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25/09/20

Watch a recording of our live Virtual Open Day event on 24th Sept, hosted by Principal Peter Groves. See for yourself what makes the character of our school special https://t.co/vlGVc0Ve9l

24/09/20

Thank you to the MANY parents who came to our live Open Admissions Event this eve and were so positive! Register for further live events with our pastoral team, students and SENCO at https://t.co/rKA0mX8IMt https://t.co/GnB8CBywFL

21/09/20

Still time to register for our Virtual Admissions Open Event, Thurs 24th Sept, 6pm. Find out more about our school and meet Principal Peter Groves. Full details at https://t.co/rKA0mX8IMt https://t.co/Qbm7j6Y2Mh

17/09/20

Camron in Year 7 collects his first book from our new pop-up on the ground floor. Our main library is currently closed to students but we are operating a Click and Collect service from our online library catalogue, because we https://t.co/yn15q3AXo6

17/09/20

Year 6 parents are warmly invited to attend our Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 24th September, 6pm. Meet our Principal and learn more about our academy. To register, simply visit https://t.co/e9O3ATVilP https://t.co/LTaBZawJdJ

15/09/20

Do you have a son in Year 6? Join us for our Virtual Admissions Open Event, Thurs 24th Sept, 6pm. Meet our staff, find out more about our school, and ask questions too. Hosted by Peter Groves, Principal. We look forward to welcoming you. Find out more https://t.co/rKA0mX8IMt https://t.co/QRsL4SXw6m

02/09/20

Hi Svea, who at HBAED have you contacted please? Could I suggest you try calling the school on 020 8299 5300 and asking about the best person to talk to? DM if you get stuck. Hope that helps.

01/09/20

We are very proud of our Year 11 boys and the exam results they achieved in August 2020 and wish them well with the next stage of their education. They showed huge resilience in difficult circumstances and deserve huge credit. Pictured: Arthur, Hari, Balla and Steven. https://t.co/BObS4OIISX

25/08/20

Starting Year 7 at Harris Dulwich Boys in September? Check out our Year 7 FAQs with lots of useful information about the start of term. We can't wait to meet you! https://t.co/JzV5AakQKl https://t.co/T0Dl2FZVBh

24/08/20

We are delighted to be opening the Academy to all our students in September. For the latest details about our September reopening (including staggered start times and dates) please visit https://t.co/uQljS6qL7K. We look forward to seeing you soon!

13/08/20

Students have achieved strong results for A-Levels, Sport and vocational subjects this year. 52 per cent of A-Level grades were an A-B, while around 91% of all students taking technical qualifications received a distinction or distinction*. Well done! https://t.co/AWCPkdVsi8 https://t.co/091Nz9ziLM

17/07/20

Everyone looks forward to the summer holidays, but after a couple of weeks most of us start to get bored. So, we’ve set you some challenges to keep your brain ticking over, and win loads of Harris Points! 🏆Have a go at them here➡️ https://t.co/zfuU9DbsRM https://t.co/PZhVjL8f7l

17/07/20

A truly big THANK YOU to all our students, parents and staff for your support over the past few months. Have a great summer and see you all again in Sept!🙂. Signing off with our special showcase video! https://t.co/PCIxDFFQLy

16/07/20

Retweetd From Miriam L-U

This is a really cool tree👍🙂, it is great to see the students valuing the positives experienced in this tough time and appreciate such things .

16/07/20

Messages from our HBAED Tree of Appreciation. "I am thankful for my friends and family who cheer me up when things go wrong." "I am thankful that everyone has been kind and supported me while learning at home." https://t.co/eEip4K9Ct3

16/07/20

Messages from our HBAED Tree of Appreciation. "I can spend more time with my dad. It's very fun. We have intelligent debates." "For having the confidence to talk about my feelings." "For my family since we are spending more time with them." https://t.co/EF6vs2JauD

16/07/20

This is our HBAED Tree of Appreciation. We asked students in Years 7-9 students to say what they were for as part of their lessons. We thought you'd like to see some of their messages. "I am grateful that my family has come closer together during lockdown." https://t.co/KjCzJNaG84

15/07/20

Retweetd From Southwark Police

have kindly supplied Another 2 weeks worth of breakfasts thanks to funding from their charity. 234 Students families are coming in to collect breakfast bags with beans wheatabix bread fruit & milk Big thanks to & our Safer Schools Police Officers for packing https://t.co/aWt85Vp3iv

14/07/20

Parents/carers... you can now download "Raising Little Allies-To-Be: An Incomplete Guide" from our resources page. A beautiful resource to explore and with children. Download it at https://t.co/6uPWkddxmr https://t.co/F9UQPWpzDG

14/07/20

You can now download a resource pack on from our resources page. Includes a list of books, films, TV shows, articles, videos and podcasts to help get you educated. Download at https://t.co/6uPWkddxmr https://t.co/WGHtBp22ed

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Most Able Students

Most Able students (formerly known as 'Gifted and Talented') have been defined as those students who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop these abilities). Read news stories from the Most Able group.

Most Able pupils are those who will exceed the expectations for their age group, either in all subjects or just one. The Most Able are a diverse group and their range of attainment will be varied; some do well in statutory national curriculum tests or national qualifications. However, being Most Able covers much more than the ability to succeed in tests and examinations.

Most Able students comprise around 5-10% of the Academy population. At HBAED we identify the Most Able students in all subjects. 


How does the Academy identify Most Able students?

Our Most Able students are identified on entry to the Academy using information held by primary schools about that student’s learning and achievements in Key Stage 2. We use this information to make sure we provide students with the right level of challenge. Our Most Able students will be identified on entry by:

having a Key Stage 2 fine score in maths and English of level 5.4 or above

OR

having a Key Stage 2 score in maths and English of level 5.0 or above if they are a Pupil Premium student

OR

having a CATS test score in the top 10% nationally

OR

showing exceptional attainment in a range of subjects in the first term of Year 7.

Most Able students are identified and placed on the Academy’s Most Able register. We give particular attention to disadvantaged Most Able students. We recognise that nationally Most Able students do less well in schools where they are in the minority, Most Able boys do less well than Most Able girls, and Most Able Disadvantaged Students do less well than Most Able non-Disadvantaged students.

The register is reviewed and updated regularly during the academic year, based on hard and soft data. Most Able students are not removed from the list if underperforming, instead additional intervention is agreed for these students. Pupil Premium grant money is allocated for this where students are eligible.

We have developed a culture of high expectations for students and teachers so that the quality of curriculum delivery, teaching and assessment in both foundation and core subjects is high. This begins with identification based on Key Stage 2 data, rigorous target setting and careful tracking and intervention.

In addition to using data provided by primary schools, Most Able students will be identified over time using:

  • Subject identification criteria – reviewed at the start of the year and published to all staff and students
  • Subject area nominations – based on relevant assessment profiles using multiple types of quality assessment including teacher assessment
  • Assessment results – such as standard tests, CATs and examination performance externally and internally
  • Most Able Coordinator nomination – using data that tracks the performance of students, the Most Able Coordinator will also examine nominations to make sure the correct students are identified and placed on the register.
  • Parent consultation – we will consider parental nomination and welcome any background, knowledge or evidence of a pupil’s work done at home if appropriate. This information will be cross referenced to performance data and the Academy decision is final. 

What are the opportunities and events for Most Able students?

There are many opportunities for Most Able students including:

  • Russell Group (Year 11). This new scheme is designed to prepare Year 11 students within our Most Able Core for applications to elite universities. Students attend weekly Oxbridge-style tutorials on extracurricular topics within the history of ideas, led by two Oxbridge alumni on our staff. The group attends occasional cultural events.
  • The Brilliant Club (Year 10) – 12 arts and humanities students will be mentored through an assignment by a PhD research student in half term 4.
  • The Brilliant Club (Year 9) – 12 maths and science students will be mentored through an assignment by a PhD research student in half term 4.
  • The Harris Experience (Year 9). This new Federation-wide project broadens the cultural opportunities of some of our most able Year 9 students, including by giving them access to teachers/lecturers who can stretch them beyond the current limits of their curriculum. The programme incorporates lectures on art appreciation, trips to concerts, theatres, art galleries and museums, master classes on challenging extra-curricular topics and careers advice. Ultimately it is designed to prepare students for applications to elite universities.
  • Maths mentoring (Years 7 and 9). Currently we are launching a scheme which will see some of our most able Year 9 students providing academic mentoring in maths to some of our ablest Year 7 students. Mentors will meet mentees on a fortnightly basis to set them challenging maths problems.
  • Salters’ Festival of Chemistry (Key Stage 3). In April, 4 Key Stage 3 students will be competing at a Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at University College London.
  • Battle of the Brains Federation Competition.
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Sports Leaders.

Most Able extra-curricular timetable

We have special extra-curricular activities for Most Able students. Download the latest list of activities (updated November 2017). 


Model of support for Most Able students at Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich

Model of MA Support


The Leader for Most Able is Jake Metcalfe  j.metcalfe@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk

Further documents and policies relating to our support for 'more able' students can be downloaded from our Equalities and additional intervention page.