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  • General

    • Topic 1

      At Glenealy School we put students’ learning and well-being at the heart of all that we do. Our wish list for students and our mission statement of ‘Empowering learners to flourish and make a positive difference’ helps to guide our curriculum the learning experiences we offer. Our curriculum is designed to be personalised, relevant and meaningful to all children. Offering appropriate challenge whilst supporting all students academic, social, physical and emotional needs. We draw upon latest research, technology and the expertise of a highly qualified teaching staff including specialist teachers to enrich the curriculum. One of the features of this is specialist lessons in Mandarin, physical education and music.

      As an IB World School we use the Primary Years Programme (PYP) as our curriculum framework. This enables us to develop a curriculum that is relevant and meaningful to our international community, embracing global citizenship. The inquiry based approach we use ensures that our students not only achieve strong academic results but also understand themselves as a learner, developing the transferable skills, conceptual understandings and attitudes that equip them with a love of learning.

      GS Language Policy

      GS Assessment Policy

      GS Academic Honesty Policy

      GS Inclusion Policy


      • Topic 2

        The IB Learner Profile:

        At the heart of the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) is the “learner profile”, a long- term, holistic vision of education that underpins all three programmes and puts the student at the centre of everything we do. The learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century. The ten aspirational qualities of the learner profile inspire and motivate the work of teachers, students and schools, providing a statement of the aims and values of the IB and a definition of what we mean by “international-mindedness”.

        "The learner profile unites us all with a common focus: on the whole person, as a lifelong learner. It applies to us all – student, teacher, parent or administrator – for we are all continually learning."

        Source: What Is International Baccalaureate Programme -

        Here are the IB definitions of the attributes of the Learner Profile. 

        Inquirers Students develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

        Thinkers Students exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

        Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

        Risk-takers Students approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

        Principled Our students act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and consequences that accompany them.

        Open-minded Students understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

        Caring Students show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

        Knowledgeable Students explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

        Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

        Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

        International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)


        • Topic 3

          Caring - How can you help at home? 

          Students who are CARING want people around them to be happy and are sensitive to their needs.
          They think about the world and work to take care of their community and the environment. They
          remember to treat others how they themselves would like to be treated.

          Click here for some suggestions on how you can support your child and look out for some recommended reading

          • Topic 4

            Risk Taker  - How can you help at home? 

            Students who are RISK-TAKERS have courage to try new things. They try to solve problems in a lot of ways. They have the bravery to tell people what they think is right. Risk takers have a growth mindset and a willing to have a go. 

            Click here for some suggestions on how you can support your child and look out for some recommended reading. 

            • Topic 5

              Thinker - How can you help at home? 

              Students who are THINKERS work to solve problems independently. They can imagine many solutions to a question or challenge. Thinkers make good decisions and can predict the outcomes of their actions. They think creatively and critically.

              Click here for some suggestions on how you can support your child and look out for some recommended reading.

              • Topic 6

                 Inquirer - How can you help at home?

                Students who are INQUIRERS are curious about the world. They can conduct research independently. They love learning and discovering new things and will carry this love of learning with them throughout life.

                Click here for some suggestions on how you can support your child and look out for some recommended reading.