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Worthing High School

Worthing High School

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Most Able

Meeting the Needs of MOST ABLE Students

Worthing High School will identify and provide for the specific and special needs of our most able children. We recognise that students may possess exceptional talents or skills in one or more of a range of ways, including exceptional academic ability, specific aptitude in a subject, especially creative or productive thinking, leadership qualities, ability in creative or performing arts and sporting ability. We will ensure that such students are able to develop, enjoy and celebrate their talents to the full within a supportive and appropriately challenging environment.

What do we mean by “MOST ABLE Students” ? 

It is recognised nationally that some children demonstrate exceptional ability in, for example, certain subjects, creative or productive thinking or in qualities of leadership. We use the following criteria to identify most able students.


  • The aim is to identify “at least” 10% of the student population as “Most Able” which translates into 100 students or twenty-five per year group.
  • The prime source of data for “Gifted” students will be CAT scores taken in Y8, NCT results from KS3 together with teacher recommendation.
  • The initial list will be prepared each September by the Lead Teacher for Most Able based on the first two data areas listed above as follows:
    • A CAT score of 120 and above
    • KS3 average score of 20 including Level 6 English 
    • A Level 8 score in one subject at KS3 
  • This list will be distributed to Staff for modification and the addition of “Talented” students such as musicians, artists, sports men/women etc.