The school years are so brief and yet they are the time when young people are most open to new ways of learning and understanding. This is an opportunity which cannot be wasted.
We teach students in a way which develops enthusiasm and engagement, fostering global citizens who remain keen learners prepared to negotiate a future we cannot yet imagine. Radford aims to nurture students to become exceptional leaders of tomorrow through our focus on developing the Secondary School Learner traits in our students. The traits we seek to develop in our students are:
Learning is a fluid process involving mutual respect and collaboration between the staff and students. We allow our students to be inquisitive and value their ability to question what they are learning. We recognise that old teaching methods which were effective in the past may not be applicable in the modern world. With this in mind, we are constantly monitoring best-practice teaching methods and adapting where it is in the students’ best interest to do so.
Radford College aims to teach our students the importance of values. We teach them to value humanity, learning, and to their own potential. In addition to the core components of the Australian Curriculum, we offer a range of other courses to ensure we value the strengths of all children. We provide spiritual guidance which is open and explores many avenues to faith.
Happy, relaxed students learn more efficiently and with more enthusiasm, so we attempt to make the curriculum engaging and enjoyable wherever possible. We believe that a positive association with learning will give our students a great advantage in life and we hope this allows them to be lifelong learners.
Students at Radford College study courses accredited by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS). Students may be issued the following qualifications and statements:
• ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and Record of Achievement
• Tertiary Entrance Statement
• Statement of Achievement
Further information about these qualifications can be found on the BSSS website - ACT Qualifications
As a result of the Review of Certification in 2014, there were significant changes in the naming of credentials in 2015.
• A testamur named the Australian Capital Territory Senior Secondary Record of Achievement was introduced and sits side by side with a record of results named the Australian Capital Territory Senior Secondary Certificate (previously called the ACT Year 12 Certificate).
• The name of the Tertiary Entrance Statement remains unchanged.
• A record of results named the Australian Capital Territory Statement of Achievement (previously called the Australian Capital Territory Secondary College Record) will be issued to students who do not qualify for a certificate.