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High Prior Attainers

All staff, both teaching and support staff, have a responsibility to provide all students with a sufficiently challenging curriculum, along with opportunities to nurture any exceptional talents and abilities they may have.  All students have an entitlement to:

  • staff commitment to develop their potential to the full at all times
  • stimulating and interesting lessons which inform, challenge and develop thinking skills
  • careers and personal and social education which prepares them for adult life and the world of work.

High Prior Attainers (HPA) are those who exceed level 4 at KS2 (level 5 or above). The categories for attainment are measured in RAISE and these are:

         a)  Low Prior Attainers (LPA) – those who achieve  level 3 or below at KS2

         b)  Middle Prior Attainers (MPA) – those who achieve level 4 at KS2

         c)   High Prior Attainers (HPA) – those who achieve level 5 or above at KS2.

Pingle Plus students are students who are in the top 10% of the HPA within their year group based upon their KS2 attainment in English and/or Mathematics.  However, students who demonstrate an ability to make exceptional progress may also be added as a Pingle Plus student.

Talented students are those who show exceptional ability in one curriculum area or have qualities that are less easily definable such as:

  • outstanding leadership and social maturity
  • mechanical ingenuity
  • creativity
  • visual and performing abilities (e.g. exceptional skills in music)
  • physical talent (e.g. sporting excellence)
  • keen powers of observation and reasoning
  • an ability to grasp new concepts quickly
  • possession of an extensive vocabulary.


Several methods of identification will be used as no one method alone can be entirely accurate.  The Pingle Academy will therefore endeavour to obtain as much information about individual students as possible.  The methods used are as follows:

  • information from primary schools including KS2 teacher assessments and KS2 SATS
  • teacher observation and recommendation
  • subject specific criteria
  • information from parent/carers, peers and students themselves
  • information from the wider community
  • information from the school’s data manager for students who move into a year group during an academic year.


The provision should aim to include the following:

  • all schemes of work planned by heads of departments will include specific materials and ideas which differentiate, enrich and extend tasks to ensure that the curriculum is sufficiently challenging
  • all staff will be aware of their role in the identification of more able and talented students based on subject specific criteria
  • in-service training will be provided
  • opportunities for more able and talented students to work together both in and out of school
  • close links between home and school and external agencies where appropriate (e.g. Potential Plus UK)
  • the creation of a register of high prior attainers and talented students which will be distributed to all departments
  • the availability of a mentor/named person who will offer encouragement, support and guidance.