A school curriculum is often thought of as simply the core subjects a pupil will be taught during his or her time at school.
A school curriculum, however, embodies the ethos of the School in its choices of what each child should study, and in what ways they should be taught.
We are educating girls not for today but for tomorrow, for a world where jobs will exist that have yet to be created and where traditional roles will no longer be needed.
When designing our school curriculum, we are firmly focused on the future, asking questions, such as: What are the kinds of knowledge and understanding which should be nurtured, the practical capabilities to be developed and the social qualities to be encouraged? What learner attributes do our students need to be actively engaged members of society? What skills are employers looking for? Implicitly we were considering a wider vision of learning for our girls, a future smart education.
In line with the latest pedagogical thinking and underpinned by the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate approach to teaching and learning, we offer an engaging and balanced curriculum which provides continuity and progression from Year 3 through to Upper Sixth.
Throughout the delivery of our curriculum we focus on developing 10 key learner attributes which we believe are the cornerstone to creating confident, independent and successful young women, who are equipped with the skills and mindset to meet the challenges of life in the 21st century, developed through a love of learning.
The key learner profile attributes that we focus on nurturing are the abilities of the pupils to be:
- Open minded
Central to our ethos is a curriculum which balances the academic with the co-curricular, placing equal importance on developing intellectual character, resilience, communication and leadership skills. We therefore take care in balancing the experience of the students across a variety educational opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. Our pastoral and PSHE programmes work in tandem with the academic curriculum to provide consistent and powerful messages for the students, as we develop their capacities as learners in the modern world.
We understand that the world of education is rapidly changing. With the wider use of technology and the introductions of new types of public examinations, schools are becoming very different to when parents were students.
We therefore run a series of talks for parents called Curriculum Conversations which outline the teaching methods we use, why we use them and how they support the girls to develop their learner profile. These informal sessions provide parents with the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the changing educational landscape.