to various attitudes towards minority groups, and also certain images of these groups portrayed by the media. The school’s Equality Objectives should be read in conjunction with the wider school policies.
We believe that all young people will respond to challenge as long as that challenge is relevant to their individual needs and aspirations. So we have developed a curriculum that meets the needs, sparks the imagination, and brings the best out of each individual student according to his or her ambition, aspirations, ability, interests and learning styles.
We aim to stimulate, motivate and cultivate intellectual curiosity, develop our students awareness and understanding as well as leadership and communication skills. We want all our students to be good citizens as well as good companions and to have fun! We encourage and expect high standards of behaviour and presentation and nurture strong character values.
There is a focused commitment on 'Teaching and Learning' and we are proud of what we do. There is an emphasis on mutual support through which we develop our shared professionalism. We are reflective and adaptive in our practice. We are happy to try out new ideas, because we want to ensure that every student succeeds.
Celebrating genuine success is an important aspect of building self confidence and developing a sense of pride and ambition. There are many ways in which we highlight achievement, from HP Award badges in assembly to photos around the site. All students are expected to celebrate the success of others.
We know you expect a lot of us and want to be well informed about policies and practices that affect your child.
Teachers will contact you by telephone or in writing when they want to tell you that your child has done well or if there is any cause for concern. You are welcome to contact staff any time you need. Please note that teachers are in class most of the day so they cannot always get back to you immediately. However, they aim to return your call within a day.
In many cases, reception and admin staff are able to answer general queries so please explain your query to them first.
Our main receptionist is Christine Maguire.
If you do need to speak to a particular member of staff, here is the best option:
Email email@example.com and ask for a message to be passed on. Messages received are passed on every day. Queries are answered by Liz Mallinder in our Administration team.