Critical Thinking

Developing independent minds

Developing our pupils’ ability to think – not just learn information - is integral to the school’s ethos. 

We encourage all of our pupils to believe that there is no one ‘right answer’. We ask them to offer their ideas with confidence and not be put off by the fear of getting it wrong.

This develops their ability to respond to a rapidly-changing world, where the ability to problem solve and think creatively are increasingly valuable.

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Albert Einstein

Queen’s girls are not exam-passing automatons; they can reason, explain, argue, debate, estimate, predict and extrapolate ideas. They have confidence in their own abilities and are able to communicate well, take calculated risks, assume responsibility and are happy to stand out from the crowd.

These are skills which no exam could ever test but which see our girls go on to lead happy, successful lives in a wide variety of fields.