Post 16 Extension Group

What does it involve?

The Northern Alliance has identified a need to give a great extension experience (a ‘super-curriculum’) to our brightest post 16 students.

We want our students to be able to get places in the most competitive universities and disciplines, where an A* alone isn’t enough.  These are universities which are looking for 98% UMS, or an ability to think beyond the A-level rubric, or to perform impressively during a challenging interview; all of which needs both breadth and depth of experience.

As individual institutions, our resources are limited.  However, students can develop a competitive edge by working with others who are as good as they are – and in some areas, better.  Teachers need to see (and hear, and do) what the most able do, to ensure that they can support and facilitate the independent learning that will take these students through their own personal sound barrier.

It is difficult, as one institution, to get a top name to come and work with half-a-dozen young people.  But as an Alliance we can offer a much wider range of activities and support for these students as a community in their own right–so between us, we tick every demographic box, and as we are determined to offer quality without compromise – we become quite irresistible!

We want our brightest pupils talking with each other, sharing experiences, extending their knowledge, ambitions and aspirations to energise them to make the very best of their abilities – these are exciting times and we want your pupils and your schools to be a part of it!

What are we trying to achieve?

  • Our very best students will be best prepared for challenging university interview and entrance tests by working together across institutions at a much higher level than ordinary lessons allow.
  • An element of competition followed by reflection and sharing will be necessary.
  • Sessions need to allow us to deliver information and ideas that are unfamiliar, surprising, disturbing, challenging – so students learn to live with uncertainty rather than reject it.
  • Our best staff must also engage with this kind of material/problem solving so that we can embed something sustainable in our schools and colleges rather than hand-over responsibility for stretching students to others.

We’re looking for students to join this community – they should be the ones who we know are going to achieve very well at A level – AAA/A*A*A* students.   Dependent on context, their GCSE results would be between 5 and 11 A*s. Candidates selected should be the ones who are applying for places on highly competitive Russell Group university courses, and who are likely to be selected by interview.

Looking further ahead…

A number of our Alliance members have expressed an interest in running future sessions enabling us to tap into a wealth of experience and knowledge that we can bring to these most able students. The plan is to set up four sessions, one a month between January and Easter.

We are very open to suggestions for future sessions! Or if you have staff who lift academically strong students to the highest levels or with expertise in particular fields who think, talk and teach in this way then please get in contact… details below.

Martin Griffin

Head of Sixth Form

The Blue Coat School


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