Supporting Most Able Students at Barlby High School

What ‘Most Able’ means:

‘Most Able’ describes children and young people with an ability to develop to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities):

  • ‘Most Able’ learners are those who have abilities in one or more academic subjects, like Mathematics and English
  • ‘Most Able’ learners are those who have practical skills in areas like sport, music, design or creative and performing arts

Skills like leadership, decision-making and organisation are also taken into account when identifying and providing for Most Able children.

We can generally use six criteria when categorising “high ability”:

  • High intellectual ability
  • Mechanical ingenuity
  • Physical talent
  • Visual and performing abilities
  • Creativity
  • Outstanding leadership and social awareness

At Barlby High School, we monitor all gifted and talented students to ensure they are making progress with their studies and developing their skills. We speak to Most Able students about their progress, although their individual class teachers will be monitoring progress at each assessment. Our key aim is to foster a love of learning and the pursuit of excellence.

We are currently engaging 10 of our Most Able students working on a project with The University of York working in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).  This involves students working with students and staff at degree level, accessing additional revision, a mentoring scheme and future residential opportunities.