Hazlegrove has a strong sense of community. This is based on traditional, Christian family values, a care and concern for every individual and a belief in childhood.
Most visitors to Hazlegrove comment on the feeling of well-being, that the children seem very happy and also remark on the friendliness of the staff.
Staff at Hazlegrove build good relationships with the children and many have pastoral strengths. They enjoy spending time with pupils outside the classroom through the many clubs and activities and are committed to the well-being and education of the children. It is important to us that every pupil is happy.
The large number of resident staff, three boarding houses and nearly a hundred boarders, as well as the many families that live in the surrounding countryside, contribute to the feeling of community that lies at the heart of Hazlegrove.
The friendships that pupils make with each other are a very important factor as they develop into confident and competent young people. We want them to leave with a self-esteem that is intact, knowing that it's okay to be yourself and not be carried along by the crowd.
A strong pastoral care structure is based around a form teacher in the younger years and a tutor in the older years who looks after the academic and pastoral needs of a small group of pupils.
Parents also play a significant role in the quality of life at Hazlegrove, each able to get involved at a level that suits them, whether it's watching matches, supporting concerts and plays, helping to host coffee mornings for new parents, getting involved in the activities for parents, organising Friends' events or singing in the choir at Christmas.
The body of parents that choose to send their children to Hazlegrove are both supportive and interested in their children’s education. We haven’t done this yet, perhaps we never will, but if we gathered all our parents together in a large room and discussed things like bedtimes, TV watching, computer games, parties, videos and all those other pressures of modern life that can undermine traditional family values, I believe that we would find an enormous amount of common ground.
The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.