A flexible curriculum enables pupils at Hyde Park School to flourish and excel

As an independent school, we are incredibly fortunate in that we can tailor our learning environment to bring out the very best in every student. We have the flexibility to choose a curriculum based on areas that inspire and engage our pupils on a daily basis, adapting our lessons to individual goals.

Inspire and engage

This freedom means we can offer lessons that extend way beyond traditional “core subjects” like maths and English, such as Latin and Mandarin, as well as coding classes and hands-on science lessons at imperial college. We also pride ourselves on our extensive extra-curricular timetable, which gives students the opportunity to participate in everything from skiing and judo, to ballet dancing and horse riding.

The city is our classroom

Hyde Park School is also proud to call London its extra classroom. The city acts as a resource that our students can regularly take advantage of – whether it is history lessons in London’s museums, art classes in a gallery, or drama classes in local theatres. Each year group frequently spends time outside the classroom, and in an environment where they are surrounded by new and engaging stimulus.

Finding a passion

However, what really sets Hyde Park School apart is our belief that every child is a genius in their own way. It is our job as teachers to help them discover that “inner genius” and nurture it , so they can grow and flourish. Spotting talent – whether it’s academic, sporting or creative – plays a crucial role in inspiring children to excel.

A bit of tea and toast

To help with the increasing academic pressures, our school has regular “tea and toast” sessions, where older students can talk openly about how they feel about any challenges or hurdles they are experiencing. We also host yoga lessons for both pupils, parents and staff, to teach meditation and different breathing techniques that help with focus. Likewise, the school runs regular mindfulness sessions to teach pupils a range of techniques for stress and anxiety management. These can be transferred across many situations and is something that families can practise together. Whatever a student’s ambitions, we strive to ensure our school is a welcoming environment where they feel motivated, supported and encouraged.

 

Article written for ‘The Guide to Independent Schools 17’