Introducing Benson Ferrari

Headmaster, St. Michael's School, Llanelli

BENSON FERRARI (pictured right) is Headmaster of St. Michael’s School in Llanelli, here he answers some often asked questions:

What is distinctive about the school?

An unusually strong sense of community – what this really means is that everyone shows genuine consideration for one another, by being supportive and encouraging. Everyone’s focused on discovering their individual strengths, whilst developing wisdom and thoughtfulness. We believe that each day of learning should be treasured and whilst we have great exam results in the Senior School, the journey leading up to that is just as important. Our school has a global outlook, with pupils from a wide range of backgrounds, as well as a small number of international students. Really strong friends for life are made at our school, which is so important considering how demanding young adults’ lives have become. It’s all about preparing our pupils to become confident and resilient – attributes which cannot be taught – so we achieve this through the experiences we provide for pupils.

When can new pupils join?

Most join in September, although we’re very happy to accommodate new joiners throughout the year. Late starts into Year 10 & 12 are sometimes possible. Above all, we feel it’s really important to start an independent education as early as possible, so our Prep School is very much about developing a love of learning, to guarantee future success. Come and see our Prep School for yourself, you’ll be amazed at how much they get done in a day!

What’s it like being a pupil at St. Michael’s?

For me, the experience of our pupils, is of greatest importance, from the moment they come into school. Everyone has their own personal tutor who provides day-to-day guidance and there are loads of break and lunchtime clubs to get involved in. Pupils work pretty hard in lessons and teachers get as much out of the time available as possible. We look out for anyone struggling or alternatively, coasting in lessons, so that any issues are solved quickly. Sport is important – we wear PE kits all day on a Wednesday and train both on site as well as down at the world class Parc Y Scarlets facility. Music and the arts are big for us to and we have a range of events throughout the year, to inspire and delight.

Where do your Year 13s go after they leave?

Most go onto Russell Group universities and achieve this through sheer hard work while also benefiting from staff who really know the university admissions process well, giving students exactly the advice that they need. This summer, six went to prestigious medical schools, three are reading Economics (War-wick, UCL, Queen Mary), whilst others have taken up places on a range of degrees, including veterinary science, PPE, Law, Psychology, Geography, Architecture and Engineering. All in all, we have the best provision to enable our Sixth Formers to pursue the degrees of their choice at their preferred universities.

What’s in the pipeline?

Making better use of our outdoor space, as we have plenty of rural land around our buildings. Forest Schools take learning beyond the classroom and this is something we hope to develop, particularly for our Prep School pupils. On the academic front, we’re developing our provision for Sixth Formers who want to study at universities in the United States, as it becomes an increasingly popular destination.

Visit us in person and see for yourself what makes a St. Michael’s education so valuable. You can be assured of a warm welcome from pupils and staff alike.

ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL, LLANELLI, CARMARTHENSHIRE, UK SA14 9TU

Tel: 01554 820325 Email: office@stmikes.co.uk

Web: www.stmikes.co.uk

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