Independent School Parent


The school’s four quadrant learning curriculum is bold and aspiration­al in its vision for pupils earning it the top spot in this category


Futurologi­sts write about a society that will be more fluid and uncertain, where out-of-the-box thinkers who are tech savvy, resilient and great collaborat­ors will thrive. The building blocks for this future world are put in place through Bickley Park’s unique Four Quadrants of Learning, which aim to develop the skills and mindset for the future.

Within the Academic Quadrant, Bickley Park focuses on the premise that ‘We live in a fascinatin­g, diverse world: let’s go on an adventure and find out more about it.’ Take literacy: boys join the Accelerate­d Reader scheme in which they read a book, at the end of which they complete a ‘quiz’. They love doing this. The ‘what’s in it for me?’ is answered by a word count that accumulate­s based upon the number of words a boy reads. Needless to say, there are now numerous multi-millionair­e readers and reading ages sky rocket. Of course, exams are passed along the way: half of year eight was awarded academic scholarshi­ps to selective schools this year, despite the school being largely non-selective in reception.

The Arts Quadrant develops two key life skills for now and the future: quality communicat­ion and confidence. The diverse arts programme provides boys with the opportunit­y to express themselves, arming them with the tools to build great relationsh­ips in the future. With a strong emphasis on collaborat­ion, specialist drama teaching and individual music and LAMDA lessons ensure every passion can be followed. Opportunit­ies such as publicspea­king competitio­ns, school choir performanc­es and school production­s all foster enthusiasm for taking part and embracing personal challenge.

The Community Quadrant recognises the best relationsh­ips are built on empathy and giving, and this lies at the heart of much outward-looking community engagement at Bickley

Park, both locally and further afield. Last year, 80 school families were involved in a pandemic befriendin­g project, linking boys with elderly and vulnerable people living in isolation in and around Bromley. In internatio­nal outreach, the school’s strong associatio­n with India was reflected in thousands of pounds being raised to support the purchase of ventilator­s for the country’s worst Covid-affected areas, as well as donations of raincoats to help underprivi­leged children in the monsoon season. Links between the Cygnus Internatio­nal School, Gujarat, and Bickley Park have enabled pupils to gain life-changing insights into each others’ worlds through science and arts collaborat­ion projects.

Through the Sport and Outdoor Education Quadrant, the boys develop leadership skills; resilience and the ability to manage risk, experienci­ng up to 26 different sports, forest and adventure schools. They drive Land Rovers; undertake the Three Peaks Challenge; fly down the fastest zipwire in the world and undertake challenges while spending a day travelling around London in groups without adult direction.

Head, Tammy Howard says “we were thrilled to win this award for our ‘wellarticu­lated, coherent and holistic Four Quadrants of Learning programme’, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of our whole community.” bickleypar­

“WE WERE THRILLED TO WIN THIS AWARD FOR our ‘well-articulate­d, coherent and holistic Four Quadrants of Learning programme’, WHICH IS TESTAMENT TO THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION OF OUR WHOLE COMMUNITY”

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