The Chesterfield philosophy is “Cuique Optimum” – for everyone the best. We recognise all students as individuals and aim to provide a consistent approach for them. We are conscious that the most able have as much right to a curriculum that meets their needs and aspirations as all other students. In line with our Equal Opportunities policy our philosophy is to develop a curriculum with enhancement opportunities from which all students will benefit – directly or indirectly.
The aims for the most able students in the school are the same as for all students in the school. They are to:
· Identify the needs of individual students and provide an appropriate and challenging curriculum to meet their needs
· Provide an education which develops the whole person
· Provide a safe and secure working environment which is low in stress and high in challenge
· Offer opportunities to develop the specific skills and talents of our pupils
· Ensure high standards of conduct, attitude and quality of work
· Promote the use of higher order thinking skills and creativity
· Encourage independent learning
We aim to provide:
· Enrichment/extension activities which are pitched at an appropriate level of depth, cognitive and skills challenge.
· A focus on teaching of thinking skills, problem solving, reasoning, decision making and how to process, record and utilise information effectively.
· In conjunction with study skills, an emphasis on research, independent learning and the use of ICT.
· Opportunities for students to work with those of similar abilities.
· Different assessment tasks which allow for high achievement within lessons and as homework activities.
· A curriculum that stimulates, is rigorous and provides challenge for all students.
The most able cohort will also be offered extra-curricular activities to supplement the curriculum including:
· School clubs
· Trips and visits
· Enrichment and extension days, lessons and activities