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What is a MET student?

“A young person who is driven to make the most of the academic, social and individual opportunities available to them – in and out to school; to be curious and a lifelong learner becoming a valuable leading member of the local and national community. Ultimately to have mastery of their thinking, behaviour and ambitions to lead a fulfilling life”.

At Holcombe we have a MASTERY, ENDEAVOUR and THINKING Programme (MET)  whereby the students from every year voluntarily choose to engage with the MET contract, which can be found here.
Students are initially selected by the  Head of Year (HOY) and the Lead MET Practitioner based on external standardised tests and internal data based on achievement, attainment and behaviour. The students attend extra-curricular clubs, weekly meetings with myself and try to stretch themselves academically, socially and cognitively.
The MET programme is one which runs from Year 7 up until Year 13 and the prime purpose is to support and challenge the student to better themselves by taking up existing opportunities within their environment. The MET programme is driven to support a developing growth mindset by students leading their self-improvement.
Successful engagement with the programme is rewarded, foremost by praise and recognition and better interpersonal and communication skills, however other rewards for students who are currently on the MET programme, have included:
  • Open Days at The University of Cambridge, Queen’s College (Year 10 and Year 12)
  • Pathways at Higher Education Day at Canterbury Christchurch University (Year 7, 8 and 9)
  • Crest Award Engagement
  • Entries into the Radio 2500 word short story competition (Years 7-9)
  • Step Up to Cancer Bake-off
  • Weekly MET meetings to discuss topical issues and share ideas
  • Mock Interviews (individual and panel) in preparation for Oxbridge interviews (with Year 13 and staff across specialist areas)
  • Year 13 led workshops (“Raising aspirations and choosing pathways”) with small groups (Years 7-12)
  • MET Ambassadors representing the Programme on Open Days – engaging and raising awareness of the growth mindset and benefits of a extra-curricular programme to external parties
  • Presentations to peers on specialist areas of interest practising public speaking skills and fielding questions to an audience (Years 7-9)
  • Termly celebrations with doughnuts and sweets!

For useful websites and sources for students to stretch and challenge their learning, please see here.