“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
Accelerate at Park Lane
At Park Lane Learning Trust, we strive to ensure that all our students are given opportunities to achieve their full potential.
Those identified in the Upper Prior Attainment (UPA) band from the students’ KS2 SAT results are placed on our ‘Accelerate’ scheme. Through the Accelerate scheme, students are monitored closely to ensure that they are being challenged and extended in lessons and additional experiences both within and beyond the school learning environment.
These students will also have opportunity to improve their areas of development as well as areas of strength and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. In addition to this we aim to provide staff and governor training in order to enhance their awareness of the needs of our Accelerate students.
Contact is essential with parents. Parents/carers are kept informed at regular intervals about the progress of their child and any information or support that we can offer will be made available to the parents/carers.
As well as challenging and extending students in the classroom, we also ensure that our students are able to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and trips. Recent visits, both one day and residential, have been made to local universities to experience the life of a student attending lectures and living on campus. We ensure our students have the knowledge to make informed decisions about available courses, choose the right university and the financial impact of attending.
Recently, Park Lane held a Gifted & Talented 'Choose a University' event for our year 8 and 9 students. This involved the students participating in a range of activities which led them to choosing a university and identifying the qualifications they need to achieve for their 'dream' job!
Activities included students speaking to staff about the university and course they researched. The students identified their own strengths, areas of enjoyment and development. Students then used various resources to research the qualifications, work experience and skills they would need; even calculating the cost courses and repayments.
The culmination of this work led to the students plotting themselves on a map of where they want to attend university and knowing how they can achieve it. This was a fantastic in depth look at the opportunities available to them and that with focus and dedication they can achieve anything!
In addition, all year 7 students recently participated in a ‘Dreaming Big’ workshop where they began to understand that with hard work, effort and determination they can achieve anything. The students wrote and drew their dreams and ambitions and then wrote some very inspirational quotes and mottos to remind themselves how to get there.
“A bad attitude is like a flat tyre. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.” Daniel.
“Make your positive attitude like the sun – never start a day without it.” Jake M.
“Believe to Achieve” – Amber M.
“When the going gets tough – I’m going to keep trying.” Macauley.
“Keep going, believe in yourself. It’s never too late to start trying.” Kennedy G.
“If you don’t succeed the first time – try again.” Hafsah.
“Life is like a story. God is the writer, the Universe is the book. Doubt and pain are the rubbers and mistakes. We are the sentences. But you are the word that changes the whole story.” Ojasvi.
“You might not be able to reach the real stars, but you can reach your own.” Ebony.