At Raynes Park High School, we believe that students with particular abilities and talents must be recognised and supported to be stretched. As part of this support, we have a tailored Raynes Park Scholars Programme which focuses on developing the skills and aspirations of our HPA students. This programme includes internal sessions tailored to each year group and external opportunities which HPA students are selected for throughout the year.
Raynes Park supports all students by ensuring that the work they are presented in class, challenges, and excites them on a daily basis. There are also numerous extracurricular activities on offer and students are encouraged to take advantage of these to enrich their development.
Scholars Mentoring and Tuition
The mentoring and tuition programme helps HPA students reflect on their learning and development, focus on improving scholarly skills. Students consider their aspirations and are exposed to a wide range of careers. In Year 11 we offer additional ‘stretch’ tuition both in house and in partnership with Kings College School, Wimbledon.
In these weeks, different subject areas work together to develop students’ interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Over their time in Key Stage 3, students take part in nine weeks covering a range of themes including Enterprise and Economics, Hygiene, Crime and Mystery and the Brain.
Raynes Park Lecture Series
The programme aims to develop students public speaking skills and their expertise in a specific area, by preparing their own short lecture on an academic topic of their choosing. The project launches with a guest speaker from UCL.
Kings Aspirations Project
Encourages students to think positively about themselves and their academic careers. Provides extracurricular experiences including university visits and workshops, science workshops, drama workshops and theatre visits, GCSE reinforcement classes and academic lectures.
The Brilliant Club
The Brilliant Club exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. It recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by university trips.
Over the year, students are able to participate in a range of STEM based programmes. In the Autumn Year 8 and Sixth form students work together for ‘Coral Live’, with lessons delivered by marine scientists live from the Caribbean.
The PiXL programme offers a series of video lectures on a wide range of topics that aim to inspire and challenge students. The programme will start in January 2021, check this webpage for updates.
Characteristics of High Attaining Students
- Keen powers of observation
- Read very early, often before school age
- Reads widely and rapidly
- Well-developed vocabulary – takes delight in using unusual and new words
- Have great intellectual curiosity
- Absorbs information rapidly – often called sponges
- Very good memory – can recall information in different circumstances
- Have the ability to concentrate deeply for prolonged periods
- Very good powers of reasoning and problem-solving
- Have intense interests
- Possess unusual imagination
- Have a great interest in ‘big’ questions, e.g. the nature of the universe, the problem of suffering in the world, environmental issues
- Very concerned about rights and wrongs, concerned about injustices
Supporting Your Child at Home
- Read with them, even if they are good readers
- Have a new word of the week at home
- Extend their general knowledge with a fact of the week
- Encourage physical activity to develop co-ordination and general fitness
- Do not always focus on your child’s obvious skills – encourage them to sample new activities
- Use puzzles, crosswords, logic games, word games, card games, board games to develop thinking skills and social interaction
- Learn a new language together
- Use adult language
- Give children a broad range of experiences
- Encourage children to ask questions and answer them as fully and honestly as possible but admit it when you do not have a full answer.
- Where necessary, seek to limit the number of engagements and formal activities that your child is exposed to, in order to ensure that the child has the space and ‘free time’ in which to play experiment and develop their own hobbies and interests
- Ensure learning is fun and enjoyable
- Give praise and encouragement to develop self-esteem and confidence