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Case Studies

A growing number of schools across the globe have embarked on a thinking school journey. Some of these schools have made a record of their journey, which gives an insight into how they prepared for the change, the path they choose to take and what happened along the way. Others have strong views on why there should be a whole school approach to the teaching of thinking.

Each school has encountered and overcome its own individual obstacles along the way – please take a look at some of these inspiring case studies from across the world.

Primary Schools

Hillyfield Primary Academy

Hillyfield Primary Academy

Walthamstow, UK

'The leadership team wanted to equip children with transferable skills which would set them up to succeed not just at Hillyfield but at secondary school and beyond...'

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Notting Hill Prepartatory School

Notting Hill Prepartatory School

London, UK

'Receiving the news that we had achieved Thinking School status felt like the culmination of many years of preparation. Notting Hill Prep has been on its journey since it opened 11 years ago but working more formally towards accreditation during the last 3 - 5 years...

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Ljan Primary School

Ljan Primary School

Oslo, Norway

'We wanted to give our students high quality thinking skills and make them more involved in their own learning. Our aim was to provide equal opportunities for all students to enjoy learning and to develop lifelong learning skills...'

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Rhydypenau Primary School

Rhydypenau Primary School

Cardiff, Wales

Becoming an advanced thinking school - what it has meant for pupils within our learning community

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Marown Primary School

Marown Primary School

Isle of Man, UK

'When I was appointed to my second headship at Marown Primary School on the Isle of Man, I was keen to develop a whole school culture that encapsulated the work around the ‘Learning to Learn’ philosophy'.

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Secondary Schools

Portsmouth Academy for Girls

Portsmouth Academy for Girls

Portsmouth, UK

'From being judged as requiring special measures in February 2013, in the summer of 2016 Portsmouth Academy celebrated their best ever GCSE results...' This article describes their journey to becoming an accredited Thinking School and how it has impacted on the ethos and culture of the school.

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Invicta Grammar School

Invicta Grammar School

Kent, UK

Invicta Grammar School define their student learner profile with becoming a Thinking School.

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Barton Court Grammar School

Barton Court Grammar School

Kent, UK

The Deputy Head Teacher discusses why this was a ‘whole school or no school approach’ to the teaching of thinking.

Whole School or No School
Sedgefield Community College

Sedgefield Community College

County Durham, UK

Paul Fleming, Assistant Headteacher at Sedgefield Community College, writes about the Sedgefield Learning Box and shares their ‘Thinking School’ journey.

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Barbara Priestman School and Technology College

Barbara Priestman School and Technology College

Sunderland, UK

Barbara Priestman is a school for students aged 11-19 years with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or complex learning difficulties. Read how they develop their students independent thinking through the use of dramatic enquiry.

The Journey Thus Far
Amnuay Silpa

Amnuay Silpa

Thailand's first thinking school

In 2009 Amnuay Silpa School (ANS) embarked on a Thinking Journey designed to transform the way in which learning took place at the school.

In 2013 ANS was accredited by the Department of Cognitive Education at Exeter University as the First Thinking School in Asia. In 2017 ANS was accredited for a second time and awarded Advanced Status. Take a look through their website at how they've embedded thinking within their whole school.

Thinking at Amnuay Silpa
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Maidstone, UK

Paul Harris, Deputy Head Teacher of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, explores the role of questioning and thoughtful thinking in their school.

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Senior Leadership Article

Exeter, UK

Dr Dave Walters is interviewed by Senior Leadership Today, exploring the impact of becoming a Thinking School and the role of evaluative research

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