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.
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.