At Greenfields we recognise that every child is an individual. Every child has their own strengths, weaknesses, passions and goals. We take pride in providing the children with an environment in which they can learn and thrive during these profound years of their lives. School should be a place where one is encouraged, helped and inspired, at Greenfields we feel that we are achieving this on a daily basis.
We ensure that class sizes are small so that every child receives the attention that they deserve, on average, there is 1 teacher to 15 children. This means that we can deliver the renowned Cambridge Curriculum in a setting which allows each child to flourish.
We want the students to ask questions, to voice when they are not understanding something and to participate confidently in class lessons. The one to one attention is extremely valuable as it means that our students can be monitored on their individual programmes. If a child is excelling in a certain subject then they will be encouraged to go on to more advanced work and if they are behind in a subject, then they can be assisted to catch up.
Each child is individually catered for and weekly progress in each subject is mapped on a progress board which is updated regularly. These progress boards monitor how a child is progressing academically in a subject and in combination with the yearly assessments, they are used by teachers to plan future learning based on the strengths and weaknesses which emerge.
These tools help in two major ways:
- They show minimum standards that all students are expected to achieve that year in each of their subjects.
- They act as guides to help us support each student and improve our quality of delivery in the short, medium and long-term.
Our emphasis throughout the school is to develop skills within each student where they have the ability to think with and use knowledge as opposed to just ‘remembering it’ for examinations. At Greenfields the students learn the value of studying for oneself and thinking for oneself so that they can learn anything that they want to and then apply what they have learnt.