What makes an excellent education
‘As a head teacher I am often asked what makes an excellent education. Of course it is many
things, but the main part of my answer to such a question always remains the same. I think
it is an education that focuses on values such as respect, commitment, integrity, care; the list is endless. But, it is the way in which those personal qualities are developed by the school and through the opportunities on offer that makes an excellent education and indeed a school.
I think how you do things can matter more to a child͛s success than the specific result. The old adage of, “How one plays and what one plays for, that alone reveals the man” has never been so important in the world our children are growing up in. Lincoln Minster Preparatory School is all about character and attitude, along with academic rigour; an education that stands apart in the values and attitudes of its pupils and those who care for them.
Popular opinion seems to dictate that education or school cannot do both in terms of academic success and development of character. I would say that a school is not delivering unless it does both. A school must focus on academic expectations, standards and rigour, but at the same time ensure that the curriculum is broad and varied to develop creativity, subject specialism, independence, with the personal, social and emotional development deeply embedded in the ethos and culture of the school.
We are proud of all we achieve at Lincoln Minster Prep, including our academic results which have led to our position in the Top 50 Prep Schools. In short, an excellent school delivers on both; character building and academic excellence.’
- Fiona Thomas, Head of Preparatory School