I went to a Christian school from year four to leaving school. My parents had heard about the school through friends, and as Christians themselves, were very interested in sending both me and my three elder siblings to the school. All four of us stayed until we were 16.
The school really helped my relationship with God to grow, in my teenage years especially, when it’s so easy to drift away. I found having Christian classmates a real help and encouragement, something which would rarely be found in state schools. The teachers all having their own faith also helps as their input is also influential. The classmates I had at school are also friends from church, and I’m still in close contact with them.Read More
At school I was having a weekly Christian input, in both assemblies, morning form and RS lessons which focus primarily on Christianity. In this environment it is so easy to stand up for your faith as so many people share it.
I am now at Sixth Form College and feel that going to a small independent school has not disadvantaged me in any way. I enjoy netball and football and although the teams were somewhat smaller at school, I still felt like I was trained well and am now in the netball academy at college. Going from a year of twenty pupils, to a year of nearly 1,000 was a bit of a shock, but it only made me appreciate my school more. Smaller classes are a great advantage as teachers have more time to dedicate to you.
I believe as a young person growing up in a predominantly secular world, we need all the support we can get. Surrounding myself with Christians really helped me. The teachers support was also a real help. Year 11 especially, was the best year of my life, and I strongly encourage anyone to send their children to a school like this. I loved it.
As I drove up the school driveway and took in the breathe-taking surroundings I instantly new that this Christian school was the place for me. A wonderful, peaceful atmosphere seemed to beam from the setting. I spent two wonderful years at this school, which seemed to go far too quickly!! I grew as both a person and in my relationship with God. Without my experiences at the school I would certainly not be the person I am now. Although a small environment, it has taught me how to deal with all sorts of situations and people; and not to be afraid to express my faith. This school has helped me gain confidence in who I am as a person and not to worry about standing out from the crowd.Read More
Although I was only there a short time, I made some wonderful friendships, which I am sure will last a lifetime. Even now I still miss the school, and would give anything to still be there! I looked forward to everyday at school, knowing it would hold something new to learn, see or hear. Every teacher had their own quality that drew you to them. This school became like a second home and family to me. The small classes meant strong bonds were formed within different year groups and with teachers. Anyone who goes up to this school will sense the peaceful atmosphere that is all around. I still go there now just for that sense of tranquillity.
It was certainly a good foundation for me. It helped me come out of my shell and taught me a lot about who I am, and at the time who I wanted to be. Even though we were in our own haven away from all the troubles of the outside world, it seemed to make me no longer scared of this world; and where I once would have hid, I now would stand tall with my head held high, proud to be who I am and what I believe in. For this I can not thank the school enough!
Our four children did not want to move to our new home from London eight years ago, and resented leaving all their friends behind. They had little inclination for God or for Christian things. All, having now left the Christian school there, not only attest to having enjoyed and benefited from the experience, but they grew closer to God, met real Christian teachers and friends, and are all still going on with Jesus.Read More
The school is a Christian ministry in this city, reaching out to all people, irrespective of faith. It provides a good education in a safe and caring Christian environment, and gives children a sound foundation for their future lives. Neither we nor our children have ever regretted being involved with this school, and we believe it would benefit others too.
We chose to send our children to a Christian School as we were concerned about the influences that out children would be under in the state system, and wanted them to be in an environment that would allow them to explore and develop their faith. We have been delighted the experience and education our children have received. Academically, they have done very well, in small teaching groups that ensure they receive individual attention, but more importantly, they have been taught by people who share our faith and worldview. The care of the staff for pupils to grow and develop into people who can confidently take their place in the world, rather than a statistic to add to a school’s academic record, is evident on a daily basis.
We joined the school at Easter last year and I say ‘we,’ because it was an incredible experience to come into a family – a complete teacher, parent and child community. My son has special needs and he was not faring well at our local primary school in terms of either his schooling or his friendships. Here, he has been building self-esteem and a ‘can do’ attitude. His sense of worth, pride and achievement are all growing and this can be seen in his work, his behaviour and his character development.Read More
He is making good friendships with caring children who have been able to look beyond his difficulties and encourage him. We are very fortunate to have found this incredible place, because within these aging walls is pure gold, a place where children are really encouraged to grow and develop. The commitment of the staff here to each and every child to be the best that they personally can and to values and care for one another, is incomparable. We made a life choice that has, I believe, completely changed my son’s prospects and we live out that renewed hope daily, the heartache of what went before, melting away. Words cannot describe the difference the school has made in our lives.
This school provides a truly holistic education. The environment is exceptionally friendly and relatively informal and the school successfully caters for the children with a considerable diversity of needs and ability. Through a sensitive and individual approach, children receive unparalleled pastoral support. In a Christian environment, the school successfully fosters an atmosphere of mutual respect between all members of the school community. As class sizes are small and the quality of teaching extremely good, children receive a broad education and learn in a stimulating and interactive environment, enabling them to realise their true academic potential and gain confidence in discussion and expression of opinion.Read More
Both our children have benefited enormously from this unique educational environment. Our older son has now left the school and has integrated extremely well in sixth form and performed as well as we could possibly have hoped for. Our younger son still enjoys every day at school and we are confident hi is well equipped to go forward in life.
My daughter Isobella was very unhappy at her previous school, I decided to move her to Emmaus in June and she settled in very quickly, everybody at the school making her feel very welcome.
Isobella returned to school in September and is thoroughly enjoying her school days. She comes out of school telling me about all the things she is learning, and how she doesn’t worry about loosing her “best friend” as “everybody is friends”.
As a parent I am so pleased with the decision I made and only wish I had moved her to Emmaus 3 years ago.