An independent school should inspire and support
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Like any place of learning, an independent school should be a second home, somewhere pupils can count on for support and inspiration as they develop as individuals.
Lucas, head pupil and sports captain at Bishop Challoner School, which welcomes boys and girls aged 3 to 18, is well placed to shine a light on his own independent school.
Currently studying A Level Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology, and about to begin his final year, he has been a pupil at the Catholic school, which welcomes all faiths, since the age of three.
Q: Tell us a little about your school?
Bishop Challoner is situated near Shortlands Station, in Bromley. The great thing about it is that it is a small school. I have been here for fourteen years now – since nursery – and, like the other pupils, know it inside out and know everyone’s names. It is a really close community, which is why so many of us stay here all through our school years.
Q: What is the sixth form like?
There is a good choice of subjects and the teachers tend to be really passionate about their own subjects, which inspires us. The smaller class size enables everyone a chance to speak up and share ideas. The sixth form common room is a great place to spend time because everyone gets on so well.
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Q: Are there plenty of extra-curricular activities?
The choice here is great, especially for a small school. We have a games club, football club, netball club and various other clubs, such as the chess club. There are also lots of school trips for all the year groups – I have many fond memories of all the ones I have been on. One of our teachers has also involved some of us in volunteering at outside events, including one at the London Aquatics Centre, which we have really enjoyed.
Q: Has the school helped you to plan your future?
Yes, definitely. In our sixth form we have talks with form tutors every week about personal statements and UCAS forms. We have had a visit from a careers’ advisor and there are frequent conversations with all the teachers about what we hope to do – they are always there to give us advice.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about your school experience?
It really is like being part of one large family. The teachers give everyone so much support and pupils build relationships that not only last throughout their time at school, but also after they have left.
To find out more visit www.bishopchallonerschool.com, call 020 8460 3546 or email email@example.com. Visit them at their Open Day on October 3 - register your interest at www.bishopchallonerschool.com/admissions/open-and-taster-days.