Teaching & Ethos

Our goal is to unlock each student’s potential and help them achieve their academic and personal ambitions. Our courses prepare students for the modern workplace while encouraging them to cultivate their own passions and goals for their future. Our teaching team consists of both qualified Padworth College staff and Summer School staff.

Our classes are based on a project-based learning approach.  There are 5 challenges across each pathway, with each 6 hour block being equivalent to 1 challenge. The final challenge for all pathways is a Hackathon with a guest speaker talks.

Project-based learning:

  • promotes student engagement and motivation: Students work on real-world, authentic projects that are meaningful and relevant to their interests.
  • develops critical thinking skills: Students are required to analyse information, make decisions, solve problems, and think creatively. This fosters the development of critical thinking skills that are essential for success in the 21st Century.
  • encourages collaboration and communication: Project-based learning often involves collaborative group work, where students work together to achieve a common goal. This promotes effective communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills, which are important for professional and personal success.
  • prepares students for the real world: Project-based learning simulates real-world scenarios and challenges that students may encounter in their future careers. It helps them develop skills and competencies that are highly valued in the workplace, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication.
  • fosters creativity and innovation: By encouraging students to explore and pursue their own interests and ideas, project-based learning stimulates creativity and innovation. Students have the freedom to think outside the box and develop unique solutions to problems, fostering an entrepreneurial mindset.

Consistent with the underlying ethos of the College, Padworth Summer School aims to:

  • Create a healthy, safe, caring, supportive environment in which students can feel at home and voice their opinions;
  • Develop all aspects of a student’s character;
  • Encourage a strong sense of community; and
  • Enable students to build self-motivation and develop a professional attitude inside and outside the classroom.