Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.
The Royal High is a part of the Girls Day School Trust (GDST) and that is significant for me coming from a headship at a standalone school. I really value being part of a group of schools and benefiting from a great sense of collaboration and support.
Yes, academically but also in terms of wealth of opportunity and everything that is on offer here. We have high expectations of ourselves as teachers and staff, and high expectations of the girls.
Being forward thinking and dynamic and always looking to the future. Yes, we have a great history – we are celebrating 150 years this year – but where are we going? Where are these girls going? We are preparing them for their futures. The world is changing rapidly and none of us know what the future will look like. So we have to prepare them to be successful in their lives whatever direction it takes.
Grit and grace
This is a lovely phrase. I have been discussing with staff a lot about who we are as a school, why we exist, what our core values are, and we keep coming back to this phrase: grit and grace. It’s about the idea of resilience and the ability to cope with life whatever it throws at you. It’s about having a go and taking risks coupled with this lovely idea of being open and having a sense of humour and an ease about who you are. I really like that combination.
We are a boarding school, which is unique within the GDST. I really appreciate the international aspect that boarding brings to the school. There is a strong sense of community among the girls but also between staff, the parents, the alumni and Bath itself. We are proud to be a part of this fantastic city.