Academic Excellence

Helping every child fulfil their potential

At Hastings we aim to ensure that our students achieve excellent academic results and are able to access the best global universities. However, the way we do this is important. Learning should be an enjoyable, dynamic experience where students are challenged, required to solve problems and become accustomed to working with other people.

We're proud of our reputation for academic excellence. We're even prouder of our students.

ACADEMIC RESULTS

2022 saw incredible results, both at A level and IGCSE

Excellent results are important for young people in giving them access to the widest range of options once they leave school.

Every year the students of Hastings School achieve outstanding levels of performance in their external examinations, well above the average found in the United Kingdom.

In fact, at A level, 41% of students obtained three or more A* and A grades and 23% of grades awarded were A*.

Hastings students also achieve astonishing grades at the IGCSE as well.

In 2022, 36% of grades awarded were A*, an increase of 26% from 2019.

Everyone at Hastings is extremely proud of the outstanding results our children have achieved.

Congratulations to every student on all their hard work in securing such superb results.

“Students leave here being ready for the 21st century. Their academic success is very important to us, but beyond their academic success, it is vital they are caring, curious individuals with a global outlook on life.”

 – Jonathan Gunzi, Head of Secondary

Individualised Learning

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.

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More Abled and Talented

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.

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Learning Support

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

Encouraging students to form good habits for future success

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

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