At Oaks Park High School we believe it is important that our More Able students are recognised and suitably catered for both in the classroom and as well as in extra-curricular activities.
How are More Able students identified?
- End of Key Stage 2 data.
- High scores in tests including their overall average across subjects.
- Teacher nomination- teachers can nominate a student who has regularly produced outstanding work or performed to a high standard.
What is the More Able Programme?
At Oaks Park all More Able students are invited to join the More Able Programme. This is a specialist programme where students are supported to reach their full potential. In addition to having opportunities to stretch and challenge themselves in lessons, students on the More Able Programme are offered the chance to take part in a range of activities focused on developing their skills. Some of these may include trips, competitions, extra-curricular clubs, collaborating with other schools, careers advice and conferences.
Key Stage 3
Students identified as More Able in Year 7 are part of a peer-mentoring programme in collaboration with our high-achieving Year 11 students. Mentors have regular meetings with their mentee, provide academic support and help with the transition from primary school. At KS3 each student is also given a More Able Programme (M.A.P) Passport, this encourages them to complete subject specific challenges and gain points which equate to a rewards system. The challenges have been created to support students’ knowledge and understanding of the curriculum and also stretch them further. Students on the More Able Programme are also invited to attend regular meetings with the More Able Coordinator and are kept informed on super-curriculum opportunities. To support the choosing of GCSE options, year 8 More Able students are also given the chance to take part in a student panel and ask GCSE students all about their experiences in different subjects. The More Able Programme is designed to stretch and challenge students in a range of areas, therefore students on the programme are given the chance to take part in a number of extra-curricular and enrichment activities during the course of the year.
Key Stage 4
More Able students in Year 10 are given the opportunity to work with the Brilliant Club on the Scholars Programme. The Scholars Programme is an in-school academic programme for selected pupils. It is designed to give pupils a genuine academic environment and to experience learning in the style of a university student. Pupils will work closely with a PhD Tutor, who is either studying to gain a PhD or already has one, in a series of small group university-style tutorials to study a ‘super-curricular’ course that explores topics they may not usually study in the school curriculum. Topics in the past have included Biology, English, History, Maths and Philosophy. During the tutorials pupils will complete readings and assignments that stretch them to work at one level above the current key stage, including 1,500 or 2,000 word university-style final assignment or an equivalent problem set. The Scholars Programme also takes pupils on trips to two highly-selective universities. This gives pupils the opportunity to meet current undergraduates, tour the university and receive information, advice and guidance from university outreach staff. The Brilliant Club knows that university may not be for everyone, but exists to give children an experience of university learning to help them make an informed decision when they reach the age of 18.
In Year 11 More Able students are given careers and options advice for A level choices and post-16 options. They are also given invitations to our lecture series and are guaranteed first pick to attend super curriculum events related to their degree choice. All Year 11 students are also invited to join a More Able google classroom which regularly posts opportunities and events that are available to them. Many Year 11 students also act as mentors to younger students in a range of subject areas.
How can parents support their More Able child?
Parental support is one of the most important factors in ensuring that your child is able to reach their full potential. There are many steps you can take to support and nurture your child’s skills and talents, some of these are:
- Encourage a broader knowledge and understanding of the world, watch the news or documentaries so they can appreciate the context of their learning and develop an interest in current affairs.
- Provide opportunities to read for pleasure, encourage your child to read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to develop their vocabulary and build their general knowledge.
- Try to set up a broad range of experiences, visit museums, theatres or universities to provide your child with aspirations, there are some suggestions available on our website.
- Encourage your child to stretch and challenge themselves in a specific subject by visiting the challenge yourself section of our website. Work with your child to complete some of these tasks where possible.
Upcoming events and opportunities to support your More Able child
|Saturday 18th November||Digital Workshop Innovation Lab at the British Museum||The British Museum has a free drop in event at the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre where you can test new technologies and ideas. The events is free and you do not need to book in advance. Visit the British Museum website for more information.|
|Saturday 25th November||UCL Bring Your Family to University Day||UCL are hosting a series Bring Your Family to University Days for Year 10 and 11 students. These events run on Saturdays from 9:30-15:00. Attendees will learn more about university and specifically UCL, choosing GCSE, A Level or IB subjects, different university subjects and career paths. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and younger siblings are also welcome to attend which is a great way to get the whole family involved. The events are free and include lunch, you must apply by visiting the UCL website.|
|Sunday 10th December||Family Studio at Royal Academy of Arts||The Royal Academy of Arts runs regular family studio sessions where children have the opportunity to be creative. This workshop is inspired by one of the exhibitions and uses bouncy balls and found objects to make sculptures in motion. The events is free and no booking is required. Visit the Royal Academy of Arts website for more information.|
|Every Saturday-12.15, 13.15, 14.15 & 15.15.||Historical Highlights Tour at Somerset House||Somerset House was once the home of three Catholic queens, every Saturday Somerset House run one hour guided tours exploring the history of the site. These tours are free and can have up to six people. Visit the Somerset House website to book your tour.|
|Ongoing until 31st December||Investigate for Families at the Natural History Museum||The Natural History Museum have free drop in sessions where children can explore hundreds of real nature specimens and experience how scientists work. There is no booking required for this event, visit the Natural History Museum website to find out more.|
If you have any questions or require further information on how best to support your child please contact our More Able Coordinator Ms S. Ali.