At Runshaw, we want all our students to reach their full potential. For our most able students, this means developing their passion for particular subjects, achieving A* grades at A Level, then gaining a place at a prestigious university, on a graduate apprenticeship or in a competitive career.   

The needs of our students always come first, so we provide an unrivalled range of additional activities to equip them with the skills and experiences they require to excel in their academic studies and achieve their career aspirations.  As a result, last year 10% of A Level grades at Runshaw were A* grades, and over 400 students progressed to prestigious universities. We are especially proud of our 2017 record-breaking AS cohort, with our students securing 21 Oxbridge offers and 64 offers for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses.

We are very keen to start our Horizons programme early, with many inspiring opportunities for academic stretch and challenge available across all curriculum subjects while students are still at high school, beginning in Year 9 with our Oxbridge Bound Day. These events extend knowledge above and beyond the syllabus whilst developing important communication and thinking skills to help prepare students for their post-16 studies. Students from our partner high schools are always extremely positive about their experiences, including our annual Masterclass Day and the challenge of a range of competitions such as The Sophie Scholl Award.

On enrolling at Runshaw, there are many further options available depending on students’ individual interests and needs. For example, Oxbridge and prestigious universities support, subject-specific academies, online CV development and a wide range of enrichment, volunteering and experience of work activities. Please read on to find out more

Make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you!

William Makepeace Thackeray

Clare Russell,
Deputy Principal


What’s on the Horizon?

The Horizons programme provides a wide variety of opportunities starting with the Oxbridge Bound session for year 9 students, through to subject-specific activities, competitions and our annual master-class day; all to stretch and challenge the most able. These opportunities extend knowledge above and beyond the syllabus whilst developing important communication skills and help to prepare students for post 16 studies. Students from partner high schools are extremely positive about the masterclasses they have been involved with: “I really enjoyed the day and the lessons were really fun and interesting”, “It has been a really great day with lots to learn”.

At Runshaw, able students in every subject have the chance to join an Academy which offers extra activities in addition to their normal lessons. This gives students the opportunity to stretch themselves and explore their subjects beyond the examination syllabus.

For example, in the Music Academy, students have the chance to join the Chamber Choir, the College Band, the Jazz Club and various ensembles. Science students can join the Medical Club or the Science Club. Business students can study for an Institute of Leadership and Management Award, an accounting qualification or take part in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ competition.

We, therefore, thought it was appropriate to have a Runshaw Academy for 14-16 pupils who are able, gifted or talented. Our partner high schools make provision to support such pupils and our Young Students’ Academy is designed to supplement this work.

Aims of the Runshaw  Horizons programme:

  • to provide a programme of  interesting and challenging events  for Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils who  are able, gifted or talented
  • to provide activities which stretch  students and develop their skills,  knowledge and ability
  • to take students into studies beyond the examination  syllabus
    to widen students’  experiences and support  their personal development
  • to prepare students for post-16 study
  • to recognise and celebrate excellence

Flat PDF logoA Level Horizons 2018    



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