Leveraging Enhanced Academic Performance
The LEAP programme at Orange Anglican Grammar School is an invitational programme which aims to serve both Primary and Secondary students in leveraging and enhacing their academic performance.
Students selected for this extra-curricular programme will meet for a timetabled LEAP session each week. During that time, they will be taught a differentiated curriculum stressing higher order thinking skills, technological skills, and the languages and arts. There will also be opportunities for cross-curricular enrichment through a range of STEM and literary related excursions and competitions.
Mentoring is a wonderful tool for young people to grow both personally and professionally and there is a great deal of research supporting its many benefits. As such, individualised staff and peer mentorship is a key aspect of the LEAP programme, allowing students to further stretch themselves academically. This will be achieved through viewing issues from a variety of perspectives, focusing on problem-solving, decision-making and a pursuit of personal interests. Each student will also receive a specialised individual learning plan that addresses, extends and further leverages academic performance in areas of student interest as well as improving overall academic growth.
Students are invited to participate in the LEAP programme based on the following criteria:
Teacher rating on learning characteristics and communication-precision skills
Review of academic records
Review of standardised test scores
Mr Luke Simkins, our LEAP Coordinator and resident historian coordinates the programme. Mr Simkins was previously the Head of Teaching and Learning at the independent girls’ school, Wenona on Sydney’s lower north shore. During his tenure in this position, Mr Simkins mentored students in Years 7 -12 and analysed external assessment data, such as HSC and NAPLAN to respond proactively in collaboration with teaching staff and Educational Support Services to specific student needs. Through his leadership of these initiatives Wenona achieved a median ATAR of 92, 81% of students were on the Distinguished Achievers list, 11 subjects had students in the top two performance bands and Wenona ranked 15th in the state and 3rd among non-selective independent girls schools. Mr Simkins has also guided both Modern History and History Extension students to state rankings, most recently he had students achieve 1st in the state in History Extension and 9th in Modern History. Mr Simkins is also a regular contributor to the History Teachers Association Journal and a lecturer at AIS Conferences in the fields of history, STEM and project based learning.