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Gifted and Talented Children

Gifted and Talented provision at St Nicolas’ CE Combined School


St Nicolas’ School prides itself on creating and delivering a curriculum that aims to meet the needs of all pupils. We use differentiation very effectively across year groups to ensure that all children can access a curriculum that inspires and challenges at all levels. Our pupils, whatever their ability, are central to our thinking.

At St Nicolas’ School we have high numbers of pupils in each year group who are achieving, or who have the potential to achieve, above average in a wide variety of subjects. We take the responsibility of supporting these pupils very seriously and this is reflected in our ethos, curriculum and the extended school programme we offer the children.

Children who are classed as Gifted or Higher Attaining or Talented can be defined as follows:


Gifted pupils

‘Gifted’ pupils are defined as the top 5-10% in each year group in a school; however this depends on the cohort of children each year. These children will be achieving, or have the potential to achieve, significantly in advance of the average for their year group.


Able Pupils

‘Able’ pupils are not currently performing within the top 5-10% but have clearly demonstrated the ability, or the potential, to outperform the average level of nationally expected attainment for their year.


Talented Pupils

A ‘Talented’ pupil is one who excels in one or more specific fields, typically those that call for performance skills, such as sport or music, but who does not necessarily perform at a high level across all levels and areas of learning.

Able, Gifted and Talented Policy