Principal's Welcome

Simon Watson

Principal

St Christopher’s is a thriving school with an internationally distinguished reputation. Starting from modest beginnings in 1961 in a villa, it now offers an exceptional education to over 2,300 children and young adults, aged three to eighteen, from around seventy nations.

Our dedicated staff of almost 400 people ensure that every day is a special day for the pupils at St Christopher’s. We encourage the notion that personal improvement and development is always possible and our highly professional teachers and teaching assistants will use the best pedagogical strategies to raise the achievement of all pupils.

Over recent years we have implemented practices such as the Building Learning Power framework developed by Prof. Guy Claxton and Assessment for Learning. Recently, we have been using Prof. John Hattie’s evidence-based teaching research to inform our development and have applied Carol Dweck’s insights into the importance of developing a growth mindset in all members of the community.

Learning at St Christopher’s is enjoyed within our caring and compassionate ethos, where individuals are appropriately challenged and encouraged to strive for ever higher goals. Our Five Pillars of Learning, adapted and expanded from the ideas described in a UNESCO report by Jacques Delors, articulates our philosophy of learning, which, in turn, is complemented by the concepts of the “Autonomous Learners”, “Competent Individuals” and “Global Citizens”.

Finally, beyond the most quoted measure of a school – its first-class examination results – we pride ourselves on maintaining a warm and respectful atmosphere, where our pupils leave fully prepared and confident to meet head-on the challenges and vagaries of life in our rapidly changing world.

We hope that our website gives you a good indication of our school, but of course, nothing matches the richness of a visit, so please do contact us, we will be delighted to show you around!

Last Updated: 11 July 2018