Pathways

Pathways
Students are allocated a pathway. The decision over which pathway is most appropriate for each student is based on  students’ combined academic ability in English, Maths and Science. This combined academic ability is determined by student’s performance in lessons and in the standardised, externally marked, Progress Tests for English, Maths and Science, that the students are entered for in September and May (Year 7) and February (Year 8). Pathways care called Sirius and Polaris.

Why Sirius?
The Sirius Star is the brightest star in the night sky.

  • The name “Sirius” is derived from the Ancient Greek Seirios (“glowing” or “scorcher”).
  • What the naked eye perceives as a single star is actually a whole binary star system.
  • Sirius appears bright because of both its luminosity and its proximity to Earth.
  • It is 25 times more luminous than the Sun.
  • The system is between 200 and 300 million years old.
  • Sirius can be seen from almost every inhabited region of the Earth’s surface.
  • In the Northern Hemisphere, it is known as a vertex of the Winter Triangle.

Our aim is for Sirius students to shine brightly and make their wonderful talents and abilities seen by all the world!

Why Polaris ?
Polaris Star is the North Star and the brightest star in the Ursa Minor

  • Polaris is approximately 430 light years from Earth and is the brightest star in the constellation of Ursa Minor.
  • The two companion stars, Polaris Ab and Polaris B, are both yellow-white dwarfs with similar surface temperatures to their giant neighbour.
  • Polaris is a three star system comprising of the supergiant Polaris A and two smaller companions.
  • Polaris is the only star in the night sky that appears to remain stationary, this is because it is currently positioned above the northern axis of Earth’s rotation.
  • The star always points north and has been an aid to navigators for centuries.

Our aim is for Polaris students to make fantastic progress in the academy and to become the brightest star of the future!