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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

"The Year 9 Able, Gifted and Talented students meet weekly to learn new skills and techniques. It has been a real motivational tool to stretch and challenge the students, and for them to find out how far they can extend their talent. They get to enjoy materials that they would not normally get to use in lessons; the results have been impressive and this leads directly to GCSE and ALevel, where they will need to experiment with media and lead independent projects."

Definitions used by the Department for Education

Gifted: Ability or potential in one or more academic subjects; the top five to 10% of pupils per school as measured by actual or potential achievement in English, mathematics, science, history, geography, modern foreign languages, religious education, information and communication technology, or design and technology.

Talented: Ability or potential in one or more skills, whether artistic, sporting, interpersonal or vocational; the top five to 10% of pupils per school as measured by actual or potential achievement in the subjects of art, music or physical education. However, one element of the description should be emphasised: it is the top five to 10% of pupils per school, regardless of the overall ability profile of pupils.

Gifted and talented: Pupils with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities).

Potential Plus UK

Potential Plus are an independent charity which works with the whole family to support children with high learning potential. Our aim is to work with parents and carers so that you can:

DISCOVER your child's potential

NURTURE their gifts and talents

Work with you and also with professionals to help your child SUCCEED

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