Gifted and Talented
At Yewlands we offer a wide range of support for able, gifted and talented students. In the summer the number of students achieving A and A* at GCSE doubled and we expect this number to be even higher next year. In many curriculum subjects our most able follow programmes of study specifically designed for them to challenge and enthuse them in their learning. Our staff are also trained and kept up to date in providing personalised learning for all students within their lessons, including high achievers, and those talented in a particular subject.
Our most able students at Yewlands are also encouraged to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities, including 'Aim Higher' events and visits to local and national universities; the Cutlers' Ambassador Award to encourage budding scientists and engineers, subject master classes and (new this year) the bar mock trial, giving students a taste of what a career in law could be like. Our staff have a range of high flying contacts, including a link with Cambridge University, and have arranged successful work placements and opportunities for students with specific careers in mind. We also have a Higher Ability Co-ordinator whose role is to ensure the needs of able, gifted and talented students are being met and that they are provided with the opportunities to reach their full potential.
Upcoming opportunities for our higher ability students:
Year 10 Visit to Cambridge University – March 2015
Year 9/10 University talks/career advice with Sheffield Hallam University – January 2015 onwards
Year 9 Yew Futures Project – ongoing
Year 9 Discover Us in partnership with the University of Sheffield – ongoing
Year 8 Spanish mentoring with Year 6 students – ongoing
Year 8 'Teen Tech' visit to Doncaster Racecourse – March 2015
Year 6-7 Transition – Summer 2015