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Although we have small class sizes (average about 20 and maximum 24) it is still important to personalise the learning to make sure all students are supported and challenged.
We want to ensure our most able students are academically stretched and excited by learning. In order to make competitive applications to the best universities around the world, students need to show a superb academic track record and an intellectual curiosity that demonstrates exploration beyond the classroom.
At Hastings we are committed to providing high quality education for all our students. For those with mild learning needs, we provide tailored support in the classroom as well as from our learning support team. If this is relevant to your child, please speak to the admissions team and they can arrange a meeting with the Head of Learning Support.
Learning Power Approach
In order to fulfil our academic aims, the way we teach is very important. As such we have been working closely with world famous educationalist Guy Claxton on a teaching methodology, The Learning Power Approach, that aims to help students achieve outstanding results and become powerful learners, able to enjoy success at school, university and in life beyond. While a strong academic track record is important in helping young people obtain a job, it is almost entirely irrelevant in doing the job well! Young people need to be good communicators, able to work through problems successfully, strong at working in teams and so on.
'Internationally there are many schools I have worked with that teach in a way that gets good results and builds epistemic character. They include St Paul's School, Sao Paolo, Brazil; Hastings School, Madrid; Wellington International School, Dubai; United World College, Singapore; Dulwich College, Suzhou, China; and many others.' (The Future of Teaching - Guy Claxton)
To this end Hastings staff and students have worked together to come up with the 8 Learner Habits that we aim to help students develop during their time at school.
The 8 Learner Habits