The Golden Thread at Sherborne House ~ A School With Character Education at its Heart

Posted: 8th November 2023

What is the Golden Thread? To put it simply, it is our DNA; our identity. It speaks to our ethos of community, belonging, family and happiness. This Golden Thread comes from our focus on our pupils’ identity as learners: through our challenging taught curriculum, as members of the Sherborne House community and through the sense of belonging to a school that knows exactly who they are and celebrates all they can achieve.

At Sherborne House, we very much uphold these traditional values with focus on and celebration of manners, of courtesy and of kindness. We believe that the measures of a quality education extend far beyond academic attainment and exam results. As an integral part of a balanced and well-rounded curriculum, schools have a duty to foster the social, moral, and cultural development of pupils and prepare them for the challenges and responsibilities they will inevitably encounter in their future lives. As such, at Sherborne House, we provide an excellent academic, enrichment and leadership offer that develops the character of each and every individual.

Character Education is embedded across our formal curriculum, school culture and extra curricular activities. It refers to explicit and implicit efforts to cultivate virtues and ethical values. The underlying principle is to develop character traits and behaviours that instil motivation and guide conduct so that pupils reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity, and work well with others; the qualities that they need to flourish in today’s world.

Character Education is crucial in today’s society; it equips pupils with the positive personal traits and dispositions, as well as the moral and ethical compass, required to navigate our increasingly complex world. While we cannot necessarily prepare children for jobs, experiences, problems and technologies yet to be conceived, Character Education serves to equip pupils with a toolkit to flourish in a job market and society that is continuously changing and evolving. Coupled with this, pupils will also develop the capacity of knowing how to select the best course of action in difficult situations.

By fostering virtues of responsibility, citizenship and service, pupils are encouraged to contribute to the common good and actively contribute to the betterment of their communities and society. At Sherborne House, we firmly believe cultivating character is the cornerstone for improving well-being, attainment, behaviour, and preparing pupils to prosper in society. Through character development and learning we allow children to grow into resilient, adaptable individuals who can shape their own future.

A dedicated approach to nurturing character yields many benefits. As research indicates, it can result in increased well-being and academic attainment for pupils. Further, it fosters resilience and self-confidence; when pupils face challenges or setbacks, they learn to persevere and bounce back. Confidence in their abilities grows, enabling them to tackle new challenges with determination. Our commitment to Character Education, and our dedicated educators, make our school the perfect setting for pupils who want to extend their education beyond grades; it’s about becoming responsible, empathetic, and well-rounded adults.

‘Children that go on from Sherborne House are prepared, eager to learn, happy to challenge themselves and to question the world around them. They have a keen sense of who they are and what they can be. Virtues and values are instilled within each child through our focus on the development of character and self, celebrating the unique role each child has to play within our community and beyond.’ Cordelia Cripps, Head

To discover more about the Sherborne House Advantage, as well as how we empower our pupils through the timeless values of Character Education, book a tour today.

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