Learning in Secondary

Learning in the secondary school is driven by the school’s mission: to inspire, challenge and nurture for excellence. The school seeks to ensure that the love of learning is lifelong and that students become internationally-minded citizens of the world with  a strong sense of belonging, respect and social responsibility.


The Learner Profile of BSJ Students

We are committed to the development of the learner profile attributes and successful learning at BSJ results  not only in academic excellence but also in the development of the skills and qualities which will equip them for learning beyond school.

Approaches To Learning at BSJ

At BSJ we know that successful learners must develop a set of skills or ‘approaches to learning’ which enable them to succeed academically and which enrich the school experience. The development and application of these skills through inspiring and challenging lessons ensures that students graduating from the secondary school can continue to flourish and reach their potential far beyond school. Students develop the ability to self-manage; to be organised and proactive. They learn to communicate effectively in writing, when speaking and when using digital media. Students learn the skills of research; including the traditional use of the library as well as efficient and effective online research methods. They learn to form and maintain positive social relationships and the importance of teamwork. Our students learn to reflect on their learning, to think critically and to share their thinking in innovative and creative ways.

What does Successful Learning at BSJ mean in practice?

Learners are interested in learning. They are encouraged to foster a love of learning and explore concepts, ideas and knowledge beyond the classroom setting.

Learners make visible progress. They demonstrate their understanding of a skill or concept and are able to explain what they need to do to make progress.

Learners take an active role in their own learning and can learn independently.

Learners can successfully assess their own work and the work of their peers. They take time to think about what they are doing and why they are doing it. Learners know what success looks like in a particular area and can act upon targets.

Learners show resilience, engagement and enthusiasm. Learners enjoy challenge and appreciate the value of struggling with concepts and ideas.

Learners can learn in different ways. They understand that there is a range of ways to learn and can identify the most appropriate ways of learning a particular skill or concept.

Learners can transfer concepts and skills. They recognise that there are links and cross-over between the things they learn. They are able to apply previous knowledge and understanding to new learning.

Learners can think for themselves and apply their thinking to a range of tasks. Critical thinking is encouraged and celebrated. Learners are able and willing to question and evaluate learning.

Learners are able to take on different roles in the learning process.