Welcome to Carter Community School

Message from the Principal:

"People often say to me after their first visit to Carter Community School how distinctive the school is, how pioneering we are and yet also how our care and compassion clearly permeates all of our work in all the best ways. Imagine, then, how transformative that environment is for the children who study and grow into adults here.

Five years with us is not long. Every experience needs to make a difference, and be part of a wider whole which serves as a framework to shape the lives of these young men and women. It needs to reinforce values and beliefs that will make them good people as well as preparing them for the competitive, dynamic and global workplace of the 21st century.

Yes, we are hugely ambitious academically for our pupils, ensuring that they secure the results that will open doors on to careers of significance and influence. But we also want them to live lives which are personally and socially fulfilling. In those five years, we can develop within them a love for art, music, dance, theatre and culture which will enrich the whole of their lives. Our acclaimed Carter Pledge helps them to understand themselves, their relationships with others and to become more resilient. The six core values which are embedded across the school means we see each lesson, each activity, each trip or sports event, through a lens which helps us to see all the developmental potential it can deliver.

Everyone associated with Carter understands what it means to be part of this community; they understand their role in our wider community and how to act as a power for good, as an agent of change and as a role model within their social group.  I am hardly an unbiased observer though, so the last word should go to the current and future pupils and staff. We asked them to tell us what sort of people they want to become.  They said they want to be kind, honest and ambitious and they approach the world with a profound sense of integrity and responsibility. They are also great fun to be with.

I hope you will come and see for yourselves."

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