Gifted and Talented

Our philosophy

William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School takes a holistic view that asserts that every child is unique, and brings to school an assortment and multiplicity of skills, knowledge and attributes at varying levels of performance. Our school has a culture of success and of celebrating success across the range of abilities. We are conscious of our responsibility to ensure that every child fulfils their potential. To this end, we provide a wide range of approaches and models of learning to extend individual performance.
We also provide an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities designed to meet specific needs and through which students are able to explore, unlock and develop their individual talent, abilities, interests and enthusiasms. William Farr School is privileged to be able to call upon an impressive range of people from the worlds of sport, the Church, the armed services and other professions who give their time and energy to support individual activities within the school.

We also acknowledge the government’s guidance on gifted and talented performance.
To support this work, multiple criteria and sources of evidence are used to identify the gifts and talents of our students
Comprehensive monitoring, progress planning and reporting systems involving all staff, students and their parents and carers, provide regular opportunities for students’ performance and well-being, including those with specific talents, gifts and abilities, to be reviewed.

William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School acknowledges that the government provides guidance on the definitions of ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’ performance by students, but sees these as exclusive rather than inclusive.

  • At our school all learning activity acknowledges the individuality of students;
  • We choose to take a holistic view that asserts that every child is unique, and brings to school a cluster of skills, knowledge and attributes at varying levels of performance. Thus every child may perform better at some areas of school life and activity than at others. Whilst being encouraged to promote all aspects of their performance and to strive constantly for quality in everything they do, students are given every opportunity to develop their individual skills, abilities and talents to the highest levels;
  • Thus the intention is to provide opportunities for every pupil to succeed, progress and excel;
  • To this end we promote a wide range of approaches to meeting children’s needs, and some of these are identified in what follows.


Grouping for learning and differentiation

We use a range of mixed ability classes and setting appropriate to student’s age, stage of schooling and career choices to facilitate success in learning. In addition, teachers will differentiate tasks appropriately within lessons to maximise every student’s ability to achieve and gain satisfaction in learning.

Rewarding success

The school has a culture of success, and of rewarding successful students. Celebrating success is part of the school’s ethos.

Examination success

The school has an enviable record in helping students achieve examination successes and to move them towards effective careers and satisfying life opportunities. While examinations are not the only measure of a quality school, we have a duty to students, parents and the community to provide maximum opportunities to students through public examinations. We strive to meet those expectations.

Non-examination success

While success in public examinations is important to society and to individuals, there are many other forms of achievement open to those who are able and have aptitudes in them. These include achievement in: sport, performance arts, leadership, community involvement, environmental and social service, and so on. We provide opportunities for all students to develop these non-academic abilities and reach high levels in them.

Extra-curricular opportunities

The school provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities through which students may develop their individual abilities, interests and enthusiasms. Examples of these are: study visits both in the UK and abroad, sports teams, musical groups, debating societies, language days and DT constructions days. A great range of other activities also occur to meet specific needs.

Looking beyond the school gates

William Farr School is privileged to be able to call upon an impressive range of people from the worlds of sport, the Church, the armed services and other professions who give their time and energy to support individual activities within the school. This provides a diversity and quality in school life which helps students to model their future lives.

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