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Compass Trailblazers!

Trailblazer – “a leader or pioneer in a particular field.” We have two categories of Trailblazers; Subject Specialists and Compass Trailblazers.
 

Subject Specialists

What are Subject Specialists?
Subject Specialists are students who display ability or potential ahead of their peers in specific subject/s.  Subject Specialists display academic talent, a willingness to explore the opportunities available to them and a commitment to stretching their education. These are the academic trailblazers of our school and they will be identified as Subject Specialists by Subject Leads.
 
How are Subject Specialists identified?
To identify Subject Specialists Subject Leads will consider;
  • Attainment at KS2
  • Progress data
  • Passion displayed for the subject as well as academic attainment
  • Subject specific characteristics
Expectations of Subject Specialists
The expectations of Subject Specialists are:
  • Act as role model learners
  • Demonstrate integrity by helping others learn & learning from others
  • Aspire to make excellent progress
  • Explore new ideas in the classroom
  • Explore the subject with independent research and visits
  • Be resilient and embrace all challenges
Subject Specialist Entitlement
Subject Specialists are entitled to:
  • Extra challenge in their Subject Specialist lessons
  • Subject Specialist enrichment activities including opportunities for trips and speaker events
  • Extended Subject Specialist reading lists
  • Opportunities for independent study through exploration homework
  • A trip to visit a university at least once in both KS3 and KS4
  • Positive recognition as a leader in their subject

Compass Trailblazers

What are Compass Trailblazers?
The Compass Trailblazers are a team of academically able students from each year group also known as High Prior Attainers.  Compass Trailblazers have to possess academic talent, as evidenced in their Key Stage 2 exams or by earning multiple Subject Specialist awards. They almost must display a willingness to explore the opportunities available to them and a determined attitude.
 
How are Compass Trailblazers identified?
To identify the Compass Trailblazers the Trailblazer Coordinator will consider:
  • Attainment at KS2 across a number of subjects
  • Progress data
Expectations of Compass Trailblazers
The expectations of Compass Trailblazers are:
  • Act as role model learners
  • Aspire to make excellent progress
  • Explore new ideas in the classroom
  • Explore subjects with independent research and visits
  • Be resilient and embrace all challenges
  • Demonstrate integrity by helping others learn & learning from others
  • Be open to the demands of academic leadership
Compass Trailblazers Entitlement
Students who meet the expectations of a Compass Trailblazer will be entitled to:
  • Mentoring through regular cohort meetings
  • Opportunities to visit a university at least once per year
  • Extended Subject Specialist reading lists
  • Rigorous Saturday Masterclasses designed to stretch and challenge
  • The opportunity to complete an independent accredited study project
  • Attend career workshops at least once in both KS3 and KS4
  • All opportunities offered through their Subject Specialist provisions