High Performers' Programme



At Blenheim, all our students are equally different and have an equally wide range of interests, skills and abilities. Many excel in more than one area of school life.


The primary objective of the High Performers’ Programme is to provide a co-curricular platform that encourages high performing students to further develop in those areas of the curriculum that genuinely interest them and which may, in time, inform their future and career pathways.

The Curriculum 

In the curriculum, high performing students are supported and challenged in a number of ways through:

  • Strong teaching.
  • Management of student groupings and peer experience.
  • Whole class questioning that encourages optimum engagement.
  • Mentoring.
  • Consistently delivered differentiation across the curriculum.
  • Careers intervention, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Bespoke support through the extended day for year 11 and 13 students.


Beyond the curriculum, there are a multitude of co-curricular activities across a large number of departments including Physical Education, Music, Drama, Art, Science, Technology, Dance, English, Languages, Maths and more... 

High performing students engaged in the programme will also receive high quality careers advice, which will ensure they are well-informed regarding their next steps as they progress through Blenheim into Sixth Form.

High Performer's Co-Curricular Programme 2024

The High Performer's Programme

The programme is an extension of this existing co-curricular provision that seeks to further develop students through exposure to high quality support and challenge.

High performing students engaged in the programme also receive high quality careers advice, ensuring their next steps are well-informed as they progress through Blenheim.

Student Selection

Students are selected onto the programme in one of two ways:-

1. The six highest attaining boys and girls in each year group at the end of the academic year are automatically selected. These students remain on the programme for the duration of the following academic year. Some of these students will also be mentored.

2. Individual departments identify high performing students in their subjects. These students must exhibit at least one of the following;

  • A high levels of attainment.
  • A high levels of progress.
  • A strong work ethic.

Year 7

Students are not classified as High Performers until the end of year 7 as the programme is based upon an entire year’s academic performance.

Years 8, 9, 10 and 11

Students are selected according to the selection criteria.

Sixth Form

Students are identified as part of the Sixth Form Scholarship Programme. Individuals are supported and challenged by the Sixth Form Leadership team and Heads of Department. 

Programme Benefits

The main benefit of being part of the High Performers’ Programme is the opportunity it affords students to realise their potential and access a comprehensive range of additional opportunities.

The majority of departments deliver at least one High Performer activity providing development opportunities for high performing students.

Activities include:

  • Enrichment days/visits. 
  • Residential experiences e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award .
  • Musical and sporting activities e.g. PE Master Classes.
  • National competitions e.g. Maths Challenge.
  • Mentoring by specialist staff e.g. LAMDA.
  • University visits e.g. a visit to the University of Oxford.
  • Specialist work experience e.g. Medicine and Dentistry Workshops.
  • Extra-curricular Qualifications e.g. GCSE Further Maths.
  • Walking Talking Mocks.
  • Targeted Progress Mentor Groups.

Activities are constantly reviewed and tailored to the needs of the individual. 

The core subjects of English, Maths and Science have a designated Raising Standards lead practitioner to ensure student opportunities are appropriate and significant.

If you have any questions regarding our High Performers' Programme please contact the Assistant Headteacher: Inclusion and DSL, Mr. B. Cole.

Email Mr B. Cole 

High Performer's Bulletin January 2024

Silver School Mental Health Award