Newberry House in Somerset West gets Cambridge accreditation

Newberry House Montessori School, in Somerset West, has received accreditation from Cambridge Assessment, and can now offer high school pupils the opportunity to follow the Cambridge IGCSE and AS curriculum recognised by the world’s leading universities and employers.

“We applied for the accreditation in 2014 and having met the rigorous standards set by Cambridge Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, we can now officially offer a curriculum that gives students a wide range of options in their education and career,” said school head Justin Harvey.

“We have been following the Cambridge curriculum for several years and all our teachers are accredited,” he said.

“However, we believe official accreditation will encourage more parents to include Newberry House as an option for their children, even if they have previously been at traditional schools. The Cambridge-Montessori combination is also an attractive alternative for those unhappy at mainstream schools.”

Newberry House, situated on the picturesque and ecologically rich Lourensford Estate at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain, has a Montessori-specific curriculum based on the Association Montessori International (AMI) method.

Mr Harvey said the Cambridge curriculum is a good fit with Montessori, as both are child-centric educational models, teaching independence with an inspiring approach.

“Using Montessori in the early years, followed by a blending of the IGCSE Cambridge curriculum with a Montessori philosophy in high school, instills a deep sense of personal independence and social responsibility. This combination produces global citizens who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged – equipped for success in the modern world,” Mr Harvey said.

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