Stretch and Challenge

High attaining students are offered a range of activities outside of the normal curriculum to stretch and challenge them: for example, life drawing classes in Art, specialist Science and Maths sessions at London Universities, and elite coaching in football, tennis, and trampolining. Other activities include workshops run by representatives from Oxford and Cambridge Universities and as well as local community-based organisations. A ‘potential A/A* cohort of year 10 and 11 students receive focused workshops on exam skills, and a mentoring project has been set up between Sixth Form Mentors and Year 10 and 11 Mentees with the potential to gain several A* grades.   

In addition to the extracurricular opportunities staff are trained to stretch and challenge all students, including the most able, within their lessons. This may include deeper learning experiences or a wider breadth of materials. Students are encouraged to use online school resources and library texts to develop their own interests across their subjects.

You can read more about just some of the many Stretch and Challenge programmes we run at Acton High School below.

Mentoring Programme

Sixth Form students volunteer their time and knowledge to mentor potential A/A* students in Years 10 and 11. Designed to encourage and facilitate Higher Education ambitions, Mentors and Mentees are then taken on challenge days and trips to Russell Group Universities.

Click here to read more about the Mentoring Programme

History/TVA Club

The Humanities and Technical and Visual Arts Departments run their own Stretch and Challenge club. The club allows students to develop their research, historical and design skills, and have access to local historians, artefacts and trips, all of which support their learning.

Click here to read more about the History/TVA Club


Eco-Warriors is a Stretch and Challenge club with the mission of making Acton High School green, clean and sustainable. The club is part of the international award winning Eco-Schools programme that guides schools to help make sustainability an integral part of school life.

Click here to read more about the Eco-Warriors

If you would like to ask questions about the Stretch and Challenge agenda at Acton High School, please email Ms Sharman, on

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