We award academic scholarships on entry to the school and after GCSE results. Specialist awards are given for Sport, Art and Music scholarships. We respond to the needs of the academically able and gifted by setting in some subjects, by providing stretching activities in lessons, and by entering pupils for national competitions. There are many opportunities for debating and public speaking and we also have a very successful cycle of Burrell Society talks where guest speakers provide stimulating and topical lectures.
Academic study and creative work is further developed in the Sixth Form with our Extension Studies programme. The most challenging aspect of this is the Extended Project Qualification which fosters creativity and independence, providing a path towards undergraduate level study. We host an Oxbridge Forum and those aspiring to be medics, dentists and vets benefit from annual mock interviews involving local doctors.
There is a wide range of orchestras, choirs and musical ensembles and Art and Design clubs that help talented pupils to flourish. School plays and musicals also feature prominently throughout the school year. Pupils’ experiences of art and theatre are enhanced by our artists in residence and our resident professional theatre company, cube theatre.
The development of leadership potential is addressed through a number of activities, which include our tutorial and prefect system and PSHEE programme, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and overseas expeditions. For those in the Sixth Form, we also provide the Community Sports Leadership Award.