CCT provides students with the opportunity to develop their creative and analytical thinking skills through a range of activities appropriate to their age and understanding. Critical Thinking is a form of reflective reasoning that analyses and evaluates information and arguments by applying a range of intellectual skills in order to reach clear, logical and coherent judgements within a given context. The study of Critical Thinking will equip students with reasoning skills to use in life, work and further academic study. It also provides students with the opportunity to think deeply, and in a structured way, about issues that are key to them participating in society e.g ethical questions, cultural issues and issues of personal responsibility.
Since introducing CCT in 2005 it has become firmly embedded into the curriculum and is now taught across all year groups to students in years 7 - 9, with all students in Year 9 taking the OCR Thinking and Reasoning Skills qualification.