Welcome to the 'Gifted and Talented' section of the website.

Click here to view our 'Gifted and Talented' policy. Policies for a specific department can be made available on request.

Aims and rationale

Wadebridge School aims to provide all students with the best education possible. We recognise the importance of providing a safe and stimulating environment for all. The aim of the gifted and talented team in school is to provide support and assistance for gifted and talented students, enabling them to reach their full potential.


We identify two types of gifted students:

  • Most Able - those who are estimated to achieve at least an A in their best 8 GCSEs, using prior attainment data;
  • Talented - a high achiever in a particular subject, based on individual subject criteria.
Most Able students are identified in the second half of the Autumn term of Year 7, when national data is released. Talented students are identified in January of each year based on the work they have completed since September.

We were delighted that our Most Able students made outstanding progress last year. In their best 8 GCSEs they achieved, on average, 0.6 of a grade per GCSE above our expectations. They worked exceptionally hard to outperform their peers of similar ability across the country.

In English, Maths and Science the Most Able cohort of 2014 achieved the following results:


Percentage of Most Able students to achieve Expected Progress (based on prior attainment data)

[2013 National Average for higher ability students]

Percentage of Most Able students to achieve Better than Expected Progress (based on prior attainment data)

[2013 National Average for higher ability students]


100% [76.8%]

 100% [40.7%]


 100% [80.5%]

57% [49.0%]

Science A 

 100% [57.9%]

 86% [22.6%]

Additional Science 

 100% [57.6%]

 71% [26.1%]


Talented students are supported by the relevant department, although intervention may be put in place if needed as a result of progress checks or concerns raised by parents and/or staff.

Most Able students will benefit from a comprehensive mentoring programme designed to help them deal with specific issues as they arise.

This is an example of how the mentoring programme may look:

For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the school.

Click on the links to have a look at what some of our Most Able students have created in their recent mentoring session. All of this was created in a very short space of time. Haven't they done well!

Advice to students starting Year 9

Music leaflet

School Revision Tips Poster

Year 9 option flow chart

Sign language

Advice to new Year 7 students

New Students worries - Becky

Welcome to Wadebridge School - Evie, Josie and Poppy



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