‘The ‘I’ stands for intellectual which means involving people’s abilities to think and to understand ideas and information.  Vision represents the ‘V’ in IVE.  This means you see something in your mind happening or coming to life and seeing your vision becoming a reality.  The final letter ‘E’ stands for endeavour.  Endeavour is when you do something with real effort and determination: you try hard to achieve’.  

Year 7 IVE Student

What is IVE?

IVE aims to develop three key skills in our students: curiosity, confidence and capability. 

  • Curiosity: This drives our intellectual spirit and enables our pupils to ask questions which explores the essence of our humanity, our planet, and our universe.  This empowers them to craft their own learning path which they can tailor to their own interests, whether these be scientific, artistic, linguistic or based in the Humanities.
  • Confidence: Our students will be the leaders of tomorrow and need to be prepared to succeed in a world that we cannot predict.  IVE aims to give students the confidence in their ability to adapt to and overcome challenges in a positive and constructive manner.
  • Capability: This places the emphasis on the individual to try to find the answers to their questions by engaging in academic research and investigation from Year 7 to 13.  Students can explore and present a variety of projects which often receive feedback from staff, academics and industry experts who specialise in the students chosen area. 

These skills are cited in Forbes Magazine as the most desirable skills that the leaders of tomorrow will need to drive the course of future. 


Once students have completed their Leadership study, each year group will explore the following thematic units:

Year Group

Areas of Study


Is exploration the result of human curiosity?


How can we use political theory to create our own model state?


Independent Vision Project: This provides students with a rare and valuable opportunity to design, research and present their own academic project on a topic that they feel passionate about. This provides them with an opportunity to consolidate the Curiosity, Confidence and Capability skills we have been developing in KS3.

What the students say:

‘One thing that I learned that particularly interested me was about other people’s view about “What is art?”. Before I had thought that there was a specific category or criteria that something had to fit in to even be considered art (specifically being aesthetically pleasing) , however, now I have realised that view is actually completely subjective and, basically, anything could be considered art. One person said that they believed that anything is art and the only thing that is not is “nothing” which is outside the boundaries of the mind so, in short, anything that you can imagine could be art to someone. I feel like doing this topic has definitely opened my mind to the many possibilities/subjective ideas about what art is,

When we researched the cave paintings in Altamira, I found It interesting because, until recently many people believed that humans were the only species to have a “creative intelligence” which could be questioned by these paintings as it shows that humans were, not only, not the only creatures to have this ability to create art, but that we were also not the first to have an understanding of art/ creativity. When we think about the question “why are humans special?” usually the thought that we have an emotional and creative intelligence and an understanding of art comes up, however if this feature is not unique of us, are we even special at all (compared to any other animal?)’.

‘Endeavour means ‘to try hard to do or achieve something’ or ‘an attempt to achieve a goal’.  I think if you have endeavour you can achieve almost anything you put your mind to if you try hard.  Hard work is very important, and I think asking questions and learning is also such an important part on your way to achieving things.  I heave learnt to do more of this in IVE and from our learning of vision and endeavour I have been able to achieve the things I put my mind to’.