Above: Year 11 students visiting Cambridge University in January 2016
Ridgeway High School students are given the opportunity, the encouragement and the support to reach the very top. In particular, we encourage high-achieving students to think seriously about the lifelong benefits of university education. Students are given a variety of opportunities from Year 9 to Year 11 to visit local universities and those further afield, for example in January 2016, we were visited by St Peter’s College from Oxford University on how to apply to ‘Oxbridge’.
Mr Heayns works closely with staff from Cambridge University, Oxford University, Liverpool University, Lancaster University & we are a partner school to Edge Hill University.
Students who enter Ridgeway with high test scores from primary school, or who are identified through our baseline testing as gifted in a particular subject area, are included in our gifted and talented programme. This includes close mentoring and support to ensure that they are suitably stretched and challenged in order to reach their full potential.
Mr Heayns also works with other staff to ensure that a programme of study is available to stretch and challenge our most able students.
The Gifted programme is in full flow for Key Stage 3, with Independent Learning Challenges (now called Re;search) for Year 7 and 8. We aim to help students to develop independent learning skills but also their ability to manage their time around a project. Previously students were set specific tasks to complete but after taking on board student feedback, the Independent Learning Challenge was changed to Re;search. The Re;search project sets a student a particular task and skill and gives them the freedom to complete it on an issue, topic or area of their interest.
Older students are monitored for any areas that need further help and are offered the support in curriculum areas to deal with these so that they can achieve the very best. Ultimately, this may lead to close mentoring from Mr Heayns, where he works with students to help them analyse their own underperformance, areas for improvement and helps to put in place a programme to help a student help themselves to improve.
For our older students, we also run a series of trips to see the realities of university life and what is required of the modern-day student. We also want to show students how to make their applications stand out in the competitive world that we live in. The competition for university places is intense; students need to be able to showcase a range of skills, interests and qualifications to achieve places in top universities.
Click here to read about the visit to Edge Hill University in February 2017.
Click to read about the visit to Edge Hill University in March 2016.
Click to read about the visit to Cambridge University in January 2016.
The Talented programme has visited the Wirral Athletics Trials and more trips are to follow as the year goes on. We aim to help students to access coaching qualifications, to see artists at work and to experience how musical theatre works.
If you would like to know more about the Gifted & Talented programme, please e-mail: email@example.com