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Stretch and Challenge

Introduction to Stretch and Challenge at Glyn School

What is Stretch and Challenge?

Stretch and Challenge is an umbrella term for a variety of provisions and strategies to support our most able students, including:

  • Extension activities and differentiation within lessons and independent learning.
  • Extra-curricular opportunities and enrichment sessions in many subjects.
  • Year group specific trips and opportunities.

Stretch is targeted at Potential High Attainers and students who are identified as talented in particular subjects.

Who are Potential High Attainers and Talented Students?

As a comprehensive school, at Glyn we believe in every student’s potential, we are also aware that students’ ability levels change over time and students develop intellectually at different times. Therefore, we choose not to use terms such as `Gifted` as we understand that students’ ability is not fixed and that even very able students need to work hard.  We divide our more able students into two cohorts:

  • Potential High Attainers (PHAs)

These are students who have been identified as generally very able, across many subjects.  Our expectation is that these students should achieve mainly Grade 8s and 9s in their GCSEs and A* grades at A level.  These students will make applications to prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, LSE and Imperial College, competitive degree courses and degree level apprenticeships.  This cohort is tracked separately and has access to enriched provision in addition to lessons, for example additional tutorial sessions.

  • Talented students:

These are students who have been identified as very able in one particular subject, or a small number of subjects.  Our expectation is that these students should access all the Stretch and Challenge activities and extension work in the subjects where they have a particularly high skill or ability.  For example, students identified as ‘Talented in Mathematics’ would be requested to complete Stretch activities in lessons and to attend a specialist problem-solving club after school.

PHA and Talented students are identified to staff via registers.

How are PHA and Talented Students Identified?

PHA and Talented students are identified annually based on their prior attainment data, both their end of year average grade [EoY] and their performance in their last internal assessment exam.  National standards suggest that `Gifted and Talented` students should make up around 5% of the total cohort, however as an Outstanding school with a very able intake we typically identify around 10% of each year group as PHA, with slightly more in Years 12 and 13.

PHA students are identified on criteria, typically falling within the top 10% of the cohort and obtaining a number of high scoring grades in proportion with their year group.  

Talented students are identified on a standardised basis by each subject leader.  

PHA and Talented cohorts are routinely updated at the end of each term and, where appropriate, students can be added into the groups based on their performance.

The full register is updated annually and students who do not achieve within the top 10% of the cohort will no longer remain on the register. At the end of each reporting cycle, students who appear to be at risk of losing their place on the PHA register will be informed; so as to provide them with time to reflect and improve on their results. This is to set high expectations for student achievement and to allow students to target areas of development in order to maintain their place.

Where can I get details of Stretch and Challenge provision for my son or daughter?

Stretch provision is targeted, but in most cases not exclusive.  Details of provision by year group will be published to parents and carers.

I have a concern or question about Stretch provision - Who should I contact?

If the query is subject specific, in the first instance please contact the Head of Subject or Head of Faculty, as appropriate.

If the query is of a more general nature, please contact Dr G Bhasin via

Dr G Bhasin, PHA Co-ordinator