We have a large number of more able students, with whom we work and monitor closely to best support their needs and future aspirations. These students are identified within the first term, and teachers are encouraged to be aware of subject specific abilities as well as overall academic achievement. We ensure they are stretched and challenged within each of their subjects, and work closely with a link colleague in every faculty to ensure this is carried out across the Federation. We also ensure that elements of challenge are incorporated into every lesson so that more able pupils are stretched at all times.
As well as ensuring an appropriate level of challenge is given throughout the lesson, students from KS3-5 also have a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities available to them. These include reward trips, trips to universities, More Able reading groups, INSIGHTS lecture series, Independent Learning projects, amongst others.
We offer bespoke mentoring for more able students who need additional support to achieve their full potential and this is done by working closely with faculties across the federation as well as a range of outside agencies. This level of bespoke support had led to considerable successes with university places at Russell Group, Oxbridge and Ivy League Universities for Bishop Challoner students. We are far from complacent and are continuously working hard to improve the opportunities available for our students.