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Starting school is a very big step in the life of every child and choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make. We hope that the virtual tour will help to make that decision easier for you, and from it you will get not only the information you need but also a sense of the caring and warm, welcoming community that is The Shepherd School.

Head of School’s Remarks

Thank you for taking the time to look through our site and for considering The Shepherd School as a suitable school for your child. If you have not yet visited the school, please do call or email to arrange a visit. Only then can you really get a true sense of what we can offer for your child’s education.

I believe children learn better when they are excited and engaged, but what excites and engages them most is truly excellent teaching, which challenges them and promotes independence in learning. When there is joy in what children are doing, they ‘learn to love learning’.

It is important for children to be both numerate and literate, they will also need to be flexible, and able to work confidently with changing technology. Children will require excellent communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Our key educational aim is to encourage each child to work to his or her potential. I believe classwork should be relevant, valued by the child, very challenging with built-in rigour. If children are to progress in tomorrow’s world, they will need to be independent from an early age. It is vital, children develop the skills and strategies of how to learn rather than the habit of being taught; starting in the Early Years Unit by learning through play-based self-initiated activities right through to creative research projects in the secondary.

Success in most ventures requires vision, determination, and teamwork. The staff is determined to get the right balance between traditional values with the demands of a rapidly changing world. I am passionate about making The Shepherd School into an even better school and determined to offer your child a high-quality education and to ensure your child reaches his or her full potential.

With your support and encouragement, we can build a strong partnership which will enhance your child’s education at The Shepherd School.

Victor Ugbede James
Head of School