At Runshaw, we want all our students to reach their full potential. For our most able students, this means achieving A* grades at A Level, gaining a place at a prestigious university and developing their passion for their subject.
The needs of our students will always come first, so we provide an unrivalled range of additional activity to equip them with the skills and experiences they require.
As a result, last year 11% of A Level grades at Runshaw were A* grades, and over 400 students progressed to prestigious universities.
The Horizons programme starts early, with many opportunities available while students are still at high school, beginning in Year 9. On enrolling at Runshaw, there are many further opportunities available depending on students’ individual interests and needs. For example, Oxbridge and prestigious universities support, subject-specific academies, academic support tutorials, and a wide range of enrichment activities.
“Make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you!”
William Makepeace Thackeray
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