At Compass School Southwark, our most able students are given outstanding opportunities to explore and develop their talents and abilities. That is why we call them trailblazers.

Compass Trailblazers!

The definition of a trailblazer is:

“a leader or pioneer in a particular field”

We have two categories of Trailblazers; Subject Specialists and Compass Trailblazers.

Subject Specialists

What are Subject Specialists?

Subject Specialists are students who display ability or potential significantly ahead of their peers in their identified subject/s.  Subject Specialists tend to easily grasp underlying principles of the subject, quickly make generalisations and demonstrate exceptional curiosity about the subject.

How are Subject Specialists identified?

To identify Subject Specialists we consider:

  • Attainment at KS2
  • Progress data attitude to learning scores
  • Passion displayed for the subject
  • Subject specific characteristics
Expectations of Subject Specialists

The expectations of Subject Specialists are:

  • Act as role model learners
  • Aspire to make excellent progress
  • Explore new ideas in the classroom
  • Explore the subject with independent research and visits
  • Be resilient and embrace all challenges
  • Demonstrate integrity by helping others learn & learning from others
Subject Specialist Entitlement

Subject Specialists are entitled to:

  • Challenge in all lessons
  • Subject enrichment activities including trips and speaker events
  • Extended subject reading lists
  • Additional opportunities for independent study through exploration homework

Compass Trailblazers

What are Compass Trailblazers?

The Compass Trailblazers are a team of academically elite students from each year group.  Compass Trailblazers have to possess academic talent, a willingness to explore the opportunities available to them and display a determined attitude in order to succeed.

How are Compass Trailblazers identified?

To identify the Compass Trailblazers we consider:

  • Attainment at KS2
  • Progress data attitude to learning scores
  • Potential to attend a Russell Group university
  • Whether the student displays a passion for learning
  • Whether the student explores subjects independently
  • Whether the student embraces challenges
  • Whether the student is willing to learn from others
Expectations of Compass Trailblazers

The expectations of Compass Trailblazers are:

  • Act as role model learners
  • Aspire to make excellent progress
  • Explore new ideas in the classroom
  • Explore subjects with independent research and visits
  • Be resilient and embrace all challenges
  • Demonstrate integrity by helping others learn & learning from others
  • Maintain a log of their participation in the activities below
  • Prepare presentations for the Compass Community on the activities below
Compass Trailblazers Entitlement

Students who meet the expectations of a Compass Trailblazer will be entitled to:

  • Mentoring through regular cohort meetings
  • University access at least once per year
  • Cultural enrichment with impact initiatives
  • Complete an independent accredited study project
  • Attend career workshops run by professionals from Year 7