At Denefield School we are committed to meeting the needs and interests of all students and providing an education that will enable each student to realise their full potential, including those classed as high attaining, gifted or talented. Students who are identified as high attaining, gifted or talented are offered a wide range of challenging and enriching activities along with targeted support to enhance their learning.
The provision for most able students at Denefield School includes stretch and challenge opportunities within the classroom and also enrichment opportunities beyond lesson time. We are committed to teaching and learning strategies that support all students and challenge the most able, and we provide regular professional development to staff. Lessons include regular opportunities for extension in depth and in level of challenge. Students are encouraged to develop problem solving and higher order skills, and teachers use a variety of teaching styles to cater for learners’ individual needs.
By providing effective provision for our high attaining, gifted and talented students, standards can be raised for all. Our aim is to create a challenging and supportive teaching environment which promotes personalised learning and a learning culture where expectations are high and students can become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Progress is regularly reviewed to ensure all students are on course to achieve their targets.
Students are actively encouraged to participate in a wide range of enrichment activities on offer, such as the mathematics challenge and mock trial competitions. There are also outreach activities with primary schools where our high attaining students work in leadership roles, as well as visits to universities as an experience of life in higher education. We also offer individual and group sessions designed to develop and celebrate our more able students’ achievements, and to help them refine their study skills, understand how they learn best and show how to aim for the top grades.
For further information contact Mr Thomas (Standards Leader for High Attaining and Talented Students): CTS@denefield.org.uk