Able and Ambitious

Our Able & Ambitious programme recognises the most academically able students at JCoSS, alongside identifying and giving opportunities to those who are hard-working, determined, academically optimistic and ambitious, independently engaged and display attitudes that are vital for success in the wider world.

At JCoSS we regard being Able & Ambitious as possessing expertise in a developmental stage. This means those students who display, or have a potential to, exhibit exceptional performance in one or more areas of endeavour, be they academic, expressive or social.  JCoSS acknowledges that being exceptionally Able may be subject specific or more general.

The charts below show the Able and Ambitious enrichment programme for each subject.

Cross-curricular

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

The Brilliant Club Self-selection into the programme through application. Working with a PhD student to complete an assignment based on their field of expertise where it is graded at least one whole key stage beyond their current level. Attending a launch event and graduation ceremony for the programme at a Russell Group University. Subjects; STEM, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences. Year 9, Year 10
IGGY Club Students become members of IGGY – a social network site for gifted and ambitious minds – network with like-minded students from all over the world. Stretch and Challenge activities and National competitions organised. Year 8 A&A students
Year 7 & 9 Self-select 2015/15
STEM Aspire Days x 3 Science, Maths and Tech work in a lab based exploratory learning environment to promote critical thinking and higher order thinking. Years 8/9 – A&A students. Staff nominated.
Happy Puzzle Day Puzzle and problem solving through team work. Higher order Maths skills and cooperation essential. Year 7
Student Parliament Student Parliament; elections, meetings, action groups, student voice Those interested in politics and student voice. All years – Year 12 PM and DPM

 

Art

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

KS3 G&T Art Department Trip to the Wallace Collection in London Visit to Wallace Collection in London KS3
Year 9 students are accompanying A Level students to the Curwen Print Centre in Cambridgshire A Level students to the Curwen Print Centre in Cambridgshire Year 9
National Galleries Trip GCSE and A Level art students on a trip to the National Galleries. The trip is designed to support their Coursework Units Year 10/11 & 12/13
KS4 and 5 Booster sessions Opportunities for students to come and improve their coursework Years 10-13
Art Club Lunch sessions for all students to come and improve their art work All years

 

Business & Economics

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

Business: Business challenge and Tenner Programme See Head of Subject for more details Year 10
Business and Economics – Year 12 : Young enterprise See Head of Subject for more details Year 12 – Although it’s a business-related activity, it is open to all students.
Stock market challenge Stock Market Challenge – See DSA for more details Year 10 students can sign up to the Stock Market Challenge

 

Dance & Drama

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

The Welwyn Garden City Youth Drama Festival Rehearsing and working together to bring the text alive. Concentration and focus tantamount to the success of the production. GCSE Students
Trestle Theatre Workshop Visiting practitioner from Trestle Theatre company to work with students using Trestle masks 20 students. Y9/10/12/13
RSC Workshop Visiting practitioner from RSC to work with AS/A2 students. AS/A2 students
Step Into Dance – RAD after school classes in a variety of different styles e.g. Hip hop, African, Bollywood KS3/4 Students
Contemporary technique class Contemporary technique class All students
Workshop for Lion King Workshop for Lion King Year 9/10
School Production Rehearsals after school and lunchtimes Y7/8/9/10/12

 

D&T & Food Tech

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

D&T – 6 week Workshop Machine course Learning how to use the machinery in a safe environment. Less confident students and will be using some A&A students as D&T ambassadors to help.
D&T – Run a Design Venturer competition A competition linked with the Design Museum A&A D&T students
Food Technology – Junior Masterchef A cooking competition run in heats Self-select process – all years
Food Tech – Run the JCoSS Bake Off Students compete in a baking competition in the format of The Great British Bake Off Self-select process – all years
D&T – GCSE Booster sessions GCSE students can come to improve coursework KS4 students
D&T – Jewellery making Club Using the laser cutter to make jewellery All students

 

English

 Provision

 What is involved?

 Who for?

 weRead project run by UCS  Y7 – Able and Ambitious readers are invited to participate in the weRead project run by UCS. Provide copies of the books to share, facilitate group discussion, gather and edit book reviews for inclusion on the website (prizes for the best ones)  Y7 A&A readers who read a shortlist of approximately 6 books
 Able readers Carnegie Shadowing  Provide copies of the books to share, facilitate group discussion, support preparation of presentation for the inter-school event, gather and edit book reviews for inclusion in the website encourage trickle down of reading experience into faculty LRC lessons  Y8 & Y9 A&A readers who read a shortlist of approximately 6 books and vote for favourite
 Writing competitions targeted at top sets  Publicise and encourage entries, sometimes send-off school entries  Top set English groups – usually top sets in appropriate year group
 BBC School Report  We work with a BBC mentor to create a news broadcast for a national deadline. We visit the BBC to see how it works and practice interviewing, questioning, script writing, presenting. For year 9s who apply and have appropriate skills and selected year 8s (chosen by end teachers).
 Year 7 Poetry Slam Competition  Creating a poem and delivering within an assembly setting.  Year 7
 Year 9 G&T workshop on Shakespeare  Students participate in a Shakespeare workshop off site  Year 9
 KS4 book club  Book reviews and feedback  KS4 students
 Jack Petchey Speak Out Competition  Inter-school competitions for these will be before Christmas, and winners then go to another round in the spring term.  Year 10
 Poetry By Heart Competition  Inter-school competitions for these will be before Christmas, and winners then go to another round in the spring term. KS3
 Spellathon An online spelling bee in which students also raise money for Mencap.Spellathon has been selected as one the partners in Britain’s Personal Best (Olympic Legacy focus).  We offer it to all Y7 and Y8 students as an H/l challenge.
 6th Form & Staff Book Club.  Discuss a chosen novel in terms in the widest sense – plot, style, what critics thinks, views regarding its prizewinning status if on a shortlist etc.  Any 6th formers/member of staff – no need to be doing English A level but a good option for G&T students who couldn’t continue when having to be more selective about A level choices. Also good for stretching discussion due to being with staff members with a different perspective/ more experience of high end discussion etc.
 “Poetry on the Front Line”, in preparation for an event at Jewish Book Week.  JCoSS Y9 students join students from Friern Barnet, JFS and Immanuel College to participate in an inter-school seminar at JFS. Students also explore the experience and death of Marcus Segal, an ordinary Jewish soldier from Kilburn, London, whose letters home are preserved in the Jewish Military Museum archives.
Following the seminar the students will produce their own responses to the poetry, through creative writing. The best will be showcased at Jewish Book Week and four students will be selected to read Sassoon and Rosenberg’s poems at this event.
Year 9 students
 Globe Theatre Project  English most Able and Ambitious Students to visit Globe Theatre – Study work in class for their assessment also  Top set – Year 8 students – A&A
 Workshop with Barroux, a French writer and Illustrator who has written a book about WW1 Workshop with Barroux, a French writer and Illustrator who has written a book about WW1 Selected Year 7 students
 Author talk  Michelle Paver at EBS – Able and Ambitious readers identified  Selected Year 7 students
 Poetry by Heart  Participating in a national competition speaking poetry by heart  X2 Y10 students
Study Days  Lectures on various set texts. Selected students attend the day of lectures, take notes and feedback to classmates  Y12 and Y13 English students
 Author visit to A&A readers  Miriam Halahmy
Sessions for Carnegie readers
 Selected A&A readers in Y9 and Book Club members

 

French, Spanish & Ivrit

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

Project about French schools Students take part in a project about French schools based on a mock documentary film they see in class Year 9
Letter writing programme Students exchange letters with their French counterparts. KS3
Linked French with cooking Students take part in an ICT project of students filming themselves whilst describing the method / recipe in French. KS4
We cater very differently for their needs in terms of more ICT based activities as well as novel reading and more extended projects. In class activities KS3 & 4
National competition run by Linguascope National competition run by Linguascope Year 7

 

Jewish Education

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

Jewish Hackney Walking Tour Walking tour of Jewish Hackney led by Rachel Kolsky, Blue Badge Guide and founder of Go London Tours. A&A – JE students
Beit Midrash Intensive Jewish learning Self-Select
Jack Petchey Scheme – Achievement Award Recognising achievement Self-Select
Yoni Jesner Award Volunteering Years 7 & 8 – Self Select
Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze/Silver Awards. Weekend excursions, volunteering, development of a skill and a physical challenge. Recognition at Celebration Evening for those who excel. Year 9+ – Self Select
Alan Sennit Community Leadership Programme Young person led social action project Year 10 – Self Select
Rosh Chodesh Spirituality, prayer, education, reflection. All students
Trip to Natural History Museum Evolution vs religion Year 10 selected students
Festival Celebrations Including Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, Yom Ha’atzmaut All students
Commemorations Including Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom HaShoah, Yom Hazikaron All students
Fables and Bagels – Family Education Evenings around festival time Students and families
Summer Programmes Fair  Promoting summer programmes  All students
 Mitzvah Day  Day of community service  Self-Select
 Fairtrade Fortnight  Students volunteer to help with Fairtrade fortnight  Self-Select
 Volunteering Opportunities & Fundraising  Including care home visits, poppy selling, fundraising initiatives, visiting local primaries, litter collection  Self-Select
 Shabbaton  Bonding weekend – A few Year 12s volunteer  Year 7 – Self Select
 Israel Trip  Students tour Israel for a 2 week excursion. Immersing themselves in the culture, religion and landscape of Israel.  Year 9 – Self Select
 Poland Trip  Poland Trip  Year 13 – Self Select
 6th Form JE  1 hour per week  All Year 12 & 13
 We Day  Day promoting social action  15 students engaged in Social Action
 Pause for Prayer  Weekly prayer/reflection activity  All students
 Manna from Heaven  Making food for homeless people  Self Select
 Philosophy Club  Debating and Discussion on topical issues within Judaism  Self Select
 Israel Club  Israel Club  Self Select
 Kabbalat Shabbat  Prayer  Self Select

 

Maths

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

UKMT junior and intermediate individual challenges.UKMT Senior challenge. Students sit a paper in exam conditions. Questions are designed to make you think out the box. Years 7-13
UKMT team challenge. Trip out of school to compete against other schools in different style maths challenges Years 8-9
Chess and strategic games club. Come and play some logical games, can you beat the teachers? Years 7-13

 

Media

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

BBC School Report We work with a BBC mentor to create a news broadcast for a national deadline. We visit the BBC to see how it works and practice interviewing, questioning, script writing, presenting. For year 9s who apply and have appropriate skills and selected year 8s (chosen by end teachers).
English students; Year 8/9 nominated
Film Club Creating films and entering film competitions Year 7 and 8 students (self-select and recommended by teachers)
Media Team Students form a media team to film events and shows in school.
Filming events that happen in school
Year 12/13
Skills fusion:
Hands on, interactive workshop based on special effects and careers in special effects.
Hands on, interactive workshop based on special effects and careers in special effects. Year 10 (and 11 next year) media students
Media Consultant A media consultant industry comes in for a day to run tutored media revision. Year 12&13
Harry Potter Trip For media students in Year 11 to learn about the film industry Year 11 – April 2015 onwards

Music

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

The Zamar Singers Singing to a high level of competence and skill. Performing in public both in and out of school. All years
The Fourteen Auditioned choir. Singing to a high level of competence and skill. Performing in public both in and out of school. Year 9 and above
JCOSSO For Grade 3 or above instrumentalists. Performing in public in school. All years
Music Assemblies Auditioned soloists and small ensembles. All Years
GCSE performance/composition evenings Performing to parents of GCSE students re; solo/ensemble performances and compositions. Year 10
Show Band Auditioned band of skilled instrumentalists All Years
Clarinet Choir Grade 3 and above Clarinet students 7-9
Saxophone Grade 3 and above Saxophonists 8-10

 

Physical Education

 Provision

 What is involved?

 Who for?

 District Football Trials  4 students from each year selected for trials  Year 7,8,9, 10, 11
 County Football Trials  4 students from each year selected for trials  Year 7,8,9, 10, 11
 Brentford Football Trials  4 students from each year selected for trials  Year 7,8,9, 10, 11
 Saracens Rugby Coaching  Saracens coaching for specific year groups in lesson times  Year 7
 Sports day @ Allianz Stadium  All students in KS3 and 4 participating in Athletics events. Form vs Form
KS5 to officiate and lead events
 All students in KS3 and 4 participating in Athletics events. Form vs Form
KS5 to officiate and lead events
 Teams representing JCoSS Football, Netball, Basketball, TT, Badminton, Netball, Cricket, Athletics, Rounders etc etc.Trials for each sport represented by JCoSS. Fixtures in East Barnet League. District, County and National Cups entered. More able students in specific sports – Team selection from trials
 Extra-Curricular Sports Clubs  Broad and varied range of sports clubs available. At least 2 per lunchtime – seasonal changes for sport  All students – noticeboard details which year groups for are allocated to each day
 Inter-Form Competitions  Inter-form competitions based around different sports for year groups in KS3.
Sports range from Football, Netball, Basketball, Rounders and Dodgeball. Each term = one sport – Mixed gender teams
KS3 – Forms in Year 7, 8 ,9
 Table tennis  Urban Table Tennis – Anthony Constantinou table tennis coach to work with KS3 students for 6 week session  Students directed by PE staff to attend the TT session. Based on appearances at Club session.
 Opportunities to trial at Southend, Brentford and District/County trials, Mini London Marathon  Students selected to participate in open trials for football clubs and further sports sessions. Open trials  Students directed and and selected by PE staff.
 Athletics Coaching – Saracens Foundation. C  Shaftesbury Harriers coaches – of National Representative standard performers. 6 week programme of coaching in throws, jumps and run events  24 students – 12 boys and 12 girls
 Maccabi Tournaments  Representation of JCoSS @ Maccabi Tournament – Basketball, Badmintion, Table tennis, Badmintion, Netball  Pupils selected on ability and presence at lunch clubs.

 

Science

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

Science Video Club, in the science lecture theatre KS3 students
CREST Club A&A students. Also open to all KS3+4 in lunchtimes through Mr Simons. This isn’t specifically A&A but is open to all KS3+4 in lunchtimes through Mr Simons.
Psychology Drop-In Clinic Revision and catch up clinic for Year 12 students Year 12
General science catch up Revision for Year 10 GCSE Double/Triple Science Revision for Year 10 GCSE Double/Triple Science
RSC book group Choosing the best science book from a short list of 6. 7T1 and V1 were invited to participate
Physics KS5: Entry into the Weizmann Safe Cracking Tournament which is essentially an EPQ that has to be done as a group KS5

Social Action

Provision

What is involved?

Who for?

ASC (Autism) Ambassadors: Training students to become ASC (Autism) Ambassadors.
Students have 3 weeks Autism Awareness training and will then co-deliver the Y7 Autism Awareness sessions with a staff member. Lead to co-delivering the World Autism Day Assemblies in April.
Selected Year 10 students
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award For those students who show great commitment or perseverance there will be recognition at Celebration awards. Year 9 students (self-select) Bronze
Year 10 (self-select) Silver
Year 12/13 (self-select) Gold