Supporting our Highly Able Students
Students are set by ability in core subjects and some foundation subjects. Other subjects will be taught in banded sets (e.g. geography, history and RE as humanities sets) and some subjects will be taught in mixed ability groups (e.g. Art, Music, Drama, PE).
Department Policies and Plans
Each department has a policy and development plan for highly able students. This includes the means of identifying these students and strategies to cater for their needs. Each department also has a small library of reading material suitable for highly able students which can be borrowed.
A register of Highly Able students
We use a range of data to identify highly able students:
- We analyse results from National Curriculum Tests and internal assessments to identify highly able students.
- We also ask subject teachers to identify highly able students and nominate them to be registered through department identification policies.
The highly able register specifically indicates the curriculum areas in which the student has been identified as having strengths. Subject teachers and tutors are kept informed so that progress can be monitored closely.
When students are placed on the highly able register parents are informed and provided guidance on how they can support children with their learning.
The school has targets, overall and at subject level, for attainment and achievement of highly able students.
Teleologists Discussion Group
The school runs a discussion group for highly able students in Key Stage 4. Staff, visitors and students prepare and present papers on topics not usually covered in the school curriculum. The presentation of the paper is followed by a controlled group discussion which enables students to develop their debating skills and their ability to discuss issues with adults in preparation for university and college interviews.