Back in January 2019 we launched the Honours Programme for our high ability students. Individuals were selected to be part of the programme based on high performance at Key Stage 2, or if they have shown high attainment and potential through assessments at St Thomas More Catholic Academy. Others may have been chosen because they have made outstanding progress and have shown that they have the potential to achieve the best grades at GCSE.
The Honours Programme is a specialised programme for most able students which will be fundamental in securing excellent outcomes for students at Key Stage 4. It aims to build upon key skills for the most able, such as Growth Mindset, leadership, as well as extended careers advice and guidance to nurture ambition for the future. It also includes many educational trips to link with cross-curricular events in school, such as debating or university visits to enhance critical thinking and further raise aspiration. Students are mentored through academic support tutorials to accelerate their progress across subjects after each data point.
The Honours programme has had an extremely positive impact on students during the academic year 108/19, with 74% of Honours students exceeding their End of Year targets in the End of Year Examinations. This academic year, the programme has grown to include 208 students across the Academy in all year groups, and families were invited to the Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday 1st October to celebrate the successes of last year and to launch the programme for this year. 46 new Honours students were officially welcomed onto the programme and we delivered a presentation to explain the events that would taking place throughout the academic year for all 208 Honours students. We also outlined the support that Honours students will have access to. Students were given a Charter of Opportunities to help them to work towards achieving an award at the end of the academic year. Successful Honours students who complete their Charter and achieve their Award will be invited to a special Graduation Ceremony in Summer 2020.
It is a fantastic achievement to be part of this programme and we wish to congratulate the many students who have engaged with the charters so effectively!
If you have any further questions about the programme, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Rowley or Mrs Barker (Assistant Head Teachers and Leaders for the Honours Programme) on the school number.
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