Teaching and Learning Overview


At St. Hild’s we aim to serve our community by providing high quality education in a Christian context.  We are a comprehensive school guaranteeing equal opportunities, a responsive curriculum and a supportive community. 
We expect to find God at work in our school.

“I have come that they may have life in all its fullness (John 10:10)”

Teaching and Learning:

Key learning principles

  • There should be high expectations for all learners.
  • Every pupil has the ability to achieve and the right to a high quality and inspirational education.
  • Teaching and learning strategies allow every pupil to access the curriculum, regardless of ability, prior attainment or learning style.
  • Pupils need to be nurtured to develop growth mind-sets; where pupils believe that their intelligence can grow and that effort leads to success. This means providing opportunities for pupils to: embrace challenge, learn from feedback and act upon the advice that is given.
  • There is a genuine commitment to the continuous improvement and development of teaching and learning.
  • Opportunities for staff to develop and improve teaching and learning should underpin all CPD opportunities.
  • Learning should be active and engaging whilst allowing for reflection.
  • Assessment for learning is fundamental in our approach to teaching and learning.

School Improvement Priorities
Our commitment to achieving the highest quality teaching and learning experiences for our students is fundamental in addressing our current priorities of:

- Raising achievement – raising the attainment of all pupils, but specifically boys and disadvantaged pupils to above national levels.

- Literacy – improving reading, writing (including SPaG) & oracy to deliver outcomes at and beyond national levels both in English and across the curriculum.

- Teaching excellence – to improve the quality of teaching and learning over time so that all pupils make outstanding progress.

Every pupil at our school has the right to receive the highest quality education. At St. Hild’s we fully accept that pupils have specific learning needs. As a school community we are fully committed to meeting the learning requirements of all our pupils. Ensuring inclusion involves:

  • setting and explaining suitable differentiated learning challenges.
  • responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs.
  • working to overcome potential barriers to learning.
  • ensuring pupils feel safe and valued in their environment.

Formative Assessment
All curriculum areas provide formative feedback so pupils are informed about what they have done well, and crucially how they can progress to the next level or grade. Pupils in all subjects receive improvement comments; pupils are given time and encouragement to respond to feedback so that they are able to correct their mistakes and eliminate misunderstandings.

Action Research through Joint Practice Development (JPD)
As a learning community we are constantly striving to improve the learning that takes place at St. Hild’s and therefore all teaching members of staff and Heads of Year are actively involved in a paired action research project known as JPD (Joint Practice Development). The purpose of this action research is to develop strategies to enhance teaching and learning and lead to better outcomes for children. All research projects support our endeavours to successfully address our whole school priorities.  

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