Boys show competitive spirit to match the success of the girls
The Diamond Model of Education was first introduced at Clifton High School in 2009, when the School became coeducational and welcomed boys into the Senior School. It was adopted in response to persuasive evidence that at key stages in their education, boys and girls learn differently. The philosophy behind this initiative has been extended across the School – an awareness of the different learning methods suited to boys and girls and the resulting adaptations and developments in our teaching practices are now embedded in the School’s approach to teaching and learning.
When schools become co-educational, evidence shows that results in public examinations dip as a consequence. However, the cohort of boys who have today received their AS and A Level results have evidently benefitted from Clifton High School’s distinctive approach to education and have bucked the national trend. At both at A and AS level, their performance has matched that of our very successful young women.
Clifton High School has an excellent reputation for its emphasis not only on academic success, but on achievement in the broader context. Dr Alison Neill, Head of Clifton High School, says
“Students who left us this summer have grown into mature and grounded individuals. They are a group with considerable potential. During their time with us we have been delighted to nurture, encourage and facilitate their personal development – the dynamics of the 21st Century mean that our students will be moving on into a very different world, and we are confident that they have acquired skills and competencies which will serve them well. They have been involved in all aspects of life at Clifton High School and their exceptional contribution and influence will remain with us.
We are proud of all our students and their achievements. At AS level in particular, our students have excelled across the board with a marked improvement over last year in particular in the number of top grades, an impressive increase of 7%. 20% of AS students achieved maximum UMS points in at least one module of their subjects.
80% of students who applied to university have been offered their first choice, and 75% of these have gone to Russell Group universities. Our students who have opted to take a year out to pursue other areas of interests have, as befits a Clifton High School student, approached their plans with originality, imagination and altruism. There are exciting times ahead for all our young men and women and we wish them every success.”
“The qualifications they gain and the skills that they develop enable pupils, on leaving the sixth form, to proceed to courses in a variety of universities and other higher level institutions, a large majority of which have very demanding entrance requirements.” ISI Inspection 2016