Welcome to St Gerard's School Trust
St Gerard's is a small independent day school that has a happy, secure, family atmosphere in which the pupils thrive. Since its foundation over a hundred years ago the school has maintained a kind and caring ethos which also sets high standards of behaviour for the students.
St Gerard’s School Trust has consistently high academic results and has the experience to provide the individual attention each child needs to fulfil their potential. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic our teachers continued to deliver a full curriculum with outstanding A level and GCSE results. We pride ourselves on providing a nurturing environment, allowing children to develop into well rounded students ready to move on to adulthood confident in their own abilities.
Children from the earliest years learn to share with and care for others and the older children work and interact in an atmosphere that encourages them to be resilient, compassionate and trustworthy. There are lots of different activities that the children can take part in to enrich their learning experience.
Through the hard work of staff and pupils and the support of parents we hope to develop analytical, critical and compassionate thinkers who are capable of achieving happiness and success in their life.
We are very proud of our school and all that is achieved here. The best advertisement for our school is our students and we invite you to come and meet them and see the school in action.
Arrangements can be made to visit throughout the whole of the year.
Our senior school offers a small educational community that is focused on the potential of each pupil. Our pupils, staff and parents work in partnership toward our aim of achieving optimum progress together. The senior school at St Gerard’s is located in the original convent building with two more recent extensions to house purpose-built classrooms. The senior school is in close proximity to the junior school. This allows the interchange of staff expertise and the opportunity for interaction between junior and senior pupils' with the aim of benefiting the pupils' education.
At the senior school our teachers are subject specialists and individual year groups move from classroom to classroom to curricular need. Subject teachers are responsible for the design and delivery of their schemes of work as they align to the national curriculum and exam board specifications. Work is planned with close liaison, communication and support from the headteacher. Each member of staff in the senior school is linked to a form group to help monitor pupils' personal welfare as well as their academic progress.
Our small class sizes in the senior school allow for individual attention for each pupil. Teachers are aware of individual pupils' strengths and target individual areas for improvement.
Our junior school offers every child the opportunity to achieve his or her potential. Our children, staff and parents work in partnership toward our aim of achieving together. The junior school at St Gerard’s is housed in a purpose-built block adjacent to the senior school. The close proximity with the senior school allows the interchange of staff expertise, further benefiting pupils' education.
Class teachers are responsible for the children’s welfare and delivery of the curriculum. Work is planned with close liaison, communication and support from the headteacher.
During planning, staff share the preparation of work, drawing on different experiences, knowledge and expertise to ensure work is relevant and well-matched to meet the needs of the children. In this way, we are able to utilise the strengths of our staff team and enhance the quality of learning and teaching here at St Gerard’s.
The pupils are mainly taught by form teachers with some subject lessons taught by senior school.
We aim for us all to:
- feel safe and valued as part of a caring community that celebrates success
- be independent thinkers / learners who are able to seek solutions creatively and co-operatively
- inspire an ‘enquiring’ mind and ask questions
- experience and actively participate in a relevant, enjoyable curriculum that evolves to meet the needs of all
- listen and articulate responses showing consideration to others
- be polite and courteous
- be proactive in our responsibilities towards the community, society, the environment and economy, linking ‘real life’ with our learning
- understand and respect diversity
- be aware of and recognise our own learning needs and be involved in planning future steps and targets
- develop a sense of self-esteem and be well-balanced, healthy individuals
- contribute to our wider community by being considerate of others