About Hebron

Howard Oldcorn, Principal
Howard Oldcorn, Principal

A warm welcome to the Hebron School website! Thank you for your interest and we hope to be able to welcome you in person when you make your way ‘up the hill’ to our lovely campuses in Ooty.

Hebron School was founded in 1899 to serve the Christian worker community of India and South-East Asia. More than a century has passed and the School continues to fulfill its original purpose although it has grown in size and is styled an International School recognised as such by the Government of India and the State of Tamil Nadu. It is a co-educational and predominantly boarding school for children aged 8 years to 19 years. About 10% of our students are day students (with staff children and children from the Defence Services Staff Training College in Wellington in addition). Students study the English National Curriculum leading to IGCSE in Standards 10 and 11 and to A levels in Standards 12 and 13.

All schools rightly claim to be unique, and Hebron is no exception. Its uniqueness is spelt out in its Aims which are listed on the next page. But as you explore the many pages of this website I am sure you will catch the enthusiasm and energy that make Hebron such a unique school – indeed it is much more; it is a very special learning community with a strategic role to play in caring for and educating each child entrusted to us, in the most wholesome and effective way.

Hebron is unapologetically a Christian school and in everything we do we try to exemplify our motto: Deo Supremo (God first). That is the reason we exist and the reason we strive to do things in the best possible way – for God’s glory. We welcome you to Hebron School and assure you of our commitment to service.

Deo Supremo

(God First)

HOWARD OLDCORN

Principal

ETHOS OF HEBRON SCHOOL

Hebron School is a co-educational residential school which exists to provide an affordable international education (drawn from a British tradition) based on sound Christian principles for children aged from pre-school to university entrance. It seeks to provide schooling for Christian worker children in Asia, Africa and the Gulf Region in addition to others who require an international education.

OUR AIMS

Hebron School offers the English National Curriculum, culminating in the GCSE, IGCSE and GCE AS/A2 examinations. Recognising the value of each individual in the community and believing that the best foundation for life is a personal relationship with Christ, our aims are:

  • To provide excellent educational opportunities through a strong academic curriculum and a wide range of extra-curricular activities;
  • To provide a personalised, caring, family-based environment;
  • To encourage students to strive for excellence and to develop to their full potential in all areas of their lives;
  • To challenge students to work out the focus and direction of their lives in preparation for life after school;
  • To foster a genuine respect for others and to inspire the school community to live in the service of God and others;
  • To serve the neighbourhood and wider community;
  • To provide a resource for Christian workers in Asia, and business communities requiring an international education for their children.
The school is committed to its motto, ‘Deo Supremo’ (God First).

We are determined to continue emphasising the foundational values on which the school was built: to provide a Christian, family, atmosphere and open to children from all backgrounds and a broad ability range. As a school, our aim is to educate our students so that they have a considered and balanced world-view. A vital part of this is an understanding of the teachings of Christ as revealed in the Bible, with their implications for individual and community life. We regard every student as a valued person whose mind, body and spirit all need nurturing within a loving and caring environment. Our desire is that such an environment would challenge the students to work out the focus and direction of their lives and prepare them for life after school within the international community.

Our main focus is the care and education of children of Christian Workers in Asia and Africa, and we welcome other families, too, and treat their children equally, fairly and sensitively. Hebron aims to be a wholistic school where we aim to train the whole person – physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.

Child Protection Policy

Established in 1899, Hebron is an independently managed, Christian, international, co-educational residential School. It is recognised by the Government of India with permission to follow the English National Curriculum which culminates in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations (year 11), and the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level - AS examinations (Std 12) and A2 (Std 13).

Christian moral and ethical standards are fostered, and students are encouraged to consider matters of faith. A key aim is for students to develop their full potential – academically, physically, spiritually, socially and aesthetically, so that they can live selflessly as well rounded people in the service of God and man.

Hebron School is located next to the famous Botanic Gardens in Ooty. Lushington Hall is on a 20 acre densely wooded property which has a good range of educational and sports facilities, including an indoor Sports Hall, playing fields and swimming pool. The hostel for Stds. 8 – 13 girls is at Selborne, 2 kms from the Lushington campus.

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

The school offers education from primary level to IGCSE and A Level exams (Cambridge Board and Edexcel Board, U.K.), which are accepted world wide for university entrance. A wide range of subject choices is offered and courses are adapted to suit the needs of those going on to tertiary education. There is also a Department of Enhanced Learning which addresses the needs of students with learning difficulties, those requiring English as an additional language and those who need significant stretching academically.

GRADUATES’ DESTINATIONS SINCE 2005

Hebron graduates have been enrolled into the following courses: Engineering, Medicine, Business Studies/Economics, Sciences, History/Geography, Mathematics, Art/Design, Occupational Therapy, Hotel Management, Theology, Archeology, Anthropology, Psychology, International Relations, Arabic, Law.

Hebron graduates are in the following countries and leading institutions:

UK: Universities of: Cambridge; Oxford; UCL; Bristol; Durham; Reading; Exeter; St. Andrews; Edinburgh; Warwick; Kent; Oxford Brookes; Ulster; East Anglia. Queen Mary’s College, London. London School of Economics; Imperial College

USA: Amherst; Boston; Rice; Georgetown; Chicago; Michigan; Notradame; Biola; Calvin College; Moody Bible College; Azusa Pacific University. Wheaton College; Berea College

New Zealand: Auckland; Otago; Victoria Universities

Australia: University of NSW, Latrobe, Monash, Wollongong, James Cook University

South Korea: Seoul National University; Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; Yonsei, Handong International Universities

Canada: Waterloo; McMasters; Queens; York Universities; University of British Columbia

India: St Stephen’s (Delhi); Manipal University (Mangalore); Mount Carmel, Christ College (Bangalore); Symbiosis Institute of Design (Pune); Jesus & Mary College (Delhi); Madras Christian College, Women’s Christian College, Stella Maris College (Chennai); Christian Medical College (Vellore)

South Africa: University of Cape Town

Switzerland: Les Roches School of Hotel Management

Other Countries: The Netherlands, Malaysia, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Sweden, Georgia, Singapore.

Staff who work at Hebron School do so out of a sense of Christian calling and service. The school provides remuneration at local Indian rates, as well as full board and accommodation. Hebron staff have a high degree of job satisfaction and a strong appreciation for the School's aims and purpose.

The school provides a sound educational program in a wonderful teaching-learning environment, with eager learners who are encouraged to reach their full potential in a wide range of disciplines and extra curricular activities. There are about 360 students aged from 5 to 19 years studying a modified form of the English National Curriculum leading to the IGCSE and A Level examinations.

With two attractive campuses in the beautiful Nilgiri Hills of south India for accommodation, Hebron School is home to a diverse multi-cultural community made up of around 30 nationalities. Hebron has approximately 65 teaching and 35 administrative staff. Staff come from India, the UK, Australia, NZ, the USA, Canada, Kenya, S. Africa, S. Korea and Europe. As a boarding school the residential care provided at Hebron is personal and endeavours to create a home away from home. Hebron is a lively, busy community in which gifts and talents of both staff and students have ample opportunity for expression and development.

Long-term commitment is highly value by the school (some staff members have served here for 20+ years), however Hebron recognises that this is not always possible. On average staff come for around 3-5 years, a few for one year and a number for 5-10 years. It is a super place for a family to grow up.

Most staff leave with a strong sense of the strategic role that Hebron plays and with deep appreciation for the years they have served at Hebron. In recent years several staff have returned for a ‘second innings’ – testimony to the value they place on serving at Hebron.

Established in 1899, Hebron is an independently managed International co-educational Christian Residential School. It is recognised by the Government of India with permission to follow the English National Curriculum which culminates in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations (year 11), and the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level - AS examinations (year 12) and A2 (year 13). Hebron is independent of any Church, Mission or Christian organization. It is registered as a Society in India and the State of Tamil Nadu (No. 1/1919/1920 dated 26/07/1919).

INDIAN GOVERNMENT RECOGNITION

Hebron School is an International School, recognised by the Director of Public Instruction, Madras (R.C. NO. 766 E/12 of 8th August 1913), accredited by the Associated Examining Board, an Overseas Centre for the GCE O and A Level (AXO No. 32 of 7th April 1964), permitted by the Union Government of India, Department of Education to conduct the GCE O and A Level examinations (No. F 24-7/64-U4 of 6th August 1964) and permitted by the Government of India to employ foreign nationals as teachers (No.F 5-4/91 Sch. 1 of 1st June 2005). Hebron was first recognized as a ‘European School’ following the Code of Regulations for European Schools in India (1913).

EXAMINATION BOARDS

Hebron is a recognized centre of the following U.K. exam boards: · Cambridge International Examinations No. IN 105 · Pearson Edexcel (London) No. 93041 · Assessment and Qualification Alliance (AQA) No. 74809. In addition, Hebron is a centre for PSAT/SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test for USA university admission) School No. 671671 and AP (Advanced Placement) School No. 671671

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Hebron is a member of the following U.K. professional bodies: · The Independent School Christian Alliance (TISCA)

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