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23/04/19

First day back and year 11 are already stuck into a waking talking mock for English! https://t.co/G4d01F462T

05/04/19

Our year 12s spent Wednesday evening exploring their future options

03/04/19

Exciting scenes at our Knowledge Maestro competition today. Congratulations to the Enterprise and World Studies hubs for being victorious! https://t.co/WUPhri7ZbU

03/04/19

Our Sixth Form is proud to announce its first cohort of students, who will complete their Bronze Awards by the end of the Summer Term. Find out more at https://t.co/1uVwhYNcQS https://t.co/X7eBhy2Xct

03/04/19

From Rudolf Hess to Lady Jane Grey. Year 5 have been learning about famous prisoners in the . This lovely writing is by Debbie. Great drawing too. Loads more great learning for our primary phase students at https://t.co/RA6vmfdHiJ https://t.co/SIrR2yQZqN

03/04/19

In Reception Class this week we have been focusing on our topic . Ilyas is writing a list of picnic food he needs to take to the moon. Vital! And Renee is writing 'rocket sentences' in speech bubbles. Loads more at https://t.co/RA6vmfdHiJ https://t.co/WRY6apsPEu

01/04/19

About to board the mini bus to make our way to the Cory Riverside Energy planet where London’s waste is processed! https://t.co/GjNsomnj1p

01/04/19

Hi from has come in to help us learn about the 3Rs! https://t.co/axdFwQBBOH

29/03/19

Year 10 enjoying a production by today - always a delight to welcome people in! https://t.co/dfsfGMCqhZ

28/03/19

Ase delivering her speech this evening at the 'Speak Out' regional finals at St Catherine's! She smashed it! We are so proud of her. https://t.co/NCjRgFNqOM

28/03/19

Year 4 are learning about different denominations at in Thamesmead. We can’t wait to see their writing after this visit! https://t.co/eaHZnxcVZc

26/03/19

So proud of Arsens and Dzuljeta who represented our school at the British Schools Championships in Sheffield last weekend. Arsens is now British Schools Champion in his age and weight category. So proud of them both. Full story https://t.co/WsdauiGTRg https://t.co/I4aIhnxUoe

26/03/19

Year 5 have had a fantastic time at the ⁦⁩ today! The perfect trip to enrich our learning in the topic ‘Crime and Punishment’ ⁦https://t.co/SjvlwKADl5

26/03/19

🎵 Choir rehearsal under way! Note for parents: as you look at the stage we are sat on the top left! https://t.co/4xjYMMkMke

26/03/19

Desperately trying to find out how many bananas you can fit in one shipping container (it’s 48,000)! 🍌🍌 https://t.co/ejsVUiMscm

26/03/19

The HGA choir are enjoying brunch in the sun before going in for their rehearsals for tonight’s performance https://t.co/0KbEkOd7LS

26/03/19

Walking through Greenwich Park on our way to the National Maritime Museum! https://t.co/z8oufFZMvb

22/03/19

Mr Taylor is talking about healthy and unhealthy food in reception class today. We said that it’s ok to have some sweets or cakes sometimes but not all of the time! https://t.co/r6vqUCyj7d

21/03/19

Ms Biosah was given a very special gift by students at Club yesterday. This beautiful paper rose showed very impressive skills and great too. https://t.co/WUS8M5cwOQ

20/03/19

Retweetd From Bexley School Games

Another great afternoon for the 2nd Festival. Thanks again to for ensuring the girls had a fantastic afternoon learning new skills & having fun https://t.co/o6cO2JXZl0

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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