We plan our teaching and learning in such a way that we enable each child to reach for the highest level of personal achievement.
Throughout the school we aim to:
- Ensure that we recognise and support the needs of all children
- Enable children to develop their full potential
- Offer children opportunities to generate their own learning
- Ensure that we challenge and extend the children through the work that we set them
- Encourage children to think and work independently
We recognise and support the needs of those children in our school who have been identified as ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’.
All children have gifts and talents, but the phrases ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’ are used to mean a particularly high ability in a certain range of areas. ‘Gifted’ relates to academic subjects, and ‘talented’ to the Arts and practical subjects.
All teachers seek to nurture gifts and talents, and encourage children to have high aspirations in their subjects. There are a variety of opportunities for particularly able children, or those with a keen interest in a subject, to be identified, and nurtured. Those taking scholarships in Year 8 are given a more complex and demanding curriculum in both the academic sphere and in Music, Art, DT, Drama and Sport. In addition to the provision within lessons for children of different abilities, there are various clubs and activities in school which can help develop special interests.
Where appropriate, programmes can be put in place to support individuals with a particularly unusually high level of ability; for instance, extra language sessions for those already excelling in a foreign language are occasionally put in place. Furthermore, there are a range of external trips and competitions which allow children to broaden their horizons.
A number of our children at St John’s are ‘more able’, with strength in one area or a range of areas. A smaller number of our children are ‘very able’, i.e. outstanding in one area or a range of areas.
We respect the right of all children in our school, irrespective of differences in ability, to access a number of areas of learning, and to develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that are necessary for their self-fulfillment and eventual development into active and responsible adults.
The aims and ethos of our school talks of valuing the individuality of all our children and make reference to teaching and learning that takes into account the needs of all children. They also identify the commitment to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards.