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 7, 8 and 11.

High Prior Attainers (HPA) are those students who have an average Key-Stage 2 scaled score of 110 or higher.

Years 9 and 10

Year 9 and 10 students have been identified as HPA using CATS tests during the first term. This is due to the absence of KS2 data due to COVID-19 school closures.

Years 12 and 13

In Year 12 and 13 students are HPA based on their Key-Stage 2 scaled score and GCSE / BTEC examination grades.


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) for Year 11 and a Raising Standards Leader for Years 9 and 10 (Mr Huggens) and a Raising Standards Leader for Years 7 and 8. (TBC) who are all available to guide, supporter and challenge our HPA students.