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Able, Gifted and Talented

At Dauntsey's we aim to challenge all pupils by fostering intellectual curiosity through academic enrichment, independent learning and a complementary curriculum.

Our brightest pupils benefit from a wide-ranging and challenging Gifted and Talented Programme which aims to:

  • promote the identification of gifted and talented pupils
  • ensure all gifted and talented pupils achieve their full potential
  • give gifted and talented pupils access to work and experiences at the higher cognitive levels in order to stimulate interest and develop advanced thinking skills
  • provide a rich, challenging and differentiated curriculum in which gifted and talented pupils can thrive
  • give opportunities in all curriculum areas to develop advanced skills, talents and creativity
  • create an ethos where pupils can have and achieve the highest aspirations

With an emphasis on independent learning, supported by extension work and enrichment through clubs and academic societies, the Able, Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator and their team of staff provide a range of activities for academic stretch and challenge, some of which are listed below.

The Junior Scholars' Society

This First, Second and Third Form group meets regularly on Friday mornings. Discussions are led by a member of staff on a topic of his or her choice that lies outside the usual curriculum material.

The Head Master's Essay Society

This is a selected group of Upper Sixth pupils who are each asked to give a presentation to their peers on a subject of their choosing. The Society provides a forum for 12 of the School's brightest senior pupils to thrive intellectually. Many members run a session a week with the Junior Scholars' Society, presenting a shortened form of their papers for discussion. The Essay Society's programme is also enhanced by workshops with visiting academics, including speakers from the Mercers' Lectures Programme.

Mercers' Lectures

A visiting lecturer holds workshops with the Sixth Form in the afternoon, followed by a lecture to the wider school community in the evening. Past eminent speakers include the Ann Widdecombe, Jonathan Dimbleby,  Michael Portillo, and Kate Adie. This year's programme is busier than ever, with some extremely sought-after speakers - Mercers' Lecture Programme, Autumn 2016

Debating and Sceptics' Societies

The Lower School and Senior Debating Societies along with the Upper School Sceptics' society provide plenty of opportunities for all pupils to engage in lively, informed debates which challenge their own ideas and preconceptions.