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Case Studies – Secondary Schools

Portsmouth Academy for Girls – From being judged as requiring special measures in February 2013, in the summer of 2016 Portsmouth Academy celebrated their best ever GCSE results.  This article describes their journey to becoming an accredited Thinking School and how it has impacted on the ethos and culture of the school.  Portsmouth Academy Thinking Journey

Invicta Grammar School – Invicta Grammar School define their student learner profile with becoming a Thinking School.  Article: Learner profile and Thinking School journey

Clyst Vale Community College, UK.  Deputy Principal, Dr Dave Walters is interviewed by Senior Leadership Today, exploring the impact of becoming a Thinking School and the role of evaluative research.  Download Unleash your inner Evaluator article.  This secong article charts their journey becoming a Thinking School.  Clyst Vale Community College – Our Thinking Journey

Barton Court Grammar School. The Deputy Head Teacher discusses why this was a ‘whole school or no school approach’ to the teaching of thinking.  Read article: Whole School or no school

Rochester Grammar School, UK   The Rochester Grammar School are an Advanced Thinking School, have been an accredited thinking school since 2011, are a leading Thinking Foundation School with Exeter University and are rated Outstanding by Ofsted. 

In the following video, students at Rochester Grammar School explain how visual tools and thinking maps have enhanced their work

Oakwood Park Grammar School, UK: Oakwood Park – How we became a Thinking School  (pdf)  and Developing a Level Two Qualification in Thinking Skills

Sedgefield Community College, UK.   Paul Fleming, Assistant Headteacher at Sedgefield Community College, writes about the Sedgefield learning box and shares their ‘Thinking School’ journey.

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, Maidstone, UK.  In the first document, Paul Harris, Deputy Head Teacher, shares their journey to becoming a Thinking School through the introduction of Habits of Mind, Bloom’s cognitive domain and creative thinking (including Philosophy for Children) and in the second document, he explores the role of questioning and how it has developed in their thinking school. Maidstone Grammar’s thinking journey (pdf) and Exploring the role of questioning

Broughton Hall High School embark on school based research programme, enhancing dispositions for learning.  Article: Dispositions for Learning Project

St Robert Newminster Secondary School, UK.  Assistant Headteacher, Kevin Steel, states that you need to be clear about why you want to become a Thinking School and then focus on an approach that direct impacts students’ learning, such as Thinking Maps.  Read about their journey …

St Robert Newminster – Thinking Maps and School Effectiveness – A case Study (pdf)

St Robert Newminster – Thinking to Learn – Article in Professional Development Today

St Robert Newminster in Sunderland – Our Thinking School Journey (pdf)