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Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented learners are defined as those who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop these abilities).

Ofsted’s report on ‘The most able students: are they doing as well as they should in our non-selective secondary schools?’ made it clear that many gifted and talented students who attend non-selective secondary schools fail to achieve their full age-related potential compared with students who attend selective and independent schools.

Walthamstow Academy currently provides dedicated after school weekly provision for around 15% of our Key Stage 3 cohort – 50% more than national guidelines suggest. Our provision is led by staff who were themselves the most able at their schools and went on to attend the country’s top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL. 

Provision is centred around three knowledge strands on a half-termly carousel.

 

Science

Debate

Arts

HT4 - 2021
February-March
 

Year 7

Year 9

Year 8

HT5 - 2021
April-May
 

Year 8

Year 7

Year 9

HT6 - 2021
June-July
 

Year 9

Year 8

Year 7

Our provision is vertically integrated. Students move on from the extra-curricular KS3 Carousel to a wider focus on super-curricular provision outside of school, often in collaboration with University Widening Participation programmes, at KS4 and KS5.

Whilst studying from home, the KS3 Carousel provision will be offered remotely in focused after-school sessions. Provision for both KS3 and KS4 students is currently being supported by a range of remote opportunities that can be accessed through the school’s Extracurricular page, available here. These currently include extra-curricular clubs for Art, Drama, Debate and Chess, opportunities to enter Art and Writing competitions, STEM activities such as weekly puzzles, links to topical science debates and TED talks, virtual University and Museum tours and daily Instagram activities to help your child’s physical and mental well-being.

KS5 students are currently being supported by a weekly update sent to students that can also be accessed here. This includes links to a host of opportunities that range from extended programmes such as Future Leaders, Realising Opportunities, The Sutton Trust and Pathways, to Summer schools at Oxbridge, UCL and Imperial College, and to individual Lecture and Taster events that cover an extensive range of degree subjects. By supporting and closely monitoring participation in extra and supra-curricular activities, we aim to maximise student chances of successfully applying both to the best universities and to the best apprenticeship and degree apprentice programmes available across the UK.
 

Year 10 students on their Scholars Programme launch trip to the University of Oxford, January 2020

 

Our Most Able provision is led by:

Stephen Bell-Brown
G&T Coordinator/Teacher of English
stephen.bell-brown@walthamstow-academy.org

 

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