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.

Fiona RhodesCongratulations to Fiona Rhodes, who has been appointed Principal of the British International School of Stavanger (BISS) in Norway, an HPL Pioneer School and now a member of the HPL World Class Schools Fellowship. At BISS they have wholeheartedly embraced HPL to the extent that they now host visits from other potential HPL schools. We are delighted that under Fiona's leadership, BISS will continue to further develop High Performance Learning to the benefit of its students.

Independent Schools of the Year 2018 logoHPL’s British School Muscat (BSM) has been named as British International School of the Year, in the Independent Schools of the Year Awards (by Independent Schools Parent Magazine). They were selected for their "Progressive BSM Learning Ethos". Principal Kai Vacher said: “The HPL philosophy and teaching and learning framework are changing the culture, design and performance of our school. As an HPL school, BSM is attracting more and more students, GCSE results have improved and visitors regularly describe our students as kind, resilient and quietly confident.” Congratulations to Kai and the team at BSM!

British School  in Tokyo logoBrian Christian, Principal of The British School in Tokyo, has been awarded an MBE for services to education and the community in Tokyo in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. In a tweet he said: “I feel very proud that the enthusiastic hard work of all those who have made @BST_Tokyo such a wonderful school &community hub has been recognised in this way. Definitely a team effort!” The British School in Tokyo joined HPL in September 2018 and has made an enthusiastic start to its World Class School Award journey. Congratulations, Brian!


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