Minerva Academic Enrichment Programme

The Minerva Academic Enrichment Programme aims to identify more academically able pupils and ensure that outstanding provision is available to them. The programme is largely crafted in partnership with academic departments with academic enrichment provided both within lessons and as part of the co-curriculum.

The programme offers a dazzling diversity of exciting opportunities and encompasses the breadth of academic disciplines available at Bradfield. However, unlike scholarships or scholars societies at some schools, which begin by selecting pupils and then determining a tailored provision for this group, the Minerva Academic Enrichment Programme is self-selecting.

Generalist or those with a specific academic interest have the opportunity to participate in the areas of the programme relevant to them. We understand that it is plausible that a child might be gifted in a specific area, for example, engineering and be particularly creative and prodigious in this discipline. In which case, we would assign resources, identify pupils with similar interests, and encourage them and those of a similar gifted disposition to develop their skills and interests accordingly.

Alternatively, a pupil’s talent may lie in creative writing and therefore our open book and creative writing societies will ensure that their needs are catered for.  Whatever the specific academic interests of our pupils, we endeavour to adapt our programme to accommodate them. In many instances, this will be through allowing them to take responsibility for running the societies, for inviting guest speakers and running internal competitions.

Whether a child is musical, theatrical, sporty, or simply has a desire to reinstate Latin as a compulsory element of secondary school education, we value everyone’s secret talent, passion or interest and we embrace the fact that development of these areas will help shape their character, and define them as individuals. Our broad range of academic societies means that more academically able pupils are excellently provided for and have the opportunity to participate in communal academic interests, gaining vital interpersonal skills, the ability to think on their feet, to show leadership and most importantly, to enjoy themselves.

There has also been a greater focus on the celebration of academic success in recent months and this has led to an increase in the number of pupils competing in national competitions. This in turn has led to a greater interest in competitive degree courses including Oxbridge. In response to this uplift in academic aspiration, our preparation for more competitive courses such as medicine, veterinary sciences, dentistry and Oxbridge has followed suit. Partnerships with nearby schools as well as with Oxbridge colleges means that pupils are well informed and capable of submitting a competitive application for these sought after courses.