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Rochester Grammar School Confirmed as “Advanced Thinking School”

Rochester Grammar School Confirmed as “Advanced Thinking School”

Students and staff at Rochester Grammar School are delighted after the school has been reaccredited as an “Advanced Thinking School” by the University of Exeter.

The report by the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education, issued as part of the reaccreditation process, noted that RGS has “gone from strength to strength in its strive for excellence”. It also noted that the school is very successful in “developing independent and reflective thinkers”.

RGS was first accredited as a Thinking School in 2009, subsequently achieving Advanced Thinking School Accreditation in 2011 and a re-accreditation in 2016.

The school is rated Outstanding by Ofsted and is amongst the highest performing schools in the country for its GCSE, A level and International Baccalaureate results.

The University of Exeter’s report highlights a wide range of other strengths, including:

  • Best practice sharing “within the school, across all curriculum areas, with all sections of staff participating in regular formal development sessions and more informal staff training events.
  • “Students are able to make independent choices for particular thinking tools, dependent on the task ahead and they are able to utilise their thinking skills in a wide variety of contexts.”
  • Students “display sophisticated levels of understanding of Thinking Skills, both in terms of their ability to use the wide variety of thinking tools, but also in their awareness of the reasons behind Teaching Thinking.”
  • The report also noted that it is “particularly impressive to see staff engaging critically in the exploration and evaluation of new ideas for teaching and learning, as well as with underlying educational and psychological mechanisms such as meta-cognition.”
  • The school shares its “extensive expertise and outstanding practice of thinking skills with other schools.”

Joanna Wadey, Acting Head of School at Rochester Grammar School, said:

“We are all very proud to have been reaccredited as an Advanced Thinking School by the University of Exeter, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, and developing pupils into independent, reflective thinkers, with the skills to succeed in the next phase of their education and in the workplace.


 “This reaccreditation is testament to the commitment of our whole school community – pupils, staff, parents and carers – both to our ‘thinking school’ approach and to realising our ethos of ‘every child achieves’. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment which made this possible.”

Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:

“Rochester Grammar School’s reaccreditation as an ‘Advanced Thinking School’ is richly deserved. The school not only leads the way in fostering an open, critical learning environment for its pupils – with fantastic results – but also in promoting thinking skills and best practice across the Trust, working closely with other schools.


“We are also delighted that over half of our schools have now achieved this prestigious accreditation. We look forward to continuing to encourage best practice sharing and providing support and expertise to schools across the Trust to help them to do the same.”