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Specialist status


The Elmgreen School is proud to be a Humanities College. Our school was the first school in the country to open with specialist status.


School Mission

To be an inclusive community that works together so that all members achieve above and beyond their perceived potential.


Humanities Mission

At The Elmgreen School we will work to make our students become effective, active, responsible citizens, who will work and learn in an environment that encourages an understanding of human values and attitudes.



Through our specialist status we will

  • Raise the standards of achievement across the school by developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, developing and sharing good practice.
  • Provide learning experiences beyond the classroom.
  • Provide our students with the skills needed to progress into employment, further training and higher education according to their individual abilities, aptitudes and ambitions.
  • Develop our students to become critical, analytical, reflective learners able to make a positive contribution as responsible active citizens.
  • Be an active partner in a learning society with our local families of schools and their communities, sharing resources and developing and sharing good practice.
  • Enable learners to participate more fully in their local and wider community.
  • Celebrate cultural diversity.
  • Work in partnership with local business and industry, to enhance opportunities for work related learning and lifelong learning in the context of Humanities.

Key characteristics

At The Elmgreen School we plan to deliver our vision and aims thought the work of the humanities subjects. English is the lead subject for our school.

Through English we will:

  • Give priority to the development of students’ literacy, closely adapted to meet their diagnosed individual needs and make dynamic links between English and other curriculum subjects to reinforce students’ knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • Give a high status to books as well as the creative use of word-based technologies (e.g. digital video, radio, film).
  • Extend learning opportunities through the use of local writers, libraries, drama groups and theatres, newspapers, radio stations, advertising and public relations companies.
  • Encourage reading for pleasure.
  • Give opportunities to explore different writing styles.
  • Explore vocational opportunities in the area of Literature, Arts, Media and Journalism.
  • Encourage awareness of the arts/cultural opportunities of being in the capital.
  • Develop an understanding of world literature by looking at writing from different parts of the world.

With history and geography we will:

  • Teach organisational, enquiry and communication skills, both through geography and history and in other curriculum areas, which will enable students to develop informed and contextual judgements, views and hypotheses based on skilful evaluation of evidence.
  • Focus on problem solving and causation for work in Humanities subjects.
  • Enable students to apply their personal experiences to the wider local, national and global contexts and to develop an understanding of how people exist, act and think now and in the past – including through reading, using texts and other source material both critically and empathetically.
  • Extend learning opportunities through the use of field work, the built environment, local museums, archives, archaeological sites, historical buildings/sites etc.
  • Explore and establish innovative applications of ICT and media technologies to learning in history.
  • Within history will develop an ethos which helps young people make sense of the world in which they live; to appreciate the implications of long-term changes in the way we live and differences between value systems.
  • Through geography we will develop an ethos which fosters a keen interest in global, regional and local issues and in how people and environments are interdependent.
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