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What is Strive?

Launched in 2017, our unique Sandroyd Strive programme is now a key part of the Sandroyd curriculum, and arguably the most important part of the day. 

The programme was created to stretch and challenge all of our pupils in the Prep School in areas beyond the traditional curriculum. Integral to the Strive programme is the principle that the adult running the session acts as a mentor as opposed to a traditional teacher imparting their knowledge. The pupils themselves learn purely from exploration, discovery and investigation. 

Children love to ask questions, but too often expect to simply be given the answers by their teachers. When children are challenged by a teacher who doesnt have the answers, there is a change in mindset and the teacher becomes a mentor. This is a much more effective manner to learn and helps to nurture an enquiring mindset at an early age. 

Alastair Speers - Headmaster

During Strive sessions we:

  • aim for children to work things out for themselves - be that spotting patterns in strategy games, solving problems or investigating how things work; 
  • encourage children to be open to many new experiences, learning new skills and different ways of thinking – from learning sign language to navigating using the natural environment;
  • develop a raft of qualities in the children – from self-confidence to creativity, courage and resilience.

We have worked with a number of Senior Schools in developing and adapting our Strive programme. With nearly 100 hours, per academic year, allocated to Strive, we are confident that pupils will be able to fulfil their potential - to ‘shine’. 

How does it work? 

All pupils take part in a 40 minute Strive session, four afternoons per week. At their core, the activities are designed to be fun – so they are engaging and memorable, to stimulate a love of learning.

There are six key areas that define the outcomes we are endeavouring to encourage in our pupils: Enlighten. Explore. Enquire. Innovate.  Adapt. Reflect. Each area has a variety of carefully timetabled activities that are delivered to all pupils – both during the academic year, and as they progress through the School. Every Strive session finishes with pupils’ reflecting on what they have learnt and how they can apply this in their daily life.

The Strive programme at Sandroyd won 'Strategic Education Initiative of the Year' at prestigious TES Independent School Awards 2019.