More Able Pupils
At Ewell Castle School we aim to provide a rich educational environment in which each child can achieve their potential; this includes ensuring that more able students have access to a broad range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to ensure appropriate stretch and challenge.
The Preparatory School
At the Preparatory School the children follow a full and suitably challenging curriculum which is differentiated and tailored to the children in each year group, often above the expected national level. Children at Glyn House are taught in ability groups for the core subjects with the children in the top ability set achieving a KS2 Level 5 or above in both English and Mathematics by the end of Year 6. In addition, the school has and regularly updates a More Able and Gifted register and all staff are aware of the particular strengths of individuals on the list. With this knowledge they make special provision or provide opportunities for those strengths to be encouraged and developed further, whenever possible. Many of our children go on to sit the scholarship exam for entry into the senior school at our recommendation.
The Senior School
Setting by ability in the Senior School within some of our classes helps support the learning of all pupils. In Year 7 English and Science pupils are taught in mixed ability groups and are subsequently placed into sets based on ability in Year 8. In mathematics, pupils in Year 7 are initially taught in mixed ability groups and then placed into sets after the first 6 weeks. Creative subjects such as Art and Drama are taught in mixed ability groups.
The curriculum at Ewell Castle Senior School, whilst broadly based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales, embeds opportunities for more able pupils at every Key Stage. At Key Stage 4, for example, more able mathematicians are offered the opportunity of studying Further Mathematics as an additional subject; an opportunity also available to gifted Key Stage 5 mathematicians, for whom A Level Further Mathematics is also available. Similarly, at Key Stage 4, triple GCSE Science is offered to the more able in Years 10 and 11. In order to further provide for the needs of more able, gifted and talented pupils, subject teachers will also develop differentiated activities to extend and enrich their learning. Ultimately this promotes high achievement and ensures that even the most able pupils continually strive to make good progress.
There are also opportunities for the more able outside of the curriculum and outside of the classroom. Sports Scholarships and the ECSports Academy encourage gifted and talented sports performers. The Geography Department oversees the Geographical Association’s World Wise Quiz, a regional competition for more able KS3 pupils. The Maths Department organise and enter their more able pupils into National Maths Challenge competitions (both individual and group) run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. In Science many able Year 7 and 8 pupils are entered into the Bronze Crest Award, whilst the more able at A Level have the opportunity to complete the Gold Crest Award. The Science Department also enrol more able Year 12s in Nuffield Research Placements, giving them a chance to work alongside doctors or complete research with university supervisors. In addition the Level 2 Higher Project Qualification (for more able Year 9s) and the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (for more able Sixth Formers) offers the opportunity for pupils to undertake a project-based assessment in a personal area of interest. Finally, although available to all pupils, the "Castle Society" offers a diverse range of thought-provoking lectures delivered throughout the year by staff and visiting speakers; these are aimed at broadening pupils’ intellectual experiences and, as such, particularly appeal to our more able pupils.