At St Joseph’s, every pupil is stretched and challenged to become the very best they can be, and we are particularly proud of the success of our Most Able pupils, a cohort that has been continually growing in each year group.

Most Able pupils are those identified as either Higher Attainers or particularly able or talented in a curriculum area. Many Most Able pupils will be placed in the most academic classes, where they will have the opportunity to make rapid progress and further develop their learning skills. We aim to ensure all pupils are stretched with a variety of activities and extension tasks. Progress at both key stages is closely monitored to prevent coasting and encourage challenge.

Outside the classroom, Most Able pupils are offered a range of subject specific and additional opportunities to further their specific interests and skills. Last year, this included a talk by Lord Geddes on the role of the House of Lords, workshops by renowned Olympian Craig Figes, opportunities to experience French and Spanish food by following recipes in those languages, artefacts investigation for KS3 historians and a range of other exciting activities.


Most Able pupils have also had the opportunity to enjoy visits to and from universities, including Oxford, in order to raise aspirations and inform our pupils’ future choices.