At Key Stage 4 the academy’s provision is split into two distinct strands.
For year 10, at a vital transitional stage of their educational & social development, the focus is on working with external providers. Our aim is to ‘push’ students out of their comfort zone, to broaden their academic, social and aspirational horizons and to encourage them to work with, and both talk and listen to, less familiar adults than their teachers, developing vital ‘soft’ social skills in the process. An example of this early in the year is the chance for 30 students to compete in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge and really begin to develop their vital public speaking and interpersonal skills.
During the Spring Term 24 Year 10 MAT students, with a focus on FSM and pupil premium students, will be participating in the LSE (London School of Economics) Potential High Achievers Academic Mentoring scheme. During this 10-week programme students will work in groups of three with undergraduate and postgraduate students from LSE who are themselves from a diverse range of ethnic & socio-economic backgrounds. The aims of the programme are to help students acquire and develop study skills, develop greater self-esteem, motivation and confidence, and to raise student awareness of Higher Education opportunities.
In the Summer term 20 Year 10 MAT students will be given the opportunity to participate in the NHS Health Education England Reach out for Healthcare Science Programme. This week long course includes 2 days spent at either UCL or KCL University and 3 days working in the UCL and KCL University Hospitals – the sort of ‘hands on’ experience that can be invaluable in any student’s vocational development. Working with the respected external education provider Exscitec, there are a number of other vocational courses on offer to Year 10 students in the summer term such as the three-day Marine Biosciences residential course at Southampton University that 3 students attended last year.
There are also a number of year-long widening participation programmes on offer to students in Year 10, many of which are internationally recognised and will aid students considerably in making their future University applications. Two such examples are the UCL Horizons programme and the Imperial College STEM programme, both of which currently include a number of Year 10 students from the academy. For all these courses the onus is on the students themselves to submit their own applications and to write their own supporting personal statements, further developing vital life skills.
This year we have recently implemented the Franklin Scholars Programme - a nationally recognised peer mentoring scheme where fifteen Year 10 students lead a weekly mentoring session with 15 of the academies most vulnerable Year 7 students who may be facing transition problems in moving to secondary school. The programme is part of the academies on-going focus on peer support throughout the school from the oldest to the youngest student to create a learning community built upon our core values of respect, integrity, commitment, empathy and equality.
Year 10 students must apply online for the chance to participate in the programme, after which they are interviewed by an external panel, followed by a day’s training and a daylong induction alongside the Year 7 students. The programme takes place, as does the majority of the academies Most Able provision during the extended tutor time allocation at the end of the school day.
For Year 11 the emphasis in their GCSE year switches to exam-based academic advancement; specifically raising attainment amongst the academies cohort of MAT students and increasing the percentage of students attaining A or A* grades, or grades 7 to 9 in the new number system that begins this year. 60 students from Year 11 (one-third of the cohort) are selected to participate in the A*Star-Wars programme. The programme begins at the end of Year 10 and includes sessions on differentiated study and revision skills tailored towards achieving higher GCSE grades, alongside subject-specific masterclasses that include advanced content and ‘gold dust’ tips for success.
KS4 Most Able Provision Coordinators:
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