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High Ability Provision

At Fairfield, we aspire to provide all our students with an education which allows them to fulfil their potential. Our students are entitled to a school life that is engaging and challenging which can help them develop their potential. Our High Ability provisions are designed to fulfil these aims.

How are High Ability pupils identified?

High Ability pupils are identified in two ways. We are able to identify High Ability students through their KS2 SATs data. Secondly, we have a system at Fairfield where teachers can nominate students that they feel are High Ability or show a particular aptitude for their subject to the High Ability Coordinator. The progress of High Ability pupils is tracked separately throughout the year across all subjects by the High Ability Coordinator.

What does this mean in lessons?

At Fairfield we want all students to be challenged in their learning and to have to think hard throughout their school day. Staff have recently received training on ‘Thinking Hard’ strategies, particularly aimed at stretching High Ability students through the activities and questions used in lessons.

The expectation is that students will engage with all home learning set by teachers and complete work outside of lessons to a high standard ahead of the deadline set. Parents and carers are able to see the home learning set on ‘Show My Homework’ and are to support their child/children in managing their time and ensuring they complete tasks to the best of their ability. Completed home learning will enable more classroom time to be spent on higher order thinking and quality first teaching in subjects.

What extracurricular opportunities are there?

There are a variety of lunchtime and after school clubs that do well to extend High Ability pupils. From Debate Club to STEM projects, there are lots of opportunities for pupils to get involved in extracurricular activities.

We also have specific trips and events aimed at our High Ability cohorts which run at various points throughout the year such as Philosophy workshops run in school and University trips.

For more information or if you have any further questions, please do contact the High Ability Coordinator, Jenny Patterson:



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