True to the Heathfield ethos our Highly Able programme centres around individuality and learning beyond the classroom.
Identification and support
Identification of the Highly Able is based on KS2 data and testing across multiple year groups. Gifted and Talented pupils, who excel in particular subject areas, are identified by teachers.
Pupils meet with the Highly Able coordinators to evaluate their individual learning needs and set targets reflecting their long-term aspirations. Forward thinking is encouraged from the moment a pupil enters the school through career advice and university visits, while specialised staff prepare Oxbridge applicants.
A Pupil Profile, outlining a girl’s unique learning needs and aspirations, is shared with all staff involved, during and outside of school hours, to ensure the best possible support. The Highly Able coordinators further monitor progress against targets in half-yearly meetings. In some cases, we also allocate a more senior Highly Able pupil to act as a mentor.
Awards and Events
Scholarships are available for pupils who demonstrate significant levels of academic, creative or sportive achievement. Subject leaders guide scholars to make the most of curriculum enrichment and leadership opportunities. Highflyer Awards are for outstanding pieces of work, presented at half term Celebration Assemblies.
Lunchtime meetings provide an opportunity for the Highly Able to get together and discuss a range of themes, such as preparing for Oxbridge. Departments encourage talented pupils to participate in national events, such as the Maths Olympiad or Chemistry Salters.
Being a boarding school enables us to create the exciting environment in which learning never stops through visits, talks by visiting speakers and unique events, such as visits from the NASA Solar system Ambassador and ‘BBC Any Questions’.
See Events for more details.