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This is a school where it’s cool to question, discuss, debate and to take part – in a huge range of subjects and interests.

You don’t hear “Whatever…” around here – the soundtrack is more likely to feature “What if…?” or “Why not…?”, punctuated by laughter, from the teachers as well as the students.

Our Learning Wheel

Knowledge versus skills? The debate goes on and on – but we believe that it isn't a choice between one or the other.  

Our Learning Wheel places the pupil at its core, is holistic and integrates the key areas of knowledge and understanding with thinking skills and learning characteristics.

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    Outer circle

    We prepare young people to blaze a trail in whatever field they choose. They leave us equipped with a breadth of skills, ready to become responsible global citizens.

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    Learning Segment

    We group our subjects together into six curriculum areas. We teach subjects in an integrated way, because the future belongs to those who can think way beyond narrow subject boundaries.

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    Learning to think

    Education is not just about imparting knowledge. It’s about teaching young people how to think for themselves: critically, creatively and collaboratively.

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    Developing Character

    Fostering a secure bedrock of self-esteem and a sure moral compass is essential preparation for a future in a complex world.

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    Our Learners

    Our schools are small enough to ensure that each learner is known. By placing our learners at the centre of our approach, we create an education that allows individuality to flourish.

Our approach 

Newcomers are amazed that learning can be so much fun. But, that’s not to say it isn’t stretching. Our students take courses in critical thinking – they question, discuss and debate. In turn, their questions and ideas shape the way we teach.

"Pupils throughout the school are highly motivated, enthusiastic and active learners whether working independently or collaboratively."

Isi Report 2014