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Highly Able and Talented

Great Western Academy strive to ensure that pupils of all abilities are given the opportunity to develop their individual skills, talents, and abilities; intellectually, creatively, emotionally, and socially.

We endeavour to provide teaching which makes learning challenging and engaging, and which enables all pupils to reach their potential. This is within the context of challenge for all – every student is encouraged to push themselves so that challenge tasks are not discriminatory. This provision includes support both within and outside of the classroom, and achievements are unashamedly celebrated. 

Students are identified based on potential, achievement, and talent, using a range of techniques. This is a school-wide and continual process, and the list of HAT students is fluid. 

The Department for Education defines highly able and talented children as “those who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities)”. As this covers a wide range of abilities and skills, we have categorised students into one or both of:


  • 'Highly Able' learners are those with abilities in one or more academic subjects, such as maths or English.

  • 'Talented' learners are those who have practical skills in areas such as sport, music, or performing arts.

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