Curricular Support

Dyslexia

All new entrants to the Senior School, including all of Year 7, are routinely screened for indicators of dyslexia; with parental permission.

Pupils with dyslexia are offered specialist literacy tuition in the Senior School. At KS3 these pupils are withdrawn from curriculum subject and at KS4, the pupils attend support lessons during an activity session each week. They are taught by qualified specialist teachers and lessons are based on the Dyslexia Institute Literacy Programme which is structured, cumulative and involves multi-sensory teaching methods.

Pupils at KS4 have generally completed a literacy programme when they were younger and support is offered in the way of ‘drop in’ sessions to help with organisation, revision techniques or essay planning.

Each pupil who is withdrawn for support has an Individual Teaching Plan and their progress is monitored twice a year using standardised tests. Given the appropriate support, most of our dyslexic pupils develop strategies to help them overcome their difficulties and to achieve well.

Gifted and Talented

The Gifted and Talented programme is aimed at supporting, stimulating and challenging able, gifted and talented pupils to an appropriate level. It is a continuous process throughout the pupil’s time in the school. Our programme enriches our gifted and talented pupils’ curriculum and gives them opportunities to achieve their very best.   

  • gifted pupil is one who has the capacity for, or who already demonstrates, high levels of performance in one or more academic areas.
  • talented pupil is one with a specific ability in Music, Art, PE, any sport or other creative art.

Gifted and talented pupils are identified by using both quantitative and qualitative data, including prior attainment and rate of progress. Identification may take the form of available test data and results of in-class assessment, individual staff nominations, value-added data (MIDYIS and YELLIS), capped GCSE scores and reference to prior achievement. Pupils who are identified will have a meeting with the Lead Teacher for Advanced Performance and be placed on the school's Gifted and Talented register. If pupils demonstrate the highest level of ability then registration with IGGY, through school, will be a possibility.

The progress of gifted or talented pupils is continually monitored during the year. The Lead Teacher for Advanced Performance is constantly working with the Assistant Head (Learning) i/c SEND and Subject Leaders to ensure that these pupils are challenged and supported on a regular basis. Individual departments write subject-specific policies which outline how they meet the needs of these pupils. Each department has a designated ‘gifted and talented’ representative who liaises with the coordinator on a regular basis. There are frequent analyses of assessments within departments throughout the year and progress against target grades on the school tracker system is checked three times a year in order to ensure that these pupils are achieving their full potential.

All staff challenge their pupils by incorporating a range of higher-level thinking skills in their day-to-day teaching. However, in addition, pupils have benefited from events such as:

    • Year 10 and 11 National Gifted and Talented Day conferences
    • acceleration programmes to GCSE in certain subjects
    • opportunities for able soloists to perform in public events such as school concerts and services;
    • opportunities to work with pupils in the Preparatory School
    • UK Mathematics Challenge
    • participation in master classes given by professional musicians
    • participation in school mentoring programmes
    • ‘Going Global’ Modern Foreign Languages Day at the University of Hull
    • auditions with the National Youth Theatre
    • Young Geographer of the Year challenge
    • Year 11 ‘aim high’ visits to Cambridge University
    • Year 12 Master classes at Hull University