We do not see competitive exams or comparative grading as beneficial for the learning process. They seem to be responses to growing impersonal and mechanical approaches to teaching and learning. Learning that is driven by the fear of examinations kills curiosity and intrinsic motivation.
As the classes are small, teachers are closely in touch with students and are aware of difficulties as they arise. We support all courses with material for practice and review. Homework appropriate for the age level is an integral part of the day, at home and at school. We evaluate the student’s understanding through such close monitoring.
The teachers provide feedback to the student and the parents informally as often as necessary. Formal, written feedback is provided once every year. The reports are a qualitative record of the students’ life in school during the year and contain a review of their academic work and comments on their social and emotional life.
We also understand that for the students’ future studies and opportunities, certification is important. At the end of the 10th and 12th standards, the students receive recognised school leaving certificates. The students are presented for the Cambridge International Examinations’ IGCSE examination for the tenth standard and the International A levels at the time of graduation.