Elite Performers Scheme

Our school prides itself on our students out of school, just as much as in school, and we believe we have a responsibility to help elite talents to shine locally, nationally and globally. There are champions walking our corridors, and there are others who are close, so we work flexibly to help our families create the superstars of tomorrow. Equally, our school curriculum may go a long way, but we would be failing badly if we did not extend it further by integrating elite provision for those who have the talent to grab it.

Our Elite Performers Scheme is a dedicated curriculum package which dovetails with local, regional and national organisations and ensures that we provide the specific curriculum and pastoral interventions to ensure that elite performers have the support in school to maintain both their academic progression, but also have the freedom to hone the talents that give them the chance of shining on the national and international stage.

The Elite Performers Scheme offers inspiration to all of our students but is only applicable to those students who have already been judged by the school to be attaining an ‘elite’ standard in their chosen field.

Our Elite Performers Scheme is unique in that it offers specific support with:

  • Authorisation to attend specific sessions and events related to the elite area
  • A personally adapted curriculum which works alongside specialist training / practise time
  • Regular contact between the school and partnered organisation so that both aspects work together and mutually support progression
  • Mentoring support to help students overcome challenges and balance out their focus on both school and their ‘elite’ area
  • Close liaison with parents to maintain and support the student’s / child’s progression

The Elite Performers Scheme responds and develops with the ‘elite’ talents that students bring into school but currently includes work with (amongst others):

  • International and Club Football
  • International and Club Swimming
  • International Equestrianism
  • International Martial Arts
  • International Skiing
  • International Obstacle Course Racing
  • National Youth Orchestra
  • Regional and National Stage Shows

Our scheme has supported numerous students to compete to the highest possible level and helped develop regional, national and international champions. Working with these exceptional students, and the exceptional families that put in the hard yards behind the scenes, it is a pleasure for us to do our bit to create special stories:

Naturally, the Elite Performers Scheme works alongside our Raising Aspirations programme which provides students with extensive and sustained opportunities to interact within and develop their awareness of potential careers, academic and vocational routes.

The Elite Performers Scheme is non-statutory and operates solely at the school’s discretion – there is no set entitlement to any requests for support. All decisions are taken by senior staff and retain our obvious priority on providing high quality education.

However, it is self-evident that there is such a lot to gain from elite representation in terms of confidence, cultural capital and motivation and we view our role as a school is to foster and energise this process rather than act as a barrier to excellence.

If you require further information about our Elite Performers Scheme, then please contact Matt Allman, Headteacher, via office@friaryschool.co.uk.