Most Able Pupils

Cardinal Newman High School is committed to providing an education that is broad and balanced and enables pupils to maximise their potential. We have high expectations of all our pupils and we aim to inspire, challenge, support and empower them to achieve excellent results.

Pupils who achieved a standardised score of 110+ or a level 5 in English and Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 are part of our 'Most Able' cohort. These pupils are considered to be 'High Attainers' and as a school we set them ambitious targets and expect them to be working towards achieving the highest grades at GCSE level.

We will provide them with challenging learning experiences, opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills and a range of enrichment activities that seek to extend their learning and encourage them to investigate, question and 'think outside of the box'. This could be through our STEM club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the annual 'Maths Challenge', or for those with a flair for creativity - our Art and Drama clubs. In addition, students have the opportunity to work with local businesses, colleges and universities all of which enable them to explore the many different pathways available to them post 16.

'Most Able' pupils within Key Stage 3 are also issued with a passport which contains an array of activities that have been specifically designed by curriculum areas to stretch and challenge pupils. The activities promote independent thought, problem solving, research skills along with many other opportunities for cognitive development. For each task pupils undertake, they are rewarded with 'Air Miles' and these are assimilated at the end of the academic year; significant achievements are recognised and celebrated in our annual prize giving ceremony.

For 'Most Able' pupils within Key Stage 4, departments have identified resources and websites that can be used to support, develop and consolidate their understanding of key concepts, topics and skills.

At Cardinal Newman we believe that education is a partnership between the school, its pupils and their parents. We ask for your help in supporting your child to reach their potential. Please reinforce the importance of attending school regularly, completing class-work and homework to the best of their ability and getting involved in the many activities that the school provides. This will enable them to achieve academic success and develop the personal skills and attributes they will need in the future.