“Gifted and talented is the term applied to those young people who are achieving or who have the potential to achieve, at a level significantly beyond the rest of the year group.” (Effective provision for gifted and talented students in secondary education, DSCF, 2007)
This basic definition can be extended further:
- “Gifted” describes students who have the ability to excel academically in one or more subjects such as English, History, Mathematics, Drama or Technology.
- “Talented” describes students who have the ability to excel in practical or creative subjects such as Art, Music, Sport or Dance.
At St. Joseph’s, we also extend this definition to include students who excel in skills such as creative thought and leadership qualities. As such, we are fortunate to have a wealth of contributors to the “St. Joseph’s Talent Pool”, which enjoys constant additions as we discover more gifts and talents in our community.
There are a number of opportunities for students to enjoy enriching experiences within their areas of excellence, ranging from sport teams and athletics competitions to Maths Challenges, the Poetry Slam, Science Days and competitions for Food Nutrition and Art. We are also extremely privileged to be part of the programme run by the Villiers Park Trust, which offers subject workshops and residentials, often at Cambridge University. St. Joseph’s works with a number of universities in developing links within subjects and through the Sixth Form.
The gifted and talented community at St. Joseph’s is expected to take one of the leading roles in the College community. These students are called upon to help younger students with their studies, contribute to College productions and assist in organising College events.