The Ethos of a Great School
‘Your son comes first’: At Rokeby we put the boys, as individuals, before anything else.
We want all of our young people to know that the essence of achievement lies in what they themselves can do and what they can take pride in; that it is not so much about competition with other pupils as with trying to gain the best for themselves from the wealth of opportunities our staff and facilities offer. This demands dedicated teaching, enthusiastic children and good partnership work with parents; and we are proud of this team approach.
Motivation and Opportunities
Rokeby offers an education from 4-13 years and through an integrated approach to pre-prep and prep we provide a stand-alone school that, whilst enjoying strong associations with many senior schools, does not tie your son to one school from 4-18yrs. Some parents seek a single sex environment from a young age whilst others are looking for coeducation; at Rokeby we believe that single sex education provides a strong base for motivation and achievement through a breadth of opportunities. And we understand boys!
“Success breeds success”, as the saying goes, and we want all Rokeby boys to achieve success in whatever field their talents lie. It is our belief that this success emanates from a confidence and pride in what they are doing, how they look and how they behave, whether to each other, to adults or to the environment. In preparing them for the challenges of life we want to avoid pupils becoming too stressed or exhausted but equally to give them the tools of a solid foundation of knowledge and behaviour that will stand them in good stead for what lies ahead in the fast moving environment in which we all live.
All schools will aim to develop a pupil’s skills and we are no different, but we hope that through our family orientated approach we can ensure our boys leave us at 13+ as independent learners and self starters who, through a composite set of skills that embrace reading, writing, thinking and physical dexterity, can adapt to different situations and challenges.
We want our boys to be cooperative, generous of spirit, collaborative and respectful. We support their desire to compete and excel but in a healthy way, always able to celebrate the achievements of others as well as their own.
Individual and Community
As the age of the computer develops and faceless machines respond to our calls and queries it is important to us that Rokeby remains human. Whatever a personality, reserved or outspoken, quick witted or ponderous, we embrace all our youngsters, and alongside the staff and the parents, this forms the community of our school. The School Council, The House system and year group classes form the backbone of the structure so that all individuals learn to live, work and play with different groups of people but with one goal - success for each individual whatever their strengths and weaknesses, likes or dislikes.
Supportive and Challenging
‘I’m not sure’ says the child or ‘It’s not fair’. How does the teacher reply to the uncertainty of the new boy or the worry of a pupil who thinks he has given his best but failed? A good teacher responds by instilling confidence, by caring, by explanation and by encouragement.
Things may seem uncertain or unfair but we want our pupils to manage their expectations and to understand that we appreciate when they have given their best, and to feel when the challenges they are being given are there to enable them to achieve even more if they are able.
Dynamism and Vision
Like all schools we have fine facilities and a breadth of activities to offer and our results speak for themselves, with pupils leaving us for a wide range of well renowned day and boarding, single sex and co-educational schools.
But offering that bit more is important to us. We are an ambitious school with a visionary Governing Body and Staff. We must move with the times if we are to prepare our students for the future but we aim never to lose sight of the principles of a well balanced environment, respectful yet motivated boys and a desire for an enquiring and stimulating approach with and from all who are involved at Rokeby.
Come and visit us and find out for yourself: meet the pupils, see staff in action, and meet fellow prospective parents and current parents.