Academic Overview


Teaching at Elizabeth College is focused on the learning experience of the students, enabling each student to be challenged and fulfilled in their studies. The teachers are subject experts and enthusiasts who seek to display an infectious intellectual curiosity. Excellent teaching and the setting of consistently high standards are key elements in this.

We aim to make the classroom environment stimulating, challenging and supportive in appropriate ways to all students, recognising their different talents and abilities. We do not believe that prior attainment is the only indicator of future attainment, subscribing to the power of a growth mindset as defined by Professor Carol Dweck, to encourage students to strive to achieve their best.

Pupils' excellent commitment to success is strongly inspired because teachers set high expectations and consistently model highly positive attitudes to learning and achievement. ISI Inspection Report 2021

Students are not to rely on ‘talent’ or a perception of their own ‘ability’ as being fixed, but are to be encouraged to work hard, to practise lots, to learn well and to persevere in all their endeavours and so to improve.

By the time our students leave College to head off to university or into the world of work, it is our aim that they will be effective independent learners. The subject expertise, habits of mind, intrinsic motivation and metacognitive skills required are developed over time through many different ways, not by accident, but by design.


The classrooms, studios, workshops, laboratories and sports arenas are filled day in day out with students being challenged, being taken to the edge of what they could do and did know before and then being pushed further. It is an exciting environment in which to grow up, one with high expectations leading to great rewards.

The teaching and learning combines with the extra-curricular programme to ensure all students are stretched and challenged, some to perform and compete on the national or international stage in academic, sporting, dramatic or musical endeavours, others to feel satisfied that they are better at something today than they were yesterday. Success is noticed and celebrated at all levels.