This programme aims to provide gifted students with the support needed to fully develop their gifts into talents and to challenge each student. A multi-category approach to giftedness is taken: academic, arts, cultural and sports are recognised and supported.
The school endeavours to provide a variety of options including a differentiated curriculum within the classroom; acceleration; and enrichment activities in class, school-wide and externally. In addition, it recognises that gifted students also need on-going pastoral care and has a co-ordinator for the gifted programme in addition to the school's guidance counsellors and Year 9 Dean whom gifted students are able to consult. Our programme has a range of formal and informal identification processes, from data gathering from contributing schools and RTLB, standardised testing, to nomination by student, teacher, parent or dean.
In Year 9, potential students and their parents receive a survey to complete. After all information is collated the student is interviewed to assess any special requirements he thinks he needs. An individual educational plan is drawn up incorporating all these ideas and a copy is given to the student and parents for further input. This is very much a team effort from student, parents and the school. Students who show special talents in particular subjects may be allowed to pursue them at a higher level, concurrently with their regular course.