Deborah Eyre GESS 2019 speaker graphic HPL Founder and CEO, Professor Deborah Eyre, is speaking at GESS Dubai on 27 February 2019. Delivering sessions in the Future Leaders conference, and GESS Bites arena, Deborah will focus on how to create World Class Schools and how to create High Performance learners. 

GESS offers more than 200 workshops, presentations and sessions providing unparalleled insights on the latest in education, curriculum development, technology advances, teaching innovation, leadership enhancement and others.

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46069308845 7c82628640 m 1Congratulations to HPL school Reigate Grammar for picking up the prestigious Wellbeing award in the TES Independent Schools Awards 2019. 

Reigate Grammar School - currently undertaking the HPL World Class Award - amassed more nominations than any other school this year, after being shortlisted in an impressive four categories. Since launching its 'A Well School Initiative' in 2016, Reigate has overtly focussed on linking HPL values, attitudes and attributes (VAAs) to its wellbeing agenda,  providing students with a tool kit to help them take on today's challenges and opportunities. Success in the wellbeing initiative of the year category was very well deserved, with judges commenting: "Reigate took a whole-school approach to wellbeing aimed at both staff and students. This included relaunching its pastoral care provision, increasing hours for pastoral staff and building a new quiet space for students. The school also changed its curriculum and how it handles exams to help children achieve a more balanced lifestyle – changes which boosted both GCSE and A-Level results." 

HPL Associate Director Jeremy Reynolds is the Reigate's World Class School Award coach. He commented: "HPL competencies, especially the VAAs, are the rungs on the ladder for students to climb up and tackle wellbeing issues directly. It's fantastic to see the team at Reigate recognised for their work in this area."

Two other HPL schools, British School Muscat and World Class School Doha College, were both shortlisted in the International School of the Year category. 

The HPL team would like to congratulate Reigate Grammar and all the other winners and shortlisted schools for their fantastic practice.  

Two HPL Headteachers - Charlotte Avery from St Mary’s School, Cambridge and Shaun Fenton from Reigate Grammar School - have been shortlisted for the prestigious i25 award, which recognises the independent sector’s top 25 leading influencers and innovators.

At a gala dinner on 21 March at the Waldorf Hilton, the 25 influencers and innovators will vote live for the best of the best, each selecting 5 of their shortlisted peers. The 5 individuals receiving the most votes will then be announced, with one overall winner and 4 runners up. 

Charlotte AveryMs Avery is an educator and administrator of 25 years’ standing. President of the UK Girls’ Schools Association for 2017 and Headmistress of St Mary’s School, Cambridge, she is regularly invited to contribute to UK debate about education for girls, in the media and through seminars: as a panellist and host on female leadership and strategic influence at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; at two Westminster Education Forums: women in the workplace; next steps for science education and STEM skills provision. She is a governor of three schools and an inspector.

Shaun FentonMr Fenton has been Headmaster of Reigate Grammar School since September 2012, his third headship having previously led Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham (named Sunday Times ‘School of the Year’ under his leadership) and Sir John Lawes School, Hertfordshire. He is on the board of education charity and examination board AQA, a National Leader of Education, a Foundation Fellow of Gloucestershire University, a member of the UCAS Service Advisory Group, an associate of Reform and was, until recently, on the national Committee for FASNA. Shaun was an additional member of the Headmaster and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) since 2005 and a full member from 2012.

Charlotte and Shaun are both key players in the HPL movement for change and are currently leading their schools to accreditation of HPL World Class Status. We wish them the very best of luck!

Our latest newsletter is now out. It's been a fantastic start to the year as we continue to work with HPL schools around the world and welcome new ones to our growing family.

In this issue, we are delighted to introduce our inaugural Global Lead Teacher, Dr Andrew Flint from St Mary's School Cambridge, and profile the impact of HPL on Jack Hunt School in Peterborough, where it is underpinning a new Year 7 curriculum. To read more about this and other HPL news, click here

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HPL schools swept up at the International School Awards 2019 on Monday 21 January with all 3 shortlisted schools winning their categories and British School Muscat picking up an additional award for International School of the Year. GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, British School in Tokyo and British School Muscat triumphed against stiff competition as shortlisted entries were selected from over 200 high quality nominations.

The International School Awards, formerly the British International School Awards, celebrate learning, teaching, community, pastoral care, leadership and strategic initiatives at international schools. They provide the opportunity for international schools to share best practice, creative endeavours, community participation and innovation. The awards are hosted by International School Leader Magazine with the support of ISC Research.

The HPL winners are:

Initiative to support school wellbeing – GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
International Impact – British School in Tokyo
Strategic Leadership Initiative - British School Muscat
International School of the Year – British School Muscat

ISAward winners 2019

British School Muscat has had an amazing start to 2019 having already won British School of the Year in the Independent School Parent Awards, and been shortlisted for the TES Independent School Awards along with Reigate Grammar and HPL World Class School Doha College. British School Muscat is in its second year of the HPL World Class School Award Scheme, heading for accreditation in Summer 2019.


St Marys and Dr FlintWe are delighted to announce that Dr Andrew Flint, Teacher of History and Politics at St Mary’s School, Cambridge, has been selected as HPL’s first ever Global Lead Teacher. In this prestigious role, Andrew will be sharing his subject specific HPL expertise with history teachers from around the world in HPL’s Global Community. 

Andrew has been the HPL Lead Teacher at St Mary’s since the school started on its HPL World Class Status award journey in 2017. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience of implementing HPL in a history classroom, enabling him to support students in his subject area to achieve the very highest results. 

Matt Daly, HPL’s Online Community and Teacher Engagement Manager said: "The judging panel was impressed with Andrew's knowledge and enthusiasm for HPL. As our Global Lead Teacher for history, he will be leading a webinar on an HPL history lesson, leading history discussion groups, presenting at HPL events, contributing to history journals and much more as the GLT role evolves.”

Andrew has engaged students in the process of embedding HPL in St Mary’s School, and models high academic standards himself through his ongoing commitment to research and publication. Andrew’s interdisciplinary and cross-curricular approach has led to him creating a wide range of HPL resources, activities, information and guidance for colleagues across all subject areas as well as presenting whole school CPD sessions.

Matt added: “Andrew showed a real keenness to network and share ideas and best practice with colleagues in the HPL Global Community, and we are excited to have him on board. We’ll be inviting applications for more Global Lead Teachers over the next year with a view to building up expertise to cover all subjects and phases." 

Headmistress Charlotte Avery nominated Andrew for the role. She said: “Andrew is an outstanding classroom practitioner with a proven track record of excellence in the classroom. He is a superb advocate for HPL with an ability to coach and inspire both students and colleagues.”

Dr Flint said: “I am very excited to become the inaugural HPL Global Lead Teacher. Through High Performance Learning, our students are achieving academic excellence alongside a much wider set of values and attitudes that sit at the heart of our ethos as a Mary Ward School.”

St Mary’s School is the leading independent day and boarding school for girls aged 4-18 in Cambridge. They empower their girls to aim high in life. As a High Performance Learning School, they develop an evidence-based set of HPL skills and attitudes. From confidence, collaboration and risk-taking to agile thinking, concern for society and perseverance - they ensure their girls are prepared for study, work and life.


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