Gifted and Talented
Jack Hunt has been a Lead School for Gifted and Talented Education since 2009 and more recently it was awarded the title of “G&T Hub site” from Excellence East. The role of the hub site is to offer CPD sessions to other teaching staff across the East of England and provide G&T sessions for students. Over time we have developed very close links with Cambridge and Warwick Universities, ensuring our students are given chances to flourish, not only at school but also outside of the classroom. On these trips our students have had the chance to work alongside both lecturers and University students. Residential trips to Villiers Park help some of our student’s experience living away from home and working with others in project based challenges against others schools.
Our gifted and talented students take an active role in improving the learning and teaching that takes place across the school. A Gifted and Talented Learning Partners project which was run in partnership with Nene Park Academy encouraged students to help in the planning and delivery of lessons to support staff in improving their practice.
Within School we run an extensive G&T programme which includes visits from guest speakers and practical workshops. These sessions are designed to widen the experiences of our G&T students opening their minds to the wide range of careers on offer to them. Last year we were fortunate enough to have visits from local lawyers, interior designers, doctors and surgeons. These sessions are very well attended by students from Jack Hunt and also other local schools. This work has been used by Excellence East as good practice and been shared with other schools within the area. We regularly conduct student voice asking our students what they would like from their G&T programme and each year this forms the basis of our work.
In the summer term we run our annual ‘Shine Quiz’ where G&T students compete against other local schools to become Quiz Champion. The evening acts as a celebration with students from participating schools providing the entertainment.
Identification of students takes place throughout their time at Jack Hunt with departments being asked annually to update those considered to be Gifted or Talented in their subject. Our G&T register consists of 3 different levels; students on the Gold register have an NFER score within the top 20% of the national figure, students who receive more than one subject nomination are placed on the silver register, and students who receive one subject nomination are placed on the bronze register.
At Jack Hunt School we believe that every student has something special to offer and do our best to nurture their talents and interests. We recognize that G&T students have a key role to play in making our school the best learning community it can possibly be and in ensuring that all our young people achieve their aspirations.