Stamford Queen Eleanor School extends its programme for gifted and talented pupils

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A SCHOOL is extending a programme for gifted and talented pupils after a pilot scheme was a success.

Stamford Queen Eleanor School in Green Lane, Stamford, is launching the programme called Promoting the Education of the Most Able.

As part of this, it will be extending its master classes in maths, science and Italian on Saturday mornings for pupils in Years 5 and 6.

The school has already piloted these lessons for a year, following a review by Lincolnshire County Council. It will also be adding to the master classes to include humanities, art and design technology.

The aim of these sessions is to give the most able pupils a “head start” in their Key Stage 3 education.

The sessions have been chosen to challenge pupils from an early stage.

Headteacher Wendy Hamilton said the school prides itself in meeting the needs of all its pupils.

She said: “I am delighted the work we have trialled this year has been successful and well supported and now we can extend and embed it for the future.

“Queen Eleanor offers high level provision for the most able young people including AS provision in Year 11 with support from the University of Leeds.

“We are committed to delivering a high quality curriculum that leads to success for our students.”

In addition to the programme, the school also runs a junior baccalaureate curriculum for pupils in Years 7 and 8, which ensures pupils are put in sets according to their abilities for maths, English, science, history, geography, religious education and modern foreign languages.

Pupils also have the opportunity to study Italian and French from Year 7 onwards with Russian available as an extra-curricular activity. In Year 7, there is also a critical thinking and opening minds programme to develop higher level thinking skills, which includes visiting employers and universities and hearing from speakers.

Lincolnshire County Council has backed the scheme, which executive councillor for children’s services Patricia Bradwell (Con) described as an “important initiative” for children in Stamford area.

She said: “It will give an important boost to our gifted and talented pupils and we will continue to support Queen Eleanor School to ensure its success.”