..it is only at the end of the process that it is possible to look back and ask whether you have got the decision right. I can honestly say that what you have done for my daughter as a school has been outstanding. Absolutely outstanding. What has been returned to me at the end of the process is a daughter who is confident, articulate, sports mad, has an appetite for learning and is above all happy with herself and with others. I couldn’t have made a better choice and want to thank you all as a staff group for looking after her so well.
What I have learnt myself is that it is not about the website or the brochure, and the buildings are only a façade. What really matters is whether the school has spirit and character and whether it has substance and can blow life into the children. The Elms shoots the lights out on this basis… (Parent of Year 8 Leaver)
It would be true to say that the same spirit of enthusiasm and energy pervades The Elms as it did when we sent our two children there 35 years ago. One difference between then and now is that then there were 46 pupils, now there are just shy of 200. Another is that now there are some fine new buildings and swimming is no longer supervised hypothermia.
What remains the same, and is mirrored in our two grand-daughters when they come home each evening, is the gleeful recitation of the days’ events, and who did what, and why, and a glance through the book bag shows the results of a day’s efforts in reading, or maths, or writing.
The results are accompanied by much written comment and encouragement, a reflection upon the time and unstinting commitment that all children at The Elms receive during their time at the school. That is a cause of some wonder, and a readily-confessed glow of contentment that the primary stage of their education is in remarkably safe and professional hands. (Grandparents of Pre-prep children)
I thought I would let you know that my son has decided to enlist as a full boarder this term. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and indeed all the staff at school who have contributed over the years to making this happen. You have taken a child who was incredibly anxious about sleepovers and boarding and allowed him to develop in his own time into a confident young man who is really happy to spend time away from home. Whilst I feel a sense of sadness at the loss from home, it is counterbalanced by seeing him confident in himself and happy to demonstrate a sense of independence. And as parents this is what we set out to provide for our children on the long journey of teenage years and adolescence. He's had an amazing foundation to get him going. Thank you. (Parent of current Year 7 pupil)
My daughter joined from another school this academic year and the entire community of The Elms has been amazing: from her classroom teacher, to the matron and gappies, the Headmaster or chef and dinner ladies - all played their part in ensuring my daughter loves school and has a sense of contented confidence within herself. She has been unconditionally accepted and nurtured and is blossoming in the environment. (Parent of new pupil)