More Able

More Able


At Bower Park Academy we aim to help all our pupils to develop their skills and abilities, intellectually, emotionally and socially, as well as provide teaching which makes learning both challenging and engaging, thus enabling all pupils to reach their potential.  In short, we aim to develop a culture which celebrates the “delightful difference” of all children.

We are committed to providing equal access for all children to the broad and balanced curriculum to which they are entitled.  We welcome children who are more able in a particular area.  We recognise that we must consider the individual needs of all children when planning our curriculum, and we aim to provide a curriculum which is accessible to the individual needs of our children.

At Bower Park our More Able register is based on KS2 data.

Bower Park Academy is committed to:

• Academic excellence
• Achievement in a wide range of activities
• Care and respect for the individual
• Creating opportunities for challenge and leadership
• Good discipline and a sense of order
• Service to others – in school and in the community

A Bower Park child striving for excellence should be:

• Responsible and considerate
• Outward looking and globally aware
• Confident and well informed
• Resilient
• Reflective
• Willing to challenge themselves and others
• Questioning and enquiring


Each year we work with Mensa, the High IQ Society, by running the Cattrell B IQ Test with a selected group of students, as part of our More Able programme. British Mensa offers a group testing discount for schools and colleges, enabling us to identify our more able pupils.

Every year we hear how the university selection process is getting harder and how much tougher it is for young people entering the jobs market. Many employers and institutions are now looking at additional methods to differentiate between candidates. A proven high IQ from a Mensa Supervised IQ Test not only stands out on CVs and UCAS application forms, but it can also be a great confidence boost for young people. Those who score within the top two percent of the population will be given the opportunity to join Mensa, the High IQ Society.

Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions.

The society’s official objectives are:

  • to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members
  • to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity
  • to encourage research into the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence

The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top two per cent of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other’s company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities.

Each year, the school is able to encourage a number of our students to join Mensa and, as a result, they are exposed to real stretch and challenge.

Please click on the button below to visit the Mensa website.

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