Headmaster's Welcome

Matt Harris, Headmaster "Austin Friars continues to be the first choice school for parents considering independent day education in Cumbria and South West Scotland.

As an independent school we are free to innovate and are inspired to care. We focus on the individual young person; to nurture and develop his or her unique potential. We equip our pupils not just with knowledge, but with skills for life, and take pride in preparing them for life after Friars. We do this by ensuring our young men and women are: effective in working collaboratively in teams and equally adept at working independently; creative problem-solvers who are able to adapt and improvise; effective communicators who are engaged listeners prepared to express themselves assertively, and, inextricably linked to these skills, confident, modest and articulate members of society who embody the Augustinian Values of Unity, Truth and Love, enshrined in our provision.

The jewel in our crown is the cohesion of the wholly inclusive ideal of “family” that underpins all that we do. The relationships between pupils, between pupils and staff, parents and staff and amongst staff themselves are supportive, constructive and built on the firm foundations of respect and trust.

This website sets out for you a flavour of life here at the School. I hope that, if you have not previously visited, you will be tempted to come and find out more about us. I look forward to welcoming you. "

Matt Harris, Headmaster

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