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AGT - Able, Gifted & Talented

Introduction

At Hugh Christie we aim to identify and provide for any student who is able, gifted or talented in a specific subject.  A student who is able is achieving above expectations for their age. A child who is gifted is achieving well above the expectations for their age. A child who is talented has an ability to excel in a particular skill or task.

We identify students in a range of different ways including using information from primary school, teacher assessments, formal testing, lesson observations and interests outside of school. We understand that students may be able, gifted and talented in different ways and in different subjects. Every curriculum area identifies and provides for able, gifted and talented students. Provision includes ability setting, providing tasks at a higher level (differentiation) and extra-curricular opportunities. This is summarised later in this booklet. We also provide opportunities across the whole school.

The progress of able, gifted and talented students is monitored formally six times a year and this is reported to parents. We specifically monitor the progress of our higher ability students and put in place intervention if they are not achieving their target grades.

If you have any further questions about provision for able, gifted and talented students, please do not hesitate to contact the designated member of subject staff.

Please click here to download a copy of our guide for supporting able, gifted and talented students.

Curriculum and setting

Year 7 and 8

On admission to Year 7, able students are placed in one of our two EBACC classes. They will be taught in these ability groups for REAL (Humanities), English and Science.  Mathematics and Physical Education are also set according to ability.

Most other curriculum subjects teach mixed ability classes where is provision made for able, gifted or talented students through different tasks or activities.

Year 9, 10 and 11

Students start their GCSE courses at the start of Year 9. Able students would expect to follow a curriculum that includes:

  • GCSE English Language and Literature taught in ability sets
  • GCSE Mathematics taught in ability sets
  • GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught in an ability set
  • At least one GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language
  • A GCSE in History and/or Geography

Students will then have the option to study three other subjects.

Students who are gifted and talented in the Arts, Technology or Physical Education will be supported to be able to choose subjects that play to their strengths.

Sixth Form

The school offers a wide range of Academic Advanced Level courses. At least half of our Sixth Form leavers move to University after completing their A levels.

Whole School Opportunities

Hugh Christie offers opportunities for able, gifted and talented students that are not linked to a specific curriculum area.

These include:

Student Parliament. All year groups have representatives on the student parliament which meets once a term. This is a great opportunity for students to develop debating and organisational skills.

Duke of Edinburgh Award. This programme allows students to participate in activities and expeditions. It also expects them to plan their own projects. It is awarded at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. This is open to students in Year 10 and above.

Focus Five. All year groups to be involved in a series of activities during a week off their normal timetable which provide opportunities to extend and challenge able, gifted and talented students.

Iceland Challenge.  This is an opportunity for older students to plan and participate in an outdoor expedition to Iceland.

North Wales visit. Students from Year 8 and above take part in a week long mountaineering course to develop team work and skills.

Leadership Programme. All students take part in Leadership Activities. In Years 7 and 8, students learn about Leadership. In Year 9 they demonstrate their leadership ability and can be awarded the Leadership Diploma. In Year 10, they can apply to become a Student Leader which involves advising Senior Leaders, mentoring younger students and representing the school at events.

Futures programme. The careers of ‘Futures Programme’ supports able, gifted and talented students by raising their aspirations. Examples include visits to Universities from Year 9, support with university application in Year 12,  Futures Exchange Event where they are able to network with a range of employers and visits to specialised companies.

Extended Project Qualification. Students in the Sixth Form can complete the Extended Project Qualification which develops their research, planning, presenting and essay writing skills.

Mock United Nations General Assembly. Hugh Christie participates in the annual Mock United Nations General Assembly where students take on the role of UN delegates from two countries.

Erasmus plus project. High Christie is linked with five other European Schools. Students are given the opportunity to learn about these countries through special events and to visit them.

The Library. The Howard Library is stocked full of the most up to date books written for the young adult audience. Reading lists to enthuse, stretch and challenge are available on the Hugh Christie website and in the library. There are also hundreds of non-fiction and reference books to help students with their learning or simply to fire their imagination and knowledge. There are also author visits and events for example: Chris Bradford in June and Ali Sparkes in September.

AGT Online. Hugh Christie has a specific section of its website dedicated to AGT students.

Give Your Views. An opportunity to answer a controversial question with reasons with the possibility of winning a prize.