At Michaela, we believe all pupils, whatever their background, have a right to access the best that has been said and thought. This includes a variety of writers, from all parts of the world, and thinkers from all the ages. The curriculum ensures that pupils are knowledgeable enough about the world around them to transform it in the future.
Traditional subjects will be given additional lesson time within a longer school day to give pupils a better grounding for further study.
Just as at Michaela in Wembley Park, the education provided at Michaela in Stevenage will be broadly traditional and academically rigorous. We will expect our pupils to be polite and obedient. We will encourage competition and will allow our pupils to win and lose. We believe that knowledge about the world is central to our pupils’ success. Only when they have acquired this knowledge will they be ready to lead and participate as full citizens.
Pupils will be taught the background and context of what they are learning so that they can understand and make connections easily. History will be taught chronologically so that pupils are able to grasp the key facts and have a strong understanding of the subject.
Pupils should know how well they are doing, both in relation to themselves and to others. Pupils will sit biannual exams, in January and in June. They will have weekly quizzes in all subjects. Assessment at Michaela will be open and meaningful.
In addition to a rigorous A Level programme, Michaela Sixth Form students will receive outstanding extra-curricular guidance and opportunities, with a view to preparing them to enter the best universities – the Russell Group, Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, and other international universities of high standing, such as the Ivy League in the US.