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Provision for the More Able

We will break the norm!

Evidence shows us that many of our country’s most able students, who attend non-selective secondary schools, fail to achieve their potential compared with students who attend selective and independent schools. Our aim at Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form is to ensure that every one of our More Able students achieve, or exceed, their potential.

At Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form, we strive to support the academic, cultural and personal growth of our young people by providing an array of opportunities for advanced learning both inside and outside of our classrooms. We have a culture that supports and encourages academic success, where the most able, the most ambitious and the most curious minds can exercise their independence and truly flourish as scholars. Our school is more than just a series of classrooms, it is a pathway to your child’s success.

Every Key Stage holds a series of interlinking curriculums that are enriched with social, cultural, moral and spiritual learning and varied learning opportunities: these are designed so that students can hone their own individual skills and talents. We, as professionals, are here to guide and support them on their journey to becoming well-rounded, kind and valuable members of society.

All more able students will receive:             

Home Links

Each More Able student will receive a letter home, informing their family of that they are on the More Able register. Teachers will then send home termly reports on progress, which will be monitored by the Senior Leadership Team, any student that is not making expected progress will be highlighted and parents/guardians informed. Intervention will then take place to enable this student to succeed and achieve.

‘Personal Learning Portfolio’

Each More Able students is met by a member of SLT to discuss their dreams and ambitions and strengths and weaknesses. Through this conversation, a ‘Personal Learning Portfolio’. This portfolio is then shared with all staff, so that staff are aware of the individual needs of our most talented students.

Challenging Home Learning provision

In addition to homework, our More Able students will be offered a range of additional learning opportunities to help expand and develop their knowledge. Each student, in year 7, will be provided with a guide on how to support their own curiosity. Thus, students will have a fantastic choice in what to study. They will take ownership of their learning.

A Culture for Success

  • effective assessment for learning that informs the planning of challenging curricular targets and differentiated learning objectives;
  • additional stretch being provided through a combination of enrichment, extension and acceleration;
  • opportunities for independent learning;
  • support in specific areas; and
  • integrated learning in settings beyond the classroom.

Masterclasses

Our More Able students will be offered the opportunity to take part in master classes, led by industry experts.

Emotional Support

Education for the more able, as for all young people, should focus upon their intellectual development as well as their emotional and social needs. This should include key aspects of learning such as: social skills, self-awareness, feeling management and empathy. As a school, we ensure that we build upon these skills within our PDT programme and PSE programme within Form Time. For some academically gifted young people, they can feel uncomfortable with their ability (as though they are different from other people) and therefore all students are offered the opportunity for positive intervention: a mentor or ‘peer buddy’ who will offer them valuable support.

Specific interventions, per year group

Year 7

‘The Brilliant Club’ (Year 7 & 8)

The Scholars Programme helps develop students into young academics. The Programme of study enables students to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence so that they can progress to the most competitive universities. The Scholar's Programme is led by PhD tutors, who share their subject knowledge and passion for learning onto our young people.

Year 8

‘The Brilliant Club’ (Year 7 & 8)

The Scholars Programme helps develop students into young academics. The Programme of study enables students to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence so that they can progress to the most competitive universities. The Scholar's Programme is led by PhD tutors, who share their subject knowledge and passion for learning onto our young people.

Year 9

The Brilliant Club’ (Year 9 & 10)

Our primary liaison lead has regular conversations with our feeder primary schools, to get to know our more able students, before they even get to us. We ensure that our provision challenges students from the moment that they enter our school.

Year 10

‘The Brilliant Club’ (Year 9 & 10)

Our primary liaison lead has regular conversations with our feeder primary schools, to get to know our more able students, before they even get to us. We ensure that our provision challenges students from the moment that they enter our school.

‘Further Maths GCSE’

 Students highlighted as ‘More Able’ are invited to complete an additional GCSE in mathematics. The Further Maths GCSE will develop students ready for further study at A-Level.

Year 11

‘Grade 7-9' - English

‘Grade 7-9' - mathematics

‘Grade 7-9' - science

Students, who need additional support, will be offered intervention during morning registration. The intervention will be led by a subject specialist, and is in place to ‘stretch and challenge’ our most able students and offer support where misconceptions lie.

These intervention groups are small and personalised, to ensure the success of these students.

Year 12

The Sutton Trust – Pathway Programme

Students are offered the opportunity to apply for one of The Sutton Trust Pathway Programmes. These programmes support those students interested in a career in STEM, Medicine, Banking and Finance and Law. Students are supported with their applications, to ensure that they have the best chance possible of being accepted on this two-year pathway programme.

https://pathways.suttontrust.com/register/

EPQ

Students are given the opportunity to work with one of our Senior Leaders to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This is a Level 3 course, which is taken alongside A Levels. Students select a topic of their choice, and complete a project on this topic. The project can be in the form of an essay or an artifact. Dependant on the grade achieved, a student can gain between 8-28 UCAS points.

Year 13

UCAS meetings

More Able students will be given personalised guidance on how to apply for the top Universities (including Oxford and Cambridge).