The results of our work are not easy to quantify. How do you, for example, measure a parent’s satisfaction from seeing an originally shy child perform on stage in the most confident manner?
The Herne Hill School ethos implies that, to us, the development of the whole child to his/her full potential while sustaining his/her innate joy of learning matters most. This includes fairly tangible dimensions such as the academic achievements of our Year 2 pupils compared to the national average in standardised tests or the destinations of our leavers. However, many intangible dimensions are equally important in our eyes. They include social skills, self-confidence, enthusiasm for learning and the understanding and appreciation of our environment. All of these are much more difficult to measure but anyone who knows us can testify that we do regularly achieve them all.
Undoubtedly, the stellar verdict from our recent Independent School Inspection represents a strong endorsement of our results on all dimensions. In addition, results on the more tangible dimensions are best illustrated by the excellent SATs results of our Year 2 pupils and our Leavers’ Destinations, which demonstrate our strong record of preparing all children to move to the school most suitable to them.