More Able

At Copleston, we are committed to providing every student with opportunities to develop his or her maximum potential and to provide high quality learning. All of our students are entitled to a curriculum and environment which meets their needs and enables them to flourish both academically and in terms of developing their character.


How are More Able students identified?

Initial identification for the list is based on KS2 data and information sent from primary schools. In addition to the whole school More Able list, each department uses a subject specific set of criteria to identify Gifted and Talented students in their particular area. This subject specific identification enables staff to target students for appropriately stretching work and opportunities.


Challenging the More Able

Strategies that might be used...

  • Change the pace, resources, support, questioning, outcome and role.
  • Differentiated home learning tasks and challenging revision materials.
  • The opportunity to work at higher cognitive levels using HOT tasks.
  • Provide appropriate, challenging feedback.
  • The opportunity to investigate real life situations, to solve real problems and produce real solutions.
  • Regular monitoring and reporting, to the G&T coordinator, of individual student performance.
  • Opportunities for more able students to work together.
  • Planning for Russell Group University application.


Extra-curricular opportunities for More Able Students?

Lower School

There is a range of provision including more challenging activities within the classroom and extra- curricular activities. Outside of the classroom these can include puzzle days, attending lessons to observe the next key stage, trips, mentoring students lower down the school, listening to visiting speakers, competitions and challenges.


Upper School

In the upper school, G&T provision moves towards preparation for further education. There are opportunities provided for by both Cambridge and Oxford Outreach teams from Years 10-13.

These include visits to the university, advice on subject choices, personal statement support and interview practice. In Year 11 and Year 12, the most able pupils in both year groups are invited to join ‘Able & Ambitious’, a 12 week programme designed to encourage thinking skills and prepare students for application to Russell Group Universities.