Top Talent Programme
Our new Top Talent Programme is all about unlocking the full potential of students from all backgrounds.
Our school vision statement is very clear: at our academy everyone succeeds and achieves their potential regardless of any personal characteristics. Background does not determine outcomes.
The aim of the HBAED Top Talent Programme is to unlock the full potential of our most talented students. The three key pillars of the HBAED Top Talent Programme are:
- Culture of Success
- Autonomy and responsibility
- Opportunities and experiences
Culture of Success
We will celebrate the successes and achievements of our students with a view to inspiring more students to follow in their footsteps. We will do this by measuring and holding ourselves accountable for outcomes – building on the outstanding progress scores in recent years by placing greater emphasis on the proportion of students achieving:
- grades 9/8/7 (or equivalent) at GCSE
- grades A*/A/B (or equivalent) at A Level
We will also seek to cultivate a culture where the emphasis is placed on students grasping the opportunities that lie ahead, together with a determination not to allow our students to be held back by the “obstacles” that they may face.
Autonomy and responsibility
We will provide greater autonomy to our most talented students and encourage them to take more responsibility for their learning and shaping their own futures.
We will do this through initiatives to support independent learning and providing suitable resources for students to use.
We will also help them to develop the key skills that they will need to succeed in their future careers – in particular, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.
Opportunities and experiences
We will seek to open more doors for our students so that they benefit from opportunities and gain experience which will help to bridge the gap when compared with students from more affluent backgrounds.
We will do this by organising more visits to top universities and leading employers, as well as regularly inviting external visitors to deliver assemblies and workshops at the school.
We will also seek to enrich students’ cultural awareness through visits to museums, galleries and theatres. Find out more about recent trips and visits by all students.
How we select students for the Top Talent Programme
The students on the Top Talent programme will be the top ten students by attainment in each year group, based on the most recent summer assessment scores in English and Maths (or based on their Attainment 8 scores).
In addition, there will be five additional students who are receiving Pupil Premium or Free School Meals, or who have English as an additional language, or special education needs.
We will also identify creative talents in each year group – students who excel in Art, Music and Drama.