Thomas More College is an independent, Christian based, co-educational day school with dedicated and professional staff running classes from Grade 000-12. Focus is given to developing the whole child and equipping him or her with relevant life skills.
The Advanced Programme courses are designed to give the academically gifted students the chance for extension in either English or Mathematics to prepare them more fully for tertiary education. These courses are not counted towards the school aggregates, but are issued a separate certificate. This allows students to learn these new concepts and try these advanced courses without the pressure of having to perform. There is immense benefit to taking an Advanced Programme course, as it introduces the student to new ideas and concepts, and requires some independence for self-studying of material.
From the IEB website: "The key purpose of the Advanced Programme courses in Mathematics, English and Afrikaans is to prepare learners for tertiary study.
In Mathematics the preparation is in the form of exposure to concepts and branches of mathematics that are part and parcel of the first year university mathematics and mathematics-related courses; the emphasis is on subject content and giving learners a fundamental understanding of advanced mathematical concepts.
By contrast the Advanced Programmes in English and Afrikaans are designed to encourage learners to develop a strong sense of personal voice, both in relation to the texts they have studied and the questions to which they must respond. The ability to interrogate ideas and formulate responses across a wide range of texts is critical in the learner’s development. This is encouraged by active involvement in tutorial-style discussions following their independent reading of the texts. The programme is designed to promote independent study and build confidence through the freedom to articulate opinions and defend them, and in being able to interrogate the opinions of others. Key traits such as independent thinking and self-discipline are developed and will sustain learners as they advance their studies."