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College ethos and aims


Radford College is a learning community committed to the transformation of the whole person in service to the common good.

Radford motto: truth, compassion, wisdom

Truth Compassion Wisdom

These are our three foundational values and like true north, they orient our shared life and we strive to live them. Our daily striving is practised as a culture of respect.

The founding Board of the College stated in 1984:

The whole of life is a search for Truth and for the living of Truth within oneself; a true man
or woman is the acme of mankind. Knowledge is power, but knowledge without Wisdom
is force without direction or constraint. Wisdom shows us how best to use our talents,
moment by moment. Above all is that love, charity or Compassion which makes life worth
living, helps each other, is a positive force for good and fulfils the law of God.


Our Vocation

It is our vocation to graduate students who find themselves through others, who love the world enough to act, men and women who are: awake to God’s presence and purposes; confident in learning, no matter the challenge, the complexity or the obstacle; accomplished in the skills necessary for clarity of thought and intellectual rigour; generous in spirit, compassionate in action; humble in their gifts, assured in ability, buoyant in passion; alive to community and active in it; masterful in listening; courageous for justice, living in truth; respectful, always, everywhere; trustworthy; honest with reality yet imaginative, creative and bold in possibility; at peace with themselves, freely disposed to serve the common good; authors of lives that transcend the material, rich in meaning, filled with hope.

Junior School - International Baccalaureate Learner Profile

Using the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile and Primary Years Programme (PYP) attitudes and skills as a solid foundation, the Junior School establishes a framework within which responsibility, initiative and rewarding relationships can flourish.

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Radford Secondary Learner Traits

The Radford Secondary Learner traits, while having a strong 7–12 flavour, create a bridge between the two schools for our College staff and the Year 6 students who enter the Secondary School in Year 7.

The Secondary School’s teaching and learning framework ensures that pastoral care, curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment, and reporting approaches, all focus on developing these traits.

  • Principled
  • Open Minded
  • Thinker
  • Communicator
  • Self-Regulated
  • Resilience

College Aims

To provide a purposeful, imaginative and enjoyable learning environment

The College will provide a learning environment for students which:

  • prepares them for lifelong learning
  • focuses on the learning process
  • nurtures academic rigour, adaptability, creativity, innovation and flexibility of mind
  • develops a spirit of enquiry and discovery
  • encourages participation in a broad range of academic and co-curricular activities

To nurture student potential

The College will provide a learning environment for students which:

  • encourages the achievement of sound, appropriate and challenging personal goals
  • facilitates their active participation in the learning process
  • helps them accept responsibility for their progress
  • encourages them to learn how to learn
  • acknowledges the worth of each individual

To foster sound personal values and attributes

The College will provide a learning environment for students which:

  • develops self-esteem and confidence
  • fosters self-discipline and encourages them to accept responsibility for their actions
  • encourages participation in group and team activities
  • promotes involvement in the local and wider community
  • allows them to adapt to the challenges of a changing world
  • encourages a concern for the welfare of others and a desire to serve others
  • nurtures a respect for the social and natural environment

To encourage an understanding and acceptance of Christianity as the spiritual and moral basis of life

The College will provide a learning environment for students which:

  • allows them to explore personal beliefs and develop an awareness of spirituality
  • helps them to develop a strong sense of morality and ethics
  • encourages sensitivity to the needs of others
  • nurtures tolerance and acceptance of difference
  • encourages respect for and understanding of the search for truth
  • presents the Christian faith as a meaningful and relevant way of life

College Prayer:

Great Creator God,

You sing the world into life and fill it with love

binding the things of earth with the kingdom of Heaven.

Breathe your Spirit over this land –

awaken our senses and fill us with light –

that with Christ your Son

we would live in truth

rise in compassion

and walk in wisdom.