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Copleston High School

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?

Copleston uses the term ‘more able’ to identify those pupils at Copleston High School who require stretch and challenge, within and outside of the classroom. The term ‘more able’ includes:

  • pupils who are identified nationally as ‘higher ability’ from their KS2 scores. At Copleston, the ‘higher ability’ cohort makes up roughly a third of our pupils and the outcomes of this vulnerable group are monitored by the school and external agencies/inspectors.

  • pupils whose performance within a class places them at the ‘top end’ of that group, thereby requiring additional stretch and challenge in relation to their peers. These pupils may or may not also be identified as ‘higher ability’ using the criteria above.


Challenging the More Able

Strategies that might be used...

  • Differentiated resources, support, questioning and outcomes.

  • 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 of individual student performance.
  • Opportunities for more able students to work together.
  • Extra-curricular opportunities and challenges.

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.