...a free independent school dedicated to the pursuit of excellence


  • Strive Hard
  • Plan Well
  • Dream Big


  • Pride in ourselves
  • Respect for each other
  • Pride in our school


  • Routines of excellence
  • Look the part, act the part
  • Beyond my best

Why the Pursuit of Excellence?

Aristotle, a famous Greek philosopher told his students that the constant pursuit of excellence had to become their way of life if they were to become successful. Occasionally achieving excellence was, for him, not enough. He wanted his students to strive for excellence each and every day of their lives.

At The Hawthorne’s we believe that this advice, given over two thousand years ago, still holds true today and is a good guide to the achievement of both academic and personal success. As a school we do not believe that intelligence is ‘fixed’ and that some students are born ‘brighter’ than others.

We believe that all of our students can achieve excellence if they work hard enough and have the right support. That is why our classes are smaller than those of other schools and why we employ highly qualified teachers with proven track records.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.Aristotle
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