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22/10/21

Wishing everyone a great October half term holiday. School re-opens at normal time of 8.40am on Monday 1 November - see you then!

21/10/21

Mufti Day - Friday 21 October in aid of the Glyn PSA. Own clothes and voluntary donation of £2 at the gate. Students - do check your blazer pockets for anything you might need, such as Oyster cards or ID badges!

21/10/21

Telephone Lines Down Thurs 21/10 - with regret, our phone lines are down. Please email the school via glynmail.org

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15/10/21

Surrey Police engagement today at Glyn School. Many thanks to for coming to visit. https://t.co/yaoIatEdxa

14/10/21

We are delighted to welcome Year 11 students and their families to our Sixth Form Open Evening this evening - Thurs 14 Oct - from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Do come along to see our outstanding Sixth Form provision.

13/10/21

Wednesday 13 October - we look forward to welcoming Year 6 pupils and their families to our Open Morning today from 9.30am to 11.00am. Sorry that there is no parking on the school site. Do come along to see our outstanding school.

12/10/21

We look forward to welcoming Year 6 pupils and their families to our Open Mornings from 9.30am to 11.00am Tues 12, Weds 13 and Thurs 14 October (sorry that there is no parking on the school site). We hope you can come along!

08/10/21

We are extremely proud of our Sixth Form curriculum which offers more subject combinations than many other schools, allows for mixing of BTEC and A Level courses, and offers courses not available at other schools, such as Law and Economics. Come along to our Open Evening!

08/10/21

Ewell Village Road Closure - a sink hole has opened up on the junction of Chessington Road and Kingston Road, near the Spring Tavern. The road is closed. Traffic from Ewell West is being diverted through Longmead Road into Epsom. Some bus routes will be on diversion.

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30/09/21

It's China Week in the canteen and the food looks simply wonderful! 吃好喝好! https://t.co/jnky9KVxEn

29/09/21

With regret, our telephone lines are down. Please email any student absences to: attendance.org

24/09/21

We are delighted that we have more and more activities happening at school again each week! Do take a look at our Glyn Newsletter: https://t.co/JUrK1g2BvC

23/09/21

Thurs 23/9 We have been made aware that an incident has taken place earlier today in Blenheim Road. Road closures on Blenheim Road and Almond Road are in place and a number of other roads are closed in Epsom. This may affect journeys home today.

23/09/21

We look forward to welcoming families to our Open Mornings, for entry into Year 7, on Tues 12, Weds 13 and Thurs 14 October 2021. Please see our website for further details and booking form: https://t.co/8z3j0dapL7

23/09/21

We look forward to welcoming current Year 12 students and their Parents and Carers to the Information Evening this evening - Thursday 23 Sept - from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. There will be some parking on the school site.

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16/09/21

No booking required for our Open Evening today (tickets for Headteacher talks handed out on arrival). Simply turn up! Current students and staff will be waiting to show you our outstanding school. https://t.co/9f93OyoyLX

16/09/21

We are delighted to welcome Year 6 families to our Open Evening TODAY from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Whilst not compulsory, please consider wearing a face covering - thank you. We are delighted to be welcoming families onto the school site!

15/09/21

Less than 24 hours until our Open Evening! Year 6 pupils and their families are welcome to see our school on Thursday 16 September from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching 7

We sustain a relentless focus on effective Learning and Teaching, where inspirational teaching, underpinned by the Learning and Teaching 7, creates a deep understanding of the curriculum and enables access and challenge for all students. The classroom must be an exciting place to be that nurtures and cultivates a love of learning, embraces technology for learning and provides a stimulating, engaging learning environment that facilitates long term learning.

‘Great Teaching’ transforms lives. Our Students get one, life-changing chance at education, so we must ‘make every lesson count’. Exceptional outcomes are secured by effective, evidence informed teaching, which maximises impact in the precious time we have. We have fundamentally re-examined our understanding of learning (see 15 findings). In summary, our view of learning is that it is hard, cannot be seen and only happens in the long term. Great learning takes place when we aim to reduce cognitive load, build stronger, longer lasting memories and teach for transfer so learning is flexible.

In turn, this has shaped our view of what makes ‘Great Teaching’. “We define effective teaching as that which leads to improved student achievement using outcomes that matter to their future success” (‘What makes great teaching?’ Coe et al 2014). This guided the development of the Glyn L&T 7 Principles, which have been in place since September 2018. At the core these principles require expert teachers to ‘scaffold students’ internal intellectual architecture’ (Myatt), to build students’ self-efficacy and self-regulation.

Subject Specific Pedagogy

Our subject curriculums are where the L&T 7 become great subject specific pedagogy. Expert subject pedagogy, along with high quality instruction are cited as the two factors with the strongest evidence in securing exceptional student outcomes (‘What Makes Great Teaching?’). Pedagogy in each subject is guided again by curricular questions outlined in the Curriculum Framework Document. For example:

  • How will your curriculum planning embed the Learning and Teaching 7 in your subject teaching?
  • “What are the specific hallmarks of pedagogy in your subject?” (Tomsett)
  • What makes learning specific content easy or hard? What are the common misconceptions?
  • How will your subject formulate and share an understanding of subject specific pedagogy?

Language and Literacy

Whilst all of the L&T 7 principles play an integral part in the learning cycle, Language and Literacy unlock all learning. Because of the fundamental role teaching language and literacy play in the quality of education, in every subject, please refer to the Language and Literacy policy. The core principles of which are that:

  • Language and Literacy are tools to unlock thinking, understanding and communication in every subject 
  • The requirements of Language and Literacy vary between different academic disciplines 
  • A subject’s specific requirements should be rooted in the knowledge of that domain
  • Generic literacy strategies are unlikely to suit differing disciplines and so ‘Literacy across the Curriculum’ approaches failed to gain traction or produce their intended outcomes. 
  • Teaching disciplinary Language and Literacy is the responsibility of every teacher; it will mean we are better teachers of our subject.

All students in Years 7-9 are enrolled in the Accelerated Reader programme. This is one of a range of ways we seek to improve reading attainment and enjoyment of reading. 

Chromebooks in the Classroom

Chromebooks are a tool to support the delivery of the L&T 7. We have a clear vision of pedagogy and we see Chromebooks as a tool to enable us to blend technology with traditional approaches to enhance great learning and teaching. Guidance and CPD of Chromebooks and the Google suite tools for teaching, centres around the L&T 7 and are designed to support colleagues’ use in this context. 

We use Google Classroom as the main platform for sharing resources and setting homework (and increasingly classwork) assignments. Every class has a Google Classroom. Parents are invited to support home learning by becoming Google Guardians and receive daily or weekly summaries of any assignments, which have been set and their associated deadlines. 

Great Learners Curriculum

We cannot have Great Teaching without Great Learners. Supporting students in becoming successful learners is one of our fundamental responsibilities. Self-regulating learners are a key measure of the quality of our curriculum. This document outlines how students will understand and use the L&T 7 to improve their self-regulation and become Great Learners. We recognise that this is a genuine challenge for students. Homework is a core part of developing self-regulation, especially through consolidation of learning tasks such as self-quizzing and retrieval practice review tasks. 

Great Learners will be developed by subject teachers; teachers will explicitly explain, model, guide and review their use of the L&T 7 principles. This will support students in using them too. In every subject, continued review will be needed to work out what students know, remember, understand and can do and what they don’t yet. Students must be taught how to evaluate and address their gaps and stay motivated to keep improving. In the future, we aim for the curriculum to build progression in self-regulation across Years 7-13 (as evidence suggests the associated gains in learning grow, as students get older).

For more on Great Learners, please visit the below webpage:

Great Learners


What students say about learning and teaching at Glyn School:

“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 and Carers say about learning and teaching at Glyn School:

“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 School:

“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.’

To find the Learning and Teaching section of the Curriculum Policy (section 2.3), please use click on the below link:

Learning and Teaching Policies and Documentation - Curriculum Policy