All students at Oxford Spires Academy, whatever their ability, are challenged both in and out of the classroom. The recent Challenge Award, given to the school by the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) said in its headline “The philosophy, culture and ethos of Oxford Spires Academy are extremely aspirational and all encompassing. They are reflected in … the school mission statement ‘Be the best you can be’”. This is shown in both the individual monitoring of student progress and in the wide range of extra-curricular and super-curricular opportunities offered to the students throughout their time in school. The most able reach top grades through differentiated and extension work in classes, as well as opportunities to work towards impressive applications to top universities. Projects with businesses and scientists, public speaking and debating competitions, extended projects, creative writing – all these give wider opportunities to show high level thinking and performance skills. At the same time, those who need academic support have this in lessons to show their very best work in their subjects and are encouraged by the House system to show their talents more widely.