At APIS we view personal development as much a part of our curriculum as Science, Mathematics and ICT. We recognise that attitudes, self-awareness, and level of self-confidence, and life skills that our pupils take out into the world with them are just as important in helping them to truly succeed in life and be happy as their academic knowledge and qualifications gained whilst at APIS.
Personal development is encouraged and enabled at APIS in a number of ways. Students receive direct instruction and support from teachers through the Pastoral Care System and through class teachers or Home Room Teachers monitoring and mentoring. Home Room Teachers in both Primary and Secondary monitor student progress on a daily basis and provide advice and support to students as required, liaising with parents directly on a regular basis through the School Communication System, student planners, email, letters, and parent-teacher meetings. Students also receive support through the House System as each student is placed into a school House when joining the school.
For students needing extra support, we have an ESL programme that focuses on English Language development. We also have school student counseling services if this is required.
Reports are issued, three times over the Academic Year and parent-teacher conferences are organised each term to allow parents the opportunity to speak with HRT’s and subject teachers during a single visit. We run weekly PSHE classes (Personal, Social, Community, Health, Education,) to help guide students in making responsible, informed decisions as they grow and mature. This programme is carefully graded according to age and deals with a variety of issues as students mature, ranging from developing self-esteem to peer pressure, alcohol and drugs, relationships education, bullying, global inequality, budgeting and career planning.