Academic

The Laurels’ curriculum is broad, balanced and academically rigorous with the primary focus being an educational philosophy that supports the development of true freedom which enables pupils to live a more complete and fulfilling life.

As you know, the task of a teacher is not simply to impart information or to provide training in skills intended to deliver some economic benefit to society; education is not and must never be considered as purely utilitarian. It is about forming the human person, equipping him or her to live life to the full – in short it is about imparting wisdom. Pope Benedict XVI, 17 September 2010, Twickenham

The General Principles

The primary focus of The Laurels’ curriculum is a philosophy that encompasses true freedom with a curriculum that is broad, balanced and academically rigorous. The emphasis is on teaching pupils to think and cultivating a spirit of intellectual adventure through exposure to ‘the best that has been thought and said’. Our approach is designed to enable pupils to join with the great minds of history, rising above their current situation and culture in order to appreciate what is deepest in our human condition: the meaning of love, commitment, sacrifice and generous service to others.

A Positive Vision

The Laurels’ curriculum is rooted in a perspective that sees the abundant goodness of the world; in all of creation as a fundamental governing principle. A perspective that sees the nobility and heroism of individuals in struggles throughout history. This perspective leads us to reflect upon all the human riches of our past and the world of today as ways to discover God in the ordinary things; to know and serve Him; in and from the ordinary activities of human life.