Doha College becomes first in the world to be accredited as a High Performance Learning (HPL) school
Doha College, already a shining beacon of outstanding education in Qatar, has now received the highly prestigious distinction of being the first ever to be awarded the status of HPL World Class Award School.
The journey started two years ago, when HPL was first introduced at Doha College. High Performance Learning is an educational philosophy which identifies cognitive performance characteristics as well as values, attitudes and attributes that can be developed in school to enable more students to achieve highly. HPL provides a framework which school leaders can adapt to transform learning – actively involving students and their parents in the learning journey and presenting schooling as a quest for cognitive success.
The impact that HPL has had at Doha College is quite evident: the ethos pervades all layers, the attributes that make an excellent learner are clear, and the 2017 examination results have been the best in the school’s history.
Professor Deborah Eyre, who developed the HPL philosophy, based on a lifetime’s research and practice in education for advanced cognitive performance, praised the school for their commitment:
Neil Thomas, Vice Principal of Doha College and one of the passionate drivers of the HPL philosophy, voiced the school’s delight:
The school was inspected by HPL Assessor Jeremy Reynolds, who spoke to students, parents, the Leadership Group, the Head Boy and Girl, observed lessons and had a tour of both Al Waab and West Bay campuses. He was impressed by the way the students articulately spoke about the value of HPL. “It was remarkable to see how the leadership of Doha College, whilst acknowledging and being proud of all that has been achieved towards gaining the HPL Award, is still striving to improve – for example from its already best ever public examination results, it still recognises that it is on a continuous journey,” he commented.
Uzma Zaffar, Acting Head of Primary and an instrumental player in the implementation of HPL, added:
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