High ability students have always achieved very good GCSE grades at Uffculme School but in order to inspire and motivate our very top students we initiated our 'Aspire' programme in 2013.
Students in Years 7-9 are selected to be part of this programme on the basis of their prior attainment as this is a very good predictor of future success. This of course does not preclude other students from making excellent progress over these three years and being predicted A and A* grades at GCSE. In Year 10 those students that are predicted 100% A and A* grades are included in the Aspire group based on a combination of prior attainment and a referral by the tutor as a student that would benefit from the intervention offered as part of the Aspire programme. These interventions include a termly mentoring meeting looking at both academic and extra-curricular progress in order to identify any barriers to learning and success in future college and university applications. We also hope to address issues related to confidence, stress and team-building at appropriate points in the school calendar. In addition to this there will be college and university visits and the chance to hear from people that are currently undertaking post-graduate qualifications or work in a range of high profile professions to inspire and promote the highest aspirations amongst our highest ability students.
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