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23/05/22

Children can pick up a free healthy packed lunch from libraries and leisure centres during the May half-term, excluding the bank holidays. There's no need to register beforehand, just come along. Locations and serving times at https://t.co/yODJSl35al https://t.co/mf7naxlcZT

19/05/22

This week our primary team competed in the 3v3 Bexley borough finals with the winners representing Bexley at . The team performed excellently to win the event with scores of 8-0, 16-0 and 8-0 in the final. https://t.co/Q9ZyZiGz5X

17/05/22

We're pleased to support 2022 at Harris Garrard Academy! https://t.co/TLmeHs0kvw

11/05/22

Students celebrate their success in the Scholars Programme, with a graduation ceremony at SOAS University of London. They studied peace, conflict & gender with a PhD scholar and wrote 1500-word essays. We are very proud of our scholars! https://t.co/MXb09flSML https://t.co/sbEGwdXhxb

09/05/22

Harris Garrard's Tag rugby team participated in their second mini-league event. They performed excellently winning 7-3 and 5-1, and we look forward to the final event in a few weeks time https://t.co/qZH9MGyDCI

25/04/22

Harris Garrard's girls rugby team competed in Kent schools' tournament recently. They were fantastic, making it all the way to the final. It was great to see over 100 primary school girls engaging in tag . Well done team! https://t.co/604C3oIxaW https://t.co/uInmW6vSMN

12/04/22

Year 7 pick up litter in for 's campaign. Thank you to , who loaned us litter-picking equipment and removed the rubbish we collected. V proud of our students! https://t.co/jbHoBhXSUb https://t.co/haVXd36kEB

28/03/22

"Something wicked this way comes..." Today, our Year 11s were treated to a trip to The Globe to see a performance of their GCSE English Literature text, Shakespeare's Macbeth! https://t.co/8HvFI7zprG

28/03/22

Our Year 1 & 2s really enjoyed taking part in the football festival. The teams had great fun, scoring lots of goals and using teamwork. Thank you to for organising and we look forward to their next event! https://t.co/mBOIcXoXSI

24/03/22

Today, Year 8 supported by the humanities department, enjoyed a day on the Thames, taking in London’s most famous landmarks. Staff and students enjoyed playing guess the landmark and waving to tourists. https://t.co/3l3kmbA5B9

24/03/22

Year 9 A-Side are enjoying the sunshine and learning about plants at RHS Wisley for their 4th Character Day of the year! https://t.co/1doMnUQ0HI

23/03/22

Our Easter Holiday 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions are for all HGA parents and students (primary, secondary and Sixth Form). Come along on Weds 6th April (9am-1pm) and Weds 13th April (9am-1pm) if you fancy a chat with our staff or need some support. We'd love to see you. https://t.co/OzvQFwWkwM

22/03/22

Last Friday, we were visited by a very special member of the community, Abena Oppong-Asare, our local MP and Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. "She shared her journey into politics with us and was truly an inspiration," said Head Student, Daniella. https://t.co/qiBHvsquUX

21/03/22

Retweetd From Consejería de Educación Reino Unido e Irlanda

"It was great to meet the students from years 5 and 6 at Primary School who participated in the Spanish Workshop “Los detectives culturales” ¡Enhorabuena chic por el gran trabajo! https://t.co/PL9AbR75HF

21/03/22

Year 12 students making the most of the sun, and their dedicated outside area, during their mindfulness hour last Friday. https://t.co/ukoe04wjLM

17/03/22

Harris Garrard had their first tag rugby mini-tournament this week. They put their learning from our PE lessons to good use winning both games, 5-2 and 4-2. Everyone had great fun and we look forward to the next one! https://t.co/b3AVIkaxMW

15/03/22

Last week our boys played a cup fixture against Fairford Academy. After a great match in wet conditions, we came out on top winning 5-2. Harris Garrard now progresses to play Danson Primary in the semi-finals. https://t.co/O73EvP5LkJ

06/03/22

AC Slater from the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge came to HGA last week to support KS4 students in writing passionate speeches! https://t.co/C0mDFf03VX

06/03/22

We welcomed author for and he delivered some fantastic workshops for budding KS3 writers https://t.co/39oT7gx2lD

03/03/22

Retweetd From Bexley School Games

A great effort from all involved https://t.co/3l2DW2TD4O

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Most Able Students

Most Able students (formerly known as 'Gifted and Talented') have been defined as those students who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop these abilities). 

Talented pupils demonstrate a talent or skill in creative or sporting fields in and/or out of school. In all definitions there is the recognition of the distinction between the term more able and the term talented. Most Able students appear to be more able over a wider range of academic areas while talented students appear to generally excel in one particular creative area.

Most Able pupils are those who will exceed the expectations for their age group, either in all subjects or just one. The Most Able are a diverse group and their range of attainment will be varied; some do well in statutory national curriculum tests or national qualifications. However, being Most Able covers much more than the ability to succeed in tests and examinations.

Most Able students comprise around 5-10% of the academy population. At Harris Garrard Academy we identify the Most Able students in all subjects. 

The Leader for Most Able is James Case, Assistant Principal. Further documents and policies relating to our support for ‘most able' students can be downloaded from our Equalities and additional intervention page.


How does the academy identify Most Able students?

Our Most Able students are identified on entry to the academy using information held by primary schools about that student’s learning and achievements in Key Stage 2. We use this information to make sure we provide students with the right level of challenge. Our Most Able students will be identified on entry by:

having a Key Stage 2 fine score in Maths and English of level 5.4 or above

OR

having a Key Stage 2 score in Maths and English of level 5.0 or above if they are a Pupil Premium student

OR

having a CATS test score in the top 10% nationally

OR

showing exceptional attainment in a range of subjects in the first term of Year 7.

Most Able students are identified and placed on the academy’s Most Able register. We give particular attention to disadvantaged Most Able students. We recognise that nationally Most Able students do less well in schools where they are in the minority, Most Able boys do less well than Most Able girls, and Most Able Disadvantaged Students do less well than Most Able non-Disadvantaged students.

The register is reviewed and updated regularly during the academic year, based on hard and soft data. Most Able students are not removed from the list if underperforming, instead additional intervention is agreed for these students. Pupil Premium grant money is allocated for this where students are eligible.

We have developed a culture of high expectations for students and teachers so that the quality of curriculum delivery, teaching and assessment in both foundation and core subjects is high. This begins with identification based on Key Stage 2 data, rigorous target setting and careful tracking and intervention.

In addition to using data provided by primary schools, Most Able students will be identified over time using:

  • Subject identification criteria – reviewed at the start of the year and published to all staff and students
  • Subject area nominations – based on relevant assessment profiles using multiple types of quality assessment including teacher assessment
  • Assessment results – such as standard tests, CATs and examination performance externally and internally
  • Most Able Leader nomination – using data that tracks the performance of students, the Most Able Leader will also examine nominations to make sure the correct students are identified and placed on the register.
  • Parent consultation – we will consider parental nomination and welcome any background, knowledge or evidence of a pupil’s work done at home if appropriate. This information will be cross referenced to performance data and the academy decision is final. 

What are the opportunities and events for Most Able students?

There are many opportunities for Most Able students which can include:

  • The Brilliant Club – 12 arts and humanities students will be mentored through an assignment by a PhD research student in half term 4.
  • The Challenge Project – KS3 pupils attend masterclasses in key subject areas from across the curriculum. They will hone their knowledge and develop practical skills with the support of subject specialists.
  • Literacy and Numeracy leaders
  • School productions
  • Theatre trips
  • Drama workshops