Able, Gifted and Talented Programme
At Ashmole we intend to provide an education suitable for all students and where every child can make excellent progress. In January 2015, the school achieved the NACE Challenge Award. This Award is the highest accolade awarded by the National Association for Able Pupils in Education (NACE). To achieve this the school was visited by NACE inspectors who observed lessons, inspected pupils’ work and spoke to parents, staff and governors
To ensure that more able students make excellent progress, we identify them on the School Able, Gifted and Talented Register. Such students have all round ability, across the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and have developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group. These students enter the Sixth Form with a significant number of A* grades or grade 8 and above at GCSE
In an increasingly competitive world, it is important that we guide and support our able learners so that their applications for higher education and employment are as enriched as possible. To achieve this, we have created a bespoke programme for our able learners called the Ashmolean Programme. The programme involves a variety of activities including opportunities to visit higher education institutions to encourage aspiration. In addition, students can make use of Firefly – our virtual learning environment. The Gifted and Talented pages are filled with suggestions for able students to extend their learning. There are also suggestions for wider reading and exhibitions along with information on events and courses. Each subject area also provides a Gifted and Talented section with resources to extend learning.
All G&T students’ performance is monitored and both individual and group mentoring sessions are conducted accordingly at least once per term to ensure that students are maintaining high levels of achievement.
Ashmole has a healthy alumni community and this is regularly tapped into to provide inspiration and guidance for our most able students. Recent visits have included a Cambridge Economics graduate and an HS2 engineer.