Gifted and Talented


Our Mission Statement

‘We are all God’s children

and will try to live, love, work and

serve as Jesus taught us.’

Our mission statement celebrates each pupil as a unique creation with individual gifts and talents to recognise and develop. We are committed to providing each pupil with challenges appropriate to their ability. We aim to provide an environment in which each pupil can reach their full potential through a Catholic Christian education based on Gospel values which develops spiritual, academic, social and emotional growth.


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School aims to provide a broad and well balanced curriculum in a way that will stimulate the interest and imagination of all our pupils and develop their full potential in a happy, safe and disciplined environment. We aim to provide all pupils with challenging and motivating targets suited to their needs and abilities. Staff at St Joseph’s have high expectations of work and behaviour at all times.


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School recognises, in line with Department for Education, that ‘Gifted and Talented pupils are those who achieve or have the ability to achieve, at a level significantly in advance of the average for their year group’.


We use a range of strategies to identify gifted and talented pupils. The identification process is an on-going one and can involve staff, parents and specialist teachers. Information taken into account can include:

  • Teachers’ professional judgement
  • Evidence of work
  • Observation of performance / behaviour in class
  • In-house record-keeping including; EYFSP, SATs, optional tests and SPTO data.
  • Information from parents
  • Discussions with pupils

Please click here to read the full policy:  Gifted and Talented Policy 2012[1]

Educational Visits and Activities

Recent enrichment activities and visits aimed at gifted and talented children have included:

A More Able Maths event at Mudeford Junior School where children participated in a range of problem solving and mathematical reasoning activities.

A Gifted and Talented Art Morning at Christchurch Infant School 

A Gifted and Talented Drama Afternoon at Somerford School including mime, the use of body language and performing a scene from Romeo and Juliet.

A Gifted and Talented Day at Ballard School where children took part in a full day of workshops including Music, Science, Technology and Maths.