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Able and Gifted Students

At Maiden Erlegh School we are determined to provide enrichment opportunities, to ensure pace and challenge in lessons for all students, including the most able and gifted.

In 2009, Maiden Erlegh School is the first school in Wokingham to achieve the prestigious national NACE Challenge Award for excellence in provision for able, gifted and talented students. We were re-accredited again in 2013.

On arrival in Year 7, students are identified as Exceptionally Able and More Able based on their Key Stage 2 scores and Gifted based on exceptional performance in particular skills (eg: in sports, music, drama).

Class registers identify Exceptionally Able and More Able students and teachers use that information to ensure that lessons and homeworks stretch them sufficiently. All Departments have specific strategies for meeting the needs of Exceptionally Able and More Able, and schemes of work show what provision is made for them.

Heads of Department keep logs of students who are gifted in their subject areas and ensure they are given opportunities to use and develop their skills and talents in lessons and outside the classroom.

A number of extra-curricular and enrichment activities are provided during the course of the year to provide additional appropriate opportunities for able and gifted students.

Our provision for Exceptionally Able, More Able and Gifted students is outlined here.

To support our Exceptionally Able we run our Gold Programme in Key Stage 4 and have recently launched our Silver Programme in Key Stage 3. For more information on the Gold and Silver Programmes click here.

Existing Gold Programme students enjoyed a visit to Cambridge University in July 2014. To read about the trip, click here.

Mr Mike Haddrell, Deputy Headteacher is the point of contact for information about provision for Exceptionally Able, More Able or Gifted students.

Miss M Davies is the point of contact for the Key Stage 4 Gold Programme and the Key Stage 3 Silver Programme.

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