Competition for university places, apprenticeships and employment is increasing; as a result, we want to EMPOWER our students to be able to demonstrate, apply, articulate and evidence these skills in all aspects of their lives.

‘Our fundamental mission is to provide an exceptional learning experience for every student so that they may lead a happy and successful life now and in the future.’

As a school, we are passionate about improving young people’s life chances and increasing upward social mobility. We are determined to give our students a ‘plus factor’ which means building their character and employability skills, as well as academic excellence.

At Cantell, we want to develop a community of independent, adventurous learners who are not afraid to make mistakes and who see every opportunity as a learning opportunity. As a result, they are conscious that they are constantly making progress and this motivates them to continue learning.

We focus on the following key life skills that are critical attributes to employability:

  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication
  • Independence
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship

These life skills have been especially chosen for their formative qualities in character development as well as their desirability by employers. We focus on developing these EMPOWER skills because we want our students to leave not only with the best qualifications, but also the personal attributes that will enable them to stand out from the crowd and achieve their goals.

Cantell EMPOWER aims to develop self-regulated, reflective learners with increased interpersonal effectiveness, who are able to adapt to change. Our emphasis is on the learning continuum and students are aware and celebrate their personal and collective progress as they increase their growth mind-set by using small, consistent actions to help them make progress.

Developing these skills will improve:

  • Attendance
  • Classwork
  • Homework
  • Assessments
  • Exam results
  • Transitioning to the next level
  • Most importantly, success in all aspects of their lives