How to Think
Advanced Cognitive Performance Characteristics (ACPs)
As a World-Class High-Performance Learning School, we ensure that students are actively involved in the learning process and develop the mindset, cognitive knowledge, and practical strategies on how they can support themselves to be successful. The ACPs identify 20 ways of thinking (grouped into 5 categories), shared through student-friendly language, associated with high performance. The ACPs are implicitly embedded within the teaching and explicitly shared and focused on with students when appropriate. Regular opportunities within lessons are provided for students to engage, explore and develop these, while house points and awards are given to students who demonstrate development and dedication in these areas.
- Strategy planning
- Intellectual confidence
- Critical or logical thinking
- Complex and multi-step problem solving
- Intellectual playfulness
- Flexible thinking
- Fluent thinking
- Evolutionary or revolutionary thinking
- Connection Finding
- 'Big picture' thinking
- Seeing alternative perspectives
How to Behave
Values, Attitudes and Attributes (VAAs)
At GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail, we promote and nurture a positive learning environment. Our aim is that our students are responsible, resilient and respectful global citizens.
As an accredited World-Class High Performance Learning School, the Values, Attitudes and Attributes (VAAs) associated with HPL are embedded in our daily practice. We strive for all students to be hard working, agile and empathetic in everything that they do.
- Creative and enterprising
- Concerned for society
Life at the AcademyHear what our Head Boy and Girl have to say about life at the Academy
Curriculum OverviewWe are a British Curriculum School that offers A Level, International A Level and BTEC International qualifications during Post 16 education
Post 16 Elite Sports ProgrammesWe will be offering the first Football and Swimming Elite Sports programme in the UAE run for Post 16 students
Subject OverviewsView our subject options, overviews, and pathways
Applying From Another SchoolOur Admission Team will support you with the application process and will be the point of contact from initial enquiry to making subject choices.
Careers GuidanceThe Sixth Form students also benefit from the advice and support of our Careers and University Adviser and the MPTU team
Life Beyond The ClassroomView our student leadership opportunities and extra-curricular activities
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