What makes St Christopher School stand out as truly independent?
St Christopher School in Letchworth Garden City is a distinctive school that has favoured a modern approach to education for over 100 years, confident that their forward-thinking methods and excellent results have stood the test of time.
An independent day and boarding school for girls and boys aged from 3 to 18, St Chris is set on a large, leafy 25-acre campus just a short train ride from London and Cambridge.
The School has long been known for its progressive approach to education where students are valued as individuals. Head Richard Palmer sums up the St Chris approach as “promoting independence, creativity and happiness as a means of supporting students to become self-disciplined, successful and able to make informed choices.”
St Chris believes in the benefits of an informal approach – there is no uniform and everyone is called by their first name. There is a strong emphasis on promoting democracy and removing hierarchy at all levels of the School underpinned by the belief that all voices, from the youngest member of the nursery to the chair of governors, should be listened to and treated respectfully.
St Chris prides itself on the happiness of its students, and on each one of them reaching their own personal goals not a standardised notion of success – which can be a difficult value to uphold in a world of league tables and education reforms – however it’s this belief in its pupils and the School’s support of them that can see pupils fly.