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Learning and Teaching at Glyn

Learning and Teaching at Glyn School

Learning and Teaching is at the heart of the school. We aim to deliver lessons that inspire and engage students who will then go on to fulfil and exceed their potential. Teachers who have a passion for their subject and build strong relationships with their students cultivate a ‘love of learning’ that ultimately sees the young people we teach make exceptional progress. 

At Glyn we believe students need to be inspired and, by extension, they will develop their own personal love of learning.  We are unashamedly determined in pursuing the values of excellent teaching and learning, and holding true to the simple ethos that the classroom should be an exciting place to be. Lessons should be vibrant and engaging so in turn students are enthusiastic in the pursuit of their goals and go on to make excellent progress. This is fundamental in making progress grow from outstanding to exceptional.

Glyn is an ‘outstanding’ school; to be exceptional is for our students to leave not only with the grades necessary for them to pursue their goals, but also with the life-skills to be individuals who contribute to the community within which they will become adults. Inspirational teaching, in lessons where all students make progress, inspires a life-long love of learning which continues throughout their adult lives.

6 Steps to Progress

In order to ensure our students receive the outstanding teaching that enables them to make excellent progress we follow the ‘6 Steps to Progress’. These are the qualities that we observe in those lessons where the students often exceed expectation and make exceptional progress:  




We are fortunate at Glyn that the quality of teaching is very high; this is partly down to the fact that ongoing teacher development, no matter where a teacher is in their career, is part of the fabric and culture of the school. To this end, Glyn has a team of 10 Lead Practitioners who oversee learning and teaching support and development across different key stages. 

What students say about learning and teaching at Glyn:

“Learning is great - so are the lessons”

“We have some amazing lessons”

“I love learning interesting things in lessons”

“All of the lessons are enjoyable and fun!”

“We have Inspirational staff”

“I make great progress”

What parents say about learning and teaching at Glyn:

“The teachers teach well and engage the students”

“My son is receiving a first class education”

“The focus is on learning and how everything seems achievable”

“He's really enjoying learning new things”

“The teaching is excellent”

“There is a well-rounded approach to equipping boys with life skills as well as an academic focus”

What Ofsted say about Learning and Teaching at Glyn:

“There is much inspirational and outstanding teaching in the school, with the remainder never less than good. “

“Teachers have a real passion for their subjects and have highly effective skills in imparting knowledge and understanding to students at all levels. “

“Teachers know their students very well as individuals, and plan activities which are closely matched to individual strengths while addressing weaknesses in existing learning.”

“As skilled practitioners, teachers very effectively adjust their lesson plans to give a little more time for greater consolidation when needed or speeding up thinking by setting an additional challenge. Consequently, teaching meets the needs of students of all abilities and needs, including disabled students and those who have special educational needs. Students are eager to learn because lessons are exceptionally well organised. Teachers use high quality resources and information sheets.”

“The strong learning ethos incorporates many opportunities for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Consequently, students learn tolerance and respect for others.”

“Almost all parental responses were positive, with some praising the extra help given at examination times and including comments such as, ‘Teachers do everything to support his needs.’

What our mission is at Glyn:

Glyn’s mission is to inspire a love of learning and achievement that is founded on the virtues of integrity, respect and a desire to succeed. Every person is highly valued and expected to achieve their potential, through academic challenge, sporting endeavour and technological innovation.