Scholars' Programme

Our scholars’ programme is evolving under the leadership of new Assistant Principal (Sixth form & Scholarship), Mr George Ray. We seek to identify opportunities for the most intellectual pupils to explore ideas and themes beyond the normal classroom syllabi, to test and form their thinking through discussion and debate, to present arguments and encounter expert academics, especially from the university sector. In developing such a programme we recognise that pupils who wish to extend themselves and their thinking are a group with particular learning needs, and that the habits of mind and quizzicality of thought which make for successful transition to the most selective universities and courses.

Inclusion within the scholars’ programme is open to all pupils; whilst some are strongly encouraged to be part of the programme on the basis of their intellectual ability, no pupil is excluded and is therefore able to opt in, in keeping with the open ethos of the school.