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The Grange: Past, Present and Future

Our Past

“We want to form young people who will be useful to the country and are trustworthy”

This is how our Founder articulated his ideal of a new school in Santiago. Mr John Jackson was a man of vision, a “porteño” of British origin who, on 4th June 1928, achieved his dream of founding a Chilean institution broadly based on traditional British educational principles. The Grange School started with only 12 boys, all of whom became boarders, and this number grew steadily following the extraordinary success of Mr John Jackson’s vision. In the early ‘70s, our School experienced its greatest change ever – it no longer was a boarding school and become a coeducation project, and the roll reached a record number of pupils.

Mr John Jackson running the Steeplechase

Throughout its history, The Grange School has faithfully adhered to our Founder´s educational philosophy based on developing the potential of every pupil through a commitment to discipline and good manners. This all-rounder concept is linked to the renaissance ideal of an integrated, holistic education, where the mental, physical, social and moral coalesce to give balance and enhance individual growth. Furthermore, the spirit of Fair Play underpins all aspects of life at school and encourages respect for universal values.

To this day, many Old Grangonians fondly remember the likes of Captain Balfour, Mrs Ethel Balfour, Don Ignacio Quinteros, Mr and Mrs Scott and many others.

The Present

Ninety three years on and with more than 2100 pupils on roll, our School is synonymous with quality and excellence. Leavers are thoroughly prepared to embark upon university courses anywhere in the world and to become trustworthy leaders in the future.

The Grange School has provided us with strong values, a relentless search for knowledge, innovation, access to vanguard technology and great facilities. The ten hectare site incorporates the necessary infrastructure in order to provide us with every tool needed to help our pupils reach the highest standards, both academically and beyond the classroom. The sports, the arts and the spirit of service remain at the core of our educational project. We are a secular institution, which puts respect, tolerance, inclusion, good manners and joy of learning at the heart of all it does.

The Grange School is a fully bilingual institution, enjoying strong bonds with Britain and the Commonwealth. Our Preparatory School education encourages total immersion in English from Prekinder. The Senior School curriculum is a blend of national and international programmes, which aims to prepare our pupils for further studies at the university of their choice. We pride ourselves on the quality and dedication of all our staff, both academic and administrative.

All of these efforts have placed us amongst the best independent schools in Chile, and bestowed on The Grange School an outstanding reputation amongst the top schools in Latin America.

The Future we see

The Grange is intent on retaining, rekindling and renewing the best of the past – we see ourselves as tradition in movement. Whilst being aware of 21st Century changes, our future challenge is to remain loyal to the educational ideals of our foundation. In this respect, we are committed to:

Reinforcing the traditions and values that have determined the seal of the School and of our former pupils. A pillar of our project is the formation of all-rounders, pupils who are interested in academic, sporting and artistic pursuits, yet also proving to be responsible and sensible citizens. Fair play should be the cornerstone of everything young Grangonians do. From their earliest years, our pupils should be encouraged to discover the “Grange Spirit” and learn to embody our rules and values.

Encouraging pupils to create strong bonds of friendship within the School and gain a sense of belonging to a community, allowing them to relate to generations of Old Grangonians; improving the infrastructure in order to deliver the best in educational resources. We launched a building Master Plan in 2008 aimed at refurbishing current facilities and updating them in order to keep our leadership amongst world-class schools. Educational resources and equipment need constant upgrading so as to provide the appropriate tools needed to deliver high standards of education.

Searching for and retaining the best professionals, both local and expatriate; high profile educators prepared to share our values and committed to educational excellence. The Grange is a privileged environment to work in and teachers should have the opportunity for continuous professional development, to learn from others and to share their own skills and expertise with colleagues.

We are delighted to report that today The Grange is in an excellent phase of its history and is perfectly placed to achieve all of these objectives and more. We aim to continue our tested educational programme and keep on providing our pupils with the skills to grow and thrive in this century, which promises to be one full of challenge and change.

The Grange School was inspected in September 2017 and BSO (British School Overseas) accredited.

See the full report here.

Our Vision

“We want to form young people who will be useful to the country and are trustworthy”

Our Mission

“At The Grange School, every effort is made to give girls and boys a broad education, which prepares them as far as possible for the future. These all-rounders grow up in a fully bilingual environment, embedded in Mr. John Jackson’s British and Christian values; and which prizes fair play and the spirit of service. Attention is paid to intellectual training, but also to moral and physical development. Inculcating in youngsters a love for work is crucial, both for their own advantage and for the common good; initiative and team spirit are encouraged in all activities. For good work, play or conduct, pupils gain honours for their side rather than as individuals; and they are taught at every opportunity to be respectful and display good manners.”