Key Definitions

Able:Demonstrating very high academic ability or potential in many different subject areas.
Exceptionally Able:Demonstrating exceptionally high academic ability or potential in many different subject areas.
Gifted:Demonstrating exceptionally high ability, potential or attainment in a single subject.
Talented:Demonstrating exceptionally high ability in a sport, creative or practical subject.

Able and Exceptionally Able pupils will be identified by the school when their CAT scores become available at the end of the summer term of Year 6. Gifted and Talented pupils will be identified in each subject area during the autumn term from Year 8 onwards – this is reviewed periodically. The use of the criteria outlined below will typically lead to the identification of approximately 10% of each year group as being able learners. The percentage of pupils identified as gifted and talented learners will however fluctuate between subjects.

 

Identification Criteria for Able/Exceptionally Able Pupils (Years 7-11)

  • A pupil is identified as Able if they have a Cognitive Ability Test score of at least 120 in both verbal and quantitative reasoning as well as an average score of 120 in non-verbal and spatial reasoning.
  • A pupil is identified as Exceptionally Able if they have a Cognitive Ability Test score of at least 125 in verbal and quantitative reasoning as well as an average score of 125 in non-verbal and spatial reasoning.

Identification Criteria for Able/Exceptionally Able Pupils (Years 12-13)

  • A pupil is identified as Able if they have a total of 60 points in their top 8 subjects at GCSE (grades 1-9). This is the equivalent to 4 A* and 4 A grades in the old GCSE grading format.
  • A pupil is identified as Exceptionally Able if they have a total of 64 points in their top 8 subjects at GCSE (grades 1-9). This is the equivalent to 8 A* grades in top subjects in the old GCSE grading format.

Identification Criteria for Gifted Pupils

At KS3 a pupil can be identified as gifted if they have:
  • Achieved an end of year attainment level that was significantly beyond that expected of pupils within that year group. The attainment levels used to identify pupils as gifted in a specific subject area are stated in each department’s subject identification criteria.
At KS4 a pupil can be identified as gifted if they have:
  • Achieved an end of KS3 attainment level that was significantly beyond that expected of pupils within this key stage. The attainment levels used to identify pupils as gifted in a specific subject area are stated in each department’s subject identification criteria.
  • Achieved a grade 9 in their end of Year 10 examinations in a specific subject.
At KS5 a pupil can be identified as gifted if they have:
  • Achieved a 9 grade at GCSE in a subject they are studying at A Level.

Identification Criteria for Talented Pupils

At KS3, KS4 or KS5 a pupil can be identified as talented if they display:

Creative, practical or sporting talent that is significantly beyond the level expected of pupils within their cohort. The criteria used to identify pupils as talented are stated in the subject identification criteria for: Art, Business and Enterprise, Drama, Design and Technology, French, Modern Hebrew, Music and PE.

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