A Message from the new Headmaster of St Bees School
First, for those who have not yet met me, please allow me to introduce myself. Roger Sinnett, just returned to the UK after 23 years leading international schools in Germany and, latterly, China where I have been based for the past 13 years. I was also a founding member of the Full Circle Education Group which is the parent company for St Bees and a number of other schools in the UK and China.
It is my pleasure to give you a brief taste of our plans for St Bees and its future.
Let me make one thing clear. St Bees is not a selective school. Rather, we accept children who have potential. Our premise is ‘character is key’, and we are recruiting students who can take advantage of the opportunities we offer to develop their academic attainment in balance with their character attributes, creating a rounded education with a global horizon. St Bees students will become team-workers, leaders, independent learners, confident public speakers, well organised and, above all, mature. They will share their education with young people from many different countries, learning how to be global citizens and understanding how to manage in an international world.
We have started with a small group of children in Year 7 and, in September, will be opening our doors to children in Years 7, 8, 9 and 12. Above all, at St Bees we have a vision which will prepare our students for tomorrow’s world, where we identify and develop the skills and competencies they will need in 10-15 years’ time. No other school in the area is doing this. In this respect, St Bees is unique. With a richer mix of students from other countries as from September, the St Bees advantage will be even more pronounced.
All children at St Bees are learning mandarin Chinese which is destined to become ever more dominant as China takes a leading role in the world. The ability to speak fluent Chinese will be worth its weight in gold.
All children at St Bees are learning Chinese mathematics within a fusion programme which integrates the world’s most advanced maths programmes from China with the strengths of the UK’s ‘application of maths’; the best of both worlds. This programme is overseen by Durham University as a research project.
As from the summer term, all children at St Bees will follow the GAP programme (Global Awareness Programme), designed to expand their international horizons.
This is just a taste of things to come as we breathe new life into St Bees and prove that the school may have a noble past, but also has a trail-blazing future.
Mr Roger Sinnett, Headmaster
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Open Afternoon: 30th March 12noon – 4pm
You are invited to our Open Afternoon on Saturday 30th March to meet Mr Sinnett and the team at St Bees School. You will have the opportunity to have a guided tour and a chance to ask questions to teaching staff and members of the team at St Bees School about the unique education we offer.
We look forward to meeting you.