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"Castle School Education Trust is committed to high quality education across the primary, secondary and sixth form key stages. Our schools cover the South Gloucestershire area. We encourage independence within each school within a strong framework of values."

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Marlwood School

Gifted and Talented

Our gifted and talented provision is not about identifying winners but about making winners out of ordinary people.

Meeting the needs of the gifted and talented is fundamentally about building on quality general school provision, rather than something entirely different. A student may be very able in some areas, but may still appear on the Special Educational Needs (SEND) register in recognition of behavioural, social, physical, sensory or specific learning difficulties.

Our students have a range of abilities. “Gifted and Talented” is the term often applied to those young people who are achieving, or who have the potential to achieve, at a level significantly beyond the rest of their peer group. This refers to the upper end of the ability range in most classes or cohorts. We recognise that gifted and talented students are individuals with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. To ensure that all are challenged and engaged, we offer growing range of opportunities for students.  All are encouraged to continually discover something new.

We will offer the following from September 2020  at the latest:

  • Termly Challenge Lectures. We encourage parents and our wider community to both deliver and attend these lectures.
  • Excellence Dissertation. Some students are encouraged to write an academic Excellence Dissertation and with the support of external partners/ Sixth Form students. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are supported in developing the skills to write academically to a high level.

Please refer to the Gifted and Talented Curriculum Map to see our current provision