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16/06/24

Happy Father’s Day pic.twitter.com/dCbFSV6RQf

14/06/24

Dear Parents and Carers,Take a peek in Review 31 to see what's been happening in and around the school.Have a lovely weekend!https://t.co/vEurh4dbv1 pic.twitter.com/aoUD6r8bnH

13/06/24

Great display from athletes from Yr7-9 at today’s District Pentathlon Competition. All students competing in Hurdles, Shot, Long Jump, High Jump and finishing with 800m. Congratulations to Charlie who finished as runner up out of 32 athletes 👏🥈🏃🏻 pic.twitter.com/k8lQFKtUaN

12/06/24

Some of our lucky student's were selected to represent RBA at the Scholars Education Trust Climate & Sustainability Conference. pic.twitter.com/lcFtFE2u6y

11/06/24

Yr10s working hard during their Mock Exam week! Well done Yr10. pic.twitter.com/p41m2E8ZQG

11/06/24

Robert Barclay Academy are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join our highly successful Geography team to help teach the A Level Geography Course.Please click on the link for further informationhttps://t.co/7vXSyCJzsA pic.twitter.com/NLIefOPXUw

10/06/24

Year 7s having a wonderful time at the River Lea on the geography trip. pic.twitter.com/jtXMANz3zZ

08/06/24

Outstanding performances from more students at the County Athletics Championships. Savannah and Alessandro both finishing in 2nd place in the Yr7 Discus and Sajinth qualifying for the final of the 100m 🏃🏻🏃‍♀️👏👏🥈🥈#TeamRBA pic.twitter.com/PXaeD9ujqR

08/06/24

County Champions! Congratulations to Alex (Yr12) and Matilda (Yr9) winners of the 400m Hurdles and Hammer competitions! 🥇🥇 😉 👏 pic.twitter.com/nYFaiU1qNR

08/06/24

Early start for the Herts County Athletics Championships at Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead. Good luck to the 10 students competing today. Starting now in their events are Alex (400m hurdles) and Matilda (Hammer) 🏃🏻🏃‍♀️👍 pic.twitter.com/1NCY3JIeex

07/06/24

If you have a ‘can do’ attitude and can offer the team excellent communication skills, show intuition within a range of everyday task and activities and want to support the needs of the pupils with flair; this could be the role for you. pic.twitter.com/t5S3MpPbzu

07/06/24

Dear Parents & Carers,Attached is this week's Review for your viewing. Have a lovely weekend!https://t.co/vEurh4dJkz pic.twitter.com/u2YLP8B0Nf

06/06/24

Welcoming some of our new Yr 7 students this afternoon pic.twitter.com/lVSbPtEbYI

06/06/24

Well done to all athletes who represented the school at yesterday’s County League event. Well done to Savannah and Ezel for their 1st places in Discus 🥇🥇 and to Ronnie for a new PB in Pole Vault 👍🏃🏻🏃‍♀️#TeamRBA pic.twitter.com/bdZ9mHFjrz

05/06/24

Robert Barclay Academy is part of Scholars’ Education Trust. We are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join our highly successful English team. We warmly welcome applications from ECT’s. pic.twitter.com/RprlwxMy6Y

05/06/24

Don't forget to book your places with your child's individual lesson tutors for Year 7 Parents Evening pic.twitter.com/5pLiQuDfqX

04/06/24

Staffing meeting tonight on adaptations - quick, easy, and most importantly…practical tips on how to approach this in lessons. pic.twitter.com/K9dRiTgbxV

04/06/24

Robert Barclay Academy is part of Scholars’ Education Trust. We are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join the Maths team as their Deputy Head of Maths. pic.twitter.com/VsMcprYbfW

04/06/24

Robert Barclay Academy is part of Scholars’ Education Trust. We are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join the English team as an Assistant Head of English. pic.twitter.com/EKyetBa9Bd

24/05/24

Year 11s - thank you for contributing to such a positive day. Thank you also to the 200+ parents who joined us too. A very special day . We look forward to Prom. pic.twitter.com/11pYXf0AJk

24/05/24

We say goodbye to our Yr 11 today - class of 2024 ! Good luck for the future and we wish you all the best! pic.twitter.com/C52toLbgaL

24/05/24

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Maths Raising Standards Leader at Robert Barclay Academy. pic.twitter.com/34PcuXhPjv

24/05/24

An exciting opportunity awaits at Robert Barclay Academy for a Teacher of English pic.twitter.com/IqclCCGsVo

24/05/24

Our Maths department is looking for a dynamic Deputy Head of Maths. pic.twitter.com/5FQxeXG3iL

24/05/24

Come and join our wonderful English Department. pic.twitter.com/3Vvw9HN7Eg

More Able Students (MASt)

At RBA, as part of the Scholars’ Education Trust, we believe that:

  1. All students are entitled to be stretched and challenged.
  2. Effective more able and talented provision improves teaching and learning within the classroom.
  3. By planning for MASt and talented students and scaffolding learning for all, aspirations and standards are raised.
  4. The focus on stretch and challenge is a key driver for whole school improvement.

At Robert Barclay Academy we are committed to ensuring all students achieve more than they ever thought possible, both academically and in other areas of their lives. To help More Able Students (MASt) meet their potential, we have key principles and procedures which we hope will provide the right support and environment for students at the top end of the ability range to thrive and reach their academic potential.

The key principles and procedures of our More Able Programme include:

  1. Identifying our More Able Students. We do this by using scaled scores stemming from their CAT and KS2 SATs results. In addition to this, departments are able to identify students as being talented in their specific area based on the department specific definitions.
  2. These students being challenged to a higher degree, and this is especially true in their daily lessons. Teachers to plan higher order thinking questions in their courses and these are differentiated to scaffold students’ learning. One of the Academy’s teaching and learning priorities is stretch and challenge which creates a greater understanding of topics covered, deepens metacognition and increases independence.
  3. Providing extra-curricular opportunities
  4. Providing careers information, advice and guidance package in liaison with local, national and international business links we have developed at the school.

Our aim from this is to strengthen the following from our More Able Students:

  • greater student independence and resilience.
  • an environment which enables and motivates students to want to learn new things.
  • an environment that motivates them to aspire to be the best they can be.

We understand that students shine in various areas. To support and challenge MASt, students’ grades from every subject are tracked 3 times annually to see if they are performing as they should be. This can lead to discussions with the student, parents and interventions to help them get back on track.

At the heart of delivering opportunities for growth to students is the teachers and the quality of teaching and learning. Our aim is to ensure all learners reach and ideally surpass their targets to achieve beyond their expectations.

As well as lessons there are ample enrichment opportunities for MASt, with a wide range of clubs and trips to cater for their needs. Different departments also run targeted MASt clubs or projects throughout the year. The curriculum is also supported with competitions and additional reading/tasks.

Parents and carers play an important role in unlocking the potential of More Able Students. Some ideas to help you help your child include:

  • Watching and discussing (eg BBC4) documentaries
  • Encouraging reading generally: novels, non-fiction books, newspapers and online articles
  • Listen to an interesting podcast series and then discuss it with them
  • Visit places of cultural importance
  • Discuss what they learnt at school and how they learnt it

How can MASt students help themselves?

  • Talk to your teachers about units that are coming up and prepare for them
  • Enrol in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
  • Read around your study areas using the reading lists provided
  • Set up a study group with your friends
  • Ask your teachers if you have any questions

As co-ordinator for more able students, I welcome any thoughts or suggestions for you have for the MASt program at Robert Barclay Academy. Please feel free to get in touch.

Sophie Mars

SMars@robertbarclayacademy.co.uk

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