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High Performance Learning

Learning at St Edmund’s is underpinned by the High Performance Learning (HPL) framework, an evidenced-based approach to education, embraced by a growing number of world leading schools.

What is HPL?

High Performance Learning blends academic confidence and attainment with the development of robust personal values, attitudes, and attributes to educate students as a whole.

Developed by Professor Deborah Eyre, the HPL framework is built on research which explores how people think and learn. By providing every single child the opportunity to achieve academic success and to live a life full of opportunity and fulfilment, HPL creates ‘room at the top’ for more.

At St Edmund’s, HPL sits at the heart of an intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual education that creates self-assured young people, who are kind and caring, as well as astute problem-solvers and strategic thinkers.

High Performance Learning accrediation

We are currently embedding HPL across our curriculum; a process that will lead to accreditation as a world class High Performance Learning School. As a world class school, we will join The Fellowship and Global Community of HPL Schools (FGC), a network of forward-thinking, inspiring educators.

HPL believes successful students are made not born so the underpinning HPL philosophy is that schools should act accordingly. They should see very student as a potential high performer and they change their language and behaviour to reflect this.

HPL in action

In a HPL school, students develop advanced cognitive peformance characteristics (how we think) alongside specific values, attitudes and attributes (how we behave). Together, these provide a strong foundation for academic and lifetime success.


Advanced cognitive performance characteristics (ACPs)


  • Meta-cognition
  • Self-regulation
  • Strategy-planning
  • Intellectual confidence


  • Generalisation
  • Connection finding
  • Big picture thinking
  • Abstraction
  • Imagination
  • Seeing alternative perspectives


  • Critical or logical thinking
  • Precision
  • Complex and multi-step problem solving


  • Intellectual playfulness
  • Flexible thinking
  • Fluent thinking
  • Originality
  • Evolutionary and revolutionary thinking


  • Automaticity
  • Speed and accuracy


Values, attitudes and attributes (VAAs)


  • Collaborative
  • Concerned for society
  • Confident


  • Enquiring
  • Creative and enterprising
  • Open-minded
  • Risk-taking

Hard working

  • Practice
  • Perseverence
  • Resilience