Gifted and Talented

What is Gifted and Talented?

Gifted and Talented has been defined as:

"Those who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop these abilities)."

"Gifted and Talented pupils are those that will exceed the expectations for their age group, either in all subjects or just one. The Gifted and Talented are a diverse group and their range of attainment will be varied; some do well in statutory national curriculum tests or national qualifications. However, being gifted and talented covers much more than the ability to succeed in tests and examinations."

'Gifted' generally refers to the top 5% of the school population in academic subjects and 'Talented' to the top 5% in other subjects. At Harris Academy Merton we identify the most able students in all subjects, across all three Key Stages.

How does the Academy identify Gifted and Talented students?

Subject leaders will identify students in November and May based on their current performance in each subject/cross curricular skill. Students who meet the subject criteria will be added to the Subject G&T register. Students who are identified in three or more subjects, including a core subject, will then be added to our whole school G&T register.  

What does HAM do to support the Gifted and Talented learners?

At Harris Academy Merton we are committed to enabling all children to achieve their potential.  The Gifted and Talented programme is aimed at promoting excellence in every area. Depending on the student’s specific needs this will include:

  • Entitlement to an education which offers stretch and challenge

  • Work at higher cognitive levels than that of their peers

  • Opportunities to develop specific skills or talents

  • A concern for the whole child – social and intellectual 

What are the Opportunities and Events for Gifted & Talented?

There are many opportunities for Gifted and Talented students’ including:

  • BBC Schools News report

  • Literacy, Numeracy and Sports Leaders

  • Year 7 Residential

  • Battle of the Brains Federation Competition

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Gareth Holden

Cross Curricular Strand Leader for G&T




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