Monkton Combe School, set in a 100 acre site just outside of Bath, inspires young people to become confident, kind and ambitious adults who live fulfilling lives. Monkton thinks differently, where many schools start with academic performance, we start with how much a child knows about or understands themselves, everything else is built from that. Our pioneering pastoral care programme is integral to everything we do at Monkton. We closely track the social and emotional development of every pupil, allowing us to tailor our support to individual needs. What marks it out as exceptional is that it goes well beyond being just a support system and is a way of helping pupils to understand themselves – it is this grounding which gives them a solid platform from which to challenge themselves academically. Whilst academic rigour is important to us, it is never at the expense of well-being.
Our experience is that achievement, academic or otherwise, is the natural consequence of a healthy sense of self-worth. Whether it is a pupil in Pre-prep bringing a caterpillar in from the playground with awe and wonder on their faces, a pupil in Prep writing their own report on their development of resilience or a pupil at Senior level reflecting on developing a higher trust of themselves in their decision making, for Monkton pupils school is not about what to learn, but how.