We are very proud of our school and our mission which is encapsulated in three words: “transforming life chances.” As an International Baccalaureate World School we aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring students by encouraging and valuing academic, creative, sporting and responsible behaviours.
The IB learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them. Developing learners who are happy and caring as well as academically successful is incredibly important. We aim to develop the whole learner through our exciting programme of extra-curricular opportunities as the experiences of our students do not end in the classroom.
As a school in the Thinking Schools Academy Trust we have a shared commitment “to provide outstanding schools which have an ethos of excellence and high expectations; underpinned by the principles of a fully integrated thinking School.”
We are concerned not just with what our students learn, but with how they learn and how they grow in confidence, independence and critical thinking. We believe our broad and balanced curriculum, which is traditional and academic, will provide all students with the cultural capital required to build the foundations of a successful life.
Our curriculum and assessment model is based on the latest cognitive science, encouraging the building of rich schema and a cumulative approach to education that best supports deeper, life-long learning. Our curriculum vision is metacognitive; by using Thinking Tools the Thinking Schools Academy Trust are unique in their focus on ensuring that students are equipped with the tools they need to reflect on the knowledge they learn. As a result, the Rochester Grammar School is recognised by Exeter University as one of the few Advanced Thinking Schools in the country and is pioneering the use of a cognitive approach to education and student learning.
I look forward to welcoming you to our school.
Mrs C Brinklow BA Hons, MSc
Head of School
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