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Denbigh receives the NACE Challenge Award

10 August 2010

We are delighted to confirm that Denbigh High School has gained the NACE Challenge Award.

The Challenge Award is a self evaluation framework which helps schools to audit, action and plan quality provision for able, gifted and talented pupils from Early Years to Key Stage 5.

The Framework was designed to enable schools to create an ethos of success for all pupils and to confidently identify and meet the needs of the most able pupils.

To achieve the award a school must demonstrate that it has very high standards when it comes to challenging pupils of all abilities.

In the assessor's letter informing us of our achievement she wrote:

The school has made a strong commitment to developing quality provision for More Able, Gifted and Talented pupils over a number of years.

I was impressed by the students, who are wonderful ambassadors for the school and clearly enjoy and embrace every learning experience that Denbigh High School offers.

Within the report the assessor made the following comments about the school and its particular strengths:

  • There is very effective co-ordination for Able, Gifted and Talented pupils which is supported by the Headteacher; the Associate Principle and all of the staff team.
  • There is a strong whole school ethos of success.
  • The curriculum offers a very wide range of learning opportunities.
  • There is a strong identification procedure linked to a robust target setting and tracking procedures for all students and cohorts.
  • Pupils show extremely positive attitudes to learning.
  • The monitoring and evaluation of the students' learning is an exemplar of good practice.