High Ability Students
At Abbeywood Community School we aim to educate and develop each student to their full potential by providing a happy secure, rich learning environment where students can be given every encouragement to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.
Within all school communities there are some young people whose achievements at Key Stage 2 indicate particular strengths in English and/or maths. These are students we identify as High Ability Students which is defined as: those students starting Year 7 who are performing significantly above the national average in Key Stage 2.
The main focus of our provision is to create appropriate opportunities that challenge, support and encourage all students in an environment which aims to celebrate excellence. Whilst enrichment activities will play a part in the provision, the main focus must be providing suitably challenging learning opportunities within the everyday curriculum. In order for our High Ability Students (HAS) to receive a coherent approach, it is necessary for all staff to be aware of this policy and act upon it. The school needs to provide a consistent approach and to be aware that HAS have as much need of differentiated work as any other student. Each faculty is expected to consider their provision for this cohort of students and to monitor and develop that provision in line with curriculum developments and other school policies.
At Abbeywood Community School there is a named member of the SLT who is the HAS leader, a HAS co-ordinator and there is also a named governor for HAS.
Identification of HAS
Students are officially classified as being a HAS if they secure 31 points or more in their validated KS2 results on average. This equates to those students who secured a Level 5.
In addition to those students who are identified as HAS on entry, Abbeywood Community School will recognise those students showing exceptional progress, regardless of their KS2 validated results. This will ensure that those students who are late developers or for example, EAL students whose lack of English might previously have masked their abilities, are identified and included on the ACS HAS register. These students will be identified using CATs data, as well as being nominated by Leaders of Learning following analysis of assessment data.
The HAS register is compiled following the publication of the validated KS2 data. Year 7 students are added to the HAS register according to KS2 performance.