High Performance Learning

Learning without limits

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As a World Class High Performance Learning (HPL) School, we place no limit on what your daughter can achieve.

Hardworking Hollie HPL characterHPL, is developed from research into how children learn. It reflects what is known about advanced thinking skills and learning behaviours that help us build 'better brains'. The founder of HPL, Professor Deborah Eyre, has created a structure for learning excellence shared by schools across the globe.

Room at the top for more

Research shows there is not a fixed level of ability in young learners. HPL removes barriers to achievement, by giving children an opportunity to develop intelligence. It reflects our long-held belief that there is 'room at the top' for more students, than traditional approaches suggest.

Nurturing skills and attitudes

For us, success is not limited to exam results. It is about academic excellence alongside a wider set of values and attitudes that sit at the heart of our ethos as a Mary Ward School.

Our girls gain a head-start in all the core HPL skills, values and attitudes. This enables Junior Schools girls to transition seamlessly to Senior School and beyond.

HPL identifies characteristics and attributes that prepare young people to succeed in learning and in life:

  • Advanced Cognitive Performance characteristics (ACPs)
  • Values, Attitudes, Attributes (VAAs).

HPL for our youngest girls

To embed ACPs and VAAs in a meaningful, fun way for even our youngest pupils, we use HPL characters.

Meet our ACP characters
Esmerelda the Meta-Thinking Elephant
Esmerelda the Meta-Thinking Elephant
Astrid the Linking Ant
Astrid the Linking Ant
Octavia the Analytical Owl
Octavia the Analytical Owl
Maisie the Creative Monkey
Maisie the Creative Monkey
Sylvie the Realising Swan
Sylvie the Realising Swan

Meet our VAA characters

  • Hard-working Holly embodies perseverance and resilience – she doesn’t give up when things get tough!
  • Empathetic Emma thinks about others and works well as part of a team – she is collaborative and concerned for society.
  • Agile Amy is confident, enquiring, creative and enterprising, open-minded and a risk-taker!
Hard-working Holly
Hard-working Holly
Agile Amy
Agile Amy
Empathetic Emma
Empathetic Emma

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