The idea of QED is to offer QEGS boys not just an enjoyable enrichment afternoon but to give them that vital advantage in today’s competitive educational landscape. If Mr Gove is going to up the ante in terms of GCSEs (or iLevels) and A Levels – I want our boys to be ready for it in terms of their thinking skills and their (Yorkshire) grit! On one level, we hope they might discover something they go on to enjoy for life. On another, we hope QED develops them as individuals in terms of perseverance, curiosity and a willingness to come out of their comfort zones.
The concept is underpinned philosophically by Howard Gardner’s work (www.howardgardner.com/multiple-intelligences) and our ongoing commitment to provide a boy-friendly, holistic curriculum. Whilst the rest of the academic timetable will remain heavily influenced by the logical-mathematical and verbal-linguistic paradigm, we hope QED gives greater scope for boys to explore, for instance, the kinaesthetic, interpersonal and naturalistic “frames of mind”; hence the emphasis here on the outdoors, leadership and team-building.