At St Robert’s we aim to provide an environment that enables all of our students to reach their full potential. We have high expectations of everyone in our school and seek to nurture and develop their individual abilities and talents through in-class differentiation and the provision of enrichment opportunities including clubs, competitions and educational visits.
In addition, we have a unique programme of activities for those students who qualify for the More Able and Talented (MAT) register. Students in the main school are added to the register using data from Key Stage 2 and teacher nomination. Sixth Form students are identified using GCSE average point scores.
MAT Tutor Programme
Students in Years 7-9 register together once each week and participate in a series of challenging activities designed to enhance their general knowledge, thinking skills and oracy. A full overview of the programme can be found here.
School Improvement Project
Students in Year 10 select an aim from the School Improvement Plan and research ways to contribute to it. This year students are investigating strategies to improve literacy in school, with a specific focus on spellings and the use of subject specific terminology.
Durham University Raising Aspirations Mentoring Scheme
Students in Year 10 and 12 are paired with a personal mentor, a current undergraduate student from Hatfield College, Durham University. In the autumn term they visit the college to meet their mentor, tour the university campus and attend a lecture of their choice. They meet with their mentor in school a further five times during the year; sessions are planned to meet the needs of each individual and focus on topics such as extended writing, revision and applying to university. We also host the Durham University Raising Aspirations Conference in the spring term which is attended by able students from our school and the local area and is designed to give students an insight into university life and guidance on writing a personal statement.
Student progress is regularly monitored in Y11 and those at risk of underachievement receive a staff mentor. Mentoring sessions take place weekly.
Students in Year 12 and 13 meet regularly to discuss difficult topics that would not occur on an A level specification, for example Newton’s Paradox or the Monty Hall problem. The aim is to extend students’ thinking, make them aware of the rich diversity of intellectual challenges in academic work and inspire them to apply to study at Oxford or Cambridge University or another Russell Group institution. Last year the group attended a major debate at Durham University on the subject of the law and genetic engineering such as mitochondrial donation and cloning. Events like this help our students to write a more impressive UCAS application.
We would like our students to take responsibility for their own learning and independently pursue opportunities to extend their knowledge and understanding. The resources on this page are intended to support this pursuit; click on the icons for links to interesting websites, videos and lectures and explore the subject icons for wider reading recommendations and information on extra-curricular activities.