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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 

The key is finding what interests and entertains each child. So Ben 10’s battles against the aliens can trigger an interest in arithmetic; reading is a fairground game with sounds written on ping-pong balls and fished from a tray of water.

Learning in action

Toasting marshmallows over a campfire, meeting wildlife in the woodland and identifying trees are just some of the fun activities our pupils take part in our Forest School, which is part of our Madingley Pre-Prep site. 

Outdoor experiences help our children learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and, most importantly, how to use their own initiative to solve problems while co-operating with others.

“Before I came here, I didn’t know learning could be so much fun.”