Aspire programme


Stretching gifted students

Our Aspire programme is designed to stretch students, enabling them to blossom into independent, inquisitive and intellectually curious young women. Our students are challenged every step of the way to be the very best versions of themselves and we encourage all students to take part in a wide variety of super-curricular activities so that they develop the skills necessary to flourish in the world beyond school.

Super-curricular clubs and activities

Each department offers a range of academically challenging activities throughout the year which aims to open up new worlds to the girls, enabling them to deepen their love of whatever area of the curriculum excites them. From ceramics to cosmic rays, GIS mapping to debating, there really is something for everyone. A full list of these clubs can be found in the Aspire brochure available to download at the bottom of this page.

Aspire Lectures

The Aspire Lectures occur twice a term by our dynamic teachers on topics that aren't covered in the curriculum. These are open to all students in Years 7 to 13 and their parents, and are an opportunity to broaden students’ knowledge of intellectual matters.

Aspire group

The Aspire group is comprised of students from Years 9 to 13 and is based on academic performance in school. The group meets on a fortnightly basis and discusses current affairs, challenging philosophical and ethical issues and complex logical problems outside of the school curriculum. The aim of the group is to prepare students for a challenging interview process, such as might occur at Oxbridge or other top Russell Group universities – as well as for life beyond university. Students are encouraged to challenge their preconceptions and consider uncomfortable scenarios so that they become flexible thinkers, equipped to tackle life’s perplexing questions.
The Aspire group is designed to challenge gifted students. As part of the group girls are encouraged to delve into current affairs, challenging philosophical and ethical issues, and complex logical problems that are not covered in the school curriculum.”
Emma Hilliam, Head of Academic Extension.

Natasha in Year 12 is part of the Aspire Programme - here she presents her mini presentation online about anxiety annd mental health during lockdown. She delves into what anxiety actually means and why self care is so important.

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