Rustam is a very well-established Persian community and cultural hub founded in 1981.
At Rustam we endeavour to educate the whole child; We teach them about Persian culture, celebrate and ground them in their Persian roots, traditions and history, their Anglo-Persian identity, their heritage, culture and language. Whilst doing this we actively promote and respect bilingualism. 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.
By adopting 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 lifelong friendships. This gives them a sense of belonging and community to both their countries of residence and heritage. This sense of community also gives our students confidence and self-knowledge, that they carry with them to university and beyond. We support this using a wide range of relevant resources, techniques, educational visits and guest speakers. 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!
Our expert and committed staff celebrate and focus on the individual learning needs of our students. We mirror current educational principles, paying attention to Intent, Implementation and Impact of our bespoke curriculum and learning objectives, always having an eye on our pupils’ progression from aged 3 to gaining national GSCE and A Level, qualifications.
Our strong and experienced leadership ensures that it is not just our pupils that are learning. By promoting a ‘growth mindset’ amongst all at the school, they ensure that all our staff are inspired and up to date with Continuous Professional Development. This allows us to provide modern and effective teaching for all our students whilst developing the skills and careers of the teachers themselves.
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.