Last Thursday evening, parents of pupils in Years 5 and 6 were invited to an information evening to learn more about the Senior School.
Head Girl Holly Webb and Head Boy Maxwell Buchanan began the evening by speaking about their experience at Heritage. They emphasized the benefits of the close community, a result of the intentionally small classes. ‘We have good relationships with teachers who know us well’, noted Maxwell.
Caroline Wren, Head of Pastoral for the Senior School, then described the Pastoral care offered to pupils. She described how every pupil is assigned a Tutor who monitors their academic and pastoral well-being through regular one-to-one sessions. The goal, said Mrs Wren, is a child that’s well known and well understood. ‘We are trying to make sure your child is happy and performing to their full potential.’
Jonathan Burden, head of Seniors next reviewed the subjects studied in Years 7 and 8, as well as the I/GSCE classes, which begin in Year 9. Mr Burden described the offerings as a ‘rich experience for students’, and pointed out that the aim of the curriculum is to develop a ‘love of learning, for its own sake’.
Finally, Mr Fletcher spoke about the overall objective of education at Heritage, which is ‘formation – not just information’. He noted that every student is well known, and that relationships with other students and staff are natural and respectful. He stated, We are aiming at young people who are engaged, able to manage themselves well, and hopefully we will have opened some doors for them in all sorts of interesting directions.’ He ended with a quote by Charlotte Mason: ‘When he has finished his education, the question is not – how much does he know? – but how much does he care? And about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? And, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?’