We were established in 1981 with the belief that every Anglo-Persian child should grow up proud of their heritage and articulate in their language and culture, feeling part of a community they are able to positively contribute to, both now and in the future.
Ultimately we endeavour to teach the whole child. This means we teach them about Persian language and culture and celebrate their Persian roots, traditions and history, whilst at the same time nurturing their Anglo-Persian identity, celebrating diveristy and actively promoting and respecting bilingualism.
Our values of Honesty, Kindness, Courage, Commitment and Respect sit at the heart of all we do and form the foundation of our strong and diverse community of students, staff and parents, both within the school and without, both now and for the future.
By embedding these values in a whole school ethos, we encourage our students and their parents to be part of a community not just a member of a class or a school, thus helping them forge friendships and a level of confidence and self-knowledge that they carry with them outside of the school and into their daily lives and futures.
We support this using a wide range of relevant resources, techniques, experiences and guest speakers. For example we have a rich and extensive collection of books in our Dr. Saeed Goodarznia Library that students are encouraged to borrow and take home, or join our librarian for storytelling sessions as part of a long such tradition. When we couldn’t find appropriate textbooks for our students we decided to write our own and now publish and sell our own textbooks to Persian supplementary schools globally. We update these regularly and now on our third editions!
Furthermore our strong and active ‘Friends of Rustam’ group, made up from parents both past and present, organise many of our cultural festivals and events, as well as selling delicious home-made Persian food every Saturday.
Everyone’s entire experience from the moment they arrive at school is full of learning and growth opportunities, be they students or staff, be it in class, experiencing regular events and trips, or interacting with others in the wider school community.