Alsager School

Higher Ability Learners – HAL

Higher Ability LearnersAs a school we aim to support our Higher Ability Learners by recognising their individual abilities and creating opportunities to add breadth, depth and pace to their learning.

We expect our HALs to set themselves a personalised target to concentrate on each term. The target is intended to deepen their understanding, extend their knowledge, share their ability, or spark their curiosity within a subject. It is not expected to be onerous or time-consuming, rather to complement their existing interest within their chosen subject. We encourage our HALs to share this target with subject teachers, form tutors and parents, to promote a dialogue about their interests and abilities.



Our Higher Ability Learners are nominated as a recognition of achievements and progress made so far. However it is not necessarily a guarantee that a pupil will remain a HAL throughout their time here, as relative ability does change over time. We would expect to see high levels of application and progress from every pupil and we review this annually.


HAL WW1 Project

Our definition of a HAL is:
* Ability developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (within Alsager School) or with the potential to develop this ability
* A strong interest in pursuing learning in the subject area
* An ability and desire to work and think independently and creatively in the subject area


HAL WW1 Project


UKMT Mathematics Challenge


This year so far 26 Year 9 students, 26 Year 10 students and 22 Year 11 students took part in the Intermediate Level UK Mathematics Challenge. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions however schools across the UK all compete. The challenge stretches pupils to a deeper level of thinking and tests their ability to apply their mathematical knowledge to difficult problems.

High Performers
The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each institution receives a Best in School certificate.

Our Year 9 overall winner was Anabelle Bennett.

Our Year 10 overall winner was Oskar Lindblad

Tim Hargreaves (Year 11) was our ultimate winner and got a Gold certificate, a ‘Best in Year’ certificate and a ‘Best of the Best’ certificate by getting the highest points score out of all the competitors at Alsager. Well done Tim!

Maths Challenge