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Utpal Shanghvi School and Prabhavati Padamshi Soni International Junior College in Mumbai, India have been offering Cambridge programmes since 2005. The schools are run under the umbrella of the Juhu Parle Education Society (JPES), a not-for-profit organisation.
First teaching Cambridge IGCSE in 2005, the schools now offer Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Checkpoint, Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS & A Levels (introduced in 2009) – as well as education provided by the State Board in India. Currently, about 150 teachers teach the international curriculum to around 2800 students.
Mrs.Mukherjee, Principal, says she “treasures and values” the schools’ association with Cambridge: “I have seen a drastic change in my students who have taken the Cambridge curriculum. They have evolved as much more independent, responsible, confident individuals. The flexibility in the curriculum helps us maintain the fine blend in our students of acting locally and thinking globally. It helps us to justify our institution’s mission statement: To create progressive thinkers with strong cultural roots, capable of facing the challenges of life.”
Students at Utpal Shanghvi School and Prabhavati Padamshi Soni International Junior College have won many Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards for their exceptional performance in Cambridge exams. The schools are proud to count 14 Top in the World and 48 Top in India award winners among their students to date.
JPES is also an official Professional Development Qualification (PDQ) centre for the Cambridge International Diploma in Teaching & Learning and all staff take this qualification. According to JPES, the Diploma curriculum provides a platform for learning and teaching simultaneously, and an ongoing learning process. JPES is committed to supporting teacher professional development and staff are given training opportunities to update their professional skills.
Utpal Shanghvi School and JPES are good examples of how investment in teacher development – in their case through a comprehensive programme of Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications – has long-term benefits for consistent student achievement and school growth.
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