HPL in action case studies
'HPL in action' is a series of case studies looking at the implementation and impact of HPL across different schools.
Tormead School (UK)
Tormead girls are characteristically highly motivated and achieve excellent exam results year on year, and this attitude is encouraged by an environment which celebrated their successes in every field, whether academic, charitable or extra-curricular. However, staff were concerned that some girls struggled with such perfectionism that their performance was, in fact, hampered, while other pupils felt that wanting to do well was somehow immodest.
There was also a tendency for girls to ask for help from the outset rather than wrestle with a difficulty themselves first. HPL’s performance mindset ensures that aspiration become part of the fabric of the school and provided a collective language of success.
King’s College School, La Moraleja. (Europe)
“I wanted to take La Moraleja from being a small but successful and rapidly growing school and transform it into a world class school that has a reputation for being highly academic, whilst retaining its caring family atmosphere. HPL links in with my beliefs about what skills and behaviours are needed by young people and has helped develop both our staff and students into competent practitioners of teaching and learning.”
June Donnan, Headteacher
Royal Dubai (UAE) - HPL and Learning Ladders
GEMS Education are encouraging their schools to adopt the transformational High Performance Learning philosophy and framework for improving student attainment, with Learning Ladders leading the way in improving assessment in these schools. Working with HPL and Learning Ladders, Royal Dubai recently achieved Outstanding status from the KHDA for their world-leading curriculum provision and learning.
Charlotte Grieves, Vice Principal said: “Children are at the heart of everything we do at Royal Dubai and we strive to actively involve them in their personal learning journey and skill development. We have achieved this through the HPL Framework which has supported our high aspirations for every student and from the support of Learning Ladders to track students and allow for a vital dialogue between school, home and the child to create a holistic approach to learning."
Jumeirah College (UAE) - HPL and Alps
Last year Jumeirah College was awarded HPL World Class School status and joined the prestigious Fellowship of World Class Schools. Alps places Jumeirah College in the top 2% of schools worldwide; their most recent results very much endorsed this recognition: 49% of A-level results were A*/A, 38% of GCSE results were 9/8.
Gemma Thornley, Assistant Principal said: “As a College, our results are consistently increasing every year. We have achieved this by using the HPL framework to build success for every student. ALPS supports us in this by enabling us to track the value added for every student at the College using current data to push for their constant improvement and reinforcing our ethos that every student can be a high performer.”
Mounts Bay Academy (UK) - Developing outward looking students with high aspirations
Located in Penzance, Cornwall, Mounts Bay Academy has three of the most deprived wards in Europe in its catchment area. Initially, the Academy was looking for something for its high achievers but soon realised HPL would be of benefit to all learners.
“Through a combination of our Leading Edge pastoral care and High Performance Learning, everyone who joins us at Mounts Bay gains access to a unique world of opportunity and experience,” explains Principal Les Hall. “We are a learning community that aspires to success for all without exception, convinced that everyone has the ability to learn at the highest level. We just need to present students with learning experiences that are as engaging as they are adventurous.” “We chose HPL because we want to become world class. We could see it offered us the opportunity to make transformational changes straight away.”
Jumeirah College (Dubai) - An ambitious next step for schools already performing highly
HPL offered the natural next step, according to Simon O’Connor, Principal of Jumeirah College in Dubai, whose school has seen a significant increase in higher exam grades since adopting HPL two years ago. A close follower of Professor Deborah Eyre’s research for some time, Simon chose HPL’s World Class School Award to provide an even more ambitious goal for his already high performing school, which has received an ‘Outstanding’ inspection report for the 8th year running.
Simon explains: “Outstanding schools don’t stand still, but where to go next isn’t always obvious. Early on, I rewrote our vision statement to remove ceilings and make it clear we are about progress without limits. As a non-selective secondary school, this is incredibly important to us, and we’re always looking for how to move students onto the next step.”
Jack Hunt School (UK) - Using High Performance Learning to create an innovative new curriculum
Jack Hunt School is observing a step change in how its students think, behave and perform, thanks to a new Year 7 curriculum underpinned by High Performance Learning (HPL).
When the school’s Headteacher, Pamela Kilbey, heard HPL Founder Professor Deborah Eyre speak about the HPL philosophy, her interest was piqued. After reading the HPL book and discussions with her senior team, Pamela signed up for the year-long HPL Foundation Programme starting in September 2017.
Fast forward just over a year, and the school is now a term into the prestigious and demanding HPL World Class School Award Scheme.
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