NACE Challenge Award
Very bright and talented children have needs of their own and need appropriate challenges if they are to push at the boundaries. At Duncombe this does not mean more of the same but a personalised approach to provide exciting opportunities for them to excel.
We are very proud to have been awarded the 409th school to be accredited with the National Association for Able Children in Education Challenge award, putting us in a select group of just 1.6% of schools across the UK. As a school, we work closely with NACE to help our teachers to provide excellent teaching and learning for able and gifted pupils.
The recognition of this award is a significant achievement as it recognises the full experience of Duncombe pupils across the curriculum both inside and outside of the classroom, through subjects such as Latin, a voluntary timetabled class, advanced mathematics and creative writing and through our wide range of extra-curricular activities.
Challenging gifted children
If your child is able, gifted or talented this will be quickly identified through their English and Maths ability and through art and music. In the Lower School the children will be stretched through extension work in class and we also provide twice weekly booster sessions to challenge the most able. From the age of eight they will be in ability sets.
Our teachers work closely with NACE to provide additional depth and breadth of learning for our gifted pupils. If children have already solved a puzzle, maybe they can make up their own? Perhaps they could turn their story into a play or find more applications for the results of their laboratory experiment?
Promoting healthy competition
Children are encouraged to take part in inter-school heats and have won the Haileybury Science Challenge, the Haileybury Creative Arts and Writing Competition, the Cognita Festival of Sport and the Princess Helena College’s “Battle of the Brains” general knowledge quiz.
Sport is an important part of Duncombe life and we have supported pupils on both the county and national excellence programmes for tennis and gymnastics. In 2018, our U11 football and netball teams placed 5th and 10th respectively in the national final competitions for independent schools, and two of our pupils were National Winners in the 2018 National Championships for clay pigeon shooting and fencing.
We have also had the privilege to support pupils on the books of Premiership football teams and were proud to host a visit from Arsenal Ladies, the women’s football team.
We always look to encourage and challenge our pupils, creating opportunities to grow independence and think creatively. Our academic, sporting and creative arts programmes ensure that if your child has a specific talent we will help to develop that further.