Most Able

At Outwood Academy Bydales, we believe that the learning of all of our students should be personalised, leaving students challenged, inspired and empowered by their learning. We know that students learn in different ways, and our teachers accommodate these different learning styles in their lessons. Our most able students are identified and monitored, to ensure they are suitably stretched and are reaching their maximum potential.

Who are most able students and what provision is there?

Most able students will achieve, or have the potential to achieve, at the highest levels in comparison with children at a similar age or stage in their education. Within the classroom, teachers stretch and challenge the students, helping them achieve their potential and develop key life skills. Our curriculum is designed to enable students to fast-track as appropriate, or opt for Enrichment activities, giving the opportunity to broaden and extend knowledge and skills. Most able learners are encouraged to develop mentoring roles within the classroom. Outside of the classroom, the academy provides activities and experiences to extend its gifted and talented pupils. This could be as part of the extensive enrichment programme, which is offered to all students, or through specific activities, such as visits to universities and by outside speakers.

In 2017, there were for example 87 Year 11 students out of 155 who were High Attainment of Entry, in terms of Year 6 SATS scores. On average, each high prior attainment student achieved a Progress 8 score of +0.69, meaning on average each student achieved almost 3/4 of a GCSE grade higher across 8 key subjects, compared to national expectations of students of a similar ability.

Almost half of students in 2017 left with a new GCSE mathematics grade of 7-9 (broadly equivalent to A/A*) and 14 students, around 9% of the year achieved the top Grade 9 in mathematics (the new A**)

How is progress monitored?

All students are monitored through our rigorous ‘Praising Stars ©’ system and our intervention model. It is expected that all teachers will track the progress of all students, including most able students to ensure they are making excellent progress and are not underachieving. This is reported to parents every half term.

How can parents/carers can help?

Parents and carers are asked to inform the academy about talents or aptitudes of their children and to encourage them to participate in extra-curricular activities both in and out of the academy. If there are any concerns or queries about their child’s progress or identification, the Learning Manager or Assistant Principal (Deep Support) Miss Shallow can be contacted. All staff email addresses are on our website under ‘Key Staff Contacts’ here: