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Life in a Small School






Nepean is committed to providing the best educational environment for our students. Nepean is intentionally a small school, as we believe this serves our students best.

Curernt research indicates that small schools foster better:


• Attitude
The research on student attitudes overwhelmingly favors small schools over large ones in the areas of student attitude toward school in general and toward particular school subjects.


• Academic Achievement
Half of the research into academic achievement finds that student achievement in small schools to be superior to that in large schools. The other half finds that there is no difference between the academic achievement levels of students in large and small schools.


• Involvement
Researchers have found that students in small schools are involved in a greater variety of activities and that they derive more satisfaction from their participation than students in large schools.


• Sense of Belonging
Investigators have found a much greater sense of belonging (sometimes expressed as a lower level of alienation) among students in small schools than in large ones.


• Confidence
Researchers have found that both personal and academic self-regard are more positive in smaller schools.


• Personal relationships
Findings indicate that there is higher quality of interpersonal relationships between students and teachers in small schools.


• Intimacy
It is much less likely that students in small environments will be redundant, overlooked, or isolated.


• Care
People in small schools come to know and care about one another to a much greater degree than is possible in large schools.


• Parent Involvement
The higher rates of parent involvement in smaller schools is frequently cited as a major positive influence on student achievement and attitudes. Parents are more likely to know the principal and teachers, be informed about their children ís progress, participate more fully in school activities, and influence decision making.


• Ownership of Learning
Students take more of the responsibility for their own learning, learning activities are more frequently individualised, classes are smaller, and timetabling is much more flexible.


• Relevant Learning
There is a greater emphasis on learning which is experiential and relevant to the world outside of school. A more complete overview of research and sources is available from the school.


Please don't hesitate to chat to the Principal about any of these areas.




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