Service Learning, Learning to Serve

Service-learning refers to learning that actively involves students in a wide range of experiences, which often benefit others and the community, while also advancing the goals of a given curriculum. Community-based service activities are paired with structured preparation and student reflection.

At Terra Nova our core guiding principles included understanding that we are obligagted to do good with our education and also that we all have a role to play in the world in which we live. Our curriculum at Terra Nova includes aspects of service learning. These are purposefully included to give meaning to the learning of our students.

To faciliate and enhance our community belief in doing good better, the school has a Service Committee that includes staff, pupils and parents. Any community member can choose to be an active member of this group.

Terra Nova believes that our community has a role to play in helping the United Nations achieve their Global goals. These goals are fequently referred to and play an important role in our PSCHEE programmes.

We believe that service can impact on the following outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Positive impact on students’ academic learning
  • Improves students’ ability to apply what they have learned in “the real world”
  • Positive impact on academic outcomes such as demonstrated complexity of understanding, problem analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking, and cognitive development
  • Improved ability to understand complexity and ambiguity

Personal Outcomes

  • Greater sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, spiritual growth, and moral development
  • Greater interpersonal development, particularly the ability to work well with others, and build leadership and communication skills

Social Outcomes

  • Reduced stereotypes and greater inter-cultural understanding
  • Improved social responsibility and citizenship skills
  • Greater involvement in community service after graduation

Career Outcomes

  • Connections with professionals and community members for learning and career opportunities
  • Greater academic learning, leadership skill

Winder walk

In November 2015, Year 7 and some of their siblings scaled Winder in Cumbria. Despite the wind, the rain and the fog, a marvellous time was had by all.

Everyone made it to the top and back down again, and the bond between our stalwart Year 7s was strengthened further.

Cake sale

Cake sales and sweet sales crop up in the diary regularly at Terra Nova school.

An excellent fund raiser every time, the children who organise the cake sales are rewarded by clean plates as fellow pupils stock up on end of week treats on Fridays! Not every Friday we hasten to add!

Face painting

The brainwave of Capesthorne House! Capesthorne teamed together and painted every child that wanted to be face painted with an African animal of choice in support of “Facing Africa”.

The children looked fabulous and the face paints stayed on all day!

Small Class

Individual attention and personalised learning tailored to each and every pupil, leading to inspirational outcomes.


A proud heritage steeped in traditional values with a thoroughly modern approach and delivery.

Age range
2½ to 13 years

Seamless transition, specialist teaching, leadership opportunities, all-round nurture and outstanding pastoral care.


Makerspace, The Hub, 32 Acres, Shooting Range, Swimming Pool. Stunning facilities in a beautiful environment.


French, Spanish, German and Latin, taught by experts in the knowledge and understanding of second language learning.

Latest News

Terra Nova School launches a clothing range.

We delighted to announce the launch of a new line in Terra Nova branded clothing that is available for both adults and children. We are also excited to announce our partnership with sports brand O’Neills that allows you access to online purchases that can be delivered...

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