School ethos & values

We are often asked “What makes d’Overbroeck’s different from other schools?”. The answer lies in our shared values and a relaxed but vibrant atmosphere, where the individual is key and laughter is an essential part of everyday life.

School ethos

Our ethos is firmly built on personal relationships, on a relative lack of stuffiness and formal hierarchies, and on a strong belief that every individual is at the heart of the school. At the same time, our approach is distinctly collaborative. We believe in leading by example, in a healthy dose of flexibility and in the power of laughter and humanity. ‘Enthusiasm’, ‘maturity’ and ‘courtesy’ are words that visitors to the school frequently use to describe us.

We provide an environment which gives both staff and students the space to be themselves as well as the encouragement and stimulus to grow, to learn, to engage with complexity and to achieve their goals. And they’ll also have time for friendship, laughter and living life to the full.

"I came to study at d'Overbroeck's because I wanted more independence. It felt like the vibe was more one of mutual respect and working together between teachers and students, which was a better fit for me than other schools."

Abbie, d'Overbroeck's alumna

Our core values

Individuality
At d'Overbroeck's, we provide an environment which gives students the space to be themselves as well as the encouragement and stimulus to grow, learn and achieve their ambitions. We achieve this through an ethos which is firmly built on personal relationships – we believe that every individual is at the heart of our school, and this means staff and students are on first-name terms as a sign of mutual respect. We find this creates a vibrant atmosphere full of energy, fun and laughter, where our students can thrive as individuals and can all achieve their full potential.
Achievement
Every year, our students continue to make excellent academic progress and achieve outstanding results. Crucially however, academic excellence isn't our only measure of success. We believe that students should benefit from a broad and enjoyable education; one that encourages them to pursue their passions, recognises achievement and that inspires a lifelong love of learning.
Forward thinking
Our academic curriculum and co-curricular activities prepare our students for their future in a rapidly changing world. We help our students to adapt to global citizenship and technological change, and to develop key skills such as leadership and communication.
Fun and laughter
We believe that happiness and laughter bring education to life and we strive to bring this into the classroom every day. Our students thrive on this approach and it makes for a very enjoyable learning experience for all.

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