Gifted and Talented
Vision and Mission
At Barton Manor School we wish to nurture and develop all students and to provide an environment rich in opportunities for learning and for the development of individual gifts and talents.
We aim to inspire our students to be global citizens prepared for the exciting opportunities and challenges of today’s world. They will be encouraged to develop thinking skills that can be applied across disciplines, to learn languages which will allow them to communicate with confidence, and to develop the skills of leadership, collaboration and self-knowledge essential for happiness and personal fulfilment.
Each student at Barton Manor School is unique and our programmes are designed to support the developing needs of our students. The Gifted and Talented programmes are created to ensure the very best success for those students identified as having a particular gift or talent but are also open to all students who wish to aim high and achieve the very best in their academic and personal development.
Our partnership with Barton Court Grammar School will allow us to share ideas, resources and best practice to ensure all students have access to opportunities to stretch and challenge in all subjects to encourage academic excellence, and with individual talents in Art, Music, Drama, Dance, Sport and Design Technology. Senior students at Barton Court Grammar School will mentor students at Barton Manor school and joint opportunities will be offered to students in both schools.
Curriculum – “The Grammar Learning Pathway”
In Key Stage 3, there is an opportunity for students to follow the “Grammar Learning Pathway”.
Students study an academic curriculum making sure they are stretched and challenged across a wide range of traditional subjects, which includes a Modern Foreign language. This programme provides ideal preparation for the EBacc programme at KS4.
In Key Stage 4, all students start their GCSE/Level 2 courses and there is an opportunity for students to study the traditional EBacc programme. This is the most prestigious learning pathway offered and will lead to the English Baccalaureate qualification. The EBacc provides students with a broad range of academic subjects upon which to build any future career options. It is expected by this Government that all students, at KS4, follow this pathway and it is recognised as a highly prestigious pathway by school Sixth Forms, Colleges, Universities and employers and is ideal preparation for Post-16 study.
To achieve the EBacc, students must gain a GCSE grade 9-5 in six subjects. These subjects must include:
- English Language
- 2 Sciences (2 from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Combined Science (2 GCSEs))
- 1 Humanity (1 from History or Geography)
- 1 MFL (1 from French or Spanish
Students gifted or talented in a specific field or subject will be provided with opportunities within and beyond the classroom to achieve their own personal excellence. They will be consistently challenged to push themselves further and given opportunities to share their ability with others through leadership and challenging learning tasks. The success of our students will be widely celebrated as we celebrate a culture where gifts and talents are nurtured and appreciated.
Extra-curricular opportunities, visits, competitions, exhibitions, events, concerts, productions, will be widely available and students will be encouraged to take part with as many as possible to extend their skills further and to broaden their learning.
Gifted and Talented students in Key Stage 3 will complete a programme within Tutor Time which is focused on developing key learning strategies which will support their ability to push and challenge themselves in lessons and become the most confident learners possible. Students in Key Stage 4 will be given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification. This GCSE course provides the students with an opportunity to research into a topic of personal interest and complete an academic piece of writing about it. Whilst completing the project they develop a range of transferrable skills including research, organisation, problem solving and communication. Students in Year 11 will be supported to develop the strategies required to achieve the highest possible grades in their GCSE examination through effective learning and revision strategies. We plan for students to be given the opportunity to be part of the ‘Brilliant Club’ scheme which gives them the opportunity to work with a PhD graduate to complete a series of tutorials and finally produce their own academic piece of writing.
It is planned that Barton Manor will work closely with Barton Court Grammar School and very closely with local universities to support our Gifted and Talented students. These opportunities push students to take their gifts and talents to a higher level and have experiences to support their passion for life-long learning.
Links with Barton Court Grammar School
There are a wide range of opportunities and activities available at Barton Court Grammar School for students to enjoy and it is planned to replicate these at Barton Manor School. These enrichment opportunities are provided to expose our students to exciting and interesting ideas which will in turn help them to develop into confident and curious young men and women. In addition, undertaking a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and demonstrating a wide learning experience is a vital element of preparation for university application, further education/training and employment.
Students will be encouraged to develop their leadership skills over the course of their years at Barton Manor School, particularly in Years 10-13, and we wish to see them become independent and confident leaders in our school community. Therefore, in addition to our prefect system, we provide opportunities for students to become subject prefects, to lead clubs and societies and to establish their own extra-curricular activities and societies.
All students will be encouraged to organise an event, either for a charitable cause, to promote a club or society, or to entertain and exhibit work to the public.
In addition, students will be encouraged develop confidence and ability in public speaking and presentation through participation in debate and public speaking societies. All students will receive coaching and guidance in effective presentation and public speaking skills. Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in formal debate competitions, the Youth Speaks public speaking contests and to sit for the LAMDA speaking examinations.
There will be a wide range of trips and visits available to students over the course of the year and we would encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity to develop their understanding and experience of the world. Students will also be encouraged to suggest and plan trips which they regard as beneficial and exciting for a group.
In addition, students will have access to a range of workshops and Enrichments Days. It is our aim that students regard enrichment as an essential element of learning and that they feel comfortable in new and challenging learning environments. These experiences are designed to encourage independent learning and the investigation of possible career paths.
Students will also be given help and guidance when looking at opportunities for work experience and every effort will be made to ensure that students find placements which will meet their ambitions and career interests.
Inspire Lecture Series
Students will be able to attend inspirational and motivational lectures by a range of professionals that are offered at Barton Court Grammar School. The lectures are held once a month at Barton Court and they focus on a wide variety of subjects from medicine to music. We hope that Barton Manor students will take advantage of the opportunity to hear professionals talk from a position of experience and wisdom.
The Aim High programme at Barton Court Grammar School is open to any student in the Trust who wishes to attend a Russell Group or Top 25 University in any subject. As competition for places is challenging, it is essential that students are supported in this ambition from Year 10. Students on the Aim High programme will be encouraged to research courses at the universities, attend open days and maintain excellent academic progress with a top university goal in mind. In addition, students will be encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities so that they can create an interesting and attractive Curriculum Vitae prior to application.
Medics, Dentists and Vets
Students who are interested in a career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine will be placed on a four-year programme alongside Barton Court students designed to stimulate their interest in the field, support the challenge of application and ensure that they are prepared for a challenging career. Students will have the opportunity for university visits, support from mentors in the field and attendance at open days and tasters. In addition, students will have the support of a staff mentor from Barton Court science department and regular opportunities to meet with professionals for guidance, advice and inspiration.
Preparation for Oxbridge must begin early! Any student at Barton Manor who is identified as having Oxbridge potential in Year 10 upwards will be placed on the four-year programme which is run by Barton Court Grammar School. In addition, students who have ambition, but may not have been ‘identified’, to apply to Oxbridge are welcome to join the programme at Barton Court Grammar School. Students will have access to a range of activities intended to develop their understanding of and interest in an Oxbridge degree. They will attend open days, short courses and visits, research the application process and develop an academic and rich extra-curricular profile prior to application. Academic progress will be monitored and students will be supported in their quest for excellence. In addition, students will be given opportunities to practice for the Oxbridge examinations and the interview so that they develop a confident understanding of the process.
Any students at Barton Manor school who are considering a law degree will be offered support and guidance specific to their needs, by joining the Barton Court Grammar School programme. Students will be encouraged to research the various fields of Law including Jurisprudence and Ethics so that their application is strengthened by an understanding of the philosophical and political importance of the field. In addition, students will be encouraged to attend open days and relevant talks and workshops in aspects of Law. They will be offered support in preparation for the LMAT and interview process. Potential law students will also be encouraged to work with a professional mentor in the field. Future lawyers need to demonstrate an ability to think and argue rationally and clearly. We will, therefore, encourage our future lawyers to participate in debate, public speaking and philosophy clubs.
Engineering and STEM
Our future engineers, mathematicians and scientists will also benefit from a four-year plan tailored to meet their particular needs, by joining the Barton court Grammar School programme. As the world of science and technology changes so rapidly it is vital that students keep abreast of developments through attendance at workshops, lectures and open days. In addition, there are many opportunities for students to compete in various fields of science and technology and our future scientists will be encouraged to participate in a range of extra-curricular events and competitions. STEM activities will be advertised through tutor groups and by the Science and Maths Departments. There are also regular opportunities for young women who are hoping to undertake a degree or career in a STEM related subject. The Gifted and Talented Coordinator will ensure that the young women of BMS are aware of these opportunities.
Support and Mentoring
Students at Barton Manor School will have access to a wide range of support as they prepare for success. Each student on the Gifted register will be designated a staff mentor who will track and monitor their progress and ensure that they are achieving their academic potential in the subject in which they have displayed ability.
In addition, all students will work closely with the Gifted and Talented Coordinator who will meet with them on a regular basis. The Gifted and Talented Coordinator will hold regular focus groups in which students can share ideas and concerns, develop ideas for events and presentations, and determine the future of the programmes on offer. Student voice is essential so that programmes are fresh, innovative and interesting for the student body.
In addition, we expect Barton Court Grammar School Gifted Year 12 and 13 students to develop their potential as leaders through mentoring younger students at Barton Manor School and running clubs in specific areas to inspire students and aid their learning.
Parent support is vital and there are many ways that you can become involved and help us to support the development of happy and successful young people at either Barton Court Grammar School and/or Barton Manor School.
- If you have a particular experience within a professional career we would welcome your input and time in the form of lectures, workshops or support sessions.
- We frequently require professional support for mock-interviews in a range of fields
- We will hold a number of careers events, including a career fair which require a variety of professional representatives to help students learn about the world of work.
- Professional mentors are vitally important and help us to support students who aspire to careers unique to those of their own family members
- We aim to help students find rich and interesting work experience opportunities that pertain to a possible career choice. If you are able to offer students a short placement we would love to hear from you.
- We hold several information evenings over the school year to help and support parents and offer advice on ways that parents can help their son or daughter to become happy, independent and passionate life-long learners.