As part of the Trust, New Horizons Primary School has a unique and effective approach to learning and education. The Academy provides students with the skillset and tools needed to think in a variety of ways and become lifelong learners. These transferrable ‘Thinking Tools’ prepare students for a range of situations that they may face as part of modern society.
Thinking Schools at Exeter leads the way in research in Metacognition, Thinking Skills, Creativity and Dialogue in Education, providing a structure for schools to become recognised Thinking Schools. New Horizons Primary School has worked hard to weave this framework into everyday life at the school, and this was recognised throughout the school’s assessment and subsequent accreditation.
The University of Exeter said in their report, “The school’s Thinking School journey started in earnest in 2019/20 and since then, NHP has gone from strength to strength with its work surrounding metacognitive development.”
“A number of foci have been skilfully introduced and embedded. Of particular note is the effective development of the Frame of Reference aligned to Thinking Maps. This is illustrative of the school’s commitment to foster deep thinking for all pupils.”
“Pupils at NHP have an history of excellent pupil progress. This is extremely impressive given the high percentage of pupils beginning school with lower-than-average starting points.”
“The school is relentless in pursuing high standards of achievement. However, it is lifelong holistic learning that is placed at the core of the educational provision at the school and not just the end result. Subject specific learning sits alongside wider dimensions such as the development of psychological wellbeing and dispositional growth.”