Gifted and Talented

At Clifton High there are girls and boys of outstanding academic ability and those whose talents lie in the creative or sporting fields. It is our aim to provide a stimulating and satisfying education for each of these pupils and to make available resources for developing and encouraging their particular abilities. 

The Gifted and Talented programme offers pupils access to a rich variety of opportunities which lead them beyond the curriculum. The Enhanced Learning Department oversees and co-ordinates the programme ensuring that the appropriate pupils are invited to join.

Nursery School to Year 6

  • A rich and varied curriculum is provided in the classroom with plenty of opportunities for extension activities
  • Trips, speakers and workshops
  • Access to enrichment courses at Kilve Court

Year 7 to Year 13

The Scholars’ Forum

Meeting every half term, the Scholars’ Forum - organised by our senior academic scholars - aims to provide all pupils with an insight into the working world. Invited speakers from the wider community share information with pupils about possible careers and opportunities that may be available after university.

The Podium

A programme of events in particular for our talented sportsmen and women who play at county standard or above. These pupils receive a sports badge to recognise their achievements and meet as a group several times throughout the year to share ideas and experiences on topics such as 'dealing with anxiety in sport'. We also have guest speakers who come to talk about their experiences and inspire the group.

Additional Opportunities

Pupils are also provided with a wide range of opportunities by Senior School departments in specific subjects. These often include:

  • Extra-curricular clubs giving pupils the opportunity to experience the subject beyond the normal curriculum
  • Entry into local and national competitions, individually and as part of a team
  • Trips within the UK and abroad, such as sports tours or language exchanges
  • Day visits, such as to a theatre or museum
  • Extension work and activities within lessons
  • Inviting outside visitors to inspire and act as mentors

Sixth Form 

The advanced level curriculum allows for able, gifted and talented students to be challenged and extended. Even more opportunities are provided by subject departments at this level which often include developing leadership skills within the Sixth Form and throughout the school.

Kilve Court

We also recommend the excellent enrichment courses run by Kilve Court. More information is available on their website: