FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD
Every Phorms employee brings their personal background to the table, whether linguistic, cultural or educational; the diversity of our staff is our greatest strength. To ensure it remains this way, we place great value on respectful communication, an inspiring atmosphere and openness to new ideas.
Fresh ideas and longstanding experience should go hand in hand, which is why we rely on a mixture of experienced colleagues and young, entry-level staff who work together to bring the Phorms concept to life every day. Mutual support and assistance with questions about day-to-day school life are a given for us.
New ideas need a sympathetic ear. At Phorms, we try to make sure that new ideas are heard and can be implemented. We ensure that children and teenagers’ daily routines are highly varied, thus providing the required structural and substantive support to make this possible. Creative freedom is what sets us apart.
Learning languages is a living process. For this reason, German and English enjoy equal status at Phorms schools both as working languages in the classroom and for everyday communication around the school. This enables our students to use both languages in a completely natural way whilst also developing an understanding for other lifestyles and value systems.
The students learn how to do this from our native speaker teaching staff. They experience English as part of their own lives during class, on the school playground, at lunch, at festivals and celebrations and on excursions.
Each child is an individual: Our teachers keep a close eye on every single student so that they can offer the best possible support. The additional time we gain from our all-day care is used to work more intensively with the children and in a more target-oriented manner than would usually be the case.
Our students learn more effectively in terms of trusting their own skills and abilities and developing respect for the strengths and weaknesses of others.
Support staff regularly work with small groups of students who are achieving learning out-comes either much more quickly or much more slowly than the rest of the class. Our aim is to provide an optimum standard of care by keeping class size low. At the moment, our class maximum for Primary School is 22 students per class, at Secondary School 24 students per class.
Motivation is infectious. Our teaching staff bring the necessary enthusiasm to the fore and come from all parts of the world. They are open to innovation and adopt a child-centric and parent-oriented approach. The commitment they show ensures that our students enjoy attending school.
We take great care in the way we select our teachers and nursery school educators and place a high value on good subject knowledge and a high degree of pedagogical skill. Our teachers are familiar with the latest educational methods and base their teaching on German and international standards.
Our teachers improve the didactic and methodological expertise at national and international trainings and conferences on an ongoing basis.
Phorms schools are open all day. Arrangements are in place to enable our students to learn together – during teaching, at meal times and during the afternoon programme. Our school is much more than a place where learning takes place. Our students learn to live within the school community, to share, to assert their interests and to prove themselves.
Our teachers and qualified course leaders construct an afternoon programme and holiday programme which offers a wide range of cultural, artistic and sporting activities. Our schools offer sufficient space and the very latest equipment for science, sport and music. Every student has access to a computer.
The education we provide is always based on the federal state curricula. The highest qualification we offer is the German Abitur. We supplement our curriculum with internationally recognised teaching programmes.
Additionally to the German Abitur, we provide a prestigious diploma that facilitates direct admission to international universities.
At our locations, we cooperate with social institutions and associations, companies, local government authorities and universities. With our local network we want to present our idea of education to the outside world whilst also offering our students a greater understanding of their environment.
Our students embrace the diversity our community offers. This includes the mix of different cultural, religious and social backgrounds. This very much leaves its mark. Phorms students respect the views of their fellow human beings and are able to deal with the attitudes of others in a constructive way.
The solidarity principle on which we operate is based on income-related fees in order to offer access to Phorms schools to children from different income groups.
Our school uniform creates a learning and social environment in which the main focus is on the community. This means that the children are able to develop independently of social origins and fashion trends.