The Highcrest Academy

Excelling pupils


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At Highcrest we challenge every student…

The Highcrest Academy is fully comprehensive in every sense of its meaning. We pride ourselves on our diverse intake and we are unique in welcoming a balanced range of pupils from all abilities which is representative of the community. Indeed, to recognise our work in this area, we were reaccredited for the fifth consecutive year, with the Flagship Inclusion Quality Mark in March 2019. This award is only achieved if all pupils of all abilities are stretched to perform to their maximum.

Furthermore, we challenge every student no matter what their perceived ability and in 2022 we were awarded the NACE Challenge Award for our commitment to challenging both our ‘Higher Prior Attainers’, our ‘Most’ Able’ learners and our ‘More Able’ learners. Our excellent inclusive practice was also identified in Ofsted’s Annual Report 2016.

High Prior Attainment (HPA)

Our Higher Prior Attainers are those students who arrive at Highcrest on grade 5+ based on their KS2 tests in English and Mathematics. This group of students is irrevocable, and students will continue to be our HPA cohort throughout their time with us.

Most Able (MA)

At Highcrest, every subject area also defines its ‘Most Able’ students based on a combination of their starting points and test scores on arrival at the academy. In subject areas in which setting takes place, these students will usually be in the top set. This group of students will naturally have high levels of autonomy and academic productivity and, in turn, teachers will plan personalised schemes of work to continuously challenge them. This group can change dependent on the child’s performance in each separate subject over their time with us.

More Able

Our ‘More Able’ are our top 20% highest performers in every teaching class and are not linked to setting.

Click here to view our programme for HPA, More Able and Most Able Students

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