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The CHS Experience

As Waconians, pupils are offered an enriching educational experience and are prepared for their path of choice through a rounded curriculum. From Pre-School to Sixth Form, pupils learn together and independently, and their broad timetables encompass all aspects of the wider CHS experience.

Through an ACTIVE, ACADEMIC AND ALTRUISTIC curriculum, each learner is provided with opportunities to help them make the very best of their journey. Our aim is to encourage and challenge pupils academically, whilst providing opportunities for personal and social growth, leadership, and commitment to social responsibility.

Values instilled during The CHS Experience
Active

This is implemented through a diverse CURRICULUM that combines traditional study with an understanding of the importance of well-being. A varied CO-CURRICULAR programme and numerous outreach opportunities allow pupils to step away from their studies to explore and pursue their wider interests and develop their passions.

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Academic

At the heart of the CHS experience lies a set of core values instilled in all Waconians - INTEGRITY, ENDEAVOUR, RESILIENCE,COMPASSION AND CONTRIBUTION. Our pupils learn about these vital qualities as part of their pastoral and well-being lessons and are encouraged to consider their contribution to life at the School and within the wider world.

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Alturistic

As the future is impossible to predict, pupils leave CHS ready to tackle all that lies ahead, whichever path they choose to explore or wherever their lives may take them. This ethos chimes with that of the original founders of the School in 1855. Keeping values at its heart, the academic experience, pastoral care system, and co-curricular programme, all work together, maximising every pupil’s potential.

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This diverse curriculum allows traditional study to be combined with an understanding of the importance of well-being. A varied co-curricular programme and numerous outreach opportunities enable pupils to step away from their studies to explore and pursue their wider interests and develop their passions.

At the heart of the CHS experience lies a set of core values instilled in all Waconians - Integrity, Endeavour, Resilience, Compassion and Contribution. Our pupils learn about these vital qualities as part of their pastoral and well-being lessons and are encouraged to consider their contribution to life at the School and within the wider world.

As the future is impossible to predict, pupils leave CHS ready to tackle all that lies ahead, whichever path they choose to explore or wherever their lives may take them.

This ethos chimes with that of the original founders of the School in 1855. Keeping values at its heart, the academic experience, pastoral care system, and co-curricular programme, all work together, maximising every pupil’s potential.

The Waconian Profile

With the world rapidly changing, there is an increasing emphasis on the need to have desirable competencies. A well-rounded, 360-degree education that balances academics with real-world skills will empower students to build the confidence and capabilities they need to be productive members of the workforce—and society at large.

 

From September 2019 The Waconian Programme has been launched in the Senior School to all years and it is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage the world around them, during their time at school and beyond. 

It sits directly below the three CHS pillars: Academic, Altruistic and Active and the Waconian Values (Integrity, Compassion, Contribution, Endeavour and Resilience) are fundamental to the Programme. There are five component parts to The Waconian Programme: Health, Citizenship, Study Skills, Future Self (formerly Careers) and Relationships. The Programme is delivered in dedicated Waconian Programme lessons, Form Time and assemblies. All staff and pupils have a vital role to play within the Programme and it is through living by the values that all will be able to flourish as fully grounded individuals within our community and beyond. 

Throughout a pupil’s time at CHS they will cover topics that will allow them to enter their adult life acutely aware of the importance of the role  they play in society and how their decisions will impact on their future. In Waconian Programme lessons many topics will be covered, for example of Mental Health, Gender and Sexuality, Risk Taking Behaviour, Future Self, Digital Safety, Radicalisation, Financial Awareness and Citizenship. Assemblies, visiting speakers and Form Time will further reinforce and complement this material and pupils will be afforded the opportunity to use some Form Time for self-reflection and to build up their Waconian Programme Log as they journey through the School.