Our school community

Deputy Headmaster & Head of Junior Prep School have responsibility for pastoral care. The school has an independent listener and a school counsellor. The pupils themselves have a buddy system to encourage friendships between the older and younger children in addition to the camaraderie that develops between children in the same house.

Ethos

That a child should be stretched and supported to achieve their full potential is at the heart of the school’s ethos. Each child must be recognised, treated and taught as an individual. The small class sizes facilitate this by enabling teachers to have an in depth knowledge of each child’s abilities; their strengths and their weaknesses, where they are capable of more and where they need support. During a child’s education at Terra Nova, the school is committed to:

 
  • instilling a deep rooted appreciation of the school’s values. Good manners, respectful behaviour and kindliness to others is demanded in daily life.
  • Equipping the child with a belief in their self, their ability and the responsibilities and knowledge of their role in a community that are in essence, life skills.
  • Preparing the child for their secondary school whether that is a day or boarding school.
Success

The celebratory culture of the school is also very much in evidence. Pupils’ successes in all areas: academic discipline, sporting achievements, in the creative arts are encouraged and like demonstration of values, celebrated. The pupils strive to achieve “Good marks” and for particular excellence, a “Headmaster’s Commendation” (which is equivalent of 3 GMs). HMCs are awarded in a weekly celebration assembly to which parents are invited.

In loco parentis - In place of parents

Terra Nova is more than just a school. Whilst the children are at school their needs in addition to those in the classroom must be addressed: The children need to be:

  • Happy & Safe – generically referred to as pastoral care. Terra Nova has a number of strategies in place to ensure its pupils feel happy and safe.

Buddy system: The pupils themselves have a buddy system to encourage friendships between the older and younger children in addition to the camaraderie that develops between children in the same house. Staff with a responsibility for pastoral care: Independent listener, School counsellor, Deputy Headmaster, Head of the Junior Prep School

Well fed

On site kitchen and dining

The school has an on site kitchen and dining room. Food is freshly prepared

Uniform

The school’s uniform is supplied by Monkhouse but we also have a 2nd hand uniform shop run by a mother of former pupils

Health

Matrons, Sick bay and Doctors

There are resident matrons.

Boarding

Boarding

House system

The family atmosphere is at the core of school life. As children join Year 1 they become a member of a house. The 4 houses are each named after country estates in the local area. These are: Capesthorne, Dunham, Gawsworth & Tatton. All of the GMs and HMCs won by the pupils are totalled each week. Each week a leading house is announced and at the end of each term the house with the highest number of GMs and HMCs is awarded the Mather plate. Competitiveness is part of adult life and the in house rivalry at Terra Nova is a thorough versing in this!

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