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19/04/18

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It's been fab welcoming pupils from to King's today as they kick off their Scholars journey. Good luck everyone! https://t.co/SGNXhpurXB

19/04/18

Congrats to our boys and girls who did so well in the . Great work everyone! Find out about our 'Numeracy Across the Curriculum Initiative' - making links between other subjects including and . https://t.co/qpOrnfFYH2 https://t.co/SsEDwdcMmj

16/04/18

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Stuck for ideas on what to read? Wondering what to read after 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'? Check out our recommended reading lists including top 10 for and loads more at https://t.co/M73fZYHs9t https://t.co/cr0AlWcrNv

12/04/18

All the best leaders still teach! Senior Exec Mrs Magliocco taking her Primary Phase Easter Booster group at Harris Garrard Academy. A big shout out to Mrs Chandhoke, Ms Allen and Ms Kaur for coming in during their holidays! https://t.co/JdZLGF3WwY

12/04/18

Focus all-round at our Harris Garrard Academy Easter Boosters for primary students... https://t.co/Vi4QjE3NYQ

10/04/18

When it's your birthday and you have Easter Holiday School at Harris Garrard Academy too... https://t.co/leSHLW6Mn9

29/03/18

Our choir and musicians are getting ready for tonight's Festival of Music . A real privilege to be working alongside so many other Bexley schools. https://t.co/z8TW1ThWzU

29/03/18

Wishing ALL students, parents and staff across the Harris Federation a great holiday. Here are some of the fabulous designs Harris Garrard primary students made for our recent Easter Bonnet Parade. See you next term! https://t.co/7qZd5upKkm

29/03/18

Huge congratulations to Omotola, and everyone who took part! A great event.

28/03/18

A quick reminder that term ends 12.30pm tomorrow for all students. Thanks to everyone for a great second term! Download our end of term letter to parents and latest newsletter here https://t.co/4xe44NdUzp. Happy holidays everyone! https://t.co/BRI6kSFapL

27/03/18

Davian arrived for his morning booster today at 8am. What a star... https://t.co/WEMoPgeLDQ

26/03/18

Year 6 match all prepped for at Harris Garrard Academy... Come on team - let's have a great match! https://t.co/gr9w5yyMRN

26/03/18

Year 9 students enjoy artist-led workshops - creating screen prints and poems on the theme of 'identity'. Huge thanks to everyone who made them possible, including the artists from https://t.co/khJpGxioGG

22/03/18

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'I researched the danger of using my phone... on my phone ' very funny speech by Isaac from

21/03/18

Year 10 arriving at the Natural History Museum to learn how evolution links to Jekyll and Hyde. &H https://t.co/DrUdklmGR1

21/03/18

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Wishing a fab morning to all the children and staff who will be welcoming this morning! Don’t throw anyone around too much Szandra 😂

20/03/18

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Aged 11-16? Got 10-15 mins? Take part in the and YOUTH SURVEY 2018 and help shape the 's and Police priorities and youth engagement strategies. Have your say now at https://t.co/0Q70xPIMx6

20/03/18

Six Harris Garrard Academy students are published poets in the new Poetry Games: Truth or Dare anthology! https://t.co/5f2cEhnop8

19/03/18

Year 7 waiting for Much Ado About Nothing to begin 📚 ⭕️ 🎭 https://t.co/9x3GMzOKAW https://t.co/Lv1fZNt0Ol

18/03/18

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Considering a move for the new school year? is looking for , and teachers to join its team on its journey towards : https://t.co/pwrWKLDHJ1 https://t.co/QQv8FKwZyh

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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 Eleanor Maddocks and the Leader for Talented is Esther Alonge. 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

Model of support for Most Able students at Harris Garrard Academy

Model for most able students