More Able and High Ability

We invest significant time and funding into ensuring that More Able students are provided with challenging work in lessons, and progress towards the highest grades.

Teaching and learning

  • Collaboration with NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education), working with their consultants to ensure that the approaches we take are in line with the best current practise nationally. http://www.nace.co.uk/  
  • Staff training allocated specifically to developing resources, activities and strategies to enhance teaching and learning for More Able students.

Support and intervention for students not on track

Whenever we collect data, we pay close attention to how our More Able students are performing.

We run a ‘Gradewatchers’ programme which provides intensive support for More Able students not on track for the highest grades.  This includes after school sessions, mentoring, competition and rewards.

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Enrichment, information and guidance

We provide a range of opportunities for our More Able students to experience the world beyond school and to hopefully inspire them to progress to further and higher education.

The ICT, Humanities, Science and Mathematics faculties have all established links with various universities, leading to trips, tours and events for students in both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

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We are working with the English Speaking Union to develop students debating and public speaks. In December 2017 a group of our More Able students attended the House of Lords Chamber Debate.

We have established links with Magdalen College of The University of Oxford, including trips to Oxford and their outreach team providing interview skill sessions for our students.

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Behaviour

“Pupils are helpful, polite and courteous to staff, visitors and to each other. The atmosphere in school is positive, supportive and caring.” Ofsted 2016

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“The teaching of mathematics is effective. Most pupils make good progress in this subject.”

Maths

68% of students make expected progress or better

More able

“They are given a significant range of extra opportunities which prepare them well for life beyond the school. These pupils speak with passion and confidence about their ambitious aspirations for the future.” Ofsted 2016

90%

of more able students achieved an A or A*

Students leaving with 5 A*-C grades, including English and maths

50%
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