Gifted & Talented Menu of Opportunities: 2011 -2012
Lead Teacher member of the LSG Team (Particular Needs)
Lead teacher attending network meetings in Dorset & New Forest & annual
G & T Dorset Conference.
Lead Teacher to chair SPP termly group meetings.
Delivery to NQT’s & SCITT teachers.
School, early member of NAGTY with 250 students on the register (just under 20% of
Inclusion register for whole school: capacity to build into revised School Information
System (SIS) for easy access, referral and monitoring
Mathematics Challenge now in place for top set mathematicians. (UKMT) run from
Junior = Years 7 & 8
Intermediate = Years 10 & 11
Senior = Years 12 & 13
As a consequence 4 students (1 Yr 10 & 3 Yr 11) have sat ‘Pink Kangaroo’ May
KS 4 Modular exams. Modules 1,3,5 throughout year & resits in Nov & Mar.
Setting in all years.
Year 7 – KS2 results used + FFT data + sub-levelled assessments at end of each
Years 7 & 8 have Higher, Foundation & Lower sets.
Year 9 are based on levelled assessments; Top 2 sets for Levels 6-8; sets 3 & 4
for Levels 5-7; sets 5 & 6 for Levels 4-6; set 7 is a crossover between Levels 4-
6 & 3-5; Bottom set for Levels 3-5.
Years 10 & 11 – 3 top sets for Higher paper & 1 Foundation set.
Early A/S. C1 & parts of C2 module from ‘Further’ Maths is taught in Year 11.
Chess Club – Friday lunch time.
Year 12 Open Forum – Monday & Tuesday lunchtimes drop-in.
Brain Teasers – publicised in H2U.
The UK Mathematics Trust and the Further Mathematics Support Programme
awarded Highcliffe School 3rd place in the 2009 Regional final of the UKMT FMSP
Senior team Maths challenge.
STEP workshops for Yr 13. (BLE & ESR)
Working with H Whitney County Maths advisor.
Revision classes with Jo Sibley from Dorset Further Maths Trust.
To improve Maths Challenge by increasing student numbers.
KS4 S of W – modular throughout Yr 10 include application of Real Life Maths
include; finance, income tax, mortgages, APR, pricing etc.
Outstanding ALPs in Yr 13
60% A or A* in Yr 13.
Bookies – book club for all years but G & T students are specifically invited to
attend. Runs every other Wednesday during lunchtime, manned by staff at present
but hoped that G & T student could take the lead in this. Some students have
taken ‘Bookies’ forward to ‘Carnegie shadowing’ & writing for the Carnegie Book
Poetry /Creative Writing Anthology. This is an in-house annual publication open to
all with G & T students being recommended by teachers to participate.
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Poetry/writing: other publications (H2U and external). Opportunities are given to
enter competitions e.g. Short Story competition. (External anthology competitions
tend to be too expensive).
Poetry workshop for Yr 10 & 11 students at Regent Centre, Christchurch – Feb.
Public speaking competition i.e. Mock Trial.
Debating Society. Initially for the 6th form but has been extended down to Years 10
& 11. G & T students are specifically invited to attend. Lunchtime.
Early GCSE for a very few.
Top sets are run in Years 10 & 11 in order to differentiate texts. Rest are mixed
STEMNET Project (Year 9 only)
NAGTY: sponsored activities: IBM, every year. Year 10 – National Science Week in
Science Clubs, range of – ALL abilities
A level challenge with Navy/Physics (EES & CREST)
Institute of Physics lecture –Yrs 10,12 & 13 in-house with other schools attending
Fieldwork: Biology (Yr 13 residential).
Setted grouping; Yrs 7 & 8 top ability groups, rest are mixed ability. Yrs 9 -11 are
properly setted. Yrs 10 & 11 have top, middle & bottom sets whilst ‘A’ level is
Triple Science – Year 9 & 10 can opt for 3 separate Sciences.
Special weeks: focus e.g. Chemistry (Nov), Physics (Summer term), ‘Eco’ week in
Exchange visits – Dutch, Year 10 G & T on theme of Environment/generating
Competitions with Twynham School for Yr 9 & Yr 11. Runs for one afternoon. To
University of Southampton visits – careers in Science. Yr 12 Biology and Chemistry
Physics – Yrs 12 & 13 examination Master classes @ Thomas Hardye & Highcliffe.
Participation in Chemistry & Physics Olympiads @ KS5.
Students have participated in Nuffield Bursary Summer Schools at Southampton
University – Biology A Level students.
Do you have a question? KS5 students are able to email staff.
G & T Science Day @ Bournemouth & Poole College for 12 Years 8 & 9 (July) ABY.
Advanced Extension Award for Physics ‘A’ Level students.
Affiliation with Hants Astro.
Science & Engineering Week (13.3.09), visit by (AECC) Chiropractic College
Scientists working with 6th formers & Yr 11 separate scientists investigating nerve
& muscle activity.
Engineering in Education Scheme – 5 Sixth form students participated in the
Celebration and Assessment Day at HMS Sultan in Gosport. A great day with some
fantastic feedback to the team. They have all provisionally been awarded their Gold
CREST Awards. (April 2010).
Use of electron microscopes at university.
Work Experience placement organisation for Medics and Vets.
Mock interviews for Medics and Vets with practitioners within the industry or field of
Visit to Pathology lab at University Hospital
Twinning programme with undergraduates to help with UCAS statements and
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Oxbridge student twinning scheme
Residential Medlink courses at University
Teaching experience for KS 5 students in lower school science
Nuffield Foundation Trust & SSAT bursary scheme for Yr 12 Scientists available. 4-6
weeks in Summer 2010.
Engineering in Education Science for Physics (EES)
Smallpiece Trust - Engineering courses
GCSE Science Live Conference Nov. ’09 – Yrs 9 + 10.
Open-ended topics in class on laptop. 6 questions per topic.
Salters Company offer ‘Chemistry Camps’ for Yr 10’s. These are residential courses
at universities all over the country. Heavily subsidised @ £75.00. 2 places
Art, Design, Technology
Involvement in Arts Institute @ Bournemouth (AIB) with KS5. Visits to school to
discuss career pathways, portfolio workshop & application process followed by
Exhibitions. ‘Celebrating Achievement’ and annual Art exhibition at Highcliffe Castle
in Feb. (focusing on talented achievement). Bi-annual exhibition at the Red House
Museum, focusing on technique. These are across a range of year groups.
Workshops giving access to support: extension lunchtime, after school, holiday
clubs for extension/catch up.
Yr 7 & 8 work on the Lions Peace Poster plus various competitions.
Trips and visits programme. Royal Academy in London for a Yr 9 practical
workshop. Visiting speakers coming into school e.g. graphic designer. Japanese
artist came into school to work with Yr 8 talented students for a one day workshop.
Students going out into the Christchurch community working on the ‘railway mural’
STEMNET Working with a selected group of Year 9 students to enhance their
Science and Technology experience.
Artist In Residence in collaboration with Artsway; February – March working with
small cohort of Year 10 GCSE art students.
Formalise trips & visits programme onto the school calendar and extend the
provision to a) travel abroad and b) liaise with MFL faculty.
Life drawing @ AIB with KS4 & 5 talented students.
Offering a project in Spring 2010 to Yr’s 7, 8, 9 & 10 for Art Textiles culminating in
a visit to gallery in London during Activities week. Cohort of 30 students~ 2 grps of
15 once a fortnight after school (ATT).
Additional Product Design activity to draw in interested students. Gifted & Talented
students accommodated but not exclusive.
All activities such as fieldwork, trips and visits are offered to all abilities and a range
of year groups.
Teaching groups are arranged into 4 sets in both halves of the year wherr possible..
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Yr 11 Philosophy conference in Yeovil (March)
Classical Civilisations GCSE offered in 6th form (Sept ’09)
A Level revision conference offered in London (Geog & RE).
A Level Geog. Conference @ BU (Dec ’09) e.g. ‘Coastal Management
Targeted revision sessions for invited A* & A grade students in Geog.
Reward postcards sent home regularly for outstanding work, extended work &
attainment across all subjects.
Letters of Commendation sent home.
‘Star of the Week’
VML to run trip to Natural History Museum, London for Yr 8 & 10 for targeted G & T
Yr 11 study AS modules for those students who achieved GCSE in Yr 10.
Yr 12 students to attend Peace Thread Trust conference Feb ‘10
Primary Language programme. Half of language staff visit Primary schools once or
twice a week to deliver French and Spanish to Years 3 – 6.
French support class for Primary school teachers. These are all in-house.
Exchanges for French and Spanish.
Language College Special Events – European Day of Languages, Spring Day in
Access to range of Languages KS3 – 5.
FCSE (Foundation Certificate in Secondary Education) end of KS3 qualification
offered to 4 Italian and Spanish groups in Year 9.
Saturday revision workshops for Yrs 11 & 13. Students are encouraged to attend.
Latin classes take place during lunchtime & Twilight sessions for Yrs 10 & 11.
Additional Spanish & German: GCSE pre school & post school option for dual
Booster & Master classes during lunchtime & after school in Spring & Summer terms
for Yr 11.
Twilight Language programme. These are run for adults and students;
Talk French (Mr Wayth) Thurs 3.30 – 4.30pm
Talk Mandarin (Mrs Rachel Walton) Tues 3.30 – 4.30pm
Fast Track Beginners Japanese (Mr Bryden) Tues 3.30 – 4.30pm
Japanese Intermediate (Mr Bryden) Weds 3.30 – 4.30pm
Essential Italian (Mrs Heasman) Tues 3.30 – 4.30pm
Get Started in Spanish (Mrs Mortimer) Thurs 3.3.0 – 4.30pm
Spanish Year Two (Mrs Snell) 3.30 – 4.30pm
Foreign Language Leaders Award in Yr 12.
Frontiers Day – Yr 10
Study visit to Italy – Yr 8 & Yr 12.
German Christmas market trip – yrs 8 – 10.
Bi-annual trip to France – Yr 7
Yr 13 Work Experience in France – 1 week.
Introduction of DIDA. An alternative to the ‘normal’ GCSE. This is a 4 unit course
with each unit equally I GCSE. Delivered in Years 10 & 11. Thoughts are taking
place to condense the KS3 curriculum and so starting DIDA in Year 9. There is vast
potential here for the G & T students to complete more modules. No exams. All
modules have their own website to access.
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Newsday. This is a competition run by the times education Supplement. The idea is
to produce a newspaper in 1 day (KS3 possibly?) and/or to produce a news website
in 1 day (KS4 possibly?). Open to any year. The idea may to train a small group of
invited G & T students in a club environment to take on specific roles e.g. editor and
then complete the task on a chosen date. This would lead to cross-curricular
working i.e. writing with English dept., IT skills and a possible an international
Extension tasks for KS3 & KS4 in Schemes of Work.
Podcast. Produce weekly or bi-monthly podcast which could be used to support
DIDA. EQUIPMMENT HAS BEEN SECURED & PLANNING WELL UNDERWAY.
Christchurch Schools Sports Partnership: SSCO has put in place Action Plan and
G/T Register. Latter is being updated.
Peripatetic music programme; wide range of instrumental lessons offered.
Range of concerts/performances
Music soirees for G & T. These tend to be classical.
Entry into the Global Rock competition is an annual event through Expressive
Arts. Yrs 9 – 13. (for all abilities).
Involvement of practising professionals in activities. Visiting professional
dancers come into lessons. Badminton coach invited into classes. Rugby coach
comes in every Wednesday afternoon to work with Year 10 girls. Twilight
sessions - Volleyball coach comes in every Tuesday to work with Year 7 girls and
boys. Tennis Coaches. Aerobics instructor (10 weeks).
Building links to specialist clubs/agencies to support talented students.
Mrs Elkins works with musicians & dancers after school who then perform in
School Fitness Studio part of excellence support facilities. Sixth form can use the
facilities at will and students who excel in their field are invited to take an
induction programme and can then use the facilities.
Help with fees for competitions at National level. Subsistence offered when
competing in school time.
‘Identity’ activities promote excellence (sweatshirts etc). Team strips, rugby
socks, tops for 6th form coaches.
Expressive Arts Celebration Evening. An annual event in the summer term
where certificates & trophies are presented to students representing all areas of
Expressive Arts. Videos shown.
Range of sports on offer, extensive practise programme
Range of staffing expertise to match this programme
Additional Music GCSE option (after school)
SEN reviews to cover G/T element where relevant
H2U categories for achievements of particular students
Celebration/recognition for achievements: comprehensive range of strategies.
Postcards sent home, merits awarded, half & full colours awarded on a termly
basis, extended to all year groups now.
Enter leagues where appropriate.
Enter County Golf tournaments.
JAE (Junior Athlete Programme) offered to national athletes to support their
Display of photographs for ‘Sporting Heroes’ (MWR) i.e. talented students.
PE scholarships for students entering 6th form.
Sixth Form – Oxbridge Conference (April) hosted by Thomas Hardye School
for Year 11 & 12 G & T candidates with potential to apply to Oxford/Cambridge.
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Oxbridge visit to Emirates Stadium (April)
Christchurch Student Council - Citizenship (CSE)
UK Youth Parliament Elections, open to all to apply – February. (CSE). .
Exhibition of art work (Feb) @ Highcliffe Castle. (Jan Bullas as co-ordinator).
Mock Trial Competition (MRD). 13 Yr 8/9 students to act as lawyers,
magistrates, witnesses etc in connection with a criminal case. Enter Dorset local
4 evening lectures in collaboration with Ballard school in Spring term ’09, on
a variety of topics aimed at G & T students and parents.
EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) commenced Sept ’08 with a selective
cohort of Yr 12 students. Delivered by H O’Connor. AS stand alone qualification.
Paperless qualification so all students have been given a ‘notebook’ for this.
Some are using this as a ‘roll on – roll off’ programme.
Young Enterprise Challenge for Yr 10 students @ BU to participate in Global
Trading Challenge with other local schools. More of these planned for the future.
As a consequence a group of sixth form students are producing a children’s’
story book with a publisher.
‘A’ Level Latin offered in 6th form.
Japanese & Mandarin Chinese offered as enrichment activities.
Proposed trip to Space Centre, Alabama for Mathematicians & Physicists, July
2010. (Current Yr 11 & 12).
Exchange with link school in India. 6th form cohort. (Oct. ’09; NCL & CSE)
World Challenge trip to India (July ’09).
‘I wonder............’ (a thought provoking question) in both weekly bulletins
and displayed on LCD screens in corridors.
Bursary awarded to 2 sixth form students for 1 week in July ’10; 1 for
engineering at Bristol University and another for engineering at Liverpool
University. (Tom Smith & Heidi Barnett resp.).
EPQ forums offered to G & T cohort from Yrs 9, 10 & 11 twilight over 4 Weds in
April & May to promote debate and higher order questioning.
To put G & T link on school website.
Family Learning Project working with external agencies – Yr 7 cohort as an art
based programme over 6 weeks , twilight sessions or weekend event(s) entitled ‘School
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