Able and Ambitious

Able and Ambitious 

"students are not innately gifted or talented and that effort is a key characteristic of being a high achiever"

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Able and Ambitious captures the idea that some students are performing at a level over and above expectations in a certain area, but that this situation is flexible depending upon effort. Able and Ambitious students have to work hard to maintain this position, while other students can join the Able and Ambitious programme through improving their performance throughout the year. Please click on the link below to see an overview of our student provision.

Able & Ambitious Student Provision Overview 

Each department has a provision map which outlines the help and support students receive on this programme.

  • Able & Ambitious departmental criteria
  • In lesson provision
  • Extra curricular provision
  • Home provision 

Google Classroom: Able and Ambitious

The aim of the ‘Able and Ambitious Google Classrooms’ are to provide all students from all key stages with access to resources that will lead them to become more ambitious throughout their learning journey and help develop a thirst for a rewarding career. The Google classrooms include the following: 

 

Lower School

  • Guest speaker videos from a variety of industries

  • Ex Rickmansworth student success stories 

  • Reading resources 

  • Research resources

  • Trips or visits

  • Academic competitions 

  • Motivational videos/podcasts

  • Personal development resources 

  • EtonX soft skill support

  • Online courses (MOOCS)  

  • Subject specific resources to develop a thirst for knowledge helping develop a love for the subject! (relevant for all subjects and all year groups) 

 

Upper School

  • Guest speaker videos from a variety of industries

  • Ex Rickmansworth student success stories 

  • Reading resources 

  • Research resources

  • Trips or visits

  • Academic competitions 

  • Motivational videos/podcasts

  • Personal development resources 

  • Online courses (MOOCS)  

  • Subject resources to develop a thirst for knowledge helping develop a love for the subject! (relevant for all subjects and all year groups) 

 

We are always looking for more guest speaker videos; if you would be happy to record a short video answering a few questions about your career then please email Mr Gunn staff.gunn@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk to discuss further.

High Flyers Programme

The High Flyers program supports students who are interested in applying to any course that requires an early application: Oxbridge subjects, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary. 

Students are guided through every step of this process - starting in Year 12 - where they develop the skills, experience and knowledge needed to ensure success in their applications. As part of this journey, we provide:

  • Guest speakers including past and present Oxbridge students
  • Guidance on wider reading
  • Work Experience opportunities
  • Personal Statement guidance and enhanced checking and feedback
  • Workshops for entrance examinations including UCAT and BMAT
  • Interview practice both within and outside of school