We’re often asked what it is that makes d’Overbroeck’s different from other schools. The answer, I think, 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.
The ethos at d’Overbroeck’s is firmly built on personal relationships, on a relative lack of stuffiness and formal hierarchies, and on a strong belief that the individual, every individual, is at the heart of the school. At the same time, our approach is emphatically 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 very frequently feature in the observations of visitors to the school. This is an environment which gives people – staff as much as students – the space to be themselves and the encouragement and stimulus to grow, to learn, to engage with complexity and to achieve their goals, while also making time for friendship, for laughter and for living life to the full.
Like all schools we have boundaries, but we encourage students to push them for learning and think them through for themselves. We encourage them to listen; we also ensure that they’re heard.
Academic achievement and personal growth are at the centre of what we aim to achieve; and the school’s success in achieving these goals is evident in our exam results, in students’ achievements in extra- and co-curricular activities and in the enthusiastic endorsement we receive from current and former parents and students.