Global Outlook

International Perspectives

St Chris has a long tradition of involvement in education from an international perspective and a practical commitment to global issues has always been a central value of the School.

Our students visit Rajasthan, Kosovo and Ladakh (Indian Himalayas) to work constructively with local communities and gain invaluable insight into global citizenship.

We celebrate international diversity across the age ranges and the curriculum and most importantly through our ethos of celebration and acceptance of the rights of all to be individuals with responsibility to our local, national and global community.

History of Internationalism

One of the aims of the School’s founders was to make pupils aware of their shared heritage as human beings rather than concentrate on their national characteristics.

Such an aspiration retains its resonance in St Chris today, and the School has continued to build upon its desire for pupils to gain a broader perspective on life.

You can find more information about the history of St Chris here.

Celebrating Difference

We feel that it is of vital importance for young people growing up in the 21st century to accept, appreciate and celebrate the fact that there are a wide variety of cultural, religious, social and artistic traditions around the world.

Knowing about these traditions enriches our lives and broadens our outlook. It makes it possible for young people to feel at home in a diverse world and to accept that “different” is never a value judgement.

Children learn about international festivals from an early age, they are exposed to different kinds of music, art and dance and they learn about different religious traditions and different lifestyles.

We do notice very clearly that our pupils are open and tolerant to differences. The groundwork towards becoming global citizens has to be laid very early.

A Broad Outlook

There is a strong focus on trying to understand the outlook and assumptions of people who live in other countries. This begins in the Nursery and runs all the way to the Sixth Form when pupils are able to participate in projects abroad.

In the Junior School different year groups are involved in term-long projects highlighting a different country or region of the world.

In the Senior School this global outlook is further widened. Besides our curricular concerns with promoting international perspectives, we have always encouraged pupils to travel, not just as tourists but as observers of what really goes on in other countries.

Trips and Visits

There are many opportunities for pupils to travel with the School through language exchanges, sports tours, and subject-related trips.

St Chris also has a tradition of charitable activities, and we maintain projects in Rajasthan and Ladakh which work with local people in an attempt to improve the quality of their lives while enriching the understanding and characters of our pupils. Pupils in the Senior School get the opportunity to travel to and work with these projects.

You can find further information about international trips and visits in the Senior School here.

Covid-19 Information

Due to the containment measures associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, St Chris is currently physically closed for mainstream schooling. We continue to operate remotely to offer virtual learning for all of our pupils and our top priorities are to:

  • Continue to support and move forward the learning goals of each class or subject;
  • Support our pupils pastorally;
  • Support families as they navigate challenges that arise with work schedules and childcare.

Current Parents

Full details of our remote learning arrangements and resources, pastoral care and safeguarding information have been emailed to parents. Please visit our parent portal for updated information. Staff contact details can be found by clicking here.

If you are a prospective family looking for a school for your child, our Admissions Office is open and members of our Admissions Team are available to talk to. They can answer any questions you may have about the school and how to apply, set up virtual meetings with key teachers and can send you a video tour of the site while the School is closed.

As well as offering video tours, we are also organising a small number of socially distanced tours of the School to those families looking for places for September 2020. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.

Admissions Contact Details

Kate Allan, Registrar.

Email: admissions@stchris.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 7714 618 233.