Academic Extension

There is an important distinction to be made between academic 'acceleration' and 'extension'. At Grammar we do not permit accelerated progression through our courses, but rather have a policy of academic extension beyond the syllabus for boys who seek it.

Many classes at Grammar are streamed, and much extension work takes place in a normal classroom context. Special extension activities in science and humanity subjects are arranged for those boys who wish to pursue them.

Academic extension work may be done in a variety of ways. Some boys are given leave to attend special courses in timetabled periods. Others work in their own time under expert supervision.

Two masters have special responsibility for academic extension. One of them covers the arts, and the other the sciences.

The School sponsors a regular visiting scholars programme. Distinguished visitors spend time teaching at the School, and then give a public lecture. Recent visitors have included Prof. Nils Andersen of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Prof. Simon Blackburn (Cambridge), Prof. Sir Geoffrey Lloyd (Cambridge), Dr Andrew Parker (Oxford), Prof. Bryan Gaensler (Harvard), Dr Chris Clark (Cambridge), Ms Marina Warner (London), Prof. Richard Hunter (Cambridge), Prof. Robert Tombs (Cambridge) and Prof. Robin Holloway (Cambridge).

In addition to this, Grammar participates in the various Science, Mathematics and Geography Olympiad programmes.