Gifted, Talented & More Able Students (GTMAS)

    Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire

    W. B. Yeats

    At Harlington Upper School we offer three distinctive options to help our students to aim high and stretch their thinking:

    • Talent Development Activities   
    • Pathways to University
    • Gifted students Programme

    Please see below for more information

    Updates about events and activities will be communicated in the Weekly Bulletin.

    Super Curricular Activities

    Talent Development Activities:

    • Are available for all students across all year groups.

    • Subject specific activities provide extra-curricular activities to help consolidate and challenge thinking outside of the classroom.

    • Generic activities provide students with opportunities to develop their skills and consolidate their understanding. They typically involve challenges that encourage students to apply their learning from a wide range of subjects.

    • May involve competitions, trips and a wider engagement with topics studied in class.

      Generic Activities     Subject Specific Activities 
    Autumn Term       

    Keeping a Secret (Years 9 & 10)

    Study Skills (Years 10 & 11)

    BBC School Report (Years 10 & 11)


    Spring Term

    Egg Challenge (Years 9 & 10)

    Rocket Challenge (Years 9, 10 & 12)

    Motivation with Action Jackson (Year 11)

    Summer Term

    Puzzle Challenge (Years 9 & 10)


    Pathways to University

    Students who aspire to university – especially to high performing universities - will be encouraged to participate in the Pathway to University Programme.

    • Opportunities will typically be related to open days, taster days, careers talks and action planning.
    • Year 9: Christmas Science Lectures (Autumn Term); Visit to Oxford University (Summer Term).
    • Year 10: Taster Days at the University of Oxford (Spring term) and Birmingham University (Summer Term), Aiming High talk by the University of Cambridge (Spring Term), Classics – How to Die Like a Roman and Other Stuff (Summer Term).
    • Year 11: Investigating options: visit to University of Oxford (Autumn Term).
    • Year 12: Sixth Form Studies Group (Fortnightly meeting throughout the year), University of Oxford Taster Day (Autumn Term), Oxbridge UCAS Applications Talk (Spring Term), various taster days and invitations to open days (throughout the year).
    • Year 13: Support with UCAS applications (Autumn Term), academic mentoring (throughout the year).

    Gifted Students Programme