Stormont is a non-selective school and as such it is expected that a proportion of pupils will be able learners, or possess specific talents. The school aims to establish each girl’s abilities in all areas of a broad and challenging curriculum and to extend her to her full potential. We therefore recognise that there is a need for differentiation to provide able learners with a stimulating and challenging curriculum which gives opportunities for their abilities to be developed. This opportunity will be made available to able and talented girls irrespective of ethnic origin, culture or disability. We also recognise that in making provision for able learners we are enriching the learning environment and learning opportunities of all pupils.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate defines able and gifted pupils as those with strong intellectual and academic abilities, and talented pupils as those who excel in specific areas, for example, music, art, design, drama, dance or sport.
This approach applies to all children in the school, from the EYFS Reception Form to Form 6.
- To identify able learners and those with specific talents.
- To recognise and track the progress of able learners.
- To provide an environment where all girls can enjoy and achieve through learning, and develop their abilities and talents to the full.
- To support staff in providing appropriate programmes of study and other learning opportunities.
- To identify and develop resources.