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In pursuit of excellence.

We target and encourage exceptional students through our Gifted and Talented (G&T) achievement programme. Students within the programme are academically stretched and are given opportunities to develop their independent thinking and enquiry skills in a variety of class based and external activities. 

Developing students’ confidence and their role within both the Academy and the wider community are key aspects of the G&T programme. We encourage students to make their own suggestions about how the programme should develop and the events they wish to participate in. Throughout the year, students will meet and share their ideas to ensure that the programme remains flexible and stimulating.

We identify outstanding students and tailor a programme around them that is exciting, engaging and challenging. This may include master classes in languages, science and mathematics and additional activities in their area of talent designed to stretch and challenge them.

Our 'Becoming A*' programme for G&T Year 11 students is designed to help each individual reach their full potential in all subjects, to aspire to higher academic and personal goals, to embrace extra responsibilities and to maximise talents in our exceptionally able students. 

As part of our extended schools programme we invite students to participate in field and residential trips and visits to theatres and museums as well as top universities. We also organise a variety of inspirational activities to provide students with useful life skills, such as training in public speaking.

We are proud of the unique opportunities we provide to harness the potential of our most able students, helping them surpass their own expectations.

What makes a G&T student?

  • Aim for perfection
  • Exhibit independence
  • Acutely perceptive
  • Able to use abstract thought and critical reasoning
  • Learn quickly and easily
  • Exhibit verbal proficiency
  • Insightful, critical and imaginative
  • Resilient in the face of challenges
  • Heightened self-awareness
  • Dedicated to furthering themselves
  • Organised and efficient
  • Adapt to new environments easily
  • Thirst for knowledge
  • Reflect upon experience
  • High aspirations