B Week

  • More Able
    More Able

What is meant by more able?

Young people with one or more abilities developed to a higher level significantly ahead of their year group, or with the potential to develop these abilities.

Provision for the more able at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form


At the school we recognise that all students are individuals with their own gifts and talents, strengths and weaknesses, and unique learning needs. This range includes those having significantly higher levels of ability than most students of the same age in one or more curriculum areas.

Each student has the right to be included in a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, and every student is entitled to have the opportunity to be involved in education appropriate to their needs. It should challenge, motivate and reward them, enabling them to fulfil their potential.

We aim to:

  • Create the most appropriate learning environment so that students can progress as far and as fast as they individually can
  • Ensure that we develop and implement a wide variety of learning opportunities
  • Ensure that all students have the opportunity to experience an enriched curriculum


Year 7 – 11 students are identified in a range of ways including:

  • CAT scores with a mean CAT score of 115+. These tests are taken on entry to Year 7
  • KS2 SATs of 110+
  • Individual subject recommendations from staff (via Faculty Leader)
  • High level of performance in talent areas (art, music, drama, PE and dance, technology)

Year 12 – 13 students are identified by the following criteria (CATs are not used):

  • 8 or above at GCSE
  • ALIS adaptive test baseline score of 118+
  • Professional judgement is used to identify and support able students who have the potential to apply for highly selective universities, such as the Russell Group and Oxbridge

The TANGO partnership

The partnership consists of the three Braintree secondary schools (Notley, Alec Hunter and Tabor) and all local feeder primary schools. It organises and provides extension and enrichment activities for able and talented pupils in the Braintree area.

The partnership regularly runs a series of Saturday morning masterclasses. Students will be invited to attend, based on their personal interests and ability within the subject area offered.

TANGO also publishes a termly newsletter to celebrate students work throughout the year.  Follow the TANGO link at the foot of the page for more details.

The Brilliant Club

Year 8 annd 9 students take part in the Scholars Programme, a programme designed to improve research and essay writing skills.  As part of the project, students visit a Russell Group university, are assigned a PhD student tutor, attend seminars and complete a 2000 word essay.  The programme finishes with a second trip to a university and a graduation ceremony.

Model United Nations Conferences

MUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.

The participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.

Able Notley students have been given the opportunity to take part in Model United Nation Conferences.

University Visits

The school regularly invites students to attend university visits at both Cambridge University and Essex University based in Colchester. The days focus on giving students an insight into life at a university. They take part in various activities designed to get them evaluating their own expectations. They have the opportunity to talk to both university staff and students, plus are given a tour of the campus.