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10/02/20

Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich has come 4th out of 55 similar schools based on Attainment 8 outcomes, the DfE announced. "We are extremely proud to have been in the top 5 every year since we opened," said Principal Peter Groves. Find out more https://t.co/np53DLsDsr https://t.co/4ZTFZvJxlW

06/02/20

Read how our very own England Footballer, Lexi (Year 12), balances her studies with playing for women U18 and U17. "I want to create an all-girls team in to help promote girls football." Full interview at https://t.co/So9iMZVITO https://t.co/lRtfG6A6m9

05/02/20

Congratulations to our Year 8 team for winning the South London schools cup for the second year in a row! Looking forward to next year already... full match report at https://t.co/Gz3MSIXtZG https://t.co/JUG8297q4C

04/02/20

Big thanks to for an inspirational personal development talk to our boys this morning. Find our more about the FREE 'Success Only' personal development programme during this Feb half term at https://t.co/ZDfk6CkTkz https://t.co/ljAqodZcdO

30/01/20

Thank you to Legal & General for a great session on the financial services industry for our Year 12 Business students. "I learned how to invest money smartly and what investment management groups do," Omsai, Yr 12. Find out more https://t.co/cE7vOU2nLb.

24/01/20

Retweetd From Southwark Book Award

Students are now busy reading the amazing books chosen for the - , , , , ,

21/01/20

A nice email to start the day... "[Our son] expresses to us at home that it is ‘a nice feeling at school’ that his teachers wish him a ‘good morning’ in the corridors and also wish him a ‘good day’. This...is clearly having a positive impact on the boys’ behaviour." 🙂

20/01/20

We are very proud that 197 boys have achieved 100% attendance so far this term. They are now proudly wearing lapel badges and can use their snack token for a treat at lunchtime. Well done boys! https://t.co/CHAP5Ve7Cs

13/01/20

Active Science are our current Hub Champions and we've lit the school in their colours to celebrate! They are champs because of their success in our inter-hub sports competitions, and because their boys gained LOTS of Harris Points. Well done Active Science! https://t.co/rud8BdC1J6

20/12/19

Mr Groves is joined by Daniyal, Abdiwali, Abheek, Liyan, Tyla, Kabeer and Hamza for the final Principal's Breakfast of 2019. Happy holidays everyone, and thank you to all our amazing students, teachers and parents for their hard work this year. https://t.co/Aukoy24WVu

17/12/19

Election Result 2019 - active citizens in action. Find out our school election result from Dec 12 at https://t.co/pcBJJ5rX8N. "It's been really exciting." Jamie, Year 10 https://t.co/vLM0dBNdsR

27/11/19

Rayane has won our Recycled Art Competition, for this fantastic chair made from plastic bottles, lids and packaging. Our Student Council is taking the lead on improving recycling at the school, with further projects to come! https://t.co/eQOwjOlbrE

25/11/19

We were honoured to welcome Holocaust survivor Harry Olmer to the school last week. Mr Olmer (pictured with Daquan, Year 11) gave an incredibly emotional and thought-provoking testimony of his life. Thanks to for their support. https://t.co/ikqJW2naeF

22/11/19

Thanks to for visiting yesterday to talk to Year 10 about in publishing. “I found it really interesting to find out more about graphic design and would love to do this for my Year 10 Work Experience,” said Michael. Find out more: https://t.co/Ed9bI14TFV https://t.co/Oq3BnyO5Pb

22/11/19

“I definitely would love to come to Imperial College. The courses they have on offer and the university itself is very appealing”. Our trip there made a big impression on Syed and other students! Thanks to for welcoming us. https://t.co/BMrd3YTozT

22/11/19

Retweetd From HarperCollinsUK

We are out again for week. Today we are at talking to year ten students about the sorts of careers available in the world of publishing.

20/11/19

Big thank you to Chris Bradford, author of the series, for his recent visit to our school. Chris appeared dressed in a dramatic full-length black outfit complete with a genuine samurai sword. “He was awesome, probably the best author I’ve seen," said Hassan https://t.co/8gYXjhnOqj

16/11/19

On 21st November 2019, students will hear testimony from Holocaust survivor, Harry Olmer, in a visit organised with . It is a privilege for us to welcome Mr Olmer to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. https://t.co/FhZWizwJpr

16/11/19

Well done to boys who have already notched up 150+ Harris Points this term. Each one now has their very own bronze lapel badge to wear with pride. Well done everyone. Who will be the first to reach 250+ points and earn a silver badge?! https://t.co/H5u28l9IQl

11/11/19

Sebastian, Year 11, plays the Last Post during the two minutes' silence our boys observed this morning for https://t.co/5RSeG8WTac

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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.