Higher Ability Programme
At CHSG our Higher Ability provisions aim to provide opportunities for all our students to be challenged and enriched in order for them to meet their full potential.
How are High Ability students identified?
High Ability students are identified in two ways. We are able to identify High Ability students through their KS2 SATs data and secondly, we ask teachers to nominate students that show a particular aptitude for their subject. The progress of High Ability students is tracked throughout the year across all subjects by teachers, Heads of Department and our Senior Leader responsible for Higher Ability. After each term’s assessment the data is analysed to ensure that no High Ability student is underachieving and, if this is found to be the case, an action plan is put in place.
What does this mean in lessons?
At CHSG we want all students to be challenged in their learning and to have to think hard throughout their school day. In all our lessons teachers teach to the top and use scholarly language and text that extend thinking beyond the remits of the curriculum. Our focus on disciplinary literacy ensures that High ability students are presented with wider reading beyond the core that exposes them to rich academic knowledge.
What enrichment is on offer?
High Ability students are encouraged to embrace the co-curricular programme and join clubs such as Debate Club, Chess Club and STEM projects as well as take on student leadership responsibilities. From Year 10 through to Year 13 ten students from each year group are offered the opportunity to become part of The Access Project, which provides mentoring, tutoring and guidance to help students obtain offers from highly selective universities such as the Russell Group universities and Oxbridge.