Aims & Ethos

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, breadth of skills and knowledge, and ready to take on the world!

We seek to nurture in every student the values of Curiosity, Ambition and Generosity. Curiosity about our world and our future. Ambition for ourselves and for others. Generous with our thoughts, our gifts and our time.

The School's Aims are to:

  • Maintain high academic standards

  • Encourage the enjoyment of learning and good habits of work

  • Help each student:

    • develop fully as an individual

    • cultivate creative and practical skills

    • gain the qualifications they need to embark on their chosen career

    • grow in confidence

    • think independently

    • be a responsible, 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 SWPS community is diverse and students of all faiths, or none, and their families are warmly welcomed.

Whilst we are academically selective, we place great emphasis on our co-curricular opportunities, offering numerous lunchtime and after-school clubs and societies, which we hope will afford our students the chance to get involved in new experiences and find an activity they enjoy. Our coaches depart when these after-school clubs have finished, such is our commitment to enabling the students to participate. Alternatively, we offer supervised prep sessions so that homework can be done whilst awaiting the coach departure.