More Able Students

Heads of Departments work hard to ensure that students are challenged at the highest levels within the timetabled curriculum.

As a fully comprehensive school we have students with a wide range of abilities and talents. We aim to ensure that all pupils have high aspirations and are given every opportunity to fulfil their academic potential during their time here.

How do we identify the most able?

We identify our most able pupils using a variety of information. In Year 7 we look at KS2 SAT results, Cognitive Ability Scores and Reading Ages. In Years 8-11 we also look at the student’s current levels and recent exam results.

Teachers aim to be fully aware of the precise level their most able students are working at, in order to provide them with suitably challenging work and to carefully monitor their progress. We have a lead practitioner who helps with stretch and challenge in the classroom, a Raising Standards Leader for the more able who monitors performance, and Mr Seward Assistant Headteacher has an overall responsibility for the more able and their progress.

Opportunities outside the classroom

Every year we offer a wide-range of clubs and additional opportunities to all our students. These aim to extend the students learning experience and offer a suitable level challenge to students, regardless of their academic ability. However we also run a number of clubs that are especially suitable for our more able cohort, for example;  Book Club, Maths Club, Debating Club, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Philosophy Sessions, Latin, Astronomy, Coding Club, Science Club and Mandarin.

We encourage students to participate in many visits and some residential challenges. For example, Year 7 & 9 Residential Trips, University visits, Theatre Trips and many more.

February 2015