The individual boy is at the heart of the school. Boys are treated courteously, as young gentlemen. Our aim is to encourage boys to enjoy realising their natural talents without undue pressure. We do not seek to mould boys to fit a pre-conceived model of the “MTS boy”. Our aim is that each boy discover his personal gifts and talents, so that he has the knowledge, passions, and skills, on leaving school, to become the man he wants to be. Our mission is to support boys, to enable them, and to nurture their natural talents; it is important to us that, every day, each boy is able to do something that he loves and where he has the potential to excel.
The boys who leave this school are, first and foremost, young men of character that their parents can be proud of; and it is because they have depth of character, grit and determination that they achieve academically, not the other way round.
A boy who feels that his talents are recognised and celebrated tries his very best even in those areas that don't come naturally and by doing that learns the values of hard work and sticking at something. He develops self-confidence, independence of thought and high levels of self-esteem.
We are a happy school where exceptional academic success is the natural product of boys who enjoy coming to a school that values them as individuals and fosters their talents in sports, hobbies and every other field of human endeavour, as well as learning.
First Head Master, the Elizabethan educationalist Richard Mulcaster, wrote: “It is not a mind, not a body, that we have to cultivate, but a man, and we cannot divide him”. This ethos has been at the heart of the School for 450 years.
The Good Schools Guide comments: "Art, too, is outstanding – 'the art department is what you'd like every department to be,' says the Head. 'The teachers are total and utter enthusiasts. They tell boys that they can create wonderful art and they do.' There is a light, spacious and well-equipped art block (2000) with well-used display space. There are regular trips to galleries, lectures, exhibitions in school and beyond, and residential courses including a week painting at St Ives".
Drama provides many opportunities for the younger boys and there is a major production each term.
Musicians are extremely well catered for; there is Junior Choir, Junior Orchestra or Junior Swing and Dixieland Jazz Band, Brass Band, Wind Band and Chamber Orchestra. Concerts are many, culminating in Music Week at the end of the year.
Sport and Co-Curricular
Main school sports are rugby, hockey and cricket, but sports on offer include all the usual team games, including Rugby Fives and racquet sports, wind-surfing, sailing and kayaking on the lakes; golf on the adjacent courses; judo; fencing; and swimming in the covered pool.
There is a fully equipped sports hall, multi-gym and two all-weather pitches (one water-based) and a new running track.
As many as four school teams per year group – basketball, athletics, swimming, soccer, badminton, croquet, cross country, golf, and shooting also on offer. The Head remarks: 'We would rather have an F team and give everyone the chance to play rather than a super-elite A team,'
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is flourishing and popular as is the Combined Cadet Force; there are also busy Music and Drama programmes and both these activities enjoy excellent performance facilities.
There is a diverse programme of activities for younger boys. Read more here »
Amnesty International, the Charity Drive and the Sustainability Committee are some highlights of a broad programme of Community Service. The school runs a unique Easter camp for the physically challenged (Phab).
Learning & Teaching
The academic faculty is approximately 100 strong. An exceptionally highly qualified full time Academic Faculty; currently, over one-third of the Faculty read their first degree at Oxford or Cambridge. Current faculty roster »
The Good Schools Guide comments: ‘Teaching is clearly a major strength, with teachers going the extra mile for those who are struggling and for those who need stretching’.
The Spring 2014 ISI Inspection Report reiterated that “Teaching is notable for the excellent rapport between staff and pupils… The overall quality of teaching has improved further on the already high levels observed in the previous inspection”; it should be remarked that the 2008 Inspection reported that one third of all lessons were ‘outstanding’ and in, ‘almost all lessons observed the teaching was empathic, multi-dimensional, varied and enriching.’
The precise balance of Doctorates, MAs and BAs varies year on, but all are held from world class universities. Almost half of the Senior Common Room have higher degrees; there are typically up to half a dozen or so PhDs. The faculty is cosmopolitan, with graduates of universities in Australia, Austria, France, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Spain and USA.
21 subjects at I/GCSE. 26 subjects at A Level.
We do not encourage boys to accumulate qualifications for the sake of it. Most boys take 9 or 10 subjects at I/GCSE and 3 or 4 A levels. We also offer the Extended Project Qualification.
The younger boys read a broad curriculum of over a dozen subjects, choosing a second classical or modern language in year 9.
We offer the three Sciences separately from 11. English Literature Certified separately. Bright boys take Maths and French a year early. IGCSE offered in English, Maths and the three Sciences.
Thirds & Upper Thirds Form (Years 7 and 8) have about 6 hours of homework per week. The Fourths (Year 9) about 9 hours.
The school is set on a superb 285-acre estate of playing fields and lakes, in a rural setting; yet it is easily accessible by coach and rail from almost anywhere in north-west London and nearby Bucks and Herts. The 100-acres of sports facilities are magnificent. The heart of the school is its magnificent 1933 Art Deco building, completed when the school relocated from London, complemented by an extensive range of modern buildings that now comprise half the school.
The Good Schools Guide comments:
“The school has the feel of an Oxbridge college with the same sense of unhurried calm and timeless beauty. The boys, too, seem remarkably unstressed. The school's philosophy is about achievement without pressure – 'it's a place to breathe and experience a childhood'. Outstandingly well-equipped. Fabulous on-site pitches, sports hall, cricket nets, heated indoor pool, two floodlit all-weather hockey pitches, lakes for sailing and windsurfing, grass and hard court tennis, squash and fives, fencing piste, athletics track, etc”.