Life-Long Learning: A Thinking Schools Approach

“Teachers use a wide variety of activities and learning styles to engage and enthuse students” - OFSTED

At Barton Court Grammar School we believe that education is more than the sum of subjects. It is also about what you learn and how you learn.

Research by the Sutton Trust has shown that when students understand how they think and learn they make greater progress and become more resilient and adaptable. Students are encouraged to become resourceful and resilient learners who take responsibility for their own learning. We have placed “thinking” at the heart of our teaching and learning, and have developed a common visual language of learning to enable our students to become independent, confident, life-long learners.

Students are encouraged to work together in teams and enjoy new friendships, take on roles of responsibility and develop a mature sense of values.

We want our Sixth Form students to stand out from the crowd in this competitive world and, as such, we actively encourage them to develop their independent and enquiring minds.  An Independent Learning Centre enables students to think and work in quiet, calm and modern surroundings. Here, they can make extensive use of ICT facilities, including wireless technology for their own laptop. All students are encouraged to develop their own area of academic enquiry. The majority of students choose to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This provides students with the opportunity to focus on a specific aspect or theme of any area they are interested in and conduct their own enquiry into it.

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