Our Vision here at Sir William Perkins's School is to build confidence, integrity and excellence in a caring, innovative and happy community so that each pupil leaves having been given the best possible chance of achieving their full potential, taking with them sound values, a breadth of skills and knowledge, and ready to take on the world!
The School's Aims are to:
- Inspire excellence in academic standards
- Give the student the confidence to enjoy learning, the resilience to learn from mistakes and to cultivate good habits of work
- Help each student:
- develop fully as an individual with integrity
- refine creative and practical skills
- gain the qualifications they need to embark on, and succeed in, their chosen career
- think independently
- be a confident, responsible and unselfish member of the community.
Academic success is our priority but education should be about far more than just top grades. We believe in educating the whole person and equipping our students to have the confidence to make their mark on the world. We encourage them to get involved in the many co-curricular activities on offer, to take every opportunity to develop their interests and creativity, their interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills, to be forward-thinking and to reach into the wider community.
Our latest inspection report said of our students:
Pupils demonstrate excellent social awareness and they grow up to be poised, confident and articulate young women."
The School has a Christian foundation and our ethos of integrity underpins the way it operates. However, we value the fact that the Sir William Perkins community is diverse and students of all faiths, or none, and their families are warmly welcomed.
The School is continually developing, with buildings and equipment updated and extended to meet the current needs.
We would be delighted to welcome you if you would like to come and visit us. Do get in touch!
Mr Chris C Muller
Mr Chris Muller BA (Hons) has been the Head at Sir William Perkins's School since September 2014 and was Deputy Head for five years before that.
Mr Muller was educated at Dartford Grammar School for Boys before going to University College, London where he read Classics. Deciding to enter teaching, he taught Classics at St Dunstan's College as well as being Deputy Head of Sixth Form before moving on to Kingston Grammar School where he became Head of Classics in 2000, and then Head of Sixth Form in 2003.
From there he joined us here at SWPS as Deputy Head and a member of the Classics department in 2009 before being appointed Head.
Mr Muller therefore has diverse experience of both single sex and co-educational schools, and acting in both Pastoral and Academic capacities.
He is an avid reader, is passionate about politics, current affairs and Doctor Who, and enjoys skiing with his family during the holidays.
Sir William Perkins, a wealthy Chertsey merchant, founded the School in 1725 to educate the town’s children. The School moved to its present site in 1819 and later became a girls' school and a voluntary controlled Grammar School in 1944.
In 1978, it became fully independent as an educational foundation administered by trustees, who also form the Board of Governors. This history underpins the ethos of the School.
Today the School has over 600 pupils aged eleven to eighteen, who join us from many different independent preparatory and maintained sector schools. Situated on attractive Green Belt land, we are easily reached by road and public transport and students travel here from a wide area.