Bickley Park School is an exceptional school with exceptional ambition: to provide a world class education for boys.
And why not? Many of the U.K’s independent schools and universities are regarded as world beaters. Schools should have a global mind set and aim to help prepare pupils to stand out from the crowd in an increasingly globally connected world.
Bickley boys go on to world class senior schools. Their academic performance pushes GCSE standards: pupils achieved A*s in Spanish last year. They participate in a wide range of sports, often to a high level: in September a team of Bickley boys will participate in the world’s only children’s triathlon. A range of musical experiences are open to the boys, including tours to Paris and New York. They participate in high quality art, design technology and food technology programmes. A challenging outdoor education programme includes Year 8 walking 180 miles along one of the world’s more challenging walks: Offa’s Dyke. Parents and teachers will participate in a world record breaking event in June. A boy in Year 6 is organising another event in September in which the whole school community will attempt to smash another world record.
All that boys at Bickley Park School have achieved and aspire to achieve stands in marked contrast to some astonishing facts: in the U.K’s predominantly mixed schools, boys are being out-performed by girls across every phase of education from nursery to university. Many more boys than girls are deemed to have behavioural problems and appear on special educational needs registers. Yet boys are capable of great things given the right approach and the right environment. They want to achieve. One piece of research suggests boys need positive male role models much more than girls need positive female role models to motivate them to learn. Bickley Park will be building on this research by attracting world beaters to the school. In the next few months, Andrew Brown, who broke the world record for rowing across the Atlantic, will inspire the boys; ex-world downhill paralympic ski champion Sean Rose will visit, as will Gary Connery who jumped out of the helicopter dressed as the Queen at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
Above all, Bickley Park boys are world beaters in terms of their manners and the confidence with which they engage with others. Don’t take my word for it. Come and meet them and enjoy a tour of this gem of a school.