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Striving for success at Portland Place

The independent school launched its Strive programme to empower and inspire pupils

Posted by Alex Diggins | October 29, 2018 | Teaching

Portland Place School has launched the Strive Programme – a creative learning initiative designed to harness a pupil’s curiosity and deepen their interest and engagement in a particular subject through closer study.

A refreshing alternative to the traditional learning environments, Portland Place School prides itself on facilitating creative outputs in all aspects of school life.

It has introduced Strive to empower and inspire their pupils to choose their own specific topic for further study. Whether this may be an active interest in a far away culture, a fascination with an unusual sport or a love of novels by a favourite author, students will be encouraged to develop through this forward thinking programme.

Benefitting Year 7 pupils upwards, Strive aims to stretch student learning far beyond the classroom – inspiring, motivating and setting their own direction. Strive can go on to form the basis for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Level 1 which is the equivalent of half a GCSE, and can be taken over one or two years depending on which year you are in.

Portland Place School prides itself on facilitating creative outputs in all aspects of school life

Julia Findlater, Deputy Head (Academic) at the Marylebone-based Portland Place School, explained: “We are immensely excited about the potential of Strive. We are keen to provide our children with the opportunity to explore topics and issues further, to develop a sense of questioning and curiosity. The aim of Strive is to give students the freedom to explore and express their research in whatever format they want, within reason, away from the traditional book-based outputs of the classroom."

Portland Place School is a leading independent co-educational school for children aged 10-16, located directly in the heart of the City of Westminster. It was founded with a particular purpose in mind: to be an alternative to the intense, large, examinations focused independent day schools of which there are many in London.

The school ethos is to be small, nurturing and relaxed, encouraging and enabling those who attend to achieve their very best academically, with space to develop and express their creativity and athleticism.

It is also building a contemporary dining facility and developing a larger multi-functional performance area.

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