Character Education - St Albans High School for Girls



The STAHS Teach to 25 philosophy informs all we do at the Prep. We are committed to helping your child develop a strong sense of their own identity and place in the world. We want them to feel comfortable in their own skin, able to develop their talents and willing to stretch themselves to achieve their own goals. 

Our aim is to prepare children for the challenges of adolescence and the demands of the adult world. We will help your child learn how to achieve good physical and mental health, both through direct teaching and through our supportive environment. 

Our Character Education programme helps pupils develop key skills that will support them in their relationships, as well as their learning. Through assemblies, PSHEE (personal, social, health and economic education), theme days and outdoor learning, pupils learn about how they can develop strong and happy relationships, look after themselves and contribute to the wider world. 

Our Outdoor Learning programme supports the pupils’ learning across the curriculum and provides opportunities for them to develop skills in teamwork, co-operation, communication and problem solving. During outdoor learning lessons, the pupils engage in activities linked to their learning in the classroom in different areas of the curriculum, as well as taking part in group challenges from the Commando Joe programme to practise, discuss and develop core values that will help them to navigate their rapidly-changing world. Learning about inspirational characters from the past and present, they engage in practical challenges that stretch their abilities, as they work together to overcome difficulties and find their way around problems. 

Our programme aims to develop the following values, which are based on Commando Joe’s RESPECT framework: