Gifted and Talented

Loreto College promotes an excellent ethos of high expectation which permeates throughout all aspects of the school, nurturing the belief that all can succeed in an atmosphere of the school’s core values of Freedom, Justice, Sincerity, Truth and Joy. We aim to fulfil the hope of our Foundress that “women in time to come will do much” (Mary Ward, 1617).

We aim to provide the following:

  • Provide a more challenging experience for Gifted and Talented pupils in all subject areas
  • Ensure that all Gifted and Talented pupils are provided with support to nurture their abilities
  • Provide additional learning experiences to develop, extend and enhance their abilities
  • Ensure staff are equipped to recognise and effectively cater for Gifted and Talented pupils.
  • Lessons that stimulate, engage, challenge, inform, excite and encourage through partnership and dialogue with teachers and other students and active participation in the lesson.


  • “Gifted” learners are those who have very high abilities or potential in one or more subjects in the school curriculum other than Art, Design, Music and PE.
  • “Talented” learners are those who have very high abilities or potential in Art, Design, Music, PE or performing arts such as Dance or Drama.

Some pupils may also display excellent leadership or enterprise potential.

How do we identify Gifted and Talented pupils?

  • Information provided by feeder primary schools
  • Aptitude tests taken by pupils upon entry to Loreto
  • Results in Key Stage 2 and 3 tests, GCSE exams
  • Teacher nomination
  • Parent nomination

The school has compiled a Register of all Gifted and Talented pupils, comprising approximately 10%-15% of pupils in each year group. This is used to inform planning and teaching. We recognise that some pupils who are exceptionally able (top 5% nationally) will also need support for their specific abilities and needs. Individual Departments also keep an up-to-date list of students who show particular interest and aptitude in their specific curriculum area, without necessarily fitting into the Gifted and Talented mould and opportunities are made available to these students depending on; availability, interests or even desired career.

Examples of events which Gifted and Talented pupils may be invited to take part in:

Year 9 pupils worked with the Cleaner Streets charity to plan and lead the School’s ‘Free Your Feet Week’. This also involved assisting the Charity in a coffee morning at Ss Alban and Stephen Primary School.

Year 10 students are taking part in Ministry of Defence crisis management challenge.

Sixth Form students have the opportunity to attend Eton Summer Schools, Oxbridge Master Classes and Taster days.