The Joseph Rowntree School

Stretch & Challenge

Stretch and Challenge Activities

Stretch and Challenge activities give the most able AS/A2 students the opportunity to demonstrate the full extent of their skills and knowledge. This is particularly the case with the introduction of the A* grade at A-level.

Opportunities outside of school to motivate and inspire students include masterclasses and residential university taster days. Links to a range of opportunities that we make students aware of can also be found below. Please note that these activities are simply opportunities for those that wish to participate and are in no way essential for progression to university courses and future careers.  Additionally, one off opportunities that come into school will be advertised on the weekly bulletin and common room notice board.

If you decide to make an application for any of the masterclasses /taster days/summer schools please let Mr Coleman know.


Online extension activities for AS and A2 students


Short films on topics from the A-level Curriculum by the University of Leeds.

Each discipline-specific sites also helps students choose a university department that’s right for them and shows them what sort of careers might follow a degree in that discipline.


Sutton Trust Summer Schools

Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial, King’s College, Nottingham, St Andrews, and UCL.

‘The summer schools are a great opportunity for high achieving young people from non-privileged backgrounds in year 12 to get a taste of student life at a research-led university’. All expenses are met by the Trust and participating universities.

Further information is available on the Sutton Trust website:


Oxbridge Experience

University of Oxford’s Summer School - UNIQ is a programme of free residential visits in July and August for Y12 students currently studying at UK state schools. 


Headstart Courses

Headstart has been established for more than 16 years as a charitable trust providing hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities and engineering taster courses to encourage young people into technology-based careers. 

Visit for more details


Loughborough Engineering Experience

This is an annual two day event held every Easter for Year 12 students. It gives an insight into engineering, a chance to experience first-hand the Loughborough University campus and student accommodation, plus students also have the opportunity to take part in a number of different ‘taster events’ within our engineering departments.


Young Engineers

Young Engineers is the premier Membership Network for UK school students interested in Engineering and Science.

Young Engineers is a UK Educational charity who believes that participation in practical engineering activities provides the best way of encouraging young people to study STEM subjects and take up careers in Engineering.


Cambridge University Subject Masterclasses

Register your interest to be notified for future events.


Nuffield Science Placements

Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries) provide over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. 
Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course are eligible to apply. Placements are available across the UK, in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions.  Nuffield Research Placements are administered at a regional level by a network of Nuffield coordinators.
More details will be promoted to students during the year but have a look at the following link for more information.


Further Maths Support Programme

Through a range of enrichment and extension events, activities and resources, the FMSP offers students opportunities to apply mathematics they have learned in the classroom in new and interesting ways, deepening and broadening their understanding and increasing their enjoyment of mathematics.


Resources to explore a subject beyond the A level curriculum.

Resources to explore a subject beyond the A level curriculum, links to other useful websites for this subject and guides to university study in this area.

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