Identification of more able and very able children
We use a range of strategies to identify more able and very able children. The identification process is ongoing and begins when the child joins our School. Initially, discussion with parents and carers and informal assessments, enable us to build a portfolio of the individual child’s stage of cognitive, social and physical development.
Children meet a variety of organisational strategies as they move through the School. Each strategy supports all children in their learning, but gives due regard to the more able and very able learner.
When pupils transfer to the Preparatory School, at appropriate year groups, they are grouped in sets for Maths and later other curriculum aspects. Teachers regularly review the progress of children, who move between sets as appropriate. This enables teachers to plan work that reflects the band of ability in each group.
A 7+ scholarship programme runs in the March of Year 2 which uses standardising data and teacher assessment to identify the most academically able.
We offer a range of extracurricular activities for our children appropriate for the prep age group. These activities offer more able and very able children the opportunity to further extend their learning in a range of activities – academic, musical, sporting, drama and dance opportunities. Clubs such as ancient Greek, chess club and Foreign language film club support academic development and clubs such as DT, art and the many musical groups and ensembles help develop talents outside of the academic curriculum. Those showing talent at sport are offered many opportunities and development days to help them progress as well as specialist coaching at the Senior School. A sports development programme runs in Year 7 and 8 to help pupils identify and work towards their own performance targets.
Children will also have the opportunity to experience a range of educational visits that further enrich and add depth to their learning.