Gifted & Talented
Gifted and Talented Pupils
At Our Lady of Sion School, we are committed to providing an environment which encourages every child to maximise his or her potential. Our students are all given equal opportunities to learn and succeed, but we recognise that some pupils’ attainment levels class them amongst the ‘Gifted and Talented’ spectrum. The Director of Studies ensures that gifted and talented students in the Senior School are identified and encouraged to take part in extra activities which stretch them to their full potential.
Students talented in Sport, Dance, Drama, Art and Music, and many other areas, have good provision made for them through school lessons, extra curricular clubs, competitions and events, as well as the extra opportunities open to them outside school.
Parents of students identified as gifted are notified and are informed about courses, masterclasses and summer schools that are on offer for their child. Students have the opportunity to attended a variety of classes organised by groups such as NACG, GIFT, Gabbitas and Masterclass.
At Our Lady of Sion, we believe in inclusion rather than exclusivity, and therefore any school-based activity designed to appeal to Gifted Students is also available to all other interested parties. The weekly Puzzle Challenge Club, for KS3 students, is open to all pupils. Likewise, any student may attend Chess Club. Differentiation by extension in lessons is available to all who show ability and interest in the topic.
A range of enrichment events and activities is designed to stretch, challenge and broaden the experience of all our students, including Gifted children, mentally, physically, socially and spiritually. These have included a wide range of educational trips, a full Chinese Day, exposure to, and working with, people with disabilities both directly and indirectly, a leading speaker on Critical Thinking and a visit from the RAF Motivational Team, together with our own in-house initiatives.
The school reserves the right to amend this policy.
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