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High Prior Attainer, Gifted and Talented Students

Provision and opportunities for Higher prior attainer (HPA) and gifted and talented (G&T) students



Jack Petchy Speak out Challenge: Fifty year 10 students attend workshops run by trained speakers

· Literacy Captains: Each year Captains are selected to help and support literacy across the school, promoting various projects run by the English Department

· BBC News Reporter: Around 30 of our Year 8 students take part in the BBC News School report

· Idiom of the Week: Every week ‘Idiom of the week’ is published in our newsletter and shared with staff and pupils.

· Poetry Competitions: We encourage students to submit poetry for an internal competition linked to National Poetry Day (Early October) Students are also encouraged to take part in Foyles Young Poety of The Year.

· Theatre Trips and visiting performers: Theatre trips explored regularly to link with and complement the curriculum for all year groups.

· Poetry Club: Students are provided with a range of prompts and suggestions for their own poetry. They are given guidance by a teacher and poetry produced is shared via the school newsletter and social media.

· Shadowing the Carnegie Medal: Students are encouraged to sign up to shadow the prestigious Carnegie Prize. They meet to discuss which books on the long list and short list best, sharing and writing reviews.

· 200 Word Challenge: An opportunity for self-expression through a limited number of words, working independently and creatively students are given a writing prompt on a specific theme



· Maths challenge for all year groups

· Year 7 &8 - Junior maths challenge

· Year 9 – 11 - Intermediate maths challenge

· Maths miniatures teams of up to 6 from all year groups

More to be announced September 2021



· STE(A)M Club- currently online.

· Students are given the opportunity to choose separate sciences, this is particularly useful if they want to go on to study medicine.

· University Visits: Annual trip to the ‘Big Bang’ event at the University. Science Live Lectures: Open to Year 11 students STEAM Club:

· Lunch clubs to be started again September 2021



· Geography Club – meeting weekly from Sept 2021

· The Young Geographers Award: All students can enter in year 9 -Recognised by the Royal geographical Society. Restarting September 2021

· High Ability/extensions/SSC in all lessons

· Expert Geographers rewarded in lessons – Geographer Association badges



The Have Your Say competition - students in years 7-10 practise a dialogue in French, each class then has a competition and the two winning pairs from each year perform against other schools from all over Essex and East Anglia. There is one local heat followed by the final which is held at Thomas Lord Audley School.

· French Spelling Bee: We hold class competitions in Years 7, 8 and 9 and the winners from each class then compete against each other.

· Working with our Foreign Language Assistant – there are opportunities for students’ language skills to be extended and developed further outside the classroom. FLAs also run weekly lunchtime language clubs

· Trips - Our Year 8 residential trip to the Opal Coast in France takes place in July.

· Year 10 Language Leaders meet weekly; they work on pedagogy, design resources and prepare games and activities ready to teach Year 7 students. There are opportunities for them to visit partner primary schools and to help with the organization of a variety of language activities in the summer term. They are also able to work with our foreign language assistants to practise pronunciation and improve oral fluency

· GCSE in first languages: Students are encouraged to take GCSE qualifications in their home language in Year 11. The number of students and range of languages is growing all the time.



· Pupils who show talent in lessons are encourage to attend a variety of lunchtime clubs and after school teams

· GCSE Pupils – are encouraged to attend Wednesday after school sessions where the department can do one to one coaching / team / group coaching to improve the quality of their performance

· The department has a display that highlights all G and T pupils in a variety of outside school sports. These students receive additional support and training for competitions about College work load at home.

· The department has put co-ordinates talented sports pupils so that any pupil who shows an interest in a particular activity can then be put in contact with other pupils on the list, who act as mentors.

More to come from September 2021



· Christmas and summer showcases technical Crew; a group of students who help set up and run audio equipment for drama productions.

· Annual One act play opportunities; students can write, direct or act to take part



· Gifted and Talented Instrumental & Choir Groups Opportunities to conduct/direct lower year’s vocal groups.

· Peripatetic lessons; Help develop a range of skills and interests; from Voice, Guitar, Woodwind/Brass, Strings to Drums and piano/keyboard

· Performance Opportunities- Regular concerts, Christmas and Summer



· Weekly art clubs, year 7&8, Year 9-11

· High Ability/extensions in all lessons

· After school hours local gallery trips with workshops built in to support responses to exhibitions.



· Textiles club on a Friday lunch time, where students who show talent during lessons are encouraged to attend.

· GCSE students are encouraged to attend Thursdays after school sessions where more individual time can be given to nurture and develop talent.
· High ability/extensions in all lessons.

· GCSE trips including Alexandra Place, The Knitting and Stitching Show, showcasing a wide range of work from highly imaginative textiles to innovative product designs and displays of experimental textile techniques by successful textile companies as well as aspiring degree and college students.


Coming Soon







Polaris prize- coming soon to all year groups.

Polaris prize- A school wide opportunity to seek our extracurricular challenges to stretch and challenge our HPA, G&T students in their subject specialism and beyond.

Tasks are run though a Microsoft TEAM.

Passports for collecting and tracking points are collected from Mrs Stewart-Thomas

Prizes available for bronze, silver and gold points collections

See Mrs Stewart-Thomas for more information and to join the TEAM