Academically More Able
Rossett is committed to providing an environment which encourages all students to maximise their potential and this includes those who are academically more able and those who are talented.
Academically More Able and Talented Students
We have over 300 Academically More Able and Talented students across all year groups for whom we ensure a range of enrichment activities as well as embedding activities into all our schemes of learning to stretch and develop critical thinking skills.
Our AMA and Aim Higher Coordinator ensures that we maintain good links with Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell group universities to ensure that appropriate applications are supported and encouraged. Other opportunities such as inter school debating and participation in relevant conferences and competitions are also organised.
Here is a selection of the many activities on offer:
- Visits and talks from Oxford University staff and graduates
- Mandarin after school sessions for Years 7 and 8
- Weekly Debating Club plus Red Kite inter-school and national debating competitions.
- EPQ for sixth form and early entry for year 11 students
- Rotary Technology Competition
- Sutton Trust Summer School (offering Year 12 students an insight into undergraduate life)
- Computer Club (Scratch programming)
- Maths Challenge (National Competition)
- Young Sports Leaders
- STEM club and CREST award (Science, Technology, Engineering Maths)
- Numerous sporting activities with specialist coaching opportunities
- Frequent and diverse music and drama activities
Academically Most Able students
These are students who are able across all their academic subjects. We use the following criteria to identify these students:
- An average points score of 115 or above in KS2 reading and maths SATS (if relevant)
- Rossett teachers’ input
These are students who have a particular aptitude for a specific subject. This is especially relevant for the practical subjects (PE, DT, Music, Art & Drama) but could just as easily be applied to any non-practical subject (e.g. Maths or MFL).
These students will be predominantly catered for (including stretch and challenge in the classroom, extra enrichment opportunities and tracking and monitoring and subsequent interventions) by the identifying departments. All subject areas at Rossett are aware of who their talented students are and are encouraged to nurture and stretch these students.
AMA steering group
There are termly meetings at Rossett where AMA representatives from each faculty meet to exchange ideas of how to stretch and challenge students further in the classroom.