What Makes Us Distinctive


Our school’s purpose is all about the transformation of students’ lives and their life opportunities. We intend that our students will achieve both the academic qualifications and the ‘21st century skills’ (the knowledge, skills, work habits and character traits) they will need to be successful in today’s world. We want our students to be the best they can be; young people who are creative, confident, critical and resilient thinkers, able to contribute positively to the world in which they live. This is why our school’s purpose can be summarised in just four words; Creating Individuals, Making Futures.

To achieve this we need a meaningful, purposeful and effective process of learning and development. Our learning strategy (in the words of the 17th Century scientist Isaac Newton) stands on the shoulders of giants – it draws on evidence, expertise and understanding from the worlds of education, psychology, neuroscience and social history. We could in fact argue that what we’re working to create is neither new nor innovative; the school we’re making reflects all that’s worked well throughout history within tribes, communities and cultures that recognised the value of working together to create something bigger for common good. In many ways, our school could be described as a ‘learning village’, where learning and development is encouraged and enabled for every member of the school community, irrespective of age or ability.

Creating a ‘learning village’ requires systems and processes that are different from typical mainstream schools and are distinctive to our school. What makes our school different is detailed in the document that can be downloaded below.

Learning in Our School – Distinctiveness