Gifted and Talented
At Chiswick School we want all of our students to be challenged and reach their potential, irrespective of ability. To ensure we do the best for our most able and talented students there are a number of opportunities and support available for them.
The government defines ‘gifted’ students as those who have abilities in one or more academic subjects, like Maths and English. Schools are asked to create a register of the top 20% of learners in the school. At Chiswick School we do this using results, target levels and teacher nominations. If a student is identified as gifted they should be aware of this once registers have been created.
‘Talented' learners are those who have practical skills in areas like sport, music, design or creative and performing arts. At Chiswick School teachers in these departments identify up to 10% of students in each area as talented. Again students should be aware of this once registers have been created.
The Gifted and Talented register is a working document and is revisited across the school at calendared points in the school year as part of a rolling programme. It is a vital part of scaffolding the necessary level of challenge for each student
Gifted and talented students should expect their abilities to be recognised and encouraged. In lessons they should be stretched to achieve their potential and where possible out of lesson opportunities may be available to them.
As well as the work we do for gifted and talented students as part of every day teaching and learning, there are also a number of enrichment opportunities for our students. Each year there are debating and science and technology events (click links below). We are also informed about out of school extension opportunities which you may wish to explore. While we do not run these external opportunities, students may wish to attend them. Where a reference is needed from the school or support with a bursary application is needed, please contact the subject teacher.