Meet the Head - Helen Jeys, Alderley Edge School for Girls
PUBLISHED: 20:27 18 February 2018
Alderley Edge School for Girls’ Head Mistress, Mrs Helen Jeys, discusses the importance of happiness to academic success
n our recent review from ‘The Good Schools Guide’, the editor comments: “whatever you think you know about this school, think again… If you want your daughter to be intellectually curious and fulfil her academic potential but without any attendant hothouse pressures, this is just the place.” For me, this gets to the heart of what makes Alderley Edge School for Girls so special.
For me, happiness is key. Indeed, if a child is happy, they will flourish. Just over a year ago now, I joined Alderley Edge School for Girls; a school with a wonderful ethos; an incredibly supportive community; staff who care for the students they teach; a focus on encouraging girls to have fun whilst learning; and a school which sees each individual student’s happiness as the key priority. We encourage participation in a vast range of extra-curricular clubs and – from trampolining to gardening club, from climbing club to participating in our Model United Nations club – our students take part in activities which enable them to be regarded as individuals and, importantly, valued as such.
Taking a pro-active approach to mental health issues; through mindfulness classes with even the youngest members of our school in Year 1 through to theme weeks such as ‘Leap of Faith’ in the senior school, we work hard to prepare our students for their future lives and for them to develop the resilience and grit that is so essential to succeed and to be happy beyond the school gates.
And, without the distraction of their phones during the day (all phones are handed in at the start of the school day), our students have conversations with each other, take part in activities and enjoy life; without the pressure that can so often abound with the ever-present mobile phone.
Academic results are vital; of course they are – and our students, over the last few years, have gone onto enjoy success at Oxbridge as well as taking the most challenging of courses – including Medicine and Natural Sciences. However, they also achieve in an environment where they have fun. Welcoming our students back into the Alderley Edge School for Girls’ ‘family’ at reunions after they have left school is a constant reminder of the importance of our school days; of those opportunities which enable those we teach to develop values, friendships, and a love of learning that will – I know – enable them to develop into confident women with self-confidence and self-esteem.
Please contact our Admissions Office and come and meet our staff; see for yourself what a wonderful environment AESG can provide for your daughter.