Our Approach to Education
Our Vision for Excellence
To be a community energised by the love of learning and the pursuit of outstanding achievement for all.
Each individual student achieves excellence by:
- Taking responsibility as an independent learner
- Gaining the best possible examination results
- Winning a place on a challenging university course
- Achieving significant and rounded personal development
- Looking out from the college to broader horizons
College staff members will help achieve this by:
- Valuing every student and member of staff
- Working constantly to raise expectations
- Developing learning and teaching strategies suited to each student
- Nurturing, sharing and celebrating the successes of every member of the community
- Working in close partnership with students, parents and carers
What does our Vision mean for Abbey students?
Taking responsibility as an independent learner
Abbey students understand that they control the success of their studies through the decisions they make. Successful students attend every lesson, participate in class discussions and collaborate with their fellow students in learning activities. They develop their planning skills so they can take responsibility for their private study time, completing work set to deadlines and developing their own independent study.
Gaining the best possible examination results
Abbey students understand that consistent focus over the whole year is needed to gain top examination grades. Teachers assess progress for students to help students reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. Excellent students have the resilience to work hard on their weaknesses and take confidence from their strengths.
Winning a place on a challenging university course
Abbey students want to study at the best universities in the world on a course that will stretch, challenge and intellectually reward them. They take every opportunity to learn beyond the curriculum and take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the college, such as UCAS seminars and individual tailored advice.
Achieving significant and rounded personal development
Abbey students have a healthy balance of study time and social events. They participate in full to all Abbey has to offer: from lessons to clubs, sports and activities. United by the English language, students enjoy making friends from different cultures and countries, and have a strong sense of belonging to Abbey.
Looking out from the college to broader horizons
Abbey students explore the culture and diversity of life in Cambridge by attending lectures, visiting museums, galleries and the theatre. With a sense of adventure, students travel beyond the city and discover the variety of experiences on offer in the UK, providing them with depth and value to their international experience.
What does our Vision mean for staff?
Valuing every student and member of staff
We aim to help our students to develop into responsible adults with a strong sense of belonging who are caring, open-minded, inquisitive, knowledgeable and aspirational. All members of staff have a strong sense of their duty of care in the safeguarding of all of our students both in college and at home. As staff we place great value in continually developing our professionalism and in working as a mutually supportive community.
Working constantly to raise expectations
We aim for all our students to achieve to their full potential through the setting and monitoring of aspirational and achievable targets. We support each student on their chosen pathway, mentoring and providing expert advice and guidance. We are committed to continual growth and improvement in all areas. Leaders at all levels have a strong vision for the development of the college, reflecting on current educational thinking, critical self-assessment, student voice, parent views, investor and governor guidance to inform decision making.
Developing learning and teaching strategies suited to each student
We hold a passion for high quality teaching and learning, aiming to deliver outstanding lessons differentiated to suit the needs of the individuals within each class so that every student receives the best possible education. Lessons are well-planned, student-focused, interactive, engaging and stimulating, underpinned by the principles of Assessment for Learning and adapted to the needs of students where English is not the first language.
Working in close partnership with students, parents and carers
As a non-selective boarding school specialising in educating foreign students, we acknowledge that there is a wide range of individual support needs within the college and we take personal responsibility to address these needs in a timely and productive fashion. We understand that our students are often living a long way from home and our duty extends beyond the classroom. We also understand the need for effective and timely communication with parents, agents and guardians about the students in our care.
Nurturing, sharing and celebrating the successes of every member of the community
The Abbey staff takes time and care to meaningfully follow the progress of every student, taking action for those who need extra help and support. The staff seeks ways to acknowledge and reward the efforts and achievement of every student in every class.
Abbey College places great value in individual staff development and work together to acknowledge and praise best practice in all settings. Collectively, we recognize every effort made to improve the provision of teaching and learning at Abbey and appreciate how each member of staff contributes towards this within their role in the college.