A Radleian is recognisable by his drive and ambition, his confidence and kindness, his loyalty and integrity, and his love of life.
Whilst society has often leaned towards a utilitarian pursuit of tangible outcomes, Radley has maintained a steadfast belief in the importance of good character. In a challenging and changing world, it is not merely skills, knowledge and expertise that will define success in the modern workplace but the ability to act with conviction, creativity and kindness.
It is our privilege to help shape the character of our boys such that they become people of real value: wherever they are and whatever they do. An Old Testament prophet had the right priorities: “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly” (Micah 5:8). At Radley, we always have higher ideals in mind: doing the right things in the right way and developing young men who have the core values that will make a difference in the world. That is our purpose.
Of course, the how is important. We expect a lot from our boys. We want them to be ambitious; to set challenging goals and to meet them. We want them to lead by example and stand for what is right. We want them to be adventurous; to try new things and work in partnership with others. We want them to be engaged thinkers, intellectually curious and ready to engage in debate and discussion.
We have an ambitious academic programme which aims to nurture boys who can critically evaluate information, develop creative and collaborative minds and who work in partnership with others. Our boys are well-prepared for the challenges of public examinations and our strong results are evidence of this. But we know that life doesn’t have a syllabus, so we place great emphasis on intellectual and co-curricular enrichment, and on developing the skills that will allow our boys to flourish.
Everything we do is underpinned by a deep sense of collective spirit. From the moment they arrive, Radleians are immersed in community. It is seen in their singing in Chapel, in the bonds formed with dons at Cocoa and in the friendships they make. In good times and bad, they support each other.
We continue to be shaped by our history, but we look to the future too. We will continue to welcome more boys from different social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Our sector-leading partnership programme will build on our existing links with organisations locally and across the globe. We will embrace the challenges and opportunities of sustainability and digital change. We will encourage boys to learn, think, and act.
It is never easy to summarise the purpose of education but I think the Apostle Paul got it right nearly two thousand years ago: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
We want a Radley education to do that: to explore truth, to value beauty and to pursue excellence. Our founders understood these principles and we hold to them today.
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