At Burton Borough School we believe that we need to provide appropriate learning experiences for all students of all abilities. The High Potential Students policy sets out how we will achieve this for the high potential students and impacts upon the whole school: every department, tutor group and member of staff. We will follow what we call an ‘Aspirational Approach’ in every lesson where we aim to ensure that all students are challenged in every lesson. The aim of this is to raise the aspirations and achievements of all pupils through embedding the experience of challenge across the school.
We believe that taking part in extra-curricular activities is something that can also really benefit students. As a result, we hope that all students will read at least 6 books from the BBS reading list or watch at least 6 films from the BBS Film list (see the links in the high potential menu above) a year. They should also aim to complete at least 3 ‘Big Think’ submissions a year based on questions set by the school or chosen themselves from the oxplore.org website (or devised on their own and cleared with Mr Allen, the Head of High Potential Students). We believe doing these things will help to develop their cultural capital, broaden their vocabulary, and enable them to practise many of the critical thinking skills valued in society.