THE SWALE SCHOLARS PROGRAMME
The Parkland Federation runs the new and highly sought after ‘Swale Scholars Programme.’ This programme is bespoke to our partner Swale Academy Trust Schools and is aimed at improving the attainment of high ability pupils.
HOW ARE PUPILS SELECTED TO BECOME A ‘SWALE SCHOLAR?’
The Head of School works alongside teachers to select pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 who are not only predicted to achieve the ‘greater depth standard’ in a specific subject by the end of Key Stage 2, but are also on trajectory to achieving Grades 7,8 or 9 at GSCE level (roughly equivalent to A-A* under the old system) by the time they leave secondary school.
WHAT DOES THE ‘SWALE SCHOLAR’ PROGRAMME LOOK LIKE?
Each term has a different subject focus. Throughout the term, our Swale Scholars attend a series of weekly lessons at one of our Swale Secondary Schools; The Eastbourne Academy and Causeway School.
Our Swale Scholars are accompanied by staff from their primary school and take part in exciting projects within the secondary environment utilising their fantastic facilities. These lessons expose pupils to a challenging academic environment that promotes a culture that champions excellence, high expectations and hard work.
At the end of each term, the parents of our Swale Scholars are invited for a showcase of scholar learning that has taken place at the secondary school. Each pupil receives a certificate in recognition that they have successfully completed the Swale Scholars programme
WHAT ‘SWALE SCHOLAR’ PROGRAMMES ARE ON OFFER?
We presently target children who have strong potential to achieve highly in the areas of:
Physical Education and Sport Leadership
ARE THERE OTHER SUBJECTS BESIDES THE ONES LISTED ABOVE?
In addition to the Termly Swale Scholars Programme at our secondary schools, we also have ‘Primary Swale Scholar Days.’ Primary Swale Scholar Days are one-off events in a given subject where children showing promise, across all of our Eastbourne Swale Primary Schools, attend. (Langney Primary Academy, Shinewater Primary School, Parkland Infant School and Parkland Junior School).
These events are extremely popular and successful. Scholars from Parkland Junior School, Shinewater Primary School and Langney Primary Academy come together and work collaboratively in a subject they all enjoy and can shine. The focus for Primary Swale Scholar Days include:
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER PRIMARY SCHOOL?
Should your child attend a Swale Academies Trust Secondary School, your child will be able automatically enrolled onto the ‘Swale Secondary Scholars Pathway.’ Children from non-Swale primary schools, will need to submit an application and be interviewed in order to gain a place onto this prestigious programme at secondary level.