IF the profile of Quinton House School needs to be raised at all, it's certainly going to find itself reaching a wider audience in future according to a pledge from its new Principal.
Since taking the reins in September, Jo Storey has focused not only on continuing the Northampton school's excellent academic results and its ethos of treating each child as an individual with unique dreams and ambitions, but also on making sure the wider community knows just how good the school really is.
Describing the independent school, based at Upton Hall, as a 'hidden gem' Mrs Storey is overseeing a rebranding that will showcase everything the school has to offer, from excellent teaching staff, a relaunched Sixth Form, a host of strategic alliances including go-karting sessions at Silverstone and using sports facilities at Moulton College, increased transport provision to and from the school from around the region, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere that provides each child with the space to develop their own strengths.
Jo Storey said: "We are preparing our children for many jobs that have yet to be created. The job market will be more freelance, more collaborative, more innovative and we at Quinton House are adapting our curriculum to meet the needs. We are educating a child for the next 70 years, not just the next seven years.
"I have more than 25 years' experience in independent education and I can see how much Quinton House has to offer. As a schoolgirl and as a teacher, I have been fortunate enough to be in schools that believe education is about developing the whole person academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. I have always believed that a happy child is a successful child, and these are the principles that I bring to Quinton House.
"Children should be able to have their dreams and ambitions and have that nurtured from the earliest age. They should never be told they can't achieve something - they have to know that the possibilities are endless and that with the right education, the right guidance and hard work, they can do whatever they want to do.
"We understand that there are different routes children can take to get where they want to be, and our flexible approach opens all sorts of possibilities. My job now is to ensure that we spread the word and let parents know about this academic but caring and safe environment that is available for their child."
Quinton House holds regular Open Days, and prospective parents can book a visit at any time to see the school and speak to Mrs Storey and her team. To find out more, visit www.quintonhouseschool.co.uk or call 01604 752050.