More Able

More able students are those defined as:

  • The National Association for Able Students in Education (NACE) suggests that “more able” describes learners that have the ability or potential to work and achieve with depth above age related expectations in academic subjects.

  • The DCSF defines “more able” students as those who work consistently above age related expectations as defined in the National Curriculum Programme of Study and can apply their skills and knowledge.

More able students are supported, challenged and extended during their time at John Whitgift Academy. All departments and teachers have a crucial role to play in supporting the development of these students so that they reach their true potential.

JWA high ability (more able/Shine students) headline figures and trends – September 2019





% achieving grade 5 or above in E/M

% achieving grade 4 or above in E/M

Progress (English)

Progress (Maths)

Progress (EBacc)

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National comparisons:

  • 2019 National high ability attainment = 60.51
  • 2019 National high ability % achieving grade 5 or above in E/M = 77.0%
  • 2019 National high ability % achieving grade 4 or above in E/M = 93.0%

Russell group universities:

The Russell Group’s 24 members are world-class, research-intensive universities. They are unique institutions, each with their own history and ethos, but they share some distinguishing characteristics.

They are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with local and national business and the public sector.

Russell Group universities have huge social, economic and cultural impacts locally, across the UK and around the globe:

  • They produce more than two-thirds of the world-leading research produced in UK universities and support more than 300,000 jobs across the country.
  • Their economic output is more than £32 billion every year.
  • In 2015-16, 417,000 undergraduates and 192,500 postgraduates were studying at a Russell Group university

John Whitgift Academy “Shine” cohort

What have we taken part in since September 2018?

  • Y7/8 – The Deep
  • Y10 – Lincoln University – Owls and bats lecture
  • KS4 – Bletchley Park and Cambridge University residential
  • Y9 – Tomorrow’s engineers STEM event @ JWA
  • Y8/9 – Physics at York University
  • Y9 – “Discover US” at Sheffield University
  • Y9 – National Space Centre day @JWA
  • Shine students rewards evening – January 2019 @JWA
  • Y9 – National Space Centre visit
  • Y9 – Crumble boards electronics workshops @JWA
  • Y7/8 – Hull University Science event @JWA
  • Y10 – STEM conference @ Franklin college
  • Y11 – English masterclasses @Franklin college
  • Y10 - Maths challenge
  • Y11 – English visit to York University
  • Y8 – Faraday challenge visit to York University
  • Y7 – Whale search/beach trip
  • Y10 – Health and social care trip to Hull University

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