preston international school
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Our mission is to provide cost-effective world class education in a safe, peaceful, disciplined and intellectually stimulating environment. Our team of dedicated and well-trained teachers purpose to raise fine, well-rounded, well-educated, well-cultured, respectable, God-fearing ladies and gentlemen who will make huge contributions towards the promotion and protection of human dignity in our society. We aim to achieve this through the effective deployment of state-of-the-art technology and modern pedagogical approaches in addition to rich moral instruction – which reflect our Christian ethos.
We are ardent proponents of social change. We believe that the highest level of human achievement is service - service to God and man. In our own little way, we have conceived the creation of Preston International School as our contribution towards the betterment of educational opportunities available to young people in our society.
We hope that through the cost-effective provision of world-class education at Preston International School, it can be demonstrated that a lot more is possible than we think. We believe that our youngsters deserve better and that there is enough success for all. With a bit of human will, we can all work together to stamp out the scarcity mentality so prevalent in our society and replace it with the abundance mentality where everybody is a winner. Together, we can do great things and leave behind us a lasting legacy by making a big difference to the lives of many, hence our motto - "WE ARE ABLE!"
Personalised Learning – Following the “Every Child Matters” agenda, Preston International School seeks to ensure that every child is safe, healthy, enjoys and achieves through learning, makes a positive contribution to society and achieves economic well-being. An individual education plan (I.E.P.) is drawn up for every child ensuring that he/she makes progress in every subject. At Preston, we benchmark pupils as individuals, carry out a detailed diagnosis of their areas of weakness before embarking on a vigorous trouble-shooting exercise which will culminate in every child making progress over and above what is expected.
In the Right Hands – It is unusual to have a school of this scale with professional teachers in the driving seat. Traditionally, teachers do not have the wherewithal to embark on such projects leaving the industry to business men and women whose passions are not necessarily in the art of teaching and learning. At Preston, we have really committed, enthusiastic, visionary and passionate teachers whose first and only interest is in teaching and learning and making a real difference in the lives of many children. The proprietors are professional educationists of international repute having worked for many years in Nigeria and abroad.
Interactive Whiteboard Technology – At Preston, we are committed to using the most current tools in our teaching. Following the success of the interactive whiteboard as a tool which has been responsible for accelerating pupil learning globally, all our subjects are delivered with the interactive whiteboard playing a huge role in the dissemination of knowledge. The interactive white board essentially "projects" the computer's screen. By the touch of your hand on the screen, the teacher or student, can navigate through the computer applications, thus, creating an exciting and new way to introduce and enhance teaching and learning activities. We have numerous interactive whiteboard resources including the internet. In a Geography lesson for example, pupils will be able to virtually 'visit' several places in the world, zoom in on the atlas and hear the people of those regions speak. The interactive whiteboard definitely takes V.A.K. (Visual, Audio and Kinaesthetic) learning to a new dimension.
Superb Facilities – As a school offering world class education, we are in the process of building a campus with every desirable facility to make a child’s six years residence a truly memorable experience. First class boarding facilities, library, laboratories, I.C.T. suites, health centre and sick bay, dining hall, sports fields, swimming pool, etc.
Cost-effectiveness – By employing cost-saving financial strategies of world-class organizations, the location of Preston International School in the suburban countryside has meant a reduction in costs when compared with bigger cities. With Akure airport less than ten minutes drive from us, reaching us by flights from Lagos and Abuja could not be easier. Also, fresh food and fruits from farms at reduced costs mean that we can pass these savings straight on to you – the customer, giving you excellent value for your money. As an organization that believes in Total Quality Management, Preston adopts very stringent measure in ensuring that processes within the school - whether it be in teaching and learning, pupil behaviour or administrative work - are all very efficient, well thought out and grounded in our overarching philosophy of excellence.
Reasonable Fees - Our fees are very reasonable. The facilities that we have provided such as our VSAT internet facilities with exclusive domain-based email for every child, Perkins generator (with additional back-up), above average boarding facilities with hot water heaters, drinking water dispensers, treated boreholes and lots more suggest a high fee paying school but the contrary is the case. This is on purpose. Our mission is to offer affordable, cost-effective world class education to the average Nigerian family and as such, are fees are moderate and comparably lower to similar schools. Here at Preston, we give excellent value for money!
We Value People – Preston International School is a people-oriented institution. We value people. Your contributions will be highly valued. We are change agents with a social change agenda in support of the common man and we believe that with your support, we can do really great things. We have started and we invite you to join our campaign by choosing Preston International School.
The curriculum at Preston is a unique blend of the Nigerian and British curriculum. While the curriculum structure is in accordance with the 6-3-3-4 education system which obtains in Nigeria, the curriculum content reflects the British National Curriculum for Secondary Schools, thus providing a much more enriching and enthusing curriculum. This is made possible as a result of careful planning, the methods of delivery and the learning resources put to use.
Subjects offered at JSS level (Key Stage 3) are: English, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Business Studies, Social Studies, Religious Studies, Art, Agricultural Science, Introductory Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Music, Yoruba, French, Physical and Health Education and Civic Education. For more information on the British National curriculum, follow the link below:
Subjects offered at SSS level (Key Stage 4) are: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), English Language, Literature-in-English, Yoruba Language, French, Fine Art, Technical Drawing, Music, Physical and Health Science, Food and Nutrition, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science, Christian Religious Studies (CRS), Geography, Economics and Financial Accounting. The pupils at Preston have the opportunity of sitting the International GCSE examinations (IGCSE) and the Cambridge GCE O’Level in addition to the Nigerian SSCE exams in their final year. To view details of the CIE curriculum, click on the link below:
Preston International School firmly believes in the total development of the child. It is the school's mission 'to raise fine, well-rounded, well-educated, well-cultured, respectable, God-fearing ladies and gentlemen' and we can only achieve that in an environment that is rich in activities outside the classroom. Activities that help children develop excellent social skills, good technical and 'hands-on' skills as well as a strong sense of community is best achieved through co-curricular activities which go 'beyond academics'.
There are 13 clubs in the school and all students are required to belong to at least two clubs - one academic club and one community service club. Sports and music are compulsory after-school activities for all Prestonians. However, parents who would like their children to receive expert professional tuition on musical instruments have to enrol their children in the school's music academy - Salem Academy of Music - for an additional charge.
Boarding life at Preston provides almost endless opportunities for personal development. There is abundant time for study, sports, co-curricular activities, for quiet reading and meditation and for simply enjoying the company of mates. The family atmosphere at Preston provides a secure environment within which strangers rapidly become friends. The house fathers and house mothers liaise closely with other teachers to monitor the quality of the students' prep and other academic work. Most importantly, the house parents carry a major responsibility for the happiness and integration of students. The activities of the house parents are coordinated by the head of boarding.
There are six academic departments at Preston International School each headed by its own Head of Department. All heads of department report directly to the Vice Principal (Academics) who is in charge of all academic activities in the school. The five departments are:
- Maths & ICT Department - consisting of Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Information and Communications Technology.
- Languages Department - English Language, Literature-in-English, Yoruba Language and French Language.
- Vocational Department - Introductory Technology, Fine Art, Technical Drawing, Music, Home Economics, Food and Nutrition.
- Science Department - Integrated Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science.
- Humanities Department - Social Studies, Christian Religious Studies, Geography and History.
- Business Studies Department - Business Studies, Economics, Accounting.