Most Able (HPA)
At Ormiston Victory Academy we are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to make outstanding progress. The Victory Scholars programme at Ormiston Victory Academy aims to support the most able students (HPA) in doing this. We provide opportunities for students to take part in a number of activities and trips that aim to inspire our most able students. We aim to personalise our Victory Scholars programme to fit the specific needs of our students and give them opportunities catered to their individual needs. We work with all of our students to make sure they have access to the challenging activities and tasks to develop and demonstrate their skills in all subject areas.
Every subject area is involved in the provision of activities, trips, challenges, and events for the Victory Scholars programme. All students are given a Victory Scholars form to track their accomplishments in a range of challenges ranging from volunteer work outside of school to sharing their passion for subjects with other students. Those who excel in a number of areas are rewarded with a Victory Scholars badge and the offer of rewards trips at the end of the year. Students are also encouraged to enter a range of national competitions in all fields included Maths, Science, and English.
We have strong links with the University of East Anglia and Cambridge University, leading to residentials, mentoring, campus tours, and lectures. At Ormiston Victory Academy we encourage students to consider university as an option, and support them fully in their applications, but we also recognise there are a broad range of possible paths and we do our best to make sure each student has high aspirations to get to exactly where they want to be.
KS3 Victory Scholars
At Ormiston Victory Academy we consider the provision for Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8) HPA as a vital part of the students’ progression into KS4 and further. Challenging and enriching their time with us is important, but rewarding outstanding contributions are also part of our strategy. Departments offer high-level challenge booklets and tasks for advanced independent work, which are rewarded with departmental enrichment activities. We also work with the UEA and various external experts to deliver programmes of extra-curricular projects in the Arts and Humanities that prepare the students for university-style research projects.
There is a strong emphasis on challenges being independent and voluntary to promote a sense of pride and accomplishment in the activities we offer. Ultimately, our aim for Key Stage 3 is to promote a love of learning to enable our students to carry their passions throughout their time in education both here at the academy and beyond.
Provision for the most able is a key focus across the entire school. Each lesson has at least one exceptionally challenging objective to make sure every student is stretched and given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills. Targets are set high and we encourage students to develop independent ways of learning to reach them. Teachers strive to make the curriculum relevant to the real-world wherever possible and make lessons engaging for a wide range of abilities, including those at the very top.
To support a positive engagement with learning, there is a Victory Scholars Google Classroom that all Victory Scholars have access to, where our staff post interesting news, activities, and links to things we have found in the subjects we are passionate about.
Getting in contact
If you have any enquiries about HPA at Ormiston Victory Academy, the Head of HPA can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01603 742310. You can keep up-to-date with all latest HPA news through our Twitter feed.