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16/10/18

These are just tasters of their amazing time! Have a look through our weekly newsletter for more; it comes out every Friday!

16/10/18

Don't worry she'll be home tomorrow!

16/10/18

Victory! A delicious feast prepared for our evacuees for their VE party tonight! https://t.co/c38Hjof1XN

16/10/18

Our year 6 evacuees exploring wartime recipes at Hooke Court! https://t.co/5sExUMArfR

16/10/18

Dilcy, Year 8, did this fantastic about and and different models of our solar system. She even included her own research sources. Well done, Dilcy! See more examples of out students' great homework at https://t.co/lvsyXH3lC1 https://t.co/oDh8LmNIBw

16/10/18

Retweetd From Parents and Teachers for Excellence

. once again had some brilliant results: , Harris St Johns Wood, and had great P8 scores of 0.34, 0.58, 0.89 and 1.27 respectively.

16/10/18

Good morning from Hooke Court! We really enjoyed our woodland walk and code breaking last night. https://t.co/etFBcmVmgB

15/10/18

Year 6 have arrived safe and sound! They saw Stonehenge and lots of sheep on the way! Looking forward to code breaking tonight!

11/10/18

Retweetd From HarrisBoys'Academy

Our provisional Progress 8 score for 2017-18 is 0.81, which is likely to put us in the top 2% of schools nationally. Amazing! Huge congrats to all our students and teachers ! Read more at https://t.co/cAlVvdPvdA https://t.co/chPkCRvMru

11/10/18

We're really proud that our provisional Progress 8 score is 0.34. This is an amazing achievement by our students and teachers in our first year and is likely to place us in the top 18% of schools nationally. Great work everyone! Read more https://t.co/kgs3TlSB82 https://t.co/qA7RtFlEG8

11/10/18

Thanks for the shout out Miss D'Souza was very surprised!

11/10/18

Miss D'Souza has been looking forward to this day since the summer! Looking at developing Effective Early Years Practice at HGA! https://t.co/emzRJJqoFF

10/10/18

Year 3 are investigating the different types of soil found on our site. Can you name the equipment we are using? https://t.co/u63QP5VtPf

09/10/18

Parents' Evening is in full flow at HGA! We're also selling tickets for the international evenings too! https://t.co/Sxmbgn2qqK

09/10/18

Finishing off our day by engineering our future! https://t.co/OBv3A3zFzu

09/10/18

Our students are loving exploring space at the Science Museum! https://t.co/tqB7fEipf9

09/10/18

Retweetd From HarrisBoys'Academy

Very proud to have received the Mayor of London's award for second year in a row - for being in top 5% of schools nationally for the past four years. Well done boys (and teachers!) https://t.co/SShJhDvPBZ. https://t.co/7qM3GuZtIR

06/10/18

Thank you for such an inspirational talk yesterday- we have the power!

05/10/18

We are looking forward to putting these posters on display for the amazing team at HGA. We change lives! https://t.co/PlUQGaSZXA

05/10/18

Thank you for being there so early to welcome us all Looking forward to sharing HGA's next set of amazing results next year! https://t.co/w2e8mttMRK

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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 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