Stellar Groups


We are a fully inclusive school, and offer a personalised curriculum providing support for the needs of all our students, to challenge the most able, and support those who find learning more difficult. As part of this curriculum, we have introduced Stellar and Phoenix groups for the more able.


This is an exciting opportunity for the new year 7 to be a part of the "Stellar" groups at Rainham School for Girls. This will be similar to the "grammar stream" offered in other schools.

Students will be identified to be the Stellar groups, and they will have an extended day, following a more challenging, rigorous curriculum, including taking two languages. 

During induction all students will take Cognitive Ability Tests, normally completed early in year 7, and these results will help us to identify ability groups for all students. We will also use these results, along with KS2 results, to identify which students will be chosen for the Stellar groups.

The Stellar groups will be challenged to make more than expected progress and will achieve highly throughout their time in school. Stellar students will have at least one early morning lesson once a fortnight at 8.30 am to give them the extra time to study the additional language and to embed the core curriculum of English, Maths and Science. These students will also receive more challenging homework to support their learning.


The Phoenix group has been created to mirror the Stellar Curriculum with the same challenge in lessons and breadth of subjects studied for students who have narrowly missed the Stellar benchmark.  Students in the Phoenix group have the flexibility to move into the Stellar group should they achieve as highly as Stellar students.    

Parents will be notified during the summer holidays if their daughter has been chosen for one of the Stellar or  Phoenix groups.


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