The More Able


At The Brooksbank School we recognise that our most able students need access to broad, balanced and challenging curriculum opportunities to enable them to reach their potential. We achieve this by offering a curriculum and activities that extend and enrich their learning and promote high aspirations, attainment and outstanding progress.

All students are expected to achieve the very best they can. Our most able cohort consists of individuals who are challenged and supported to make outstanding progress and attain the highest grades. These students have demanding targets set. Progress is tracked and monitored.

Mentoring & Support

The Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teachers meet regularly with the students to monitor their progress and to motivate and challenge them. Individuals are mentored by form and subject teachers.

Other activities involving our More-Able cohorts include:
–          various student voice activities
–          successes are celebrated in a variety of ways from prize-giving to trips and subject rewards
–          success boards celebrate the achievement and attainment within Departments
–          More-Able students are used as leaders within lessons and in work with younger students

Raising Aspirations

Mr Richard Miller is our ‘Raising Aspirations Coordinator’. He oversees a programme of initiatives for this cohort. These activities involve our BROOKSBANK + cohort of More-Able 6th Formers, students who are disadvantaged in terms of their background, and a cohort for Raising Aspirations in both KS4 and KS3.

Activities include:

–          Organised Prestigious Internships with major companies in industry, the public and the private sector
–          Visits to Oxford University
–          Visits to Cambridge University
–          Visits to Nottingham University
–          Shadowing House of Lords Peers in Parliament
–          Shadowing MPS in Parliament
–          Work experience with Law Firms in London
–          Personal Statement and Interview workshops
–          Oxbridge Summer schools
–          Youth Speaks competition
–          Medical Career workshops
–          A Level Extended Projects

Identification of the More-Able students

The More-Able students are identified in several ways:

  • Analysis of Key Stage 2 assessments and CAT scores.
  • Recommendations from feeder schools.
  • Subject teacher recommendation.
  • End of Key Stage levels, GCSE results.
  • Elite performers under the sporting criteria.
  • Musical, dramatic and artistic talent.

The More-Able students are highlighted on SIMS. Reading ages are also listed.


Further Education

From early on students are informed about the Russell Group of Universities, through Form Period, Assemblies, lessons and Careers’ interviews. The “Going to University” video is viewed by students.

As part of our programme of support for the More-Able in Sixth Form students, we invite our top 10% of Year 12s to take part in the Cambridge University outreach programme called “HE+”.
Students attend a series of lectures and seminars that give information, advice and guidance on applying to Oxbridge, writing personal statements and interview preparation. There are also a number of master classes in selected subjects, which help students develop the knowledge and skills required for higher level study at university.
Mock Oxbridge interviews are held.

An Assistant Head Teacher mentors students considering Oxbridge.


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 The More Able Appendices

Appendix 1 – Specific practice in Departments

Appendix 2 – CPD to support improved practice with the more able students

Appendix 3 – Teaching and Learning CPD on the more able: Department responses.