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.
Good schools go beyond a commitment to academic excellence; they aim to educate the whole person through holistic development and extra-curricular endeavours. At Humphrey Perkins School we endorse that aim in the knowledge that if we provide a good quality and exciting academic education, taking a close interest in each individual with the highest standard of teaching, we will produce well-rounded students; able and eager to fulfill their potential in all aspects of life.
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.
Our languages curriculum is language learning along with knowledge enhancement of the culture of other countries. Increasingly languages are beneficial to workplace and University entrance.
We want our students to be open-minded, resilient, confident communicators. We believe that all students can benefit from studying a modern foreign language in terms of the academic knowledge, cultural awareness and cognitive and literacy benefits.
We believe that learning a language opens doors for students. Qualifications in MFL allow students to access courses at prestigious Higher Education institutions and to mingle with students from more affluent backgrounds with confidence. Exposure to target language culture, cinema and music allows students to expand their horizons beyond their immediate surroundings and family experience.
Language learning plays a key role in the development of students’ wider vocabulary, as French and Spanish words are frequently cognates for higher register English words (eg: words with Latin roots). Language learning thereby presents many opportunities to make links to English and enhance comprehension skills.
We believe that the number one purpose of language is to be able to communicate. Therefore, we do not seek to put off students with excessive focus on accuracy in the early stages of their learning. We want our students to experience success and feel confident, in order to motivate them to persevere with their learning.
We seek to develop students’ open-mindedness, both to other cultures and to coping with the unknown. We know that Ambiguity Tolerance is an important quality to develop in our learners and strive to promote this at all levels by providing opportunities for students to read challenging texts and see how they can identify relevant information despite not understanding every word. We aim to equip our students with strategies for making sense of unfamiliar language.
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