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The Virtue of Learning

At Bethany, learning and improvement permeates the culture of the School. In order to achieve that, we celebrate both progress and attainment. We understand that children who develop excellent learning habits at school become life-long learners, taking them through university and beyond successfully.




Be prepared to manage your attention, take responsibility and be mindful.


Small class sizes and a focus on engaging all our pupils as individuals maximises their achievement in every lesson. Our staff know every child very well and their expert teaching leads to excellent learning, ensuring that all reach their full potential at Bethany.


Be prepared to persist when you find things difficult. Be prepared to apply yourself.


With a range of subjects across all disciplines, your child will enjoy adventurous learning at Bethany, whatever their earlier experiences. Pupils are encouraged to persist in the face of hurdles in their learning, developing resilience as they respond to future challenges.


Be prepared to check knowledge claims and develop your spiritual understanding.


An education for life means building the confidence to ask questions. Lessons at Bethany encourage your child to question and think for themselves, equipping them with valuable habits which will benefit them their whole lives.


Be prepared to deal with problems you face – think on your feet.


By encouraging each child to think creatively and explore solutions, your child will develop a learning agility that allows them to ride the waves of a changing world and face the future with a positive mindset.


Be prepared to check and improve your own work. Be a reflective learner and develop the craft of scholarship.


Developing the learning habit of reflection is vital in accelerating our pupils’ progress. Pupils at Bethany are encouraged to reflect upon the feedback they receive, both in lessons and around school. By setting aside time for reflection, pupils achieve their very best.

“Since we can’t know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.”

John Holt

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