Royal School in Transylvania is a brand new institution controlled by the S4E Foundation (School for Europe) and will open its doors in September 2015 to the first cohort of students aged 4-12. Our school will be a co-educational day centre offering the National Curriculum of England and Wales to children across Key Stages 1-2 on 180 days annually. There will be an inception class for middle school, Year 7. In 2015-16 we shall complete middle school to Year 9 and affiliate to CIE to introduce IGCSE examinations. In phase 3, we shall build the full examination offer to students across Years 10-13. All teaching will be delivered through the medium of English language but we promise to deliver defence of indigenous languages for the community in Romanian, Hungarian and German. All children learn a third language from Year 3 onwards. Our school project is a non-profit organisation with a foundation investing in a new system of education, based on choice, competition, innovation, transparency and equity. We will have a board of governors of 39 people with convergent vision, dedicated to sustaining an international and Eurocentric education for excellence. We have a model of governance unlike any other school in Romania. The brand is permanently headquartered in Cluj-Napoca and opens in the Year of European youth Capital. It will become a Fountain School for the community, not privately owned.
The simple profile of our projected school is of an integrated educational site with highly differentiated and specialist approaches to give more time to students, parents and teachers. It will be an independent institution with a sound financial basis and formula, which is accountable and collaborative. We have a committed strategy for educational improvement with in-built quality assurance schemes and we shall always welcome external accreditation inspections of our curriculum and campus. The school will be staffed and managed in new ways by a wide range of personnel and a rich variety of teachers to grow a school of 160 children aged 4-12, in the first phase. The school will be permeable to the wider community of schools, charities, business and working adults and the diverse ethnic mix of peoples in Transylvania.
Our ambition for every child is an education that prepares them for the challenges of the twenty-first century. In our school we shall provide excellent teaching and the extra help each child needs. Our school will work in partnerships because no school can do it alone. Our school will always be improving with strong accountability and rapid intervention when it is needed. Every teacher and student will be supported with effective continuous professional development and strategic localism. In our school we will have a well-led and highly skilled workforce run by a pillar of professional teachers and a British Head teacher, with a rich blend of youth and experience in the teaching cadre and with parent assistants in class; and a teacher-student ratio of 1-9.
Royal School aspires for all children to be tech-savvy and aims to prepare the next generation of leaders as real citizens with meritocratic philosophy, offering in addition to technical skills, leadership skills and fluency in at least three languages. We have a '26 Point Covenant' pledging school commitment to a children's action plan for a twenty-first century school, good governance, sustainable socio-economic development, cultural preservation and environmental conservation. We will offer a totality of education and a complete learning community for teachers and children alike; including student contracts and portfolios of achievement, performing arts pillar for creative education with Saturday morning sports and creative arts options. The school will become the coordinating centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in Romania.
The Royal School curriculum has certain critical attributes. It is interdisciplinary, project-based and research-driven. It is connected to the community; local, state, national and global. Students will collaborate in projects with other schools around the world. The curriculum incorporates higher order thinking skills, multiple intelligences, technology and multimedia, multiple-literacy and authentic assessments. Service-community learning is an important component. The classroom is expanded to include the greater community. Students are self-directed, and work both independently and interdependently. Curriculum and instruction are designed to challenge all students and provide for differentiation.
Royal School will sustain the two salient pillars of a future-proof education: Teaching children how to lead and helping them learn how to solve interesting problems. Royal School will move away from all the clichés to get serious about leadership and produce the real citizen knowledge workers that this millennium demands. Therefore, the curriculum inside Royal School must embrace a twin-track policy. We must provide excellent schooling that teaches how to live, and an education that teaches how to make a living.
JMH: 11 May 2015