Friends’ School is a co-educational, non denominational Voluntary Grammar School. Founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1774, Friends’ has a distinctive ethos, based on care for the individual, and shares its values with Quaker schools across the world. There is no denominational bias – our emphasis is on the worth and potential of each pupil.
Our aim is ‘excellence within a caring, supportive community’. Pastoral care underpins all that is done in School. A team of Year and Collect Teachers looks after the pupils in each year group, remaining with pupils throughout their time at Friends’. Pupils too play an important role in pastoral care and Sixth Form Prefects and Mentors work closely with the younger members of our community, providing practical assistance and support, so that all feel valued. The School Council involves pupils from all year groups and plays an increasingly important role in school life.
In Years 8-10 all pupils follow a broadly based common curriculum, which forms a sound foundation for GCSE. In Years 11 and 12 the majority of pupils study ten subjects at GCSE level and, in the Sixth Form, three or four subjects at AS and A-Level alongside a varied enrichment programme. There is also a comprehensive programme of careers guidance and support. Our aim is that pupils enjoy learning and have the opportunity to find and follow new interests across the wide range of subjects on offer. The consistently high standard of results in public examinations reflects a shared commitment to excellence on the part of pupils, parents and staff.
Pupils are encouraged to give of their best in all aspects of school life. We seek to enable all pupils to fulfil their potential through everything that is provided at Friends’ within and beyond the classroom. Many clubs and societies meet after school and music, drama and sport give great enjoyment as well as the opportunity to excel. The School enjoys excellent facilities on site for sport and other activities.
Every effort is made to make pupils aware of the importance of service to others in the wider community and Sixth Formers take a lead through giving community service and by promoting charity fundraising through their Charity Committee. There is an emphasis on environmental awareness also and our active pupil led Eco Committee has recently made a successful application for a Green Flag Award for School.
Friends’ enjoys strong international links, recognised by the School again receiving the International Schools Award from the British Council in 2012. The languages department organises exchanges and visits to France, Germany and Spain, and in addition, a great variety of educational visits takes place throughout the year.
An active Parent-Teacher Association promotes valuable links between home and school and supports a range of activities in the School. The Old Scholars’ Association also plays an important role in our community. The support of parents is highly valued in all activities.
As Friends’ is a Voluntary Grammar School, a Capital Fee of £140 per annum is charged to all parents.