How we identify


The co-ordinator for higher and advanced performing pupils collates information from heads of department, heads of year, heads of houses, partnership primary schools and CAT scores, in order to produce a register of high and advanced performing pupils. The register is produced in the autumn term.  Students remain on the register throughout their time at The Purbeck School.  Students will be noted on SIMS.  Parents and students are informed by the higher and advanced performance coordinator. Parents and students are invited to attend an information event which is hosted by the higher and advanced performance coordinator.  Students will be required to fill in a questionnaire about themselves which is kept on file and used to inform the higher and advanced performance coordinator about possible provision opportunities

Underachieving higher and advanced performance students are identified through the comparison of achievements in subject areas with the expectations of achievement suggested by CATs testing and prior performances.

Departmental test and continuous assessment records are also correlated on the school data base. This facilitates the monitoring of each individual student’s achievements across the curriculum and so helps with the identification of the onset of underachievement.

The register includes students from the following groups
Looked after students
SEN students
EAL students
Students from army families
Students from traveller families


The Purbeck School higher and advanced performance coordinator will work with all partnership primary schools to provide opportunities for the most able to attend master classes at The Purbeck School e.g. Marvellous Maths. The higher and advanced performance coordinator will request the higher and advanced performance register for Year 6 prior to the students joining The Purbeck School. In addition, students and parents transitioning into key stage 3, and later key stage 4, are given specific advice and guidance on option choices and progression to Russell Group universities.

Monitoring of Progress

The higher and advanced performance cohort is monitored in the following ways:

  • Individual progress in terms of assessment results is tracked and compared with other students.
  • Any underachieving higher and advanced performance student in Year 11 has a personal mentor (in the summer term – and sometimes earlier).
  • Form tutors and heads of year monitor and feed back on the progress of higher and advanced performance students, ensuring that students are making progress in the development of their social and interpersonal skills, as well as the development of their academic abilities.
  • The analytical database SISRA is regularly (at least half termly) accessed and underachieving students identified by the higher and advanced performance coordinator.  The coordinator will put measures (to include SEN department when necessary) in place to assist the students to achieve targets. Parents will be kept informed.
  • If underachievement persists, the student will be brought to the attention of the senior manager for higher and advanced performance pupils.
  • Classroom provision for the higher and advanced performer is monitored through observation as part of the on going cycle of lesson observations and work sampling (as specified in the Assessment, Recording and Reporting Policy).  Observation may take the form of teaching and learning reviews, appraisal and peer observation activities.


Parents of higher and advanced performance students are kept informed of their child’s progress by way of school reports, parent evenings, post cards home, emails and telephone calls.  In addition, they are advised of the reason why their child is on the higher and advanced performance register via letter and an information evening event.  Parents are invited to attend information events at key stages in a student’s school career, most notably before GCSE options and A Level options and university access events.  Schools’ liaison officers from Oxbridge deliver regular parent information events at The Purbeck School.  Parents are also invited to special events such as debating competitions.


Information is available to families via the following methods:

  • Website
  • Letters
  • Email, text alerts etc.

Useful websites include: