High Prior Attainers

At Meopham School, all 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
  • Personal and social education which prepares them for adult life and the world of work.



Year 8 - 13

High Prior Attainers (HPA) are those students who have an average KS2 score above level 4 (30 points or more).

Year 7

Year 7 students who began at Meopham School in September 2020 have been identified as HPA using CATS tests during the first term due to the absence of KS2 data because of COVID-19



Meopham School will 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
  • Information from parent/guardians, peers and students themselves
  • 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 Curriculum Leaders 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
  • The creation of a register of High Prior Attainers which will be distributed to all departments
  • The availability of a learning leader (Mr Rigglesworth) who will offer encouragement, support and guidance.