More Able Activities

We offer a number of exciting opportunities to students whose data or work in school indicates that they are particularly able and/or motivated.

Some examples of this are:

Sixth Form Chess Challenge

Focus group: High ability Sixth Form students

Benefits: Increased:

  • progression to Russell group Universities
  • problem solving skills
  • thinking skills
  • strategic skills

[sic] magazine

Focus group: All students interested in creative writing and the arts

Benefits: Writing/drawing work to publication standard; learning about the editing and audience processes; working with a team of like-minded students

Wind Turbine project

Focus group: Year 10 and 8 students interested in science

Benefits: Producing a turbine which can generate cheap electricity in developing countries

HEI experiences

1. Cambridge University, Newnham College

Focus group: able Year 11 girls

Benefits: To motivate and inspire girl students to apply to Cambridge

2. Brunel University, Urban Scholars Programme

Focus group: able Year 10 students

Benefits: To motivate and inspire students to apply to university and to particularly consider the sciences

3. Roehampton University, Teentech programme

Focus group: able Year 7 students

Benefits: To motivate and inspire students to apply to university and to particularly consider the sciences

Ghetto film school

Focus group: Y10 -13 students who are passionate about film and media - accessed via a competitive process

Benefits: 6-week training course that teaches students how to make films

STEM projects

1. Birmingham Big Bang Fair

Focus group: Year 8 students

Benefits: Physics for fun

2. CISCO, Bedfont, Middlesex:

(i) 1 week’s work experience;; 2-year mentoring of MABLE Year 10 students

Focus group: Year 10 students

Benefits: 1 week’s experience with CISCO in their offices to gain an understanding of working in a tech company; expert adult advice and guidance

3. Coding competition

Focus group: KS3 students

Benefits: Chance for coders to pit themselves against other schools in West London

4. BP Young Engineers

Focus group: KS3 students

Benefits: Developing a car with other students in a team environment


Focus group: Y10 students

Benefits: Students meet in small groups working with experts in various fields to develop employability and academic skills and understanding.

KA Debating Society

Focus group: Y10 - 13 students

Benefits: Students get to grips with topics of national, international and local interest and relevance, learn to marshall facts and figures and present arguments in favour or against the topic. An excellent skill for higher education. A termly debate on topical issue - where possible, invite guest speakers from outside. 6th Form President and committee select motion and organise event.

KS3 MABLE group

Focus group: Y 7 -9 students

Benefits: Students will do a variety of activities in an after school club to stretch and challenge, ranging from debates to presentations, to problem-solving activities.

KS3 current affairs club

Focus group: students interested in their communities

Benefits: increase and improve general knowledge, whilst enhancing debating, assessment and analysing skills.

This is also open to ks4/5 Interested in mentoring ks3 students.

Royal Geographic Society

Focus group: Y9 students

Benefits: Students work in small groups to design solutions to a current real-life geographical problem. Allows application of geographical knowledge and skills . Encourages students to see relevance of geography in a wider context.

UKMT Maths challenge

Focus group: KS3 & KS4 (students from set 1), KS5 (students from AS/A2 maths)

Benefits: Increased problem solving skills, thinking skills, national competition with country

Culture Club

Students can be assigned a film/book/tv show/album to read/watch/listen to and write a review on it and debate with their peers

Focus group: Y11-13

Benefits: To encourage deeper interests in the arts and to improve cultural literacy