At King James’s School we have invested a great deal of time in researching and developing approaches to stretch and challenge the most able students. Working closely, since 2009, with Professor Barry Hymer we recognise the dangers of labelling our most able students as ‘gifted or talented’ and instead we realise that the excellence of these young people is more often based on hard work, practice and being interested and engaged.
Our main goal is to ensure that these students are tracked and monitored by their Learning Manager to ensure that they are fulfilling the highest levels of attainment, and that we offer them a broad and balanced education delivered through a challenging curriculum. We foster a learning community in which achievements and skills are recognised, respected and celebrated.
We still separately identify our top performing students, either in terms of academic ability or aptitude in arts, sport or music, and we ensure that there are programmes and opportunities available which meet their needs. In Years 9 & 10 the most able 10% are identified for an enrichment programme and separate tutorial arrangements which, in addition to developing critical thinking skills, asks them to look forward to their career and university aspirations.