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Academic Reflection

Our students have worked incredibly hard, both to learn new content whilst alsoreviewing and consolidating material from lockdown. Teachers have focused on strategies to help students retrieve key material and embed it in their memory and they have also provided lots of practice to hone exam skills and technique.

Academic Societies are back up and running which is such an important means of developing curiosity and inquisitiveness amongst our students. We have been lucky enough to welcome guest speakers such as Professor Frank Cogliano from Edinburgh University as well as drawing upon our own expertise with Dr Concannon running a brilliant Robotics Club, Miss McDonald overseeing the production of a new History and Politics Journal called ‘The Gargoyle’ and Mr McDowell delivering a lecture on historical research. 

Additionally, we are very proud of our two Fourth Form students who achieved Gold in the Senior Maths Challenge, particularly as this is a competition primarily aimed at sixth formers, whilst another four students qualified for the Mathematics Olympiad and nine for the prestigious Senior Kangaroo. Paramecium has enabled our academic scholars to discuss and debate topics as diverse as witchcraft and algorithms whilst ‘Curiosity Week’ gave students the opportunity to discuss, debate and vote on the most influential figures in the world today. Towards the end of term we learned that 18 candidates had received interviews for Oxbridge entrance, testament no doubt to their dedication and ability which has been fostered by some inspirational teaching along the way.

Alastair Armstrong
Director of Teaching and Learning