By Adrian Hawkes, Special to ASSIST News Service
LONDON, UK (ANS – October 20, 2017) — There is always a lot of noise and controversy around the subject of education here in the UK, and we have just witnessed the huge fiasco of “Grammar schools or no Grammar schools?” from our current government.
As parents, surely what we really need are well-educated and well-balanced children, who will therefore be able to make good progress in life. Wouldn’t you agree?
We have also seen, from some quarters, quite negative reactions to independent schools. The critics say how unfair they are, and that it would be a good idea to have them all closed down. Apparently, these schools are perceived by some as giving educational “advantages” to people who can afford to pay.
There are also considerable oppositions in some quarters, mainly from those who would claim to have a humanistic bias, and say that those who run independent schools, “indoctrinate” children. Of course, the British state schools has no indoctrination process, do they? Not! There is no such thing as a non-biased educational system.
Then again, I personally have been involved with an independent school for some 30-plus years. It’s a place that is keeping its prices as low as possible. Some would like to make it free, but, we do have the problem of who will pay the staff? Nobody is funding this independent school, apart from those paying the fees.
The school is Phoenix Academy, located in North London, and is for pupils aged from five to eighteen. It has, at its heart, a Christian ethos and values, as we know that, as well as good academic knowledge, character development will also take a young person a long way. The students we serve know that trustworthiness, reliability; the completions of tasks, respect, and self-discipline, are all very employable traits along with good qualifications.
Over the last four years, 100% of our students, who have stayed on to complete the ICCE (International Certificate of Christian Education) in their Base “6” group at our school, equivalent to a sixth form), have gone on to study at a variety of universities to complete their education where they have studied an equally diverse set of subjects from medicine to computer science, from accounts to business.
Our school uses an independent study method where there is a leaning and emphasis towards learning rather than teaching.
So, I am well aware that there has been negative reaction to the independent schools, but I would like to suggest that, maybe, they are not all the same. And, if you live in London and are concerned about the education of your children, you should at least take a look at this alternative and very successful school.
Take a look at our web site: www.phoenixacademy.co.uk. I know that if wanted to look around, we would love to meet you there, and show you around our facilities. The phone number in the UK is 020 8887 6888.
It’s not a school with hundreds of children — maybe that small school feel is part of its success. I am sure you will also get a pleasant surprise at our fee structure. We are not looking to make a million, rather, to see well educated young people with good character being successful.
Note: Most of this article was first published in The Tottenham Community Press, September /October 2017.
Photo captions: 1) Two students at the school. 2) Science class in the process. 3) Students enjoying a tug-of-war session. 4) University Graduation for a former Phoenix Academy student. 5) Adrian and Pauline Hawkes.
About the writer: Adrian Hawkes is married to Pauline — Dan Wooding was best man at their wedding — and they have three children, 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is still part of the Rainbow Church north London which he used to lead and he also works with Sri Lankan churches in France, Switzerland, Norway, Canada and Sri Lanka. He helped to form Phoenix Community Care Ltd, which looks after some 30+ unaccompanied minors, and vulnerable adults in housing in North London; alongside his wife Pauline, he established PCC Foster Care agency and has launched London Training Consortium Ltd., which trains refugees and asylum seekers with ESOL, IT, and Literacy. Adrian has been involved with the Phoenix Academy in North London, for some 30-plus years and he has also written various books, one of which is Perspectives — The Alphabet of Life. He can be contacted by e-mail at: email@example.com.
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