Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to Emmanuel College. Emmanuel College exists to impart wisdom to the next generation by educating 1500 young people in a culture prioritising excellence, leadership and character.

I am privileged to be able to co-lead Emmanuel College with Mr Nat Ogborn who is the Head of School (pictured below).

Emmanuel College is a Christian ethos school of character for the whole community. We believe that everyone in the Emmanuel College community should be valued, challenged and inspired, being ‘made in God’s image’ and therefore infinitely precious, morally responsible and gifted for a purpose. All that we do in our school is inspired by that ethos and underpinned by our core virtues of love, wisdom, fairness, self-control, courage, humility, and integrity.

Our school community is made up of students, staff and parents who hold many different religious and ideological positions but who unite around our ethos and core virtues. Our ethos is liberating because it provides both a framework for knowing both about and how to live in our world. The Christian gospel is a message of hope, redemption and transformation that makes a difference to how we see ourselves and how we live.

We value curriculum and academic excellence and each year see many of our students leave to take up places at some of the world’s top universities, but we hold personal best to be of far greater importance and exist for young people of all abilities. It is our experience that by developing a strong work ethic, holding a growth rather than fixed mind-set, and being provided with outstanding tuition, students may go on to achieve considerably more than they might have imagined possible.

We see moral excellence and the development of character as an end in itself.  We seek to be intentional about character education, our aim being that our students will, in the future, become servant-hearted leaders.

Students starting here encounter consistent rules, role models and traditions, which help them feel part of the Emmanuel family and to begin to take responsibility for others. As students grow older, we expect more of them and in the Sixth Form expect our students to take on at least one formal leadership role in College as well as beginning to serve in the wider community.

Most character development takes place in the classroom where students learn to take responsibility for their learning and then later to develop intellectual discipline. However, the co-curricular life of the College provides essential opportunities as the training ground for leadership and service, as well as enabling students to attain excellence in sport, and the creative arts alongside building strong and lasting friendships with their peers.

I do trust that you will enjoy exploring our website and getting to know us a little better. Each year we hold an open evening in the Autumn for children in Year 6 and then in the Spring term for prospective Sixth Form students. In addition, we are always keen to hear from like-minded colleagues from other institutions or from those interested in working with us in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to know more.

Matthew Waterfield


Mr Matthew Waterfield

Mr Matthew Waterfield

Lead Principal

Mr Nat Ogborn

Mr Nat Ogborn

Head of School

Sixth Form

The Emmanuel College Curriculum

Vision, Mission and Virtues