Spend just a short time with us and you will quickly sense the spirit of excitement, the breadth of opportunity, the aspiration to achieve, and the feeling of warmth that characterises our School.
Look a little closer and you will find that Watson's is a diverse community, encompassing girls and boys with a range of talents, abilities and personal qualities.
The success of our pupils is supported by close relationships between the School, our pupils' parents and the wider Watson's community.
This goes well beyond the formal aspects of school life, extending into social, sporting and other extra-curricular activities.
Indeed, it is this shared involvement in the life of the School that is at the core of what is often referred to as the 'Watson's family'.
With over 50 acres of parkland campus situated near the centre of one of Europe's most beautiful cities, we offer our pupils the benefits of a close-knit community in one inclusive and integrated location.
For some of our pupils, life at Watson's begins in their pre-school year in our Nursery.
Our Nursery facilities provide a secure, intimate but stimulating environment for our youngest children at an exciting and formative time in their development. From the very outset, our goal is to provide a sound foundation for learning.
The Junior School provides an excellent education for children up to Primary 7.
This enables children to become successful learners, responsible citizens, effective contributors and confident individuals. These are principles to which Watson's has long adhered, with a proven track record of success.
Our wraparound care for Junior School pupils – Breakfast Club, After School Club and Hoilday Club – provides continuing support for our families' working lives.
Arrival at Senior School is a significant moment and we make sure that all pupils, whether joining from the Junior School or from other schools are supported in this key transition.
Our induction aims to make this step exciting for our pupils, to help them to establish friendships and to allow us to get to know our pupils and for them to get to know us as quickly as possible.
Support for Learning at Watson's is nationally renowned.
A close partnership between experienced and skilled professionals, the pupil and parents helps develop a solution tailored to the individual, from the early years through to Sixth Year.
We believe an excellent education requires both endeavour and achievement in the classroom and beyond. This drives our commitment to a rich and rewarding informal curriculum.
One of the benefits of our size is that we can offer over 80 extra-curricular clubs and activities which are supported by our dedicated teaching and support staff, along with many parents, former pupils and other members of our community.
Ask our pupils, teachers and parents about the Watson's experience, and you will quickly understand the impact of S3 Projects, the two weeks in the Summer Term when small groups of Third Year pupils take to the outdoors for a journey of discovery, challenge and adventure.
S3 Projects is indicative of our conviction that education should be a rounded set of experiences both in and out of the classroom.
The result – a life-changing experience for the pupils and a significant step towards maturity, with many continuing to develop their love of outdoor pursuits by embarking upon The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
For all our pupils, whether they are with us from Nursery or join us in Senior School, their time at Watson's will play a significant part in their journey into adulthood. We share with parents a responsibility for providing a solid foundation on which to build as our young people progress from
Watson's to future study and the challenges of the world they will inherit.
For our leavers, eager anticipation of new challenges tempers sadness at leaving the School that for many has been a part of their lives for as long as they can remember.
For the School, it is a time to celebrate the achievements of pupils and to wish them every success for the future.