All our students, including our More Able, Gifted and Talented students (MAGT), need access to broad,
balanced and challenging curriculum opportunities to enable them to reach their true potential. We address
this by offering activities that extend and enrich students' learning, to promote high attainment and
All students are supported to reach their full potential through high-quality, differentiated tasks and
Turing House students are set by ability in core National Curriculum subjects (English, Maths, Science)
and some foundation subjects such as languages. Other subjects may be taught in banded sets or mixed
ability groups, depending on the profile of the year group.
Courses/Assessments aimed at the More Able
When possible and appropriate, we offer additional courses aimed at groups of More Able students.
Examples to date have included AS Level Politics offered to some Key Stage 4 cohorts, and a Level 3
Diploma in Algebra offered to more able mathematicians in Year 11. We have also supported able linguists,
who learn additional languages outside of school, to sit an early entry GCSE or A Level in their subject.
Celebrating our Students
Each year we invite our new Year 7 students to tell us about their hobbies, interests, gifts and talents
so we can get to know them. We encourage all our students and their families to tell us about activities
and successes outside of school, so we can say "well done" and celebrate them in our weekly
newsletter. The newsletter also regularly publishes high quality examples of our students' work. We
provide many performance opportunities; in music, sport, the arts, and in many different types of
competition. We encourage all of our students to participate in these activities, which help to enrich
school life. At the end of each year, students who have demonstrated high attainment or strong progress
in each subject are rewarded with certificates.
More Able Register
We track the progress of More Able students as a group over the long term. Where necessary, we enable
additional support for those who may need it to fulfil their potential, as we do for all of our students.
We pay particular attention to our students from disadvantaged backgrounds, or those who face external
challenges which start to impact their progress. Early identification of More Able students helps us to
adapt our teaching, and tailor our curriculum, to meet their needs.
We usually use Year 6 SATS results to identify our More Able students but, when they are not available,
we have also used MidYIS testing in Year 7. We add further
students to the list if three or more of their teachers identify them as displaying some of the following
traits in their subjects:
- Masters content easily and transfers their insights to new problems.
- Makes connections between past and present learning.
- Works at a level beyond that expected for their age group.
- Produces original and creative responses to common problems.
- Shows curiosity, ask questions and enjoys engaging in debate or discussion.
We review the Register each year - students will never be taken off it, but more may be added as time
If your child is added to the More Able register we will write to you to let you know, and we will also
talk to your child about what it means. All parents are provided with guidance on how they can support
children with their learning.