Morgan Whitfield Carney will lead our new Sixth Form with a mandate to shape it into one of the region’s most bespoke programmes, working with each student to develop a personalised plan that realises their full potential in the classroom, and beyond.
“Young adults are unique,” she says. “Their aims and aspirations are specific to them alone. Our Sixth Form will be highly tailored, benefitting from global reach through our strong relationship with Cranleigh UK and the Old Cranleighan network."
The Cranleigh Sixth Form Programme has three strands: Academic, Personal & Leadership Development, and Careers Guidance & Work Experience.
Academically, Cranleigh’s approach will be different to other UAE schools. Alongside A Levels, it will be the first school in Abu Dhabi to embrace the Harkness teaching and learning methodology as well as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which is worth the equivalent of half an A Level. The EPQ will allow pupils to work on a project of their choice and this element will be run by Mr Rory Gallagher who joined Cranleigh last year from Thomas Hardye School in Dorset where he was Lead Mentor for the EPQ as well as a Sixth Form tutor.
Further, Morgan will be pioneering E=MC2, an initiative which will see pupils attend university lectures to help ignite their intellectual curiosity, direct career paths and prepare them for the rigours of higher education.
According to Morgan, this academic combination will give pupils a rich experience: ‘Our programme is designed to build analytical, thinking and research skills more akin to those expected of undergraduates. We are retaining the academic depth that A Levels deliver but adding a breadth that can be lacking in more traditional British curriculum Sixth Forms.”
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi’s close relationship with its 150 year old UK sister school brings with it a notable benefit. Year 12 students due to graduate in 2019 will be eligible for lifetime membership of the UK school’s Old Cranleighan (OC) Society. The Society was formed in 1897 and today, comprises almost 6000 global members. OCs have access to the Cranleigh Network, a ‘careers-for-life’ programme providing practical support, mentorships and resources to help with transitions from school to university and into careers.