Most Able

Welcome to the Gifted and Talented area of the Castle View website. Here, you will find information on Gifted and Talented events as well as useful links and documents to help assist Gifted and Talented students.

What do we mean by ‘Gifted and Talented’ students?
The DCSF defines the group supported by the National Programme for gifted and talented education as: “Children and young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities).”

All institutions are free to determine the size of their G&T cohort. At Castle View we aim to identify approximately the top 10% of our learners, these pupils are identified through a combination of teacher assessments and data. Within the school, there is a role of a Gifted & Talented Co-ordinator who’s job is to liaise with your child’s teachers to ensure he/she is stretched and challenged appropriately whilst in class; staff undertake continuous training in the provision for Gifted and Talented children, to ensure students’ skills grow and blossom, both in and out of the classroom environment.

Able & Ambitious Programme
At Castle View we believe that every child should have the opportunity to excel in their school life and be challenged. We have a successful inititive at school named the “Able & Ambitious” programme.

This is a voluntary programme that all pupils have the opportunity to join and take part in a variety of enrichment activities. These are to enable your child to encounter new challenges and different experiences, which we hope they will enjoy and learn from, throughout their time at Castle View School. Example of events are below:
• Reading challenges
• Problem Solving Days
• Team Building Days
• University Trips
• Speaker visits
• Extended learning projects
• Extra-curricular clubs – P.E, Art, Literacy etc.

As a parent/ carer of an ‘able and ambitious’ child, there is much you can do to help them on the way to great future success: begin by talking to them about their gift/ talent and help them to consider possible careers that would use their skills. You can also support him/ her by building their enthusiasm around their gift or talent, perhaps finding books they could read to learn more or taking them to museums and exhibitions where they can stretch their knowledge.
The websites which are located on the right of the page are links to websites which offer parental support and ideas that may be useful.