We provide a smooth transition.
We know that a stress-free education is a vital component in getting the best out of children, so we have put in place a few simple measures to help with this. It starts straightaway as new joiners are assessed, rather than tested. We also remove the challenge of entrance exams for pupils moving from one NBH school to the next. Our goal is to ease unnecessary pressures from every pupil’s academic journey.
We talk to the experts.
Our staff are experts in tailoring their approach to the stages of child development and the varying needs of pupils as they journey from early childhood to young adult. We use evidence-based research to understand our pupils better and how to support their personal development in the most effective way.
We develop the skills to deal with adversity.
Academic success is inextricably linked with physical and mental wellbeing, so every educational opportunity is one to instil the skills which aid our students’ wellbeing. From timetabled Forest School trips at our Nursery & Pre-Prep Schools, to residential PGL (Activity Adventure Trips) and bushcraft trips at our Prep and Senior Schools, we connect with nature throughout our curriculum. This is a proven way to reduce anxiety, initiate friendships, enhance self-confidence and develop a hands-on approach to learning, developing the resilience to thrive inside and outside of the classroom.
We ensure that pastoral needs are met.
The health and happiness of our pupils is very much at the forefront of education and each of our schools promote wellbeing at an age-appropriate level. Our child-centred approach to learning is established from the outset at NBH, with our Philosophy for Children programme. This encourages pupils to recognise and talk about big ideas, while developing their self-awareness. Golden emails continue to open dialogue between the school and home and recognise children for their social and emotional development. And at West Hampstead, our wellbeing dog receives a personal walk from the Star of the Week.