The Development of Montessori St Nicholas Charity (MSN) 2015-2018

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead


Our strategy document, called Vision 2020, outlines a set of ideas, principles, important priorities and the key activities intended to take MSN to the next level. This document reflects our undiminished ambitions for the future and our overarching strategy remains to rationalise our in-house operations whilst adopting a business model that will generate income streams from our more commercial activities and so support the development of our charitable arm.

This strategy has been developed through a consultation process. By drawing on the ideas, expertise and in-depth knowledge of staff in MSN and on our ambitious drive for excellence, the consultation has resulted in a strategy which is challenging, relevant to the changing educational context and true to Montessorian values and distinctiveness.

This strategy consists of key strands supplemented by more specific and detailed threads and operational tasks. Only the strands are identified here.

Strand 1: DEVELOPING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR SUSTAINING THE WORK OF MSN INTO 21st CENTURY

Key Objectives:

  • To ensure that MSN has the resources to develop and sustain its plans well into the future;
  • To ensure that all activity is conducted with probity, compliance and due diligence;
  • To raise the profile of the Montessori brand so that it is widely recognised and understood in the education and wider worlds.

Strand 2: DEVELOPING THE CHARITY ARM OF MONTESSORI ST NICHOLAS (MSN)

Key Objective:

  • To create definable and beneficial outcomes for key stakeholder groups in the Montessori community.

 2015-16 will be used to identify workable ideas in preparation for increased charity activity from 2017 onwards.

Strand 3: DEVELOPING MONTESSORI SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION (MSA)

Key Objective:

  • To create, support and sustain an accountable and respectful community that represents quality Montessori provision to the membership of Montessori schools and the wider education community.

Strand 4: DEVELOPING MONTESSORI CENTRE INTERNATIONAL (MCI)

Key Objectives:

  • To embrace the legacy of the Montessori learning approach, to train teachers to optimise the learning environment for young children
  • To encourage their holistic (cognitive and affective) development by ensuring that the training college continues to develop into a respected and recognised organisation by the Montessori, early years academic communities.

Strand 5: DEVELOPING LONGACRE CHILDCARE LTD (LCL) INTO EXEMPLARY  MONTESSORI NURSERIES

Key Objectives:

  • To ensure the long term sustainability of LCL;
  • To develop LCL as flagship Montessori educational centres.

Strand 6: PREPARING FOR FUTURE OF ST NICHOLAS PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Key Objective:

  • To work towards the sustained long term future for a successful school, either in partnership or as a stand-alone organisation.