The Arete Programme

The Arete Programme at The Laurels aims to help pupils achieve eudaimonia – human flourishing, through arete – happiness through excellence.

The Arete Programme underpins the entire curriculum at The Laurels. It is not just another set of lessons but rather a way of learning, studying and thinking. The Arete Programme at The Laurels aims at helping pupils achieve eudaimonia through arete: happiness through excellence. The Arete Programme has a personal and a civic aspect helping pupils’ personal flourishing and social relationships. The programme will help pupils bring different parts of their learning and life together to help them be the best they can be. The Arete programme is delivered both throughout school life and specifically through the following branches:

The Academic Branch: acquiring good habits of mind and the ability to think well
The Character Education Branch: nurturing the gift of self through the study and practice of the virtues
The Philosophy Branch: learning how to take part in philosophical enquiries and apply philosophical thinking to all aspects of life
The Enrichment Branch: a programme of visiting speakers, off-site visits and the opportunity to join the Duke of Edinburgh award programme.