Able, Gifted and Talented

At St. Michael’s we place a high value and recognition of outstanding individual achievement and ability. We have followed the National Strategy for Able, Gifted and Talented since its inception. We are committed to celebrating, nurturing and encouraging achievement in all areas of school life.

At Key Stage Three, pupils are identified as Gifted using the CAT scores. All staff are aware of the identified children and make provision for them in their lesson plans and lesson content, tailoring the lessons to ensure that the needs of able pupils are met. Provision is embedded into teachers’ lessons plans.

Those children identified as Talented by their teachers are added to the register. The talent subjects are Drama, Music, PE, Dance and Art.

Able, Gifted and Talented pupils are monitored separately during the school’s on-track reporting sequence.

A dedicated notice board for Able, Gifted and Talented is present on the main corridor; outstanding achievement can be shared on this notice board. There is an area on the Moodle for Able, Gifted and Talented.


Here are some of the activities available to our pupils:

  • UK Maths Challenge
  • UK Youth Parliament Elections and Hustings.
  • Opportunities to represent school, district, county and England in various sports teams and individual events.
  • Opportunities to excel and display talent in Performing Arts and Technology.
  • Opportunities for talented musicians in school productions, lunchtime concert series, Summer Music and a range of performances inside and outside school.
  • Many opportunities for talented dancers to perform inside and outside school, with visits to and from leading dance companies like Ludus and Rambert.
  • Year 8 talented artists start GCSE coursework in Year 8.
  • Fast Track languages / Triple Science
  • Oxbridge Bound information day (Runshaw)
  • Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ public speaking competition.
  • Physics Challenge