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More Able Programme

More Able (MA) Support at FUS

Mr. O Timmis

Programme Lead

More Able students excel at a wide range of activities in school, often achieving great scores in academic tests, and/or excelling within sports, PE and Arts subjects.

Ferndown Upper School supports these more able pupils with a range of activities, including internal speakers, exam support, MENSA testing within school, additional support for post-18 choices and offers to join two external programmes:

  • The Brilliant Club is an external organisation that can support More Able pupils in years 9 and 12 to independently research and write a university-style essay with support from a PhD tutor. Completed essays are marked to university degree standard and awarded a completion certificate at a UK university.
  • Year 10 pupils will have the opportunity to apply to the Exeter University Scholars Programme and attend a 4-day residential course in the Summer between years 10 and 11. Additional support in year 11 and 12 will allow pupils to attend subject-specific activity days with current students at Exeter University, and in year 13 receive a reduced offer if applying to Exeter University.

More Able pupils are identified early in year 9 by using data from middle school assessments, then reviewed annually at the start of years 10, 11 and 12 based on internal and external testing.

Year 9Year 10Year 11Year 12Year 13
Autumn TermPupils selected for MA group (based on middle school data)

Application to join the Brilliant Club
Review of MA group (based on end of year 9 results)

Convergent/Divergent thinking – Ben Myers
Review of MA group (based on end of year 10 results)

Exam support
(November mocks)

Hot choc with Head (after mocks)
Review of MA group (based on GCSE results)

Application to join the Brilliant Club

[Exeter Scholars] Subject activity days on campus

UCAS application support

[Exeter Scholars] Reduced offer if applying to Exeter University
Spring TermStart work on the Brilliant Club with input from PhD tutorMENSA IQ testing at FUS

Hot Choc with Head
JP Morgan interview day

[Exeter Scholars] Brightspace interactive courses with current university students

Exam support
(March mocks)
Start work on the Brilliant Club with input from PhD tutor

Oxbridge talks and visits

[Exeter Scholars] Subject activity days on campus

Exam support (A-levels)

Preparation for university talks (sixth form team)
Summer TermBrilliant Club graduation at UK university

Hot Choc with Head (following completion of Brilliant Club)
Application to join the Exeter University Scholars Programme (4-day residential course in Summer holiday)

Exam support
(end of year 10 mocks)

Exam support (GCSEs)

[Exeter Scholars] Brightspace interactive courses with current university students

[GCSE study leave]
Brilliant Club graduation at UK university

[Exeter Scholars] Subject activity days on campus

Exam support
(Continuation exams)
(University Admission tests)
[A-level study leave]

Brilliant Club graduation at The University of Surrey – Year 9

Brilliant Club graduation at The University of Surrey – Year 12