One of the dilemmas with which many parents are faced when choosing a school for their child, whether at the age of four or eleven, is size. The perception can often be that large schools, with cohorts of 80 or so pupils per year group, equipped with science labs and extensive grounds, offer children broader and wider opportunities than a smaller school. In the world of business, it is not just big organisations that add value; the same goes for education.
An ideal recipe for ensuring that children reach their potential, is high quality support and attention in the classroom, wider opportunities to acquire new skills and, significantly, the chance to put these to the test in competitive situations; this is what we do well, at Bromley Independent Grammar. Imagine, for example, a sports team. In a large school, competition is fierce for a few coveted spots, with those who do not quite make the grade potentially feeling disheartened. With us, all pupils are given the opportunity to represent the school on the sports’ field, partake in end of term plays or concerts.
There is no question that the smaller size of our school is a major factor in building the self-confidence of our pupils and parents choose us for our close-knit and community feel. In the classroom, the personal relationships that teachers form with each student allows them to tailor their teaching very tightly to each individual’s abilities and needs; be it support or extension. What this leads to, is children reaching standards beyond what might typically be expected for their age and, more significantly, beyond where their innate ability might indicate.
A school where all pupils and staff know each other is a school where children flourish.