WELCOME FROM THE HEADMASTER
A very warm welcome to Terra Nova School.
I do hope that you will find the contents of this website helpful. It has been designed to answer many of the questions you may have as your child starts his or her education with us. It contains a wealth of useful information about daily life at the School.
This is a vibrant and exciting school in which to be a pupil. While the academic progress and achievement of each pupil are always at the centre of our concerns, we believe that School life should be enjoyed for itself and not just as a preparation for adulthood.
We help our pupils to become independent and courageous thinkers who are prepared to explore, innovate and meet life’s opportunities with creativity. Lessons engage pupils with pace and challenge and are enriched with a wide variety of activities to extend your child’s interests and skills beyond the confines of standard curriculum and examination specifications.
The academic curriculum runs alongside a co-curricular programme that provides sporting, musical and adventurous opportunities and interests. As a result, our pupils are cheerful, balanced and at ease with themselves and each other. They welcome the challenge with enthusiasm and interest.
All pupils in the School are encouraged to develop their talents and realise their potential in the way that best meets their needs and personalities. The wellbeing of every child is at the heart of the School’s philosophy, for while we want them to develop a genuine love of learning, we also want them to be resilient, optimistic, confident and kind people who know how to form and sustain good relationships and make a positive contribution to society.
Teachers know pupils very well and visitors often comment on the laughter, good humour and warmth that mark relationships between pupils and staff.
We want our pupils to know that people can make a difference, and they are encouraged to see that they also can make their mark on the world. They are encouraged to develop an open mindset in which they can both acknowledge their weaknesses and learn how to overcome them, encounter academic and personal challenges with enthusiasm, ambition and a will to succeed.
They learn to inspire, influence and collaborate with others and they learn how to manage conflict. They are helped to develop self-awareness and to understand their impact on others.
The School has a strong reputation for academic success and our expectations of pupils are high. If your children are joining Terra Nova School they will be very well prepared for the next phase of their education.
While we enjoy good facilities in a stunning location, it is our community - our pupils, staff and parents - that make this a special place to be. Our parents are tremendously supportive of the School, contributing a huge amount of time and energy to School events.
Mr Philip Stewart