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We need creative, flexible minds,’ says the head. Engineering taught as a core subject to all pupils from year 3. The children work in teams and their progress is impressive. Older pupils were making paddle boats when we visited and we were astounded by their skills. Discipline and pastoral care spoken of very highly by all parents. ‘We often don’t hear about mild misdemeanors until well after the event, which is how it should be,’ said one parent. Children chatty and delighted to show you their work...

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At St Faiths our philosophy is to value every child as a unique individual, who enjoys learning and thinking for him or herself. We provide a supportive and secure environment in which children can flourish and learn at their own pace and in their own individual way. Our role is to stimulate and encourage their development and enjoyment of learning through a variety of different activities in secure indoor and outdoor situations, through play and through structured and creative activities. We encourage the growth of social skills and empathy amongst the children. The relationships which the children develop with each other and with our staff are central to their happiness and lay the best possible foundations for their future.

St Faiths was founded in 1884 and offers children a thoroughly contemporary education as well as all the benefits associated with a first-class independent school. The day at St Faiths does not start and end when a bell goes children and parents are welcomed for breakfast and our dining hall is often a buzz as many parents enjoy our breakfast offering. There is a popular late stay programme, as well as an impressively long list of activities after school.

Ms Anna Cornell, Registrar, will extend a warm welcome should you decide to visit us, and will be delighted to show you round our school, she will be pleased to answer any of your questions. We look forward to welcoming you to St Faiths.
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Since 2011, Nigel Helliwell (mid 50s). Studied maths and PE at Staffordshire teacher training college followed by a masters in curriculum studies from London University, which has influenced several curricular decisions at St Faith’s. This is his third headship. A grammar school boy who first taught senior pupils. Planned to join the RAF as an officer but went to teacher training college on recommendation of his teachers. Changed to teaching prep school aged children as ‘they are like sponges at this age. They learn more quickly and are more reactive.’

Softly spoken, quite intense, smartly turned out, kind and extremely focused. Parents and pupils like him. No, let’s be honest, parents love him. ‘I really like him,’ was said in many different ways by every parent we spoke to. ‘He’s...

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Although we have a Learning Support team, our provision is aimed at children whose need becomes apparent as they mature and move through the school. We do not have enough provision to accept new children into the school with SEN. Nov 09.

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