Advanced Learners Programme

Advanced Learners Programme

ALP Intent:

The Advanced Learners Programme believes in encouraging and supporting all students to develop their skills, talents and aptitudes to the full, thus preparing them for outstanding academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Staff recognise and adapt their teaching to the ablest pupils in the cohort and ensure that these pupils are stretched and challenged across subject departments, fostering a culture of high expectations and prestige.

As a result, pupils become independent and resilient learners, and therefore highly successful members of society with ambition and aspirations.

ALP Lead:

Miss Lucy Woods – Higher Ability Co-Ordinator

Mrs Kelly Williams – ALT Lead

How It Works:

Students are selected to become part of the Advanced Learners Programme based on their previous academic performance in assessments, and from input from teachers about their aptitude. Particular qualities of an ALP student include:

  • Working above expected progress
  • Achieving well and showing potential in a wide range of contexts
  • Working flexibly and applying knowledge, experience and insight
  • Evaluating their work by reflecting and refining what they have done


  • Extra-curricular opportunities when safe again: School trips such as university experiences (Aimhigher, Warwick Sutton Scholars, liaising with Girton College at Cambridge University), taster sessions for particular subjects, speakers, STEM days
  • Ebacc specific enrichment session in KS4: Wednesday afternoon Period 5 in enrichment sessions that focuses on extra time for language learning
  • Academic Mentoring Reports: Looking at who needs support each AP as a way to keep track of their attainment and progress across subjects so there is chance for reflective conversations.
  • Student specific interventions: For the targeted lowest performing intervention students, dependent on one-to-one conversations and so tailored to their needs. Can include academic or pastoral mentoring, working with their Head and Assistant of Year and extended work set.

This is on top of the stretching and challenging that occurs every day in lessons.

What can parents do to support?

As parents/carers, you are a partner and support role in your child’s learning. Here are some examples of what you could be doing at home to help guide your child:

  • Read with them, even if they are good readers
  • Discuss their homework and what they learned at school that day
  • Discuss and use the school’s word of the week at home with them
  • Extend their general knowledge with learning a new fact each week
  • Encourage them to try new activities so that they are not always focusing on obvious skills
  • Encourage them to ask questions
  • Encourage them to appreciate and listen to the views of others


KS3 ALP Recommended Reading List:

KS4 ALP Recommended Reading List:

The Brilliant Club:

BBC Bitesize:

Oak National Academy:

National Theatre:

Oxford and Cambridge Collaborative Outreach Network: Schools Liaison and Access and Outreach Officers at Oxford and Cambridge Universities are providing various resources and sessions for students via the Oxbridge Collaborative outreach network. This is where the majority of Oxbridge outreach will be taking place over the coming months.
Find out more here:

Coronavirus Tutoring Initiative: A brilliant opportunity to get a private tutor completely for free has been set up by Oxbridge students to make sure that you aren’t missing out on your education during this difficult time. It can be in anything from pre-GCSE subjects, to GCSE and A Level support.
Find more information and where to join here: