Year 8 Excellence Academy: ‘This House Would Lower the Voting Age’

The Year 8 Excellence Academy session on the 1st March 2017 provided students with an in-depth look at rhetoric and the art of debating.  The academy members began the session by composing their own responses to a series of statements such as ‘Scary things are never beautiful’ and ‘War should be avoided at all costs’,… Continue reading Year 8 Excellence Academy: ‘This House Would Lower the Voting Age’

Year 7 History Enrichment: Evidence-informed judgement

  On Wednesday 15th February, the Year 7  Excellence Academy met for an interesting and challenging session with Assistant Headteacher and history teacher Mr Runeckles. Using the very powerful and  emotive subject of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mr Runeckles challenged the students to approach the subject in a different way and invited… Continue reading Year 7 History Enrichment: Evidence-informed judgement

Year 8 Debating: Subjectivity, Objectivity and Bias

After a brief hiatus, the Year 8 Excellence Academy recently restarted.   Targeted at a group of hand-picked year 8 students, the academy is intended to push these students beyond their comfort zone and encourage them to strive to reach beyond their academic best. During the academy session on Wednesday 25th January, the group began to… Continue reading Year 8 Debating: Subjectivity, Objectivity and Bias

Year 7 Science Enrichment Session: Neutralisation

Last week, the Year 7 Excellence Academy students had their Science Enrichment session. Led by one of our Science teachers, the students were taught about acid and alkaline and about a process called neutralisation. After a brief explanation, the students were given a practical task where they found out how to neutralise acidic or alkaline solution. This… Continue reading Year 7 Science Enrichment Session: Neutralisation

New Year. New Debate: This house would censor music videos and lyrics with discriminatory content

Before the Christmas break, the Excellence Academy students learnt about some key components that make up a formal debate and some of the key terminology. We learnt about motions and about proposition and opposition. We also learnt about rebuttal and the importance of considering points for both sides of the debate in order to anticipate… Continue reading New Year. New Debate: This house would censor music videos and lyrics with discriminatory content

Maths Enrichment Session: ‘Stephen’s Goat Problem’ by Jessica

The year 7 ExAc students, who have recently learnt about finding the area of circles in class, were tested with this tricky problem that would take their knowledge a step further. They were asked to find the area in which Stephen’s goat can graze. Please scroll down to see the problem and how the students approached… Continue reading Maths Enrichment Session: ‘Stephen’s Goat Problem’ by Jessica