MGGS is an Advanced Thinking School

We wish our students to be intellectually sharp, agile thinkers – We are an Advanced Thinking School, and proud of it!

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls is one of only four Advanced Thinking Schools in the secondary sector currently accredited as an Advanced Thinking School by the University of Exeter. We believe that advanced thinking skills play an important part in helping our students learn as effectively as possible and best prepare them for their future.

Our vision is to create a natural ethos within the school so that effective learning dispositions become an integral part of our students’ nature. We wish our students to be intellectually sharp, agile thinkers who can think creatively and understand the subtlety & nuance of language and argument. We also want them to be able to draw upon learning experiences & strategies to help solve problems and questions that they do not automatically know the answers to.

By concentrating upon the thinking and learning processes we hope our students will be able to develop effective dispositions or ‘Habits of Mind’ including persistence, thinking flexibly, asking perceptive questions and being able to ‘think about thinking‘. Understanding the latter helps the person know how to go about solving a problem.

MGGS and the University of Exeter Logo

The school’s intention to develop students’ learning through ‘enquiry, extension and enrichment’ is exemplified well in the Year 7 ‘Big Questions’, and is proving highly successful in developing personal initiative and thinking skills.


In lessons students will be encouraged to use their thinking skills in a variety of ways including:

  • Developing the ability to ask perceptive and thoughtful questions to enhance learning

  • Developing Higher order thinking skills: being able to analyse, synthesise and evaluate ideas and information along with creative thinking are all higher order thinking skills

  • Developing Creative thinking: being able to ‘think outside the box’, to look at problems and issues from different perspectives and offer different, unusual and unique solutions

  • Using a range of ‘thinking tools’ such as Edward De Bono’s Six Hats and David Hyerle’s Thinking Maps and Tony Ryan’s Thinker’s Keys to support the learning process.

Find out more about Thinking Skills

Advanced thinking skills report – May 2015
Advanced thinking skills re-accreditation report – October 2018
Thinking Matters website
List of accredited thinking schools

The school has a very visible and strong ethos, in which students are encouraged to develop as articulate, critical, creative and reflective thinkers, and it is evident that Thinking Skills approaches are central to student learning and development.

Dr Judith Kleine Staarman – The University of Exeter

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