Fundamental to our teaching approach is a focus on the individual. Every student is different and needs to understand the way they learn in order to be as successful as they can be. In our small classes, we are certainly able to ensure these needs are met. Up to GCSE, our maximum class size is usually 15 and classes are often smaller than this; consequently we know each student very well and can engage with and respond to them as individuals in every lesson.
Informal and engaging
A visitor will always note the buzz about lessons at d’Overbroeck’s; teachers are able and willing to respond to sparks of interest as they occur within their schemes of work in order that students remain engaged in a subject that seems relevant and exciting. As well as ensuring academic success in terms of exam results, this cultivates life-long learners who remain fascinated by topics they have studied, and enthused by learning itself long after they have closed their exam scripts. Whether this involves placing human coordinates on a chalk grid on the playground, shooting rockets into the air or creating modern adaptations of classic texts, our teachers and students work together to bring topics to life.
Our latest inspection praised the “excellent rapport” between students and staff and “a common desire to achieve strong outcomes”. Students are very clear where the boundaries of acceptable behaviour lie within a lesson and these are upheld by the energy and engagement in the classroom, and by a common desire to succeed.
Our students very high expectations of themselves and are encouraged to be clear about their own hopes and ambitions in conversation with their teachers. One important consequence of students feeling known at d’Overbroeck’s is their faith that their teachers know just how much they can achieve with the right support, and will not accept anything less! Both inside and outside of the classroom, it is a pleasure to see students consistently achieving more than they thought themselves capable, and often in areas they hadn’t previously considered strengths.
A team of talented teachers
d’Overbroeck’s is a small community in which teachers have the freedom and flexibility to enjoy teaching the subject they love to students who enjoy learning. Consequently, we attract and retain a committed, enthusiastic and talented team of teachers who undergo regular training in order to ensure their teaching methods are challenged and inspired by national stimuli as well as by other teachers. We have a number of teacher-led working parties within the school that take charge of new initiatives to ensure we are engaged in current pedagogical developments and are regularly reviewing our practice to respond to the changing needs of our students.