Teaching and Learning
Learning is our core purpose
Learning is our core purpose and all adults and pupils are encouraged to see themselves as lifelong learners. The quality of teaching at Denbigh is outstanding and rarely less than consistently good. This high quality teaching coupled with teachers’ high expectations ensures that the overwhelming majority of our pupils make rapid and sustained progress.
Teachers at Denbigh have excellent subject knowledge and work tirelessly to plan and
deliver lessons which not only challenge and engage our pupils but also inspire and
motivate them to succeed in all walks of life. All of our teachers work to a clear Teaching and Learning policy which stresses the importance of delivering exciting and relevant lessons, designed to provide a wide range of learning experiences both within and outside the classroom.
Leadership skills are used extensively across the curriculum and as a result our pupils
learn to take responsibility for their own learning as well as that of their peers. They are encouraged to work collaboratively, give feedback on lessons ,think creatively, challenge and participate effectively and reflect on their own learning, all of which add up to outstanding teaching and learning.
Assessment for learning
The school has developed refined assessment practices which support pupil’s learning. Teachers are acutely aware of students prior attainment and are set challenging but achievable targets at the start of each year. Students can confidently discuss the targets they have been set in their subjects. They are actively encouraged to discuss their learning, at appropriate stages in lessons, with their peers and teacher and reflect on how to take the next steps with their work. Students are provided with opportunities to mark their own and the work of their peers following structured mark schemes and to reflect and respond to this either with written or verbal communication in lessons. Teachers have been sharing good practice in development sessions on marking and feedback to support the learning of all their pupils.
How learning is organised
In Years 7 and 8 students are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups for most subjects. They are organised into sets for English, mathematics and science so that they can be taught in a way best suited to their individual needs. We use information from junior schools, national test results and our own assessments to make sure students are placed in the right sets.
In Years 9, 10 and 11, students remain in their tutor groups for registration but are taught in different groups for all other subjects, depending on their particular learning needs and their choice of subjects for Key Stage 4.
Homework is set regularly and in all subjects, with the amount of dedicated time increasing as students get older. We monitor the amount and type of homework being set to maintain high standards. We also insist on students recording their homework in their personal planners and ask parents to check these everyday. We encourage parents to support their child by providing a quiet space and time for homework, taking an interest in the set tasks and providing praise and encouragement.
Parents can also support their child’s homework by using activities suggested on the Schemes of Learning pages
of this website and there is a homework club to support students every day at lunchtime.
Provision for the most able learners
Our extensive use of data and personal knowledge of students helps us with early identification of those who need additional stretch and challenge or those who need support with their learning. Very able students are provided with opportunities to develop their skills through special projects as well as in the classroom by their teacher who has responsibility for ensuring that all students are provided with tasks that extend their existing knowledge and skills. They also have the opportunity to visit the most prestigious universities and participate in projects with staff from these.