Gloucestershire International School is a new school based in the heart of Gloucester and part of the International Village Education group. Our educational ethos is encapsulated in the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”. This incorporates three, related, ideas:
That education is not just the responsibility of the teacher but also of the wider community; children today grow up in an unregulated global village and need guidance more than ever to navigate safely.
That being ‘educated’ has many facets and angles, and that each child has many different gifts, not all of which are catered for by traditional in-a-box classroom learning.
That education must explicitly provide some networks of support, connections and contacts; it is not enough to send a child into the world with nothing but certificates under their arm. A notebook of people they can rely on to provide help and support when needed – friends, mentors, collaborators, potential employers or potential customers – is sometimes more useful. GIS will work actively to help children develop the confidence, skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the modern world.
To ensure that this vision can be met, we are planning to integrate three key elements into the school:
We believe that education is not just the responsibility of the teacher but also of the wider community and that students will excel when they feel supported and part of their local, national and global community.
Our aims are as follows:
To give children a sense of their place in their community and an understanding of their responsibilities within their world.
To instil a spirit of infectious enthusiasm for learning that runs through every activity in the school and in our outdoor learning centre.
To teach our students tolerance, resilience, grit, leadership, courage, patience, empathy and emotional intelligence.
To help children learn the critical cognitive skills of critical thinking, argumentation, logic, hypothesis testing, evidence evaluation and problem solving.
To build in our students a sound knowledge base and a sense of themselves as a scholar, a learner who is fascinated with learning for its own sake.