Gifted and Talented Learners
‘A ship is safe in harbour but that’s not what ships are built for.’
St Thomas More is committed to nurturing the talents of every one of its students. We do, however, recognise that some students are especially talented in one area in particular such as sports or music, and that other children may have outstanding academic gifts across a wide range of subjects.
By identifying and providing for those gifted and talented students we help all students strive to fulfil their potential. We recognise that each child is gifted in the eyes of God and we strive to seek opportunities to allow those God given gifts to shine.
For our gifted and talented students opportunities are offered for enrichment through appropriate support, challenge and a range of opportunities in all aspects of their school life. Enrichment opportunities are written into schemes of learning where appropriate and specific provision is made in differentiated curriculum planning. We create opportunities to add breadth, depth and pace in their learning.
Every class, whether mixed ability or set by ability, has students who require additional stretch and challenge. STM is dedicated to sharing best practice in stretching and challenging our most able students so they can experience a wide range of effective teaching strategies in lesson.
Where a gifted and talented child has a particular ability or exceptional talent in a subject not catered for in either the National Curriculum or through after school activities the school will endeavour to facilitate and encourage the child’s ability through outside school contacts such as guest speakers, the football academies, Reaseheath College, North West & West Midlands Schools' Shooting, UTC, Cheshire College South & West, Keele University Academic Lecture Programme.
Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of the Talents
‘And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’’