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Educational Philosophy

At St Philip's, the aim is to provide an enriching and liberating education; an education that not only teaches, but transcends the discipline of learning and the acquisition of competencies, to develop a deep understanding of the greatness of life and learning. Attention is given to the development of the whole child through a balanced curriculum involving the academic, social, physical and spiritual. Nurture in the Christian faith is seen as vital to a student forming strong values, purpose and integrity. 

The College believes that students need to be taught to gain their motivation, their desire to achieve, from noble purposes, for 

'..whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord..', (Colossians 3:23)

and not to be limited by the 'status quo' or the pursuit of selfish ambitions.

The College has a record of high academic achievement and students are daily encouraged to strive for the very best in all that they do. Every student is seen as a unique creation of God, a person to be respected and valued, irrespective of their ability, background, age or standing within the school. Whilst the College maintains a strong independent philosophy it is educationally aware and progressive. 

Excellent working relationships among staff mean that innovations and effective changes can be adopted and implemented readily for the benefit of students. Parents are considered to be strategic in the educational process and the College views it as essential that a good working relationship be established with the home. This relationship is most effective when parents are in full agreement with the policies and Christian ethos of the College.