Academic

THE IGNITE PROGRAMME

The Ignite Programme is the term chosen by our pupils when teachers asked them to name our academic and co-curricular enrichment offering. Ignite, which comes from the Latin ignis meaning ‘fire’, is designed for the most able and interested pupils across multiple areas of the curriculum.

At Edge Grove, there is a commitment from all staff to find the thing that lights the spark in all pupils, to develop them as confident, independent learners, develop their higher-order thinking and develop their full intellectual, physical, aesthetic, creative, emotional, spiritual or social potential.

Our Ignite Programme begins in Year 3, with pupils who have been identified as being particularly able in or committed to a particular subject being invited to become an Ignite Cub.

Middle Department pupils with notable high ability receive Ignite Cub status in one or more of the following areas:

Academic
Computing
Art
Design & Technology
Drama
Music
Sport

Moving on from Middle to Senior Department at the end of Year 5, Ignite Cubs become Ignite Fellows.

Senior Department pupils with notable high ability receive Ignite Fellowship status in one or more of the following areas.

Academic
Computing
Art
Design & Technology
Drama
Music
Sport

 

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We use many methods to identify the pupils awarded Academic Ignite status, including:

  • Standardised testing (CATs/PTEs/PTMs/Lexile scores);
  • Knowledge of the pupil’s contribution and work in class.

The Senior Deputy Head (Academic), Ignite Coordinator and Heads of Department review the status of pupils termly and carefully differentiate teaching to ensure that learning has the requisite pace, variety and challenge.

In line with the School Mission, Academic Ignite pupils are active, confident and independent learners and typically demonstrate excellence in the following skills:

  • Analytical thinking and innovation;
  • Active learning and learning strategies;
  • Complex problem-solving;
  • Critical thinking and analysis;
  • Creativity, originality and initiative;
  • Leadership and social influence;
  • Technology use, monitoring and control;
  • Technology design and programming;
  • Resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility;
  • Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation.

Academic Ignite pupils have access to a designated Google Classroom where pupils take on challenges often entering appropriate national competitions, other academic events and competitions against other schools.

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