Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented

The achievement of every student at the Academy is paramount but our provision for Higher Ability and Gifted and Talented students ensures that they receive personalised support so that they fulfil their true potential.

With our motto in mind, the Academy places great importance upon provision for our most able students. We believe that it is vital that these students are challenged, given the broadest possible curriculum and access to opportunities.

Our vision and strategy for Higher Ability and Gifted and Talented students is that they require more…

More inside the classroom

Stretch and challenge within lessons and access to a more demanding curriculum

More outside the classroom

Opportunities to nurture their skills and talents in extra-curricular settings

More beyond the Academy

Experiences to broaden their horizons, specialise their skills and knowledge and spark student aspirations

The Academy provides MORE for these students in a range of ways including running a higher ability literature group, staging school productions, an annual visit to Cambridge University and participation in public speaking competitions, to name but a few.

Higher Ability Students | Delta System

All students who enter the Academy on an average of a Level 5 or above in English (Reading) and Maths at Key Stage 2 are categorised as Higher Ability. All Higher Ability students will become part of Delta programme, the Academy’s system for tracking and rewarding higher ability students.

Delta 3 is a group of identified higher ability students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Delta 4 is a group of identified higher ability students in Year 10 whilst Delta Stars are students who are currently working between an A* and a C1 in both English and Maths at GCSE. These students meet with Miss Harrison, the Student Progress Coordinator, on a half-termly basis. They are measured on their effort and ranked accordingly. All Delta students are required to aim for outstanding effort every lesson.

Gifted and Talented Students

There is a distinction between ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’ (G&T). ‘Gifted’ students are defined as those who show an extra ability in academic subjects (English, Maths, Science, Social Sciences, Language, Business Studies, ICT and Computer Science). ‘Talented’ students are those who display talent in vocational subjects (Technology, Art, Music, Drama, PE), as defined by the DCSF (2007).

Unlike, Higher Ability, G&T students are identified by their subject teachers. Registers of G&T students are reviewed on a termly basis and faculties and departments are responsible for ensuring that the needs of G&T students are met.

If you have any queries relating to provision for Higher Ability and Gifted and Talented students, do not hesitate to contact Mr Hawkins (Student Progress Coordinator) at

“It is really inspiring to see over 40 Year 7s from 7:30am on what are usually cold and rainy Wednesday mornings. Their dedication amazes me and it makes me so proud to be part of this wonderful initiative. It is so important because we are giving the students the time, space and expertise to develop their skills in areas which are beyond our school curriculum. It is not just extra-curricular, it is supra-curricular. This means that students are taking their learning further. The Academy has links with University College at the University of Oxford, who have emphasised the importance of students being involved in supra-curricular activities. They say that when they interview students, they look for involvement in such activities, which show a student’s passion for their subject and an ability to study independently, outside of their normal lessons. Delta 3 Club is a perfect opportunity for students to be challenged, stretched and inspired.”  Mr Hawkins