What Makes Finborough School Different?
Principal James Sinclair and his wife Louise talk about what makes Finborough School different and what makes them tick…
What did you do in life before you took on your new roles?
James: As a pupil at Finborough School I received an extremely good base in sport and my career took that path through playing and then into management. My position before becoming Principal was as a Director for Northampton Saints Rugby Club. I believe that this ‘real world’ experience will prove to be invaluable as Louise and I develop our ideas for the school.
Louise: My career has been predominantly in Human Resources (HR), most recently as Group HR Manager for the Bury St Edmunds based company Greene King. Understanding how to motivate people, what makes them tick and working with them to help them achieve their goals are skills that I think will transfer across into school life perfectly.
So how is Finborough different?
Louise: Where to start?! Many independent schools these days focus very much on academic results because clearly one of the main reasons that parents want to put their children through private education is because they want to give them a ‘better’ education. At Finborough School, this means so much more than an excellent Ofsted report and great grades. We concentrate on developing each and every child so that they continually improve themselves and grow in confidence – that gives them the best preparation for life.
James: We began to realise just how different we were compared to most private schools when we carried out some diagnostic research with our staff, pupils and parents. One of our first objectives in our new roles was to find out exactly what they all thought of Finborough School. The findings reinforced all the important things we stand for and are now building upon. The word most used to describe the school and the children in it was ‘happy’ – what great feedback! Being small (we have circa 300 pupils) with a homely, family-oriented environment encourages children to express themselves and to be confident. Children learn more when they’re happy, our staff perform better when they’re happy and we’re delighted that our parents are happy!