Independent Learning


The latest ISI Inspection highly commends Lancing’s strength as a school in which independent thought is encouraged, fostered and celebrated.

Pupils’ attitudes to their own learning at all ages are outstanding and this contributes strongly to excellent outcomes in their academic and other achievements. They show notable initiative and independence in their approach to learning and they respond enthusiastically to opportunities for creativity and when challenged in their thinking.

ISI Report, March 2017

The Sixth Form at Lancing provides a strong platform from which pupils can further enhance their independent thinking across their chosen subjects. Alongside the optional Extended Project Qualification, most A Level subjects offer extensive opportunities to explore and develop independent and critical thinking skills.

Opportunities to refine and develop skills further are available through the wide range of Academic Enrichment activities on offer in the Sixth Form.

About Independent Thinking

The Sixth Form is a vital time for pupils, as they begin to focus on a narrower curriculum and are really challenged to think creatively and independently. Advanced independent thinking is vital for success in a top university entrance.

Opportunities in the Sixth Form are designed to extend from the strong base of informed self-managed learning achieved in the Senior School, as well as to encourage and refine critical thinking.

During the first term of the Lower Sixth, pupils participate in the Heresy Project; a 1,500+ word essay where pupils are encouraged to be intellectually heretical and to challenge comfortably orthodox, prosaic textbook thinking.

As part of the entry to university, pupils can complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is valued by universities and contributes UCAS points. An EPQ is a piece of independent work, designed to demonstrate independent thought. It can take several forms, including a university-style dissertation, development of skills leading to a performance, a scientific investigative project or a piece of creative work in response to a client brief.

Many A Levels include independent projects and portfolios, bringing together examples of work with a narrative of self-evaluation and reflection.

Enrichment and Extension

Success at A Level requires pupils to develop their own independent reading, extend their knowledge, critically analyse and demonstrate advanced understanding of the current contextual climate, through the use of relevant journals and magazines.

Pupils across the Sixth Form at Lancing participate in the Scholars' programme, school debates, engage in the 20 societies and attend the inspiring Head Master’s Lectures. Beyond the formal curriculum, the Lancing day affords multiple opportunities for pupils to expand horizons alone or in partnership with others.

Sixth Form pupils are frequently inspired to participate in national competitions across academia and the arts.

Pupils highly developed study skills support their outstanding academic and other achievements. Their excellent attitudes to study are exemplified by high levels of initiative and independence. Pupils’ attitudes to their own learning at all ages are outstanding.

ISI Report, March 2017