As a school it is our responsibility to ensure that ALL students achieve their potential. At Walton-le-Dale High School we therefore recognise and promote outstanding achievement for ALL students through providing challenge, stretch and enjoyment in ALL educational opportunities.
“Throughout all subjects and aspects of their school life we want our students to develop a set of skills, qualities and attitudes that will not only help them to succeed in their studies but help them to become responsible citizens and to be successful in all aspects of their future life, as our motto states we are “Learning for Life”. We want our students to ASPIRE”
(Taken from our curriculum intent)
At the start of each academic year we create a register of ‘More Able’ students using prior attainment (KS2 data). This register is distributed to all staff to make them aware that this cohort of students need to be specifically catered for in lessons, through development of differentiated, challenging activities which extend their knowledge, ability and particularly their thinking skills.
We do not label our most able students as “gifted” or “talented” but we do recognise that a student’s aptitude and promise is only the beginning of their journey.
Outside of the classrooms our students have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in many co-curricular activities which include:
- Sports training and events
- Sewing bee
- Technology clubs
- Art club
- STEM activities
We are committed to a curriculum which allows our students choice through their education with us, and to open doors to new opportunities as they prepare to leave.
To support our students and to raise aspiration we have an extensive careers programme which includes:
- One to one guidance interviews
- The opportunity to complete work experience
- Employer encounters
- FE and HE encounters
Our students also have opportunities beyond the classroom to stretch themselves in different ways. For example, those students with talents in sport or the performing arts have opportunities to represent the school, and are also helped and encouraged to join external clubs and represent at a higher level.
Alongside our curriculum and co-curricular activities our students have the opportunity to participate in further enrichment activities that include:
- Master classes at FE providers
- Technology challenges
- Public speaking competitions