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27/10/21

Come to our Sixth Form Open Evening. Thursday 11th November, 5-7pm - no need to register. It has never been easier to apply for Harris Garrard Academy's Sixth Form, thanks to our new online application form. Find out more at https://t.co/2KAdqHEiiU

14/10/21

Come to our 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions, open to all families and students (primary, secondary and Sixth Form) on Wednesdays (9am to 1pm) during the holiday. It means we're OPEN during the break if you need to speak to someone. Details at https://t.co/6OzPjTl9L4 https://t.co/L0KRv2vTvU

13/10/21

Thank you to for excellent sessions on sexual harassment and gender-based violence at our Sixth Form yesterday. "A lot of teens do not acknowledge their actions, or the words they use, and the effects that these might have." Lydia, Year 12 https://t.co/NMwgA0ynfs https://t.co/RyGQ65R9M1

12/10/21

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What incredibly inspiring workshops w/30 awesome kids ranging from 11-15yrs old today academy. Delighted to co-host them w/#Andree & THE KIDS REALLY ARE ALRIGHT! 500 tree whips are going to a very deserving home🌳👏🏻 https://t.co/5BO8E2RP7T https://t.co/CRSGhTG2kE

12/10/21

We loved having you, thank you very much!

12/10/21

Less than a month now to our Sixth Form Open Evening, Thursday 11th November, 5-7pm - no need to register. Our staff and students look forward to meeting you! https://t.co/fGI5yEuTNm

12/10/21

Our Sixth Form students are off-timetable today engaging in workshops around and https://t.co/vdueeWfbpI

12/10/21

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Looking forward to presenting a workshop tomorrow w/ - Why designing & planting a woodland is a really empowering thing. It’s believing in a future & the generations to follow! Can’t wait to see the outcome 🌳🙏🏻💕

11/10/21

Amazing turnout today for the Year 10 boys' inter-hub competition. There was a lot of competitiveness shown throughout today. Every boy in Year 10 represented their hub with pride. Congratulations Active Science and Creative Voice for winning the match.

11/10/21

Good turnout today for the Year 10 girls' inter-hub competition. There was lots of intense games and quality on show today. Congratulations to Active Science and World Studies who came out on top today!

11/10/21

Our boys very much enjoyed playing football against St Gregory's, Tunbridge Wells, last week. A close match that went to penalties! Thank you to our hosts . . Report at https://t.co/ptGL18gBiR

07/10/21

Year 10 students combine their study of Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty with a scene from their GCSE English text, Jekyll and Hyde. https://t.co/ctAwvfedWN

04/10/21

Come to our Sixth Form , Thurs 11th Nov, 5-7pm - no need to register. We look forward to welcoming you . Find out more about our Sixth Form at https://t.co/2KAdqHEiiU https://t.co/HXOm9XG0xP

03/10/21

Thank you to everyone for coming to our Open Evening last week. Our final Open Morning of 2021 is on Monday 11th October, 9.15-9.45am. Details at https://t.co/YB4UPQ75Nx https://t.co/vDtj9WBINm

28/09/21

No need to register for our secondary on Thursday 30th September (5 - 7.30pm). Just come along! We look forward to meeting you. . Details https://t.co/2nPHpBOhHR https://t.co/gBiRMCF02j

28/09/21

Take a tour of our secondary school building on Fri 1st Oct, 9.15-9.45am. Register for our at https://t.co/aaSCMTAv1P https://t.co/YQfctSbTBb

28/09/21

For Year 9 boys it was the inter-hub competition yesterday. The teams represented their hubs amazingly and should be very proud of how they played. Congrats to World Studies and Creative Voice who both finished the tournament with eight points

28/09/21

Good turnout yesterday for the Year 9 girls inter-hub competition. Lots of fun and laughter. Congratulations to Active Science who came out on top (again!)

27/09/21

Don't miss the Harris Garrard Academy this Thurs 30th Sept, 5-7.30pm. We look forward to welcoming Year 6 students and parents. Watch a video intro from Head of Academy Steve West at https://t.co/svyu5AUgRf https://t.co/Ci8DMSFWi7

27/09/21

Students at Harris Garrard Academy are working with our advisor to learn how their education will help shape their futures https://t.co/sYnUQD0FPp

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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