At Wilmington Grammar School for Girls we encourage our students to embrace challenges, to learn from mistakes and develop the resilience to seek continual improvement. Our motto, 'in pursuit of excellence' acknowledges that we are all, at all times, 'work-in-progress', striving for continuous improvement. This growth approach leads to a happy and fulfilling school life and a willingness to accept change. It nurtures learners who value critique, support each other and feel empowered to drive their own learning. What better way is there to simultaneously help prepare our children to prosper in an ever-changing world?
Students in Year 7 take part in our Epistemic Insight Project as part of their Endeavour Mindset lessons. Epistemic Insight engages students’ intellectual curiosity and develops their cross-disciplinary understanding allowing them to make connections within their learning, building up as they move through school, university and beyond. Students are encouraged to ask, and to form their own conclusions to, a number of ‘Big Questions’ including; is it nature or nurture that makes us human? and can robots be human? Helping students gain Epistemic Insight ensures they can access a range of ways to understand the relationships between areas of knowledge across the curriculum and to develop their appreciation and understanding of the power and limitations of science in real world contexts.
Our Endeavour Mindset Programme prepare students to be valuable members of the global community and to develop the right approach to learning. We expect all of our students to be reflective, resilient, resourceful, respectful and responsible. Our students value diversity and support one another through challenges.
We hope that all of our students will inspire others through their strong values and committed work ethic.
Students engage with high-order thinking processes to shape, create, critique, respond and reflect.
Students are assessed continually throughour the sequences of learning. This assessment could be self, peer, teacher or a combination. The topics are tightly organised into a structure of six lessons. Students refine their understanding throughout the lessons in preparation to respond to a high order question or hypothesis requiring analysis and evaluation. The process involves critiquing source material, planning an answer, refining and then creating a final response under timed conditions. This structure is designed to develop specific habits of learning and techniques in preparation for exam performance in future years.