More Able Students


How we identify


Partnerships and Careers





At The Purbeck School, we believe that all children are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential, be that intellectual, physical, aesthetic, creative, emotional, spiritual or social.

The Purbeck School is committed to providing a sufficiently challenging curriculum for all its students. In addition, we will provide opportunities to identify and, in turn, nurture those who are academically more able.

We understand the phrase ‘more able’ to refer to the top 5-10% of our pupils as measured through both actual and potential achievement.


Provision for the more able is divided between the lower and the upper school. The more able coordinator of key stages 3 and 4 will add students to the school’s more able register and circulate all new entries to all staff. The more able coordinator coordinates internal enrichment opportunities and works with our external partners to identify other inputs, meeting with their SLT line manager once a fortnight. In the sixth form, a year head takes responsibility for more able Year 12 and 13 students, working with support staff to secure enrichment opportunities and support the process of university and apprenticeship applications etc. The postholder meets with the head of sixth form every fortnight.

Minutes for both these meetings are kept centrally, available to the senior leadership team, and an annual report is completed and presented to the governing body.

Staff Training

The more able coordinators are responsible for keeping staff up to date with the latest information on more able performance. When appropriate, specific training is given to staff or individual colleagues. The school also invests in good practice educational research regarding more able students and disseminates this as is most appropriate.

Whole School Issues

There is a nominated governor for higher and advanced performance.

There is no specific budget for more able provision. However, the more able coordinator does apply for grants to assist with enrichment opportunities and most university events are free.

Enquiries should be made in first instance to the more able coordinator.


Revised and published November 2020

This policy is due to be reviewed in January 2021 by the linked senior leaders in consultation with the headteacher.