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More Able Learners

Introduction to St Mary’s and St John’s Whole School Approach to Supporting More Able Learners

At St Mary’s and St John’s CE school success is celebrated and achievement is valued.


  • To provide all of our pupils with the educational experiences and opportunities that will enable them to discover and fulfil their own potential
  • To recognise the children that are ‘More Able’ and develop strategies and activities that will enrich and extend their learning or talents
  • To recognise that children may have gifts or talents in a variety of ways and that these may include the art, music, drama, sport,  RE, MFL and computing as well as the academic subjects

NACE Award

We are currently working towards the NACE Challenge Award.  This is a national award for excellence.  Schools that are successful in gaining the award have high quality provision for all students and more able students in particular.

In the classroom

Our curriculum is designed to provide challenge for all, particularly the more able students.  We provide a rich, stimulating environment and students are given a wide range of learning opportunities in lessons.  They are encouraged to think and respond creatively to different topics.  Lessons are thought provoking and we support students to think of unexpected answers and solutions to problems.  We will be setting up opportunities for younger students to work with older students across the school.

Outside of the classroom

We know that new interests can be sparked and skills developed by experiencing learning outside of the classroom. We target specific opportunities for students who have shown particular abilities in any area of the curriculum. Our Street dancers recently performed at the Barnet Dance Festival and students from Years 5 & 6 took part in a performance of La Boheme at the Hackney Empire.  Our Year 5 & 6 choir perform every year at the Finchley Arts Depot for the Barnet Music Festival. Some Year 7 Historians benefitted from attending a History lecture on Re-Writing African History from a lecturer at SOAS. These are just a few of the exciting things that students at SMSJ can experience. We have also established links with Middlesex University.  As our school grows, we expect more of these links to increase too.

Parents and Carers

We value the views of parents and carers and always try to take them into account. Please help us by keeping us informed of your child’s achievements outside of the classroom.

Skills for staff

We welcome links with local schools.  If you want to come and see how we support our more able students to achieve excellence, please contact the school office to find a time to come and observe a lesson or meet some of our teachers. 

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