More Able students
More Able students are children who demonstrate a significantly higher level of ability than most children of the same age in one or more of the statutory curriculum areas, other than art, music and PE, i.e. very academically able children. Those previously defined as ‘talented’ will remain supported and valued at Hatch End High School, but do not now fall within the scope of this policy.
There is no norm for a More Able student. The More Able students can be: academic all-rounders or high achievers in one subject area; of high ability but with low motivation; of good verbal ability but poor literacy skills; very able but with short concentration spans; very able but with poor social skills.
Hatch End High School also recognises that students do not necessarily demonstrate their full ability on arrival, due to a variety of background factors, and therefore we also seek to identify those with exceptional potential.
Why do the most able students matter at Hatch End High School?
Hatch End High School’s status as a truly comprehensive, non-selective school and our We CARE ethos means we have a culture where high achievement is valued and high expectations are held by all.
Hatch End High School aims to provide the best possible education to meet the individual needs of all students and to help them achieve their full potential. Students who have demonstrated high achievement, and whose previous assessments indicate possible future high achievement, should be recognised by the school and supported in their development, within and outside of the classroom.
How do we identify the most able students at Hatch End High School?
Hatch End High School uses a wide range of data to identify students in each cohort and ensures that regular amendments are made to ensure that the school’s increasing numbers of Casual Admissions are accurately identified.
At the end of Key Stage 2 More Able students will in most cases be working at a Level 5 or above in English and Maths. With the recent changes to the Key Stage 2 assessment, More Able students will be those who achieve significantly above national averages (100) in the new examinations for Reading and Mathematics. We will be using as an initial guide >110 for categorising More Able children.
At Hatch End High School, when identifying More Able students in Year 7, we will also use a range of data including CATS, Key Stage 2 data (SATS), Key Stage 2/Key Stage 3 transition data, reading ages and reports from students’ primary schools.
From Year 7, internal progress and achievement data (flight paths) and reports will be utilised to update and monitor the register. At Key Stage 5, students will also be assessed by GCSE results and other comparable qualifications.
What happens after identification?
Hatch End High School uses a wide range of data to identify students for potential in each cohort and ensures that regular amendments are made to ensure that the school does not leave out anybody displaying more able traits at any point.
More Able Students
More Able students will in most cases be identified as those who achieve significantly above national averages at Key Stage 2 in English or Maths. Cognitive Ability Tests are also used to identify students in Year 7.
We recognise that many of our students make accelerated progress during their time at Hatch End and we therefore use current data to identify students. Students can also be identified as being More Able if they are consistently high attaining across four or more subjects (despite not meeting the More Able criteria when they arrive in Year 7).
Most Able Students
Out Most Able students are those students who achieve significantly above national averages at Key Stage in English and Maths, and are also consistently high attaining across four or more subjects.
Please refer to the More Able Policy which outlines the identification in more detail.
What initiatives does Hatch End High School provide for the More Able students?
Hatch End High School’s flagship programme for our most able students is the Brilliant Club. The Brilliant Club is a charity that enables students to participate in a university-style investigation, working with a PhD student in weekly seminars over a half-term.At the end of the investigation they have to write a 1500-2000 word essay, which is followed by a graduation ceremony at a highly performing university. In the past, students have conducted investigation into the key turning points in British History and the uses of mechanical engineering techniques in human muscle and tissue regeneration. Students from Hatch End High School who take part in the Brilliant Club consistently achieve higher than the national average in the percentage of students achieving a 2:1.