'Most able' students
At Vyners, we ‘strive for excellence’ in all that we do. Consequently, we acknowledge the needs of all of our students, including those with special educational needs and the needs of our most able students. Many Vyners students start in Year 7 with high National Curriculum Levels in Maths and English and we aim to ensure that all students make significant progress throughout Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. As part of their comprehensive education all students experience a challenging curriculum and have the opportunity to participate in a broad enrichment programme. Aspiration (one of our four values) is integral to the learning experience at Vyners and we encourage learners to develop their active learning skills and higher level questioning (questions which demonstrate skills in analysis, synthesis and evaluation) skills in order to achieve their full potential.
Our 'most able' students are identified as having an ability to develop to a level significantly ahead of their peers, or having the potential to develop those abilities. Some children excel in particular areas, learn faster than others or have high potential. The progress of every 'most able' student is very important to us at Vyners and we aim to ensure that all learners continually feel stretched and challenged. Those students who are identified as ‘gifted’ learners are those who have abilities in one or more academic subject, like Maths and English, and who make up the top 10% of students based on the Key Stage 2 SAT scores and Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) taken early in Year 7. Our provision for gifted and talented students is firmly embedded in our ‘Aspiration’ programme, aimed at stretching and challenging all learners inclusive of our the most able.
This has three core elements:
Scheduled – stretch and challenge in the classroom in the form of differentiated and extension activities for the most able students during lessons, across all key stages.
Scholastic excellence – exam challenge and aiming for an A* grade standard of work in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 and working beyond a Level 7 standard of work by the end of Key Stage 3: e.g. mentoring of individual students and groups of students.
Enrichment – deep challenge e.g. whole school challenge initiatives, extra-curricular activities and visits to other institutions and universities.