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Gifted & Talented

The Future Leaders Programme at Christ’s College

The most able students at Christ’s College may be invited to take part in our Future Leaders Programme. This is an exclusive team of the most able students who are tasked with projects that challenge their involvement in school and society, develop their wider understanding of the world and hopefully enriches their aspirational potential. Their problem solving skills will be tested and their independent and team skills improved upon. The hope is to identify up-and-coming future leaders of our society, and to support these students on their journey to success at Christ’s College.

Examples of projects the students have completed so far are:

  • inputting into the teaching of life skills at Christ’s College;
  • putting forward proposals for how the school could best use technology and
  • running team building activities for new students to the school.

If you wish to keep up to date with what the Future Leaders are reading and debating, please take a look at their blog that they contribute to. This will be focused on current affairs and areas of interest:

http://christsfutureleaders.secondaryblogger.co.uk/

If you have any further questions about the programme as a prospective parent, please email Miss N. Rana

How We Identify and Follow Gifted Students’ Progress

Students whose progress and attainment suggest that their ability is well above average for their age group are placed on the Register of Gifted Students. At any one time roughly 10% of the students at the College will be on this register. Students qualify for the Register if their levels or grades either upon entry, at the end of Key Stage 3 or at the end of Key Stage 4 are exceptional. Currently the benchmarks are as follows:

  • Key Stage 3 Register - On entry to Year 7 students eligible for the Register will normally have achieved Level 5 in the KS2 tests in English, Maths and Science (or equivalents under the new scheme of assessment). We also invite feeder Primary Schools to nominate students with exceptional abilities that these tests do not reveal, for example a musician who has already achieved Grade 5, or an athlete, artist or dancer already performing at a very high standard. Parents are also invited to bring such talents and abilities to the attention of the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator.
  • Key Stage 4 Register - Upon transfer to Year 10, students eligible for the Register will normally have achieved Level 7 or its equivalent in English, Maths and Science. Again, students with exceptional abilities that these tests do not reveal, for example a musician who has already achieved Grade 8, or an athlete, artist or dancer already performing at a very high standard. Parents are also invited to bring such talents and abilities to the attention of the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator.
  • Key Stage 5 Register - Upon transfer to the Sixth Form, students who have been on the Key Stage 4 register and who achieve at least ten GCSE passes or equivalent at grades A*-B including English and Maths will be entitled to remain on the Register. 
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