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:

  • The Gifted and Talented Primary Dance Platform at St. Peter’s School, Southbourne –   the children were given the opportunity to work as a team to choreograph and perform their own dance moves.
  • Termly Gifted and Talented enrichment day within the Christchurch Learning Partnership schools, including;
  1. A Christchurch Drama Day hosted by St. Joseph’s School – children from local schools took park in drama workshops and performed in front of the whole school;
  2. Mudeford Junior art day;
  3. Wildlife activities for leadership at Highcliffe St Mark’s;
  4. Mudeford Infants tag rugby.
  • A Gifted and Talented Enrichment day at Twynham School – Literacy, Science and Numeracy workshops including ‘Cars – Maths in motion’.
  • Ballard Gifted and Talented Day – a number of Year 6 children attended a full day of workshops, including music, science and technology.
  • A teaching assistant led gifted and talented art project for half of a term.
  • St Joseph’s school arranged a drama day and invited pupils from local schools to participate.


P1010180Eight year 13 students from St Peter’s came to St Joseph’s to put on a performance for Year 1 and 2.  They are studying Performing Arts and had clearly put in a lot of work in preparation for this performance.  They had written an engaging story loosely based on the Disney film ‘Frozen’.  It contained lots of action, slapstick comedy, catchy songs, a quest, goodies and baddies and many familiar story book characters.  There was a bias towards learning in Literacy and the phonics was cunningly embedded in the signs and labels so that the children were very keen to ‘help’ characters in their reading and spelling.  Once their story had reached a happy ending, where everyone was reunited and reconciled to being kind to others, we had some workshop activities in the classrooms to encourage the children to create their own instant story.  All the children were very impressed and engaged fully with their performance, so thank you St Peter’s.  We wish you all good luck in pursuing a career within the performing arts.