The Arrowsmith Programme

St Mark's School

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The Arrowsmith Programme works on the principle that the brain is plastic and therefore able to be changed. Potential students undergo an assessment that targets 16 specific areas of the brain to analyse and identify particular areas of strength or weakness.

An individualised programme is then set ranging from three to five years. Engagement and commitment are paramount and by applying themselves students will start to reactivate under functioning areas of their brain enabling them to comprehend classroom material with more ease and increase their ability to participate.

The programme has gained international recognition with several studies now looking at brain images to identify the change that participation in the Arrowsmith Programme has enabled. Understanding has shifted from preconceived notions that an individual’s brain capacity is fixed to the exciting realisation that we can change our brains.

Read about the latest research

View a TEDx talk about Arrowsmith here

Potential candidates for the programme are students who have experienced difficulties in the following areas: reading, writing, mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, visual memory, auditory memory, dyslexia, non-verbal learning, auditory processing and attention.

Completion of the parent questionnaire can help to further identify eligibility – Arrowsmith Program® Cognitive Profile Questionnaire or Student Suitability Checklist

St Mark’s School offers full-time classes consisting of four periods per day. Students spend the remaining two periods with their homeroom class and select subjects from an extensive range of curriculum options. A full sports programme is provided and children are invited to partake in class trips, camps and extracurricular activities. By providing an integrated model, children feel part of a school community first allowing a distinct sense of place and continued opportunities.

“I used to think writing was hard. Now I think it’s getting easier”
“I used to think school was boring. Now I think school is fun”

Expressions of interest can be made to Mrs Eleanor Harkness, Director of Admissions/Director of International Students.


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