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 ahead of their peers in their identified subject/s.  Subject Specialists display academic talent, a willingness to explore the opportunities available to them and a commitment to stretching their education. These are the academic trailblazers of our school.

How are Subject Specialists identified?

To identify Subject Specialists we consider:

  • 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:

  • Extra challenge in their Subject Specialist lessons
  • Subject Specialist enrichment activities including opportunities for trips and speaker events
  • Extended Subject Specialist reading lists
  • Opportunities for independent study through exploration homework
  • A trip to visit a university at least once in both KS3 and KS4
  • Positive recognition as a leader in their subject

Compass Trailblazers

What are Compass Trailblazers?

The Compass Trailblazers are a team of academically able students from each year group.  Compass Trailblazers have to possess academic talent, as evidenced either in their Key Stage 2 exams or by earning multiple Subject Specialist awards. They almost must display a willingness to explore the opportunities available to them and a determined attitude.

How are Compass Trailblazers identified?

To identify the Compass Trailblazers we consider:

  • Attainment at KS2
  • Progress data
  • 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
  • Be open to the demands of academic leadership
Compass Trailblazers Entitlement

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

  • Mentoring through regular cohort meetings
  • Opportunities to visit a university at least once per year
  • Extended Subject Specialist reading lists
  • Rigorous Saturday Masterclasses designed to stretch and challenge
  • The opportunity to complete an independent accredited study project
  • Attend career workshops at least once in both KS3 and KS4
  • All opportunities offered through their Subject Specialist provisions