Able, Gifted and Talented

Pupils at The Royal School arrive with a wide range of talents and interests.  As a school with a focus on individual achievement; differentiation is the key to our academic delivery.  Lesson plans include differentiated work schedules and within the School as a whole we provide a wide range of additional learning support across the ability spectrum. Children with different learning styles and those who are particularly gifted are well catered for.

There are a number of ways in which Able, Gifted and Talented (AGT) children can be identified, using one or more of the following:

  • outstanding achievement in School assessments
  • predictive tests
  • professional recommendation
  • teacher assessment and observation
  • identification questionnaires.

The AGT programme extends the more able in their chosen subjects. We are committed to catering for individual differences and helping pupils reach their full potential. Staff provide opportunities both in lessons and in co-curricular activities for AGT learners to make use of their individual talents and gifts and to develop to the edge of their ability. This can happen in the following ways:

  • Acceleration: placing in a higher year group or beginning GCSE or A Level studies early
  • Extension: studying topics in greater depth
  • Enrichment: additional activities to stretch
  • Differentiation: appropriate/relevant teaching approaches
  • Teaching thinking skills: awareness of learning styles.

The co-curricular programme of the School provides many opportunities for pupils to develop personal academic, artistic and sporting interests including competitions, clubs, lectures, trips and workshops. The range of speakers, off-site visits and opportunities sometimes shared with other schools, enables our pupils to stretch themselves and broaden their horizons in a wider context.