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More Able Students

 

Our more able students enjoy many opportunities to extend their learning either in school or externally on trips or visits. The first and foremost of these is stretch and challenge opportunities in the classroom, which aims to provide all our students with opportunities to extend and enrich their knowledge. Below are some examples of what we have been doing this year outside of lessons.

The extra curricular opportunities at Burgate School and Sixth Form truly are superb and we are proud of our desire as a staff to continually improve as teachers and provide the maximum level of stretch and challenge in lessons for our students.

Staff are keen to help students work mainly in the Stretch Zone and to become independent learners at all levels of ability. There is a strong belief at the school that 'Rising tides raise all ships'.

Panic Stretch and Comfort Zones

More able students play a leading and active role in lessons working together with their teachers in helping strengthen their own learning at a meta-cognitive level and help themselves and other students with their learning.

How we identify More Able, Gifted and Talented students

More Able students are identified by their previous SAT’s attainment in main school and GCSE performance in Sixth Form.

The more able students regularly contribute to the wider life of the school by helping at events such as musical productions, open days, talent shows and helping out at open evening and days as Subject Ambassadors in the Sixth Form.

There would be an expectation that more able students generally demonstrate some of the gifted and talented criteria listed below in individual subjects.


 

More able students in the Sixth Form continuing onto Oxbridge over the last few years

There is a growing Oxbridge alumni where students from the school who have a gained a place to Oxbridge come to the school to give talks on how to apply to Oxbridge and also in a subject specific tutorial context.

The four students for instance who gained an Oxbridge place (2013) in Chemistry (2 students), English Literature and Law have been particularly active in helping our current sixth form students aspire to and prepare to successfully gain a place with subject specific help given in Chemistry and Further Maths.

There have been fourteen More Able students in total in the last few years who have successfully applied to Oxbridge including three in 2017 and another in 2019 who is studying maths at Trinity College and who it is hoped will continue to guide and support our current students.

Some extra curricular opportunities which our more able students have had a significant involvement in are detailed below although once again it is worth stressing that these opportunities are available to all students.

 


There are some regular opportunities for our more able students at the school as follows:

 Year 7Year 8Year 9
Mentoring / HPQ / EPQ / Uni More able mentoring (if time) More able mentoring (if time) More able mentoring
STEM / computing
STEM
Coding Club

STEM
Coding Club
STEM
Coding Club
Maths Junior Maths Challenge Junior Maths Challenge Intermediate Maths Challenge

Humanities Politics Club
History Trip activities week
Debating Matters Club
Amnesty International
Politics Club
Debating Matters Club
Amnesty International

Politics Club 
Magistrates competition
Debating Matters Club
Amnesty International

Music / Drama

School production
School concerts
BGT
Theatre Trips
Orchestra Trips
School choirs
Session Band and Chamber Orchestra
String and flute groups
Music tuition and workshops

Sports Sports Sports

Sports
English Book Club Book Club

Book Club 
Art and Design Creative Arts Evening
Gifted Art Trip to Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Library Exhibition
Competitions in Art

MFL  

French/Spanish cultural visit

Southampton University visits
(various throughout the year)

French/Spanish cultural visit

 

 Year 10Year 11
Mentoring / HPQ / EPQ / Uni More able mentoring
Gifted Conference
HPQ start in Year 10
More able mentoring
Gifted Conference
HPQ
STEM / computing
STEM
Coding Club

STEM
Coding Club
Maths  Intermediate Maths Challenge  
Humanities Debating Matters Club 
History Debates
Politics Club
Lions Den
Berlin Trip
Two student WW1 battlefield trip
Amnesty International
Debating Matters Club
Politics Club
Lions Den
Amnesty International
Music / Drama School production
School concerts
BGT
Theatre Trips
Orchestra Trips
School choirs
Session Band and Chamber Orchestra
String and flute groups
Music tuition and workshops

Sports Sports Sports

Art and Design Creative Arts Evening
Gifted Art Trip to Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Library Exhibition
Competitions in Art

Creative Arts Evening
Gifted Art Trip to Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Library Exhibition

MFL Southampton University visits
(various throughout the year)

French/Spanish Immersion Trip

Southampton University visits
(various throughout the year)

 

 Year 12Year 13
Mentoring / HPQ / EPQ / Uni More able mentoring
Gifted conference
Oxbridge Trip Collegiate School
Oxbridge application tutoring
Oxbridge alumni tutoring
EPQ including Southampton University library visit and continued access to Hartley Library
Small group Bishops university trip
Lower Sixth Bournemouth university trip
Parents information University
Southampton university Psychology
Link day research + tours
Thorpe park BTEC business seminars
Tutor 2U exam conference
More able mentoring
Gifted conference
Oxbridge mock interviews alumni
Oxbridge alumni tutoring
Parents information University
Tutor 2U exam conference
Sociology in action London lecture trip
Criminolgy Conference trip (Psychology and Sociology)
STEM / computing
STEM


STEM

Business   Student Investor

Maths Senior Maths Challenge (Provisional)
STEP support

Humanities Debating Matters
Lions Den
Amnesty International

Debating Matters
Lions Den
Amnesty International
Music / Drama School production
School concerts
BGT
Theatre Trips
Orchestra Trips
School choirs
Session Band and Chamber Orchestra
String and flute groups
Music tuition and workshops

Sports Sports Sports

English Creative Writing Club Creative Writing Club

Art and Design
Creative Arts Evening
Gifted Art Trip to Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Library Exhibition
Competitions in Art

MFL

French/Spanish Immersion Trip

Southampton University visits
(various throughout the year)

French/Spanish Immersion Trip

Southampton University visits
(various throughout the year)

Intermediate and Junior Maths Challenges organised each year by Mr Bailey. 

The annual trip to the Academy Conferences series of lectures with Mr Bailey.

Debating Matters coaching and competition.

The school has had great success over the last few years in this high profile and prestigious national competition twice reaching the national final. The fact we came second in this competition in our first year of entry is testament to the high level of skill of our staff members Mr Rowett and Mr Hollowbread the former main and current learning coordinators in the school.

The school managed to go one better in the 2017 competition under the guidance of Mrs Troup and Mr Bailey and came second in the overall competition with More Able students Olivia Beatson winning the prize for best debater in all schools.

This was a significant achievement for the school and our students of which we are all incredible proud and we wish to build on this success in subsequent years and extend into main school.

As a follow on from our success we received an inspiring 3 hour workshop from a London solicitor.

Magistrate's competition

The school has had previous great success in this prestigious competition at Southampton University coached by Mrs Oldfield and Mrs Troup with help from more able Sixth Form students.

The Extended Project Qualification and Higher Project Qualification which is organised by Mrs Carter-Owen

The Extended Project Qualification is a fantastic opportunity for students to extend their learning and develop skills that will benefit them at University and in future careers. It is a prestigious qualification that is highly sought after by Russell Group and 1994 Universities and is an advantage in competitive course entry such as medicine, law etc. Many of our successful Oxbridge candidates have produced exceptional Extended Projects which have allowed them to demonstrate academic curiosity and rigour at University Interview. Exam board moderators have frequently commended our students for the challenges they set themselves and the dedicated and independent way in which they approach their research. The project allows students to pick a topic of their choice, perhaps on an area of study they wish to pursue in future or to show interest in a future profession. The format of the project can be a 5000 word dissertation or it can be an artifact, accompanied by a research report; our students have written novels, produced garments, created software and written academic articles in modern foreign languages. Every year’s cohort produces yet more fascinating projects with topics areas spanning quantum physics to stage costume design, from neuroscience to political history; the opportunity to demonstrate your academic excellence is endless. A final Presentation Evening offers students the opportunity to dazzle invited guests with their newly acquired specialist knowledge and impress with their undergraduate level independent research skills.

There is now the opportunity for main school students to engage with the Higher Project Qualification run for the first time last year by Mrs Oldfield and this year by Mrs Carter Owen. The structure is similar to the one described above for the Extended Project Qualification

Burgate’s Got Talent (BGT)

This is now an annual institution at Burgate School and is a fabulous showcase for the wide variety of talent available amongst our students

Whole school production

The school now has a fantastic tradition of running an annual full musical production in which students have the opportunity to stretch and challenge their existing performance skills or in some cases place themselves far out of their normal range of experience. It is fair to say that they all rose to the challenges magnificently overseen by Mrs Mutimer, Mr Cakebread and Miss Goodyear and a team of other staff. Successful productions so far have been Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Grease and A Christmas Carol.

There are many students competing at a high level in music and sport and the school has a strong tradition of celebrating success in whole school assemblies and on our school website local media.

I think it is fair to say that our school really is successfully in the stretch zone as far as providing opportunities for stretch and challenge for all our students

Mr E Bailey
More Able Student Coordinator


More Able Subject Provision and Criteria

English

Mathematics

Science

Computer Science

Geography

History:  History G&T criteria   History G&T Provision

RE (Philosophy and Ethics)

Modern Foreign Languages

Business and Economics

Art and Design

Drama

Music

PE

Social Sciences (Sixth Form)