We are a fully inclusive school and offer a personalised curriculum providing support for the needs of all our students. This includes challenging the most able and supporting those who find learning more difficult. As part of this curriculum, we have embedded Stellar and Phoenix groups within each year group for our most able students.
STELLAR and PHOENIX GROUPS
This is an exciting opportunity for students joining us to be a part of one of our Stellar groups at Rainham School for Girls. These groups are similar to "grammar streams" offered in other schools. Students identified as suitable for a Stellar group will follow a more challenging, rigorous curriculum, including taking two languages in Key Stage 3.
During year 6 induction all students will take Cognitive Ability Tests, 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 suited to the Stellar and Phoenix groups.
The Stellar groups will be challenged to make more than expected progress and will achieve highly throughout their time in school. These students will receive more challenging homework to support their learning. Stellar students are also expected to attend an extra lesson per fortnight, after school, as part of our OAST curriculum. Opportunities After School Time is a personal development programme that allows our students to develop beyond what is offered within a standard school curriculum, with opportunities to study subjects such as British Sign Language.
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. These students are also expected to attend the extra OAST lesson per fortnight.
Parents will be notified during the summer holidays if their daughter has been selected for one of the Stellar or Phoenix groups.