From its very beginning, St Samuels had a dual focus.
On the one hand it was to offer a second chance to boys who had
failed to make the most of their opportunities at high school level
and who had, in consequence, failed to achieve the grades necessary
to enroll at college. As a result, St Samuels only admits
students of 18 years of age but we can assure parents that, if their
sons stay with us for either our one year or two year courses, they
will go on to achieve their goals.
Dr Dovers philosophy was that only a major environmental
change would offer such boys a final attempt at fulfilling their
academic potential. Hence St Samuels offers a strict, disciplined
and focused regime where nothing less than the highest academic
effort and achievement is tolerated and where all the distractions
of home and contemporary youth culture are removed. We are, indeed,
extremely proud that the environment at St Samuels has frequently
been described as strict.
Professor Dovers studies of Ancient Greek culture, art and society
made him a passionate advocate of the value of sport and physical education
in developing boys into rounded and well developed young men. He therefore
established at the outset that St Samuels was to offer pioneering
educational programs and a wide range of sports scholarships to physically
talented but underprivileged boys.
Professor Dover also developed a groundbreaking Sponsorship scheme,
allowing individual supporters to contribute to boys tuition
and boarding expenses and the further development of the St Samuels
The St. Samuels network of academies currently operates in
Riga, Latvia, and in Bogota, Colombia. While each branch imparts
its own individual flavor and emphasis to our founders philosophy,
both subscribe wholeheartedly to his guiding ethos as laid down
in the motto by which all our teachers and pupils try to live: Pueris
inoptibus manus utilis -
a helping hand to boys in need.