St Mary’s awarded HPL World Class School status

The award follows the school’s history and politics teacher, Dr Andrew Flint, being selected as HPL’s first ever global lead teacher

St Mary’s School, Cambridge has been accredited as a High Performance Learning (HPL) World Class School, thanks to “meeting the demanding standards to complete HPL’s rigorous 2-year World Class School Award scheme”.

Earlier this academic year, the school’s history and politics teacher, Dr Andrew Flint, was selected as HPL’s first ever global lead teacher. In his new role, Flint has been sharing his subject-specific HPL expertise with history teachers from around the world.

He has created a wide range of HPL resources, activities, information and guidance for colleagues across all subject areas, as well as presenting whole school CPD sessions.

Kate Latham, director of teaching and learning at St Mary’s, said: “Since we started on our journey to World Class School status in 2017, our teachers and students have embraced the High Performance Learning style of teaching and learning.

“The HPL characteristics and attributes prepare our students to succeed in learning and in life”.

The accreditor from High Performance Learning said: “St Mary’s has embraced HPL and its influence is evident in interactive, enjoyable and engaging teaching in both junior and senior schools.

“Students, parents and staff understand the principles of developing explicit thinking skills alongside values, and can see the changes in pedagogical practice and the benefits these are bringing for students.”

Related reading: IE editor, Jo Golding, recently visited another school using the HPL framework, St Swithun’s