Those of us who work at Wallingford feel lucky to have such a healthy cross-section of the community to teach. Part of this good fortune is the privilege of working with many academically gifted children.
They often challenge us but love learning and so enhance the joy of our vocation.
At times, though, it is easy to take for granted the interests of youngsters who progress relatively easily without attracting attention.
This strikes us as wrong and we are keen to avoid it at our school.
The programme has had time, money and expertise directed towards it.
The aim is for it to be significant, long-standing and comprehensive.
It is a tangible and central element in a gifted student’s experience of Wallingford. The programme is designed to ensure students enjoy their education, feel challenged and learn to value their gifts.
There is also an intention to ensure that when they sit down for an interview in their final year at school they come across as intelligent, confident, interesting and knowledgeable.
For this to be the case their time at Wallingford should be tailored to suit their needs and potential.
An initiative such as this will always prove contentious, most usually with those who do not qualify. We do not seek to cause upset but feel that, now we have begun to look at it, not to offer this support would be wrong.
Our hope is that the most gifted young people in this part of the world will feel just as lucky that they are at Wallingford as we do.
If you feel this may apply in your child’s case please ask for a copy of our separate Gifted Prospectus or download it here.Go back