Who are ‘Excelsior’ students?
The Excelsior programme encompasses students that are the ‘most able’. These are students that arrived in Year 7 with high attainment Levels from KS2 or have made this level of expected progress since joining The Petchey Academy. The Excelsior programme supports the academy’s motto: “Inspiring and supporting every child.”
Excelsior Mission Statements
In order to raise the attainment of all our Excelsior students, the programme is structured into four headings: extend, experience, achieve and aspire.
- All Excelsior students will be achieve exceptional results though stretch and challenge to extend their learning in every lesson, every day.
- Students will aspire to attend the most competitive universities and to attain the most prestigious careers. Students and their families will be supported to make this a reality.
- The students’ experience of being an ‘Excelsior’ student will enrich their learning experiences beyond the curriculum, and inspire a deep seated love of learning.
- The students will role model outstanding learning and be proud of being Excelsior.
Below outlines basic principles of the four headings:
- Students are exposed to a rich and rigorous curriculum, that embodies stretch and challenge learning activities.
- Students are challenged to complete higher ability home learning and cross-curricular projects designed to develop independent learning skills.
- Bespoke weekly clubs are designed solely for Excelsior students.
- Enhancement programmes with partner organisations, including businesses based in the City.
- Effective monitoring of Excelsior as a discrete group is conducted by all staff
- Strategic intervention to improve student progress is implemented where needed
All Excelsior students follow a programme of events, which involve:
- University visits
- Careers talks and guidance
- Oxbridge partnerships
A flavour of the exciting opportunities for Excelsior students during 2016-2107:
- Year 7 Cambridge trip – 30 students had the opportunity to visit Clare College, Cambridge.
- Year 8 City University trip – students took part in university style workshops and participated in sessions within their Media faculty.
- Year 9 Careers in Focus – a 6 week programme of workshops delivered by professionals across a variety of industries to expose students. This culminated in a celebratory day at Kings College, London.
- Year 10 Lawyers in School - 12 week programme with professional lawyers running workshops exploring different types of law. Final session was held at the offices of the law firm, Travers Smith.
- Year 10 UBS Trip – students took part in an apprentice style workshop where they had to design and pitch a product.
- UG – students have taken part in Easter school at Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities. They have all been assigned a professional mentor.