• Gifted and Talented

Able, Gifted & Talented

Chertsey High School is committed to ensuring that all students are supported and challenged to achieve at their highest level possible.

We identify those students who are Able, Gifted and Talented to ensure they are given the opportunity to maximise their gifts and talents and in doing so benefit the school and the wider community.

What does Able Gifted and Talented mean?

We define Gifted and Talented as, “those children who are achieving or who have the potential to achieve at a level substantially beyond the rest of their peer group.”

At Chertsey High School, Able refers to students who are working consistently above the level of their peers in literacy and numeracy. Gifted refers to students who are significantly ahead of students of a similar age nationally across a range of National Curriculum subjects. Talented refers to students who show great skill or potential in areas such as Music, Art, Drama and PE, or great potential in areas such as leadership.

How are students identified as being Able, Gifted and Talented?

Students are recognised as Gifted upon entry to the Chertsey High based on their KS2 SAT results our baseline assessments, and additional data provided by primary schools.

Students are recognised as Able based on literacy and numeracy tests conducted at the end of every assessment period. This offers an opportunity for every student to progress to the Able, Gifted and Talented register.

Students are recognised as Talented through recognition from the relevant members of staff responsible for co-ordinating subjects such as Art, Music, Drama and PE. Each term, staff are asked for recommendations based on a students current performance.

How do we support Able and Gifted students?

There are a range of actions for supporting Able and Gifted students. These include:

  • Termly meetings to discuss progress, future career paths and potentially work experience placements.
  • The appointment of business mentors once they reach KS4, who will help the students to develop work skills and establish their career goals.
  • Sampling of medium-term planning to ensure work is being differentiated to challenge higher ability students.
  • Trips to universities and businesses.
  • Intervention by a Learning Mentor in order to ensure progress

How are Talented students supported?

There are a range of actions to supporting Talented students. These include:

  • Termly meetings to discuss progress and future career paths.
  • Regular opportunities for students to hone their talent.
  • Discussions with relevant subject co-ordinators to arrange for differentiation within lessons to allow students to make progress towards extra-curricular awards.

How are these students recognised by our school?

To celebrate their success, students who have been recognised as Able, based on the most recent literacy and numeracy assessments, are featured on an honours board. The highest performing students have their name and picture on the noticeboard with their assessment grades.

The honours board also features a message to all students, making it clear than they too can make it on to the board if they perform to a consistently high standard in their assessments. A similar board highlights success stories of talented students, in and outside of school.

What if my child isn’t on the Able, Gifted and Talented register?

We are passionately committed to developing every individual child to achieve their full potential.

All students who attend Chertsey High School have a challenging and tailored learning programme that clearly identifies what they have achieved and their future goals. Students regularly review their programmes with their form tutors. Students are also supported by learning mentors where appropriate.

Every student is actively encouraged to aim high and aspire to more challenging goals, regardless of their ability, and is supported every step of the way.