At Huntcliff School we recognise students as Gifted & Talented, or More Able, for a range of reasons.
We classify The More Able as students who scored more than 110 on average across their KS2 tests (post-2016) or who achieved the highest average SAT results (pre-2016) across their cohort. Maths and English teachers are aware of students who scored particularly highly in their area. In addition, staff are aware of students who show particular ability in their subject.
Staff take the needs of these students seriously through provision of challenging activities within and beyond the classroom. Data is reviewed to identify and target any underachievement. Feedback from a proportion of More Able / Gifted & Talented is used to inform staff about their needs and concerns and to develop an even more stimulating and challenging learning environment. Professional Development for staff also has a regular focus on the needs of the More Able / Gifted and Talented and there is a dedicated budget allocated to meeting their needs.
We continually offer an extensive range of opportunities for these particular students as part of their personal and educational development. Programmes and projects that have occurred in previous years include University visits (including to Oxford), taking part in the BBC School News Report and Science Club. The Brilliant Club – which links students with Durham University – is now an established part of our provision for Year 9.
This area is led by Mr Henderson.