Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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Most Able Programme (M.A.P.)


Most able


 Our vision

‘The opportunity to rise to every challenge.

The chance to be the best that you can be now and in the future.




How are Most Able students identified?

On entry to the Academy, Key Stage 2 data classifies students into three categories of learners:

  • Higher
  • Middle and
  • Lower

Most Able students are those that meet the ‘Higher’ category. Within our Academy, all MA students are identified and made known to their teachers. Students are set an MLG challenging target for all subjects and placed on the Academy’s More Able Register in the following ways. 

How are our MA students challenged?

All staff within the academy are responsible for ensuring that our Most Able students are stretched and challenged in lessons using a range of strategies such as: deep questioning, extended and differentiated tasks and challenging class discussions that promote critical thinking and enhances problem solving skills.

All staff are expected to direct MA students to task(s) that provide an opportunity for high challenge and student independence.  Students are also encouraged to develop their student leadership skills by teaching a part of the lesson or leading on a group task.

How do we monitor and track progress?

A tracker is created at the start of the academic year and updated termly. Students are closely tracked every term to ensure students make expected levels of progress and achieve their yearly targets. Any students identified as underperforming are supported through a personalised intervention programme addressing their areas of development. Students are set personalised targets to work on throughout the term to secure high attainment and achievement.

Teacher review

Reflection is an important part of our teaching practice to ensure that we provide the best learning experience possible for our young people.

Staff are observed and required to complete a Self-Evaluation form to reflect on their practice. This leads to a discussion on what additional strategies can be used to stretch our students further. Outstanding practice captured through observations and learning walks are shared through staff training sessions.


Most Able Programme

All MA students in years 7 and 8 are closely tracked, mentored and are invited to participate in a M.A.P club in the autumn term which aims to personally develop these students, provide academic extension as well as cultural enrichment.

Activities include: Fundraising, debating, cooking, career talks, quizzes and spelling competitions just to name a few.

Harris Experience

Students in years 9, 10 and 11 are selected to participate in the Harris Experience programme run by our Federation. The programme provides excellent opportunities for students to be stretched and challenged, to become more culturally aware and exposed to a wealth of future study and career options.  Across the year students participate in lectures, theatre trips, visit Russell Group Universities and go on trips to places such as the Royal Opera House and Christies Auction House, as well as the opportunity for a residential at top universities such as Oxford University.

They have the opportunity to engage in additional extra-curricular academic support across both years through programmes such as GT scholars, Universify and summer school.