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Park High School

Park High School

In Philosophy & Ethics gifted students are encouraged to challenge themselves by taking on specially differentiated ‘Challenge’ tasks within lessons. These additional tasks might encourage students to think at a higher level, challenge their existing thoughts or explore the topic in more breadth and depth. All students have access to the higher challenge tasks, although those students identified as ‘gifted’ in the subject will be specifically targeted and supported to take on these extended learning opportunities.

At Key Stage 4 gifted students have the option to take the Philosophy & Ethics GCSE as a full course, supplementary to the half course studied by all students in Year 10 and 11. The course runs as a twilight session and allows those brighter students in need of further extension a challenge to explore the subject in more depth, gaining a further qualification in the process. Students who take this opportunity have a strong record achieving excellent results, with 2013’s Year 11 cohort achieving 94% A*- C.  The Philosophy & Ethics department has a strong tradition of supporting and challenging its higher ability learners, with 40% of the whole year group achieving either an A or A*. In the short course, 50% of students achieved A* or A.  

A number of extra-curricular opportunities are provided in the Philosophy & Ethics department to enhance the learning of gifted students outside of the classroom. Many of these opportunities are offered in collaboration with other humanities subjects so students can access a greater understanding of the subject within and across a range of academic disciplines. This year a group of Year 9 G&T students went to a workshop at the British Library, studying maps throughout history and exploring how they can reflect changing ideas and the balance of power between nations. The opportunity encouraged students to really think ‘outside the box’, challenging their understanding of historical concepts. Upcoming trips for the academic year 2013-14 include a Year 8 trip to Westminster focussing on “Women in Democracy”, once again in collaboration with the History department.  

Provision for Park High’s most able students is a key priority within the department and opportunities to challenge talented learners in Philosophy & Ehtics are regularly being reviewed.

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Phone:020 8952 2803

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