Able, Gifted & Talented
AGT provision is an outstanding feature of our curriculum, winning two national awards within twelve months, being outright winners of the national CBBC Competition ‘You too can be an absolute genius!’ together with the ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Junior Curriculum.
As we believe that every child should be encouraged to achieve their full potential, we promote an inclusive Able, Gifted and Talented curriculum throughout the school, providing every child with the opportunity to find their particular strengths and, most importantly, encouraging them to do so.
To this end, we have developed initiatives such as the weekly Thinker of the Week competition, Think and Tell opportunities for our younger pupils and clubs such as Board Games, Chess, Latin, German, Mandarin, Coding and Philosophy Clubs to name just a few. We also run the North-West heats of the National Quiz Club competition in both General Knowledge and Science.
Within the classroom, every subject caters for all levels of ability including our able, gifted and talented pupils. We are keen to stretch our pupils in whatever way we can, using creative ideas, extension and challenge opportunities, together with technology such as ipads and laptops to encourage and inspire independent learning. To further encourage passions and interests, we have introduced The Lady Barn House Research Award, an optional award, open to all pupils throughout the school. This iniatiative is inspired by the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) done in Sixth Forms across the land as an extra A Level and respected by all leading universities. The purpose of our Award is to encourage children to produce a piece of independent work, foster independent research and learning skills, encourage and recognise pupils’ interests and passions in school, encourage creativity and to reward individual perseverance and endeavour – it has been hugely successful in attracting our able, gifted and talented pupils who have to agree deadlines for producing their project work on set dates with their chosen supervising teacher.
As a school, we enter our children in national competitions such as
- The Blenheim Palace Project Prize
- The Horsey Essay competition
- The UK Primary Maths Challenge
- The National Young Mathematicians Award
- The National Quiz Club competitions
- The Heaton Mersey Music Festival
- ISA Art competitions
- The Rossall Code-breaking Challenge
On top of that there is the plethora of achievements by our children at both local and national level in sports such as gymnastics, football, cricket, hockey, swimming, cross-country and netball.
Miss L Bradford, AGT Co-ordinator