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High Learning Potential

HLP students (formerly known as 'Gifted and Talented') have been defined as those students who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop these abilities). 

HLP students are those who will exceed the expectations for their age group, either in all subjects or just one. The HLP cohort are a diverse group and their range of attainment will be varied; some do well in statutory national curriculum tests or national qualifications. However, being HLP covers much more than the ability to succeed in tests and examinations.

HLP students comprise around 5-10% of the Academy population. At Challney Boys we identify the HLP students in all subjects.  

How does Challney Boys identify HLP students?

Our HLP students are identified on entry to the school using information held by primary schools about that student’s learning and achievements in Key Stage 2. We use this information to make sure we provide students with the right level of challenge. Our HLP students will be identified on entry by:

having a Key Stage 2 fine score in maths and English of level 5.4 or above


having a Key Stage 2 score in maths and English of level 5.0 or above if they are a Pupil Premium student


having a CATS test score in the top 10% nationally


showing exceptional attainment in a range of subjects in the first term of Year 7.

HLP students are identified and placed on the School’s HLP register. We give particular attention to disadvantaged HLP students.

The register is reviewed and updated regularly during the academic year, based on hard and soft data. HLP students are not removed from the list if underperforming, instead additional intervention is agreed for these students. Pupil Premium grant money is allocated for this where students are eligible.

We have developed a culture of high expectations for students and teachers so that the quality of curriculum delivery, teaching and assessment in both foundation and core subjects is high. This begins with identification based on Key Stage 2 data, rigorous target setting and careful tracking and intervention.

In addition to using data provided by primary schools, HLP students will be identified over time using:

  • Subject identification criteria – reviewed at the start of the year and published to all staff and students
  • Subject area nominations – based on relevant assessment profiles using multiple types of quality assessment including teacher assessment
  • Assessment results – such as standard tests, CATs and examination performance externally and internally
  • HLP Coordinator nomination – using data that tracks the performance of students, the HLP Coordinator will also examine nominations to make sure the correct students are identified and placed on the register.
  • Parent consultation – we will consider parental nomination and welcome any background, knowledge or evidence of a pupil’s work done at home if appropriate. This information will be cross-referenced to performance data. 

What are the opportunities and events for HLP students?

There are many opportunities for HLP students including:

Russell Group (Year 11). This new scheme is designed to prepare Year 11 students within our HLP Core for applications to elite universities. Students attend weekly Oxbridge-style tutorials on extracurricular topics within the history of ideas, led by two Oxbridge alumni on our staff. The group attends occasional cultural events.

  • Salters’ Festival of Chemistry (Key Stage 3).
  • Tomorrow’s Engineers (Year 7)
  • STEM Day (Year 7)
  • CREST Award (Year 9)
  • Royal Navy Youth Engagement (Year 9)
  • University Open Day (Year 10 Wadham and Year 11 UCL)

The Edge Academy:

The Edge Academy is a selective extracurricular programme for KS3 students on at Challney boys every Tuesday from January for one hour after school until the Summer Term. The Edge Academy aims to improve the overall learning ethos of our students and a love of independent learning, improve attainment across the curriculum and promote a cross-curricular approach to study.  During the Edge Academy, students will learn about the future using innovative strategies and learning techniques focused on a cross-curricular approach.

This is, of course, open to the ‘classified’ HLP students but is also open to all students who have not yet had the opportunity to shine

The overall theme is "Future Earth"

During the first half term ("what can the past teach us about the future") the focus was on humanities and scientific thinking. The first trip was to the British Museum

During the second half term ("how the present tries to portrait the future") we have been focusing on dystopian novels reading "Never let me go" from Kazuo Ishiguro (book part of the A Level English curriculum) and we will look into dystopian art and some ethical issues.

During the last term (how is our future going to be?) we will be focusing on the latest scientific discoveries and collaborate between Science - DT and ICT.

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