Gifted and Talented
At Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College we believe that we need to provide appropriate learning experiences for all students of all abilities. Gifted pupils are those who show exceptional academic ability. Talented students are those who show exceptional ability in a particular subject.
We identify Gifted and Talented students in curriculum areas. The identification process starts before pupils enter Year 7 and continues throughout KS3, KS4 and post-16. Each subject has its own checklist of characteristics that define Gifted and Talented students. In addition to this the minimum expected progress for a Gifted and Talented student is that they will have made ‘More than’ or ‘Outstanding’ progress in a minimum of two out of the three terms for the subjects they are deemed talented in. In addition I would expect to see the student actively involved in a range of associated extra-curricular activities. It is expected that nominations will usually account for up to 5% of the year group in each subject, but where a case can be made, the percentage may exceed this. Letters are sent home to parents and we value parental feedback through our questionnaires.
Each Curriculum area has a teacher responsible for the development of and provision for, Gifted and Talented students. These representatives meet throughout the year to discuss developments. We monitor students to ensure that they are achieving their potential. We provide challenge within the classroom and provide enrichment activities beyond the classroom. Achievement is celebrated through postcards, subject prizes, badges and awards.