Last autumn, Rochester Grammar School became the first English secondary to gain accreditation as an Advanced Thinking School, an educational community in which all members share a common commitment to think reflectively, critically and creatively.
The initiative is used to promote independent and co-operative learning skills, high levels of achievement and both enjoyment and satisfaction in learning.
Rochester Grammar is a selective girls’ school with a mixed 6th form in Medway, an area with its fair share of socio-economic issues. The decision to put thinking at the heart of our school was taken when the school had just achieved some of its best results ever at
A level and GCSE. It was felt that somehow we were still not challenging the minds and creativity of the students. Ges Hartley, the deputy head, began by planning and implementing a number of cross-curricular projects, or “rich tasks” as they are now known.
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