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More Able and Talented

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Students from Mark Rutherford School’s Sixth form competed in the Prestigious English Speaking Union’s Sixth form public speaking competition regional final at the Perse School, Cambridge and collected one of the top awards.
Team member Amy Stott was awarded the “Outstanding Performance Award” for her five minute speech on the challenges facing education in England. She was supported by team members and fellow Year 13 students Dylan Gordillo and Charli Marshall. They were one of six teams taking part in the event including The Perse School, Aldenham School and the Colchester Royal Grammar School. The English Speaking Union is internationally recognised as one of the leading organisations promoting public speaking and debating in schools and universities.

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Public speakers

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Mark Rutherford School’s public speaking team were the winners of the Bedford round of the prestigious Youth Speaks competition which is run by Rotary International. They competed against five other schools including St Andrews and Bedford School in the event staged at Kempston Challenger Academy and will now take part in the regional event which will take place early next year. The team comprised of Chair, Amy Buttice, Speaker, Suzie Baker and Vote of Thanks, Elena Coles. The girls, who are all studying for their GCSEs at Mark Rutherford, spoke on the subject: “Body donation, the ultimate act of charity?” focussing on the importance of medical research and organ donation.

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Silence in Court

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Silence in Court... a combined Year 11 and sixth form team were runners up in the prestigious Sir Gavyn Arthur Mock trial competition organised by the Magistrates Association. The south eastern regional mock hearing competition was staged at Bedford Court and in addition to finishing as runners up team member Year 13 Amy Stott was "commended" by High Court Judge Peter Perusko for the quality of her advocacy in one of the cases which are all based on the kind of hearings dealt with by the Family Court.

Other team members were: Amy Buttice, Stanley Hunter-Howett, James Rowntree, Gatleen Chaggar, Laurissa Grant and Dylan Gordillo. The team was supported by Mr Smith and Mr Nicholls and was organised as part of the school's provision for the More Able and Talented.

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Scholars graduate at King's College

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Top of the class… students from Mark Rutherford School attended a “graduation” event at King’s College, London to celebrate completing a Scholars’ programme run by the educational charity “The Brilliant Club”. The Year 9 and Year 10 students  had to complete 2,000 words essays on topics linked to language translation and the history of art.
Final assignments were graded with university style classifications - seven of those involved achieved First Class passes. One of the tutors who led the sessions, Jenny Harris of Cambridge University described the students’ approach to their studies and quality of work as, “truly amazing” adding that they produced some “outstanding” work which would not have been out of place in a university.

“While working for the Brilliant Club, I have taught at many different primary and secondary schools, but the students at Mark Rutherford really stood out for me. Many of them impressed me with their general knowledge; some had incredibly well-developed writing and argumentation skills; however, all worked incredibly hard and, in just seven weeks, made progress that I would have been happy with if I had a chance to teach them for a whole year. I am sure that any university will be lucky to have such talented, dedicated and hard-working students. I very much enjoyed working with them and wish them all the very best for the future.”
Katerina Morozava- Scholars’ Programme Tutor who worked at Mark Rutherford.

Year 10 Student Amy Buttice delivering the “Spokes Scholar” speech at the graduation event at King’s College.

One of the students involved in the course, Year 10 student Amy Buttice delivered a speech at the graduation event which included the following comments:

The course I have studied over the last couple of months was designed as an introduction to the history and reinvention of modern art. Throughout the course we studied 3 main themes central to the subject: aesthetics, politics and identity. In January we visited Cambridge University, where we learnt about the traditional functions of art and the huge role it played in shaping people's understanding of the world and of their place in it

Overall, I really enjoyed the course and insight we got to university life. As there is for everything, of course there were the ups and downs. When having to actually sit and write the essay, I didn't know where to start or where I was going to pull 2,000 words from and after receiving feedback for my first draft essay, where I hadn't really discussed the question, or in fact presented a powerful argument, I really struggled to start all over again for the second time. But by carrying on, I was able to produce an essay of a much higher standard and that is usually how most things turn out, with the last better than the first, unless of course we're talking about siblings. One of the most useful tools I learnt from the course and will carry into university life is perseverance and resilience. I also enjoyed being able to work in university style groups and being able to receive constructive criticism for each essay we wrote, really helped me work towards achieving a higher overall grade. The course was tough, but all-inclusive it was great to have such a good opportunity and I'm really thankful for everything it taught me.

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The Brilliant Club

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The Brilliant Club arrives at Mark Rutherford… 24 students selected from Year 9 and Year 10 are taking part in the Scholars' Programme run by the Brilliant Club organisation which aims to provide academic challenges for the more able. The event launch was at Homerton College, Cambridge University and students have continued their studies by attending university style weekly "tutorials" in school with two tutors who are current Phd students. The subjects being studied are Art History and Translation studies. The students will be assessed following the submission of a 2,000 word essay graded degree style from First to Third class. If successful they will attend a graduation event at University College, London. The Scholars Programme is aimed at challenging the able and encouraging state school pupils to consider applying to Russell Group universities when they reach the sixth form.

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Medical Workshop

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Mark Rutherford students attended a workshop to find out more about studying medicine and related biological sciences at University. The session was run by Dr Carlo Acerini a fellow of Girton College, Cambridge who is a leading expert in the field of childhood diabetes. Dr Acerini currently works at Addenbrokes Hospital in Cambridge. He is also involved in the training of medical students at Cambridge.

Dr Acerini outlined the entry requirements for medical schools in the UK and he also explained some of the opportunities open to those who have qualified as either doctors or veterinary surgeons.

The workshop was run as part of the school's More Able and Talented provision and it concluded with a question and answer session where students had the opportunity to talk in more depth with Dr Acerini about his work in medicine.

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The Russell Group

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Former Mark Rutherford student Molly Simpson visited the school  to speak to Year 12 students about applying to some of the most competitive universities in the UK. Molly is currently studying Geography at Oxford University and was meeting with Year 12 students as part of the school’s provision for the More Able and Talented. The workshop included advice on application procedures, UCAS, interviews and personal statements.

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More Able and Talented

With the promotion of ‘inclusion’ and ‘Every child matters’ being at the heart of the Mark Rutherford ethos, we value excellence and achievement in all our students and are committed to providing a stimulating and challenging curriculum which caters for their individual needs. The more able students are no exception and we actively promote and encourage all students to surpass their expectations.

Our More Able and Talented cohort have a range of activities and extra curricular opportunities for them to access and these will only increase in coming months, so watch this space!

Definitions
  
The More Able are those students who have abilities above the expected norm for their age group in one or more subject areas other than art, music, the performance arts and physical education.
Talented students are more able artistically/creatively and in performance and have abilities outside normal performance standards for their age group in art, music, the performing arts and PE. A student could be both More Able and Talented.

Identification 5-10%

The national figure defined by the government states that the MAAT cohort should be between 5-10% of the school population. However, students would never be denied a place on the MAAT group list if they met the academic and performance related criteria!

At MRUS we keep a list of our MAAT students, which covers all year groups and all subjects and is regularly up-dated.  Due to the changing nature of students’ abilities (students can have academic or performance related spurts, peaks and plateaus) they are placed on the list initially for one year and this is then evaluated and updated annually. We also keep a ‘more able’ list so that we can track the progress of not only our MAAT cohort but all of our more academic and/or talented students. Under-achievement can then be highlighted and strategies put in place to improve the situation.


   'Everyone is gifted-but some people never open their package' – we aim to provide the tools to do this.

 

During the past year a number of events have been organised in order to help support the school’s More Able and Talented cohort of students. These have included:

  • Year 10 students visited the University of Oxford Open Day.
  • Oxbridge application information evening at Bedford Modern School attended by year 11 and year 12 students.
  • Mock interviews for Year 13 Oxbridge applicants and students applying for Medicine/Veterinary Medicine.
  • School based workshop for students considering careers in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine led by a fellow of Girton College, Cambridge.
  • Year 12 students involved with the Nuffield Science programme.
  • Regular Debating Society meetings.
  • Additional support for Sixth Form students considering applying to Russell Group Universities.
  • Year 8/9 visit to Bletchley Park.
  • Public Speaking team  competing in the Rotary Club’s Youth Speaks programme.
  • Students competing in the National Maths Challenge.

 

Mr D Smith
More Able and Talented Co-ordinator

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Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire Mk41 8PX
Telephone 01234 290200 : Fax 01234 290236 : Email: mark.rutherford@mrus.co.uk
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