Gifted & Talented

Gifted & Talented

At Stewards Academy, we believe that all children are entitled to an education that will enable them develop their potential. We are committed to providing a sufficiently challenging curriculum for all of our pupils. 

We define pupils who possess a general academic learning ability that is significantly greater than their peers as ‘Able and Gifted’, and those pupils who show an exceptional talent in a practical area such as Art, Music, PE, Dance & Drama are recognised as ‘Talented’. Additionally, we are now looking at and acknowledging pupils who exhibit strong leadership skills, have a creative imagination and show social maturity.

In 2011, Stewards was visited by the *National Programme Director for Gifted and Talented and Education to examine the provision for Able Gifted and Talented young people and to accredit the work we were doing. This involved meeting staff, parents and governors, observing lessons and talking to many students. As a result, Stewards exceeded the requirements for leading practice and became a Lead School for Gifted and Talented, recognising expertise, not only within the school, but also in terms of outreach work in support of other schools.

There is an ethos of aiming high that is shared by staff (who want to be outstanding teachers) and pupils who want achieve’. (*Carol Singh, National Strategies 2011).

The Academy has maintained a successful partnership with universities under the Widening Participation Scheme, offering an insight into life and experiences for students from families with no previous experience of a university education. In addition, we continue to be successful in obtaining places at university summer schools providing fantastic opportunities for students to experience a taster of university life during residential stays.

Provision

Stewards is committed to providing a whole school approach and a whole school understanding of how to meet the needs of Able, Gifted and Talented pupils. We seek to create a climate where achievements of all are valued and success is celebrated. This commitment is an intrinsic part of the Teaching and Learning Policy and is reflected in all policies of the school.

 

 

We encourage a ‘growth’ mind-set and believe that intelligence is not fixed, and with this in mind, we recommend that all pupils seize the opportunity to become involved in the extensive number of clubs and events that go on within school. Unless something new is tried and practised it is difficult to identify a flair for it.

Celebrations of success of our high achievers are seen in assemblies and ceremonies and include prize giving that acknowledge abilities and achievements as well as activities of those who demonstrate a particular talent or ability in an area outside the curriculum. Displays of photographs from the many visits undertaken and of pupils’ work can be viewed in public areas of school where they can be appreciated by staff, students and visitors alike.

The provision supporting Able, Gifted and Talented pupils is the responsibility of all staff and includes the principles of equality of opportunity.