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Doha College becomes first in the world to be accredited as a High Performance Learning (HPL) school

Doha College becomes first in the world to be accredited as a High Performance Learning (HPL) school

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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:

Achieving this award is a considerable milestone in Doha College’s quest for continuous improvement. Doha College is now a valued senior member of the growing High Performance Learning family of schools, and we look forward to their ongoing engagement as we strive in our global quest to ensure high performance for the many, not the few.
Professor Debora Eyre, HPL Founder

 

Neil Thomas, Vice Principal of Doha College and one of the passionate drivers of the HPL philosophy, voiced the school’s delight: 

We are delighted to be the first school in the world to have achieved the High Performance Learning (HPL) World Class School Award. It has been amazing to see how our teachers have embraced the challenge of introducing and embedding High Performance Learning into every aspect of school life. It is a reflection of the calibre of our staff and students, as well as a sign of the fantastic support we receive from our parent community. We have come so far in such a short space of time and the award has affirmed that we are approaching High Performance Learning in the correct way so it has become part of our DNA. While we are incredibly proud to have gained the award, our challenge now is to continue developing High Performance Learning within the school so that our students can continue to grow personally and further expand their passion for learning.
Neil Thomas, Vice Principal

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:

This approach has made us ‘lift the lid on learning’ as we have woven it into the fabric of Doha College. HPL has led to the redesigning of the way in which we teach, assess and plan. Our students are at the centre of everything we do, and through HPL they have become independent learners who analyse their thinking as well as challenge themselves to take risks. At Doha College, we are creating learners for the 21st century.
Uzma Zaffar, Acting Head of Primary, Vice Principal

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