At The Buckingham School, we are devoted to providing opportunities to students that will help them reach their maximum potential. All of our students are entitled to a programme that will enable them to flourish, not only academically, but socially. Listed below, you will find key programmes, activities and suggested reading lists in order to help your child succeed.
How is a student identified as Most Able?
Pupils are identified by their KS2 data in the core subjects of English and Maths. This data is provided to our school by their primaries. The data indicates that these individuals will be exceptionally able in a range of subject areas. To be eligible for the whole-school list, your son/daughter can be nominated by any member of staff at any point throughout the academic year.
What is the difference between ‘Most Able and ‘Gifted and Talented’?
‘Gifted’ is defined as being very able in an academic stream, whereas ‘talented’ is possessing an exceptional skill set in a practical subject, such as Art, Music, PE or Drama. Departmental policies are put in place to support the gifted and talented in that specific stream in addition to the programmes and extra-curricular activities listed below.
How will I know if my child is on the list?
A letter will be sent home to parents or guardians of identified pupils. At any point during the academic year, a student may be added or removed from the list. However, all strategies and interventions will be put in place and contact home will be provided in the unlikely event that a student is removed from that list. As a school, we strive for students to reach their potential and ensure that their chance to succeed is well supported.
Suggestions for Parents / Carers in supporting your able child
- Puzzles, crosswords, logic games, word games, card games and board games all help to develop thinking skills while encouraging social interaction
- Encourage your child to ask questions about a variety of topics and respond as honestly as possible but admit if you do not have the answer
- Encourage free time through physical exercise or activities
- Encourage wider reading
The Brilliant Club
This is a non-profit organization which sends PhD students from all over the country into primary and secondary schools to lead tutorial-style lecturers to a select group of students. To find out more about the program, please follow this link http://www.thebrilliantclub.org
Please click below to see a presentation and also a chart, which explain how The Brilliant Club works.
The Scholars Programme - chart
The Brilliant Club - presentation
Future Scholar’s Awards
The FSA award scheme is run by The Department of Education. It provides the opportunity for five top-achieving Year 9 students to visit a Russell Group University. They would partake in numerous activities throughout the day. It is meant to encourage and educate students on what it is like to study at a university.
For further information, please look at the link below.
The Somerville Campus is located in the heart of Oxford, 40 minutes from The Buckingham School. The campus is our regional link to this prestigious school and provides numerous opportunities for our students to get involved.
Global Links and Wider Reading
A part of being well educated is also about being well-informed about what current events are taking place throughout the world and making connections to our own lives. For national news, please refer to the following: www.bbc.co.uk/news for the most up to date events from around the world.
Choosing a University
Choosing a university is always an exciting, yet overwhelming, experience. To start thinking about options and places of study, look to The Department of Education website: http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk
Starting in the Spring, universities locally and nationally will start to host Open Days and Fairs. Please check in to the site to find out when and where your child can visit.
'Most Able' Extra Curriculuar Activities
The Buckingham School run a variety of extra-curricular activities to help to support and develop our 'Most Able' students. If you would like to find out more about the activities available, please contact the relevant Curriculum Leader.