We actively search for innovative ways of teaching and working with students to help them learn. We cater for a wide range of learners and prefer mixed-ability settings which allow students to see that we value all learners equally.
Learning to learn
Year 9 students are taken off-site at the beginning of the year and taught skills to help them become life-long learners. These skills are reinforced in the classroom.
Classroom activities and exercises train students to develop their thinking skills. It is taught as a core subject to all year 9 students.
A major focus of our junior curriculum, intended to help students unlock meaning from text.
Junior Certificate in Educational Achievement (JCEA)
Students graduate from Years 9 and 10 on the basis of their JCEA grade. Students with particularly bad grades may repeat a year; excellent students join the extension programme.
Students are set different work within the same class depending on their JCEA grades. A wide range of options caters for all students.
Not everyone finds learning easy. A range of strategies identify and help students having difficulties with particular skills or subjects.
Our language departments make regular 2-3 week overseas trips so students can experience first-hand their language of study and the culture.
We identify potential scholarship students and mentor them to their highest academic capabilities.
Education outside the classroom
An important part of the curriculum is delivered to the students outside the classroom in class excursions, field trips and camps.