Most Able Students

Most Able Students

Woking High School recognises and promotes outstanding achievement for all students through providing challenge, stretch and enjoyment in all educational opportunities. Planning and provision for our most able students is an integral part of our curriculum within academic subjects, on the sports field, in the performing arts and in student leadership.

At Woking High School, we do not label our most able students as “gifted” or “talented”. We recognise that a student’s aptitude and promise is only the beginning of their journey, not the end. As a result we regularly review students identified as being most able through prior assessment data (Key Stage Two results), through specific identification by departments and by performance during each academic year.

Academic Success
We aim to set the highest expectations for student attainment and to encourage academic excellence, self-reliance and enterprise. Over the past three years c.35% of all GCSE entries were at A*/A (7-9) which demonstrates the impact of the Woking High School teaching and learning experience.  

In the classroom we provide lessons that engage, challenge, inform and excite so that our most able students achieve their true potential.  Students can access a wide range of curriculum options which provide challenge and foster a spirit of academic enquiry.  (See below).

Our students have high aspirations and are challenged to broaden their horizons through applying to prestigious post 16 institutions. With the excellent foundations they build at Woking High School, many of our students go on to be awarded places at Russell Group universities.

Academic Provision

  • Year 10 English Seminars
  • Latin to extend literacy and linguistic skills from Year 7 to GCSE Latin in Years 10/11
  • Mandarin Excellence Programme 
  • Triple Science GCSE (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
  • Statistics GCSE
  • Astronomy GCSE
  • Early entry modern languages GCSE for bilingual speakers
  • Computer Science

Extra curricular  Provision
Our provision for the most able extends beyond the classroom and includes stretching and inspiring activities that allow students to play to their strengths and develop their talents. A comprehensive programme of enrichment activities ensures that students are challenged and motivated to achieve the highest levels of excellence in a variety of disciplines. Many departments run their own extra-curricular societies to stimulate interest, lectures by distinguished speakers from outside the school are frequent and the school enters a wide variety of local and national competitions. 

  • The School Windband and Choir provide opportunities to perform across the world (all years)
  • Debating Society
  • Rotary Club International Youth Speaks Competition
  • Artists in residence
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Award Scheme
  • Mock Magistrates Trial National Competition
  • Careers related themed events in school and at local colleges / universities  (eg aspiring doctors lecture)
  • UK Maths Challenge: Junior, Intermediate and Senior
  • Digital School House 
  • Trinity College Cambridge University visit
  • St Edmund Hall Oxford University visit
  • Science STEM Club
  • One to one mentoring for those students achieving sporting excellence
  • Sports leadership opportunities
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 2 qualifications in Student Leadership
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Learning Partners
  • Stonewall School Status
  • Holocaust Beacon School Quality Mark
  • Good Citizens Programme
  • Technical Assistance Group (TAG)
  • Creative Writing Group
  • Chess club


  • Accessibility
  • Contact Details
  • Safeguarding
  • Awards

Morton Road

Horsell, Woking

Surrey, GU21 4TJ

Tel: 01483 888 447

PA to Headteacher, Mrs A Mercer


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