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Uxbridge High School

Uxbridge High School Provision for Most Able Students

Uxbridge High School is fully committed to ensuring that Most Able students have access to appropriate learning experiences, so that they can reach their full potential.  We target students with relevant opportunities in and out of class, in preparation for studying at Russell Group universities or moving on to high level apprenticeships. We have two members of staff employed as Co-ordinators for Most Able students and they work closely with all staff, in order to maximise the effectiveness of the provision for students.

MOST ABLE REGISTER AND SELECTION

At KS3 and KS4, students are identified as Most Able students based on their achievement in English and Maths at KS2.  Students who achieve a Level 5 average at KS2 are put on the Most Able register for their cohort.

At KS5, students are identified as Most Able students based on their GCSE results. Students who achieve an average of a Grade B at GCSE level are placed on the Sixth Form Most Able register.

All staff members use the Most Able register to target students with challenging work and appropriate support.

Number of Most Able students:  

KS3 - 268 
KS4 - 118
KS5 -   41

IN-CLASS PROVISION FOR MOST ABLE STUDENTS

All teachers at Uxbridge High School focus on providing Most Able students with teaching and learning that challenges them academically. This involves the effective teaching of literacy and extended writing, so that students learn to develop their higher order thinking skills.  All staff use differentiated learning objectives and ‘Stretch and Challenge’ activities in their teaching to ensure that Most Able students always have access to challenging work in and out of the classroom. Homework is regularly set and is designed to stretch students and develop independent learning skills.

ENRICHMENT PROVISION FOR MOST ABLE STUDENTS

We offer Most Able students out of class opportunities that will help to prepare them for continuing in education and the world of work.  We offer an extensive range of university and career focused events and work closely with Brunel and ‘The Brilliant Club’ to target students with appropriate activities.  Last year we offered the Brilliant Club to students at KS3 and KS4 and this involved a launch visit and a graduation trip to Royal Holloway University and Cambridge University. This year we are offering the Brilliant Club to twenty four Year 9 and 10 students. We also offer access to the Urban Scholars scheme offered by Brunel University and this year four Year 11 and six Year 12 PP students are participating in the scheme. 

2015/2016 MOST ABLE PROGRAMME

Please see below the full list of opportunities that Uxbridge High School offer our Most Able students:

Key Stage 3:

Uxbridge High School is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for all students and we believe all have the potential to achieve highly.  We offer:

  • A wide variety of extra-curricular clubs at lunchtimes and after school.
  • “Enterprise Day Challenge” for Year 7 students at Brunel University.
  • “Dead on Time” Forensic Science day for Year 8 students at Brunel University.
  • The Brilliant Club: This scheme links students with PhD candidates from top universities to work with, in order to complete a 2000-2500 word assignment.  The programme also includes a launch and graduation trip to a top university.

Key Stage 4:

At Key Stage 4 we strive to ensure students are fully prepared for external examinations and have the appropriate support to achieve highly.  We offer:

  • An online learning environment where students can access additional resources to aid their learning.
  • A comprehensive revision programme in all curriculum areas.
  • Work experience for Year 10 students to help prepare them for life beyond school.
  • The Brunel Urban Scholars Programme: This involves Saturday sessions at the university to help university applications and build key academic skills.
  • The Brilliant Club: This scheme links students with PhD candidates from top universities to work with in order to complete a 2000-2500 word assignment.  The programme also includes a launch and graduation trip to a top university.

Key Stage 5:

The Post-16 curriculum at Uxbridge High School provides many opportunities for Most Able students to gain the best qualifications and experiences to enable them to progress into top universities.  We offer:

  • Personalised teaching programmes are in place to help stretch and challenge students.
  • Twilight programmes and specific revision classes which focus on exam techniques.
  • Support in securing places on degree courses with demanding entry requirements such as Oxford, Cambridge and other universities within the Russell Group.
  • Taster days and workshops at universities.
  • Key guest speakers.
  • Young Enterprise Programme.
  • Employment Masterclasses.
  • The Brunel Urban Scholars Programme: This involves Saturday sessions at the university to help university applications and build key academic skills.
  • Dance Workshop in conjunction with Trinity Laban.
  • Drama Workshop in conjunction with The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
  • The opportunity to study for the Extended Project (EPQ).

MOST ABLE SENIOR CO-ORDINATOR CONTACT DETAILS:

S Girvan - sgirvan1@uhs.org.uk