SHINE – More Able at Studley High School


“Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”.


Studley High School is committed to improving the quality and range of educational opportunities for all of its students and holds the belief that in order for children to succeed they need not only ability, but also opportunity, support and, crucially, personal motivation and self belief. Supporting our most able pupils is an integral part of the school’s ethos. We have high expectations of all pupils and encourage a climate where success is valued and celebrated.

At Studley High School, we have very high aspirations for all pupils but in particular for our brightest pupils.  Studley High provides a dynamic, challenging learning environment with high-quality teaching and learning activities that are well matched to the needs of our More Able pupils, with suitable extension activities and a high degree of challenge.  More Able pupils are nurtured very well and provided with excellent opportunities to work alongside highly qualified practitioners and professionals to develop their skills further.  Community engagement with outside agencies are commonplace with regular liaison with local businesses, colleges, Universities and also visits to prestigious Universities such as Warwick and Birmingham.

Target grades are generated using the Fischer Family Trust Aspire calculation, aiming for all subject areas to be in the top 5% nationally.  This means that high attaining pupils are often aiming for 5 levels of progress.

‘More able’ pupils are identified using KS2 data received from our feeder schools (those achieving Level 5s in English and/ or Maths at KS2). The pupils are tracked and monitored by class teachers and Curriculum Area Leaders. The ‘Most Able’ (those achieving 5bs or higher at KS2) are identified and monitored regularly and offered a bespoke programme of intervention. For example, In Year 11, they are invited to 1:1 sessions to ensure they are clear about the expectations set for them and the support they can receive. During this academic year, workshops will take place for all ‘More Able’ pupils, and their parents, in order to help them prepare for the examination series. In Year 9, we identify (annual) three-five pupils who are eligible for the Warwick Scholars Programme for ‘More able’ pupils.

The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 (from primary to secondary) is very strong and Studley High School has long standing and effective links with local primary schools.  In addition to the two New Intake Days in June/July, several departments work closely with link schools in a range of pre-secondary activities such as workshops, projects and summer schools which aid the efficiency of the transition.  

The Leadership of More Able pupils is evident at all levels with class teachers responsible for ensuring pupils are challenged and provided with high order thinking activities.  House Leaders, Subject Leaders and Curriculum Area Leaders quality assure the delivery of day to day teaching and learning and monitor and act upon assessment, attainment and progress.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs A. Page (Assistant Headteacher).

SHINE Launch parents KS4

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Recent Events

Five pupils in Year 10 were recently selected to visit Cambridge University to explore life and study at one of the countries top Universities…

‘Our trip to Cambridge University was a great opportunity to experience what student life is like, even if it was just for one day: we stayed in student rooms, as well as eating in the cafeteria at Clare College. After arriving and settling into our rooms, the Schools Liaison Officer told us more about Cambridge, and also about University in general. We were informed on why you may want to study at University, and on how much it may cost. Then, we went on a tour of Clare College with undergraduate students as our guides, which allowed us to see the beautiful gardens, beautiful buildings and the College’s own library. After our tour we then received a delicious meal. After dinner (which was in a very nice, friendly building), we returned to Clare college where we entered a room in the library set up to listen to a postgraduate student on Taxonomy, which is the study and grouping of living species and evolution. This was very interesting as it gave a lot of insight into the fact that there are so many different subjects to study, ranging from Taxonomy to Engineering.

After this, and a short break, we took part in a quiz led by two undergraduates. Each team had a student from each school, which led to quite a fun experience trying to answer the questions and meet everyone at the same time. Some of the questions enabled us to learn some things while having fun, which is akin to what would happen in any of the over 400 clubs, groups and activities students can participate in at Cambridge University. After the fun was over, we had a short stay outside before heading back to our rooms for the night, ready for the day ahead.