Mountain Cambridge School is an accredited Thinking School  by Exeter University

The Thinking Drivers at the Mountain Cambridge School are Marc Bailey, Jeanine Snyman, Elzaan Fourie, Carolina van Heerden, Mirka Venter, Anrieke Olivier, Anja Visagie, Matthew McDonald, Angela Trollope, and Joe Ellis.

“Thank you for submitting the application and evidence for The Mountain Cambridge School to be accredited as a Thinking School by Thinking Schools @Exeter at the University of Exeter. The Reflective Proforma and portfolio of evidence has been considered by Dr Dave Walters, Thinking Schools @Exeter affiliate and assessor, and I’m delighted to be able to inform you that the school’s application has met the criteria and Thinking School status has been awarded.”  – Jo Smithson, Executive Assistant of Thinking Schools @Exeter. University of Exeter offers schools in the UK and internationally a route to accreditation through the Exeter Thinking Schools Award.

Congratulations to The Mountain Cambridge School for this exceptional achievement. With this accreditation process, The Mountain Cambridge School has aligned themselves with the handful of prominent likeminded, forward-thinking, world-class accredited Thinking Schools worldwide.

The Mountain Cambridge School is also affiliated with Thinking Schools South Africa (TSSA), an organisation that supports schools on their ‘Thinking Journey’ and assists with staff training.

Why Do We Want ‘Thinking’ Accreditation?

Mrs Carolina van Heerden, Executive Head and director of The Mountain Cambridge School believes that this Thinking School accreditation is an opportunity to grow further and to continue to demonstrate our commitment to the principles of a ‘Thinking School’. It also affirms our commitment to continuous learning, and to continue with our reflective practice by engaging our entire school community in this learning journey.

At The Mountain Cambridge School we have selected ‘Thinking Tools’ which enable learners to organise their thoughts and make effective decisions about how to approach their work, preparing them to become independent, critical thinkers. We strive to produce a sustainable, whole-school transformation through globally tried-and-tested methodologies within local communities of practice.

At The Mountain Cambridge School we believe that good thinking skills are a critical component in getting our learners ‘Real World Ready’ as well as preparing for University and College. We therefore infuse ‘Thinking Skills’ throughout the whole curriculum pathway.

“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”
“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Carolina Van Heerden


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