Sunmarke – a Character-building School
A truly outstanding education needs to develop not only academics and personal achievement but also character, values, and wellbeing. This is the essence of Positive Education (PosEd). Sunmarke is recognised as a global leader in PosEd amongst schools by the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), USA.
Positive Education (PosEd) brings together the science of Positive Psychology with best teaching practices to enable individuals, schools, and communities to flourish. PosEd enables a child to learn more effectively, and be more resilient, creative, successful, healthy, and happy.
Sunmarke’s Global PosEd Partnerships
Sunmarke School is part of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), USA, and has a close partnership with global leader, Geelong Grammar School, Australia. There is a paradigm shift in global education where parents, schools and governments realise the need to increase a child’s ‘wellbeing’ to raise ‘achievement’.
Evidence based success
Multiple studies on the effects of PosEd testify that improved levels of a child’s wellbeing are associated with higher levels of academic engagement, social skills, optimism, behaviour, and fewer mental health-related issues.
PosEd & Wellbeing – Sunmarke’s DNA
Positive Education is not an additional subject but the very culture of our school. Sunmarke’s teachers go through an inspiring training programme in Positive Education before entering the classroom.
They learn, live, teach and embed Positive Education.
The ‘Flourish’ Model
Sunmarke teachers practice 6 key skills and
teach children to incorporate these skills into their own lives
Our PosEd and Wellbeing approach fosters deep trust in our school community as well as a safe, welcoming, nurturing environment.
We embed various initiatives into the daily routines, curriculum, and extracurricular activities and create the personal, social, and academic support each child needs to flourish.
Class and Form Tutors, Heads of Year, and Subject teachers support students on a daily basis through direct teaching, mentoring, workshops and assemblies.
Our Counselling Department provides compassionate care for children who may require professional support and or simply a sympathetic listening ear. Students and parents both have access to speak to a School Counsellors.
We have a Wellbeing Champion representing the school leadership on our Parent Association and “Friends of Sunmarke School” (FOSS) group.
We hold our popular “Wellness Wednesday” event every month, offering our parent body and community workshops and opportunity to learn about topics such as Strength-based Parenting, Raising Children in the Digital Age and Health & Nutrition.
Sunmarke has a designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Team with Child Protection Officers at every Key Stage in primary and secondary school.
We are also a certified school with the National Online Safety programme benchmarked to the best school safety standards in the UK.
Please find more information about NOS here: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/
"The Positive Education philosophy was one of the main reasons we chose this school. It’s something we implemented at home too.”