Able, Interested & Motivated Pupils (AIM) at St Mary’s CE Primary School

At St Mary’s CE Primary school, we value all children equally and endeavour to ensure that each child should have the opportunity to realise his/her potential in a challenging and supportive environment.


The DFE defines AIM children as: ‘Children and young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities).’


Our school will have, at any time, talented, interested or motivated pupils, some of whom may be exceptionally able and this may be in one or more areas of learning. Research has shown that by making provision for AIM children, the standards of achievement are raised for all pupils. Therefore, we aim to make provision in the curriculum for our AIM children to enable them to develop their gifts and talents.


Our definition of able, interested and motivated recognises academic performance as well as those who show outstanding artistic, musical and creative talent, physical skills, leadership qualities and the ability to process ideas and information. It also recognises that a child may possess this potential although performance may not currently reflect this.


Our Able, Interested and Motivated policy has lots of information – please click here to find out about:

  • Philosophy & aims
  • Identification strategies
  • Provision in school
  • Teacher / pupil skill development
  • Monitoring, assessment & review


Extending and enriching the curriculum at St Mary’s CE school

  • A diverse range of clubs promoting competitive sports and the performing arts. Parents of children with particular talents are ‘signposted’ to specialist clubs in the local community.
  • A wide range of lunchtime and after school clubs which include: Countdown club, Book club, French club and Stop motion animation club.
  • Opportunities to learn a variety of musical instruments.
  • Strong liaison with secondary schools have been developed. Currently, sessions for able year 3 mathematicians are taking place, with sessions for other year groups to follow.
  • Curriculum enrichment days e.g. theatre companies, artists and musicians.
  • Visits/workshops from a range of experts.   Most recently this has included Team Wales gymnast Harry Owen and Paul Hill from the UK Space Agency.
  • Use of sports coaches for PE lessons.
  • Activities with cluster schools e.g. Area Sports and choir.
  • Use of the Star Challenge in lesson time to extend and challenge all learners.

Additional Provision

As part of our provision for AIM children we make available the list of activities organised by Braeside Education Centre. Please click here Braeside courses 2018. for further information, the list of activities and application forms.