At St. Michael’s we place a high value and recognition of outstanding individual achievement and ability. We are committed to celebrating, nurturing and encouraging high achievement in all areas of school life regardless of where a pupil starts their learning journey at St Michael’s.
At Key Stage Three, pupils are identified as Most Able using the Key Stage Two scores for English and Mathematics and professional judgment in other subject areas.
All staff are aware of the identified children and identification is the responsibility of individual subject areas along with making provision for them in their lesson plans and lesson content, tailoring the lessons to ensure that the needs of our most able pupils are met.
Provision is embedded into teachers’ lessons plans.
Most Able are monitored separately during the school’s on-track reporting sequence using SISRA and a range of internal monitoring data sources.
A dedicated notice board for Most Able is present on the main corridor; outstanding achievement can be shared on this notice board.
There is a distinct area on the Moodle for Most Able matters.
Here are some of the activities available to our pupils:
- A dedicated notice board to celebrate academic, artistic and sporting successes in a school year.
- Oxbridge Bound information day to encourage our pupils to apply for Oxford and Cambridge University.
- Visits from Oxford admissions officer with a presentation and Q and A.
- UK Maths Challenge
- UK Youth Parliament Elections and Hustings.
- Opportunities to represent school, district, county and England in various sports teams and individual events.
- Opportunities to excel and display talent in Performing Arts and Technology.
- Opportunities for talented musicians in school productions, lunchtime concert series, Summer Music and a range of performances inside and outside school.
- Drama Council.
- Sports captains for our most able sporting stars.
- Many opportunities for talented dancers to perform inside and outside school, with visits to and from leading dance companies like Ludus and Rambert.
- Triple Science.
- Dual Languages for our most able linguists.
- Opportunities for most able pupils to become subject mentors.
- Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ public speaking competition- our team reached the national finals in 2018.
- Physics Challenge