High Ability Students
At Sirius Academy West (“Ofsted Rated Outstanding 2014”) we deem the responsibility of providing high quality teaching and learning as absolutely paramount. We challenge our high ability students to push the boundaries by constantly heightening expectations, whilst also encouraging them to aspire beyond the realms of the ordinary by enhancing their intellectual bravery so that they make rapid progress. To achieve this, we ensure that our students are stretched in every lesson.
On arrival in Year 7, students are identified as ‘high ability’ based on their Key Stage 2 scores and ‘talented’ based on exceptional performance in particular skills (e.g.: in sports, music, drama, art).
All of our class registers clearly identify our high ability students; teachers then use this information to ensure that lessons, and homework tasks, cater for their needs and stretch them sufficiently.
Additionally, a number of extra-curricular, enrichment activities and intervention sessions are provided across the Academy (in a range of subject areas) to offer unique and interesting opportunities to enable our high ability students to become engaged and intellectually stimulated outside of the classroom, as well as in it.
Mr Matthew O’Neill (Coordinator of High Ability Students) is the point of contact for advice and information regarding all matters concerned with our high ability cohort of students.