The Thomas Hardye School

Most Able Students

"The most able students make outstanding progress because teachers consistently provide work which stretches their understanding and challenges them to think deeply about what they are learning" - Thomas Hardye Ofsted Report 2015

At The Thomas Hardye School we are committed to ensuring that all students be provided with equal opportunities in which to develop their potential to the greatest extent. Students that display high levels of ability are provided with an exciting programme of tailored provision designed to develop these talents both through outstanding classroom teaching and enrichment opportunities.



Year 11 'Aspiring Minds' Students (See News Story)

Our most able students may be offered master classes in various subjects, workshops hosted by experts, the chance to compete in external competitions and/ or visits such as conferences or to leading universities, all of which aim at fostering academic excellence. A taste of the opportunities available to students here can be found on the Provision Map document below. It is important to us to develop our able students’ independence and they are encouraged to take ownership of the programme through student consultation to ensure that it remains relevant and stimulating.  



What are Departments doing for Most Able provision?

Humanities (PDF)


"Students benefit from an exceptional range of enrichment activities." - Thomas Hardye Ofsted Report 2015

Physics Olympiad

Three of ours students achieved the highly prestigious Top 50 Gold award at the 2015 British Physics Olympiad (See News Story)

It is paramount to us to engender a passion for learning in our able students in a variety of subject areas and students are encouraged to pursue this passion beyond lessons through the many voluntary enrichment opportunities and through on-line resources such as the school’s FROG sites and IGGY (International Gateway for Gifted Youth) – an online learning community hosted by Warwick University which students are provided with a log-in for.
Our ‘Aspiring Minds’ programme for Years 10 and 11 students is designed to promote academic curiosity and intellectual excellence through promotion of higher order thinking skills and student-led learning. Students benefit from seminars hosted on a range of topics from A Level subjects they won’t have studied before, advice about boosting their profile with top universities, and sessions with outside agencies. As part of the programme students have the opportunity to undertake the AQA Higher Project Qualification which is an independent piece of accredited work designed to promote independent project working and an opportunity to pursue their passion in a certain field.



"Teachers have very strong subject knowledge and communicate a real passion for learning to students. As a result, students demonstrate a thirst for knowledge and achievement is exceptionally high" - Thomas Hardye Ofsted Report 2015



Ellie Smeaton who had two photographs selected for the 2015 Saatchi Schools Art Prize.
(See News Story)

In the Sixth Form our able students benefit from expert teaching in forty different A level subjects and many engaging enrichment opportunities such as Model UN, debate and Café Sci. In Year 12-13 students have the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification which is equivalent to an AS Level and well-respected by leading universities as it promotes independent project management skills. An excellent programme of support is in place for students in applying to top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.






Oxbridge Students


The 2015 Oxbridge Intake (See News Story)







Other stories (click on title):

Year 9 students are now published authors!

Seven THS students get offers from Oxford and Cambridge.

Bethan wins Essay Compeition



"Many students leave school to take up places to study highly academic subjects, including medicine, at top universities" - Thomas Hardye Ofsted Report 2015

We are immensely proud of the constant commitment to academic excellence inherent within the school’s values and the opportunities provided here which enable our most able students to truly excel.

What makes a Most Able student?

  1. Processes information quickly and recalls easily
  2. Understands abstract concepts
  3. Is able to reason, analyse and argue
  4. Has an enquiring mind and is highly curious
  5. Is highly motivated – wants perfection
  6. Is reflective about the learning process
  7. Communicates fluently
  8. Perceives patterns and links
  9. Plays with ideas
  10. Demonstrates independence
  11. Creative and original
  12. Organised and efficient
  13. Is ambitious

These qualities will be identified through prior attainment data, school assessments and teacher consultation.

Useful Links:

Fast Forward Frog site (follow link, log in, then search ‘Fast Forward’)

IGGY (Connecting and Challenging the Worlds Brightest Minds)



Genna Bunker

Genna Bunker is the Coordinator for Most Able Students
in school and can be contacted on:


"Students’ achievement is outstanding. By the end of Year 11 they achieve standards significantly above those found nationally" - Thomas Hardye Ofsted Report 2015