MacIntyre was ahead of its time when it introduced small classroom groups based on chronological age with, in some cases, consideration given to maturity and skill, regular reviews, constant monitoring and assessment, resulting in detailed profiles of every child and psychological, speech and physiotherapy services to make the most of their potential.
By the mid-1970s, both Westoning and Wingrave schools had strong teams of qualified teachers and advisory specialists.
MacIntyre articulated its concept of education in the 1977 Annual Report:
- Respect for the individual.
- Opportunity for each resident to make some contribution to the group.
- Integration of the sexes.
- Integration with the community.
- Development of skills and accomplishment