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A Warm Welcome from The Principal - Andria Hanham

For all existing and prospective students, staff and parents this website is an essential source of information on our routines, procedures and activities.

There is also my letter home that I generally write every other Friday to give information about the previous two weeks and flag up pending events. And our school publication Mandeville Life each half-term will give you a flavour of the activities going on in and out of school across various departments and year groups.

At The Mandeville School we continue to make rapid improvements with growing numbers of students wishing to join our learning community. Our staff are committed to constantly reviewing and improving the opportunities for our students. We all take part in relevant training together and this is led by colleagues who are resident ‘experts’ and/or are keen to share their knowledge with others. We share a belief that we can keep learning and we enjoy learning from and with each other in school. Wednesday after school is our usual slot for continuing professional development.

Our students are “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow”. In other words, the skills that they glean as inquisitive and responsible learners will furnish them with the confidence to grow into adulthood and make a positive impact on the society in which they live as caring, compassionate and creative people. We want our students to be resilient, articulate and positive as well as respectful of others demonstrating values that recognise diversity and tolerance of others’ uniqueness. We want our students to make a worthwhile contribution to an evolving world in which they live during their adult years when they leave school. While with us however, we want our students to feel safe and to be happy every day in school. If they do and are, they will learn better!

To achieve these aims, we focus upon “the two pillars of Mandeville”. Our primary ‘pillar’ at The Mandeville School is teaching and learning. We continue to work hard to improve the learning experiences that we offer, both in and out of the classroom, and we will continue to do so. At the core of our teaching and learning are structured lessons with consistent application of the ‘non-negotiables’ combined with high quality and innovative teaching methods. We are continuing to develop the independent learning skills of all our students with our Mandeville ‘learning habits’ such as Respect, Risk-taking, Resilience, Reflection, Responsibility and Resourcefulness. These underpin our methods and beliefs which, in turn, impact on our school’s positive culture. We use the language of aspiration as part of our commitment to a ‘can do’ philosophy. Building the self-esteem and confidence of our students is as important as them achieving well in public examinations.

As part of our second ‘pillar’, everyone at The Mandeville School is dedicated to providing the very best opportunities for all our students by setting very high standards of behaviour. It is with pride that we inculcate traditional values and respect for every member of the community – child and adult. We expect our students to be polite, as we are as adults, and we actively model good manners. Our students are valued equally and are taught to be kind and tolerant of all others regardless of gender, religion or ethnicity.

These complementary pillars support our students’ outcomes by delivering hiqh quality teaching and ensuring that the learning environment is an orderly one where everyone demonstrates politeness and kindness towards each other. Visitors frequently tell us that the school is “calm” and “orderly”. This is a purposeful school where students are able to make progress in their learning and grow through their teenage years responsibly.

Team work is strong at The Mandeville School: it is lynchpin to our success.  My dedicated, focused and incredibly supportive staff work tirelessly to ensure all students reach their full potential. I continue to be openly proud of and celebrate this.

Student Leadership continues to grow with our elected House System, Sports Leaders, Gold Ties and Sixth Form Cabinet. We want there to be opportunities for leadership at all levels, and for all ages, so that our younger students can see a pathway through the years to develop their skills in leading teams and being part of one.

Collectively we are proud of the successful partnership we have built with you as our parents, and together we will continue to ensure that The Mandeville School is a wonderful place to be a student.  All of these efforts are fully supported by our Governing Board: its members are driven by a desire to improve on what we do for the benefit of each and every one of our students.

Whether you are a parent or alumni from the past, an existing parent, or a prospective one, we hope that you will find The Mandeville School’s website a comprehensive, compelling and accessible source of information about our school. 

Andria Hanham, The Principal

(updated May 2018)

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