Paul Starkie, the next head of Prince Andrew School on St Helena, gives a new twist to the old idea of teaching the 3 Rs. No longer do those much-used initials stand for reading, writing and arithmatic.
On the website of his current school in Europe, he says they stand for:
- Respect for one another
- Respect for our lovely campus
- Respect for our learning and that of others
Like PAS, The British School of Brussels follows a UK curriculum despite being overseas, but with an international dimension.
“This means that at the age of 16 our students sit nine or ten GCSEs and International GCSEs.”
But at Francis Plain, he won’t find the same advantages his students enjoy in Belgium.
“We have small class sizes and well qualified teachers who give of their best to get the best from the students – inspiring and challenging them.”
He says, though, that it takes more than examination results to make a good school. Partnerships have been set up with institutions in several countries.
“Our aim is to send out from here well balanced, self confident, compassionate human beings who will be able and willing to make a difference in the world.
“There are always sporting, dramatic or musical activities going on which reflect the busy extra curricula life of the students and staff.”