Gifted & Talented

Mrs. Booth is responsible for teaching and learning and educational standards across the whole school, and as such she will be ensuring that all children are appropriately differentiated for, thus enabling them to excel and make excellent progress across all of their chosen wide ranging subject choices.

What does Gifted & Talented mean?

‘Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains of human ability: intellectual, creative, social and physical. Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance.’  Françoys Gagné

Gagne’s key word is potential, as he like Moorland believes in the power of environmental factors, that being naturally academically intelligent is not enough; as a child needs support and guidance to achieve his or her gifted potential. Supporting and encouraging gifted children is exactly where home and school must come together in partnership to support key interests and talents.

We believe that if we fail to identify gifted and talented (G&T) students, then we potentially risk damaging our children who could feel stagnated and unchallenged by a rigid scheme of work. This could result in students becoming disengaged, sitting well below the attainment radar, and not working close to their predicted GCSE potential, as well as the potential risk of disregarding further higher education.

Giftedness is not necessarily found in attainment or in steady progress through the top of the level bands, or in exam results, and cognitive testing, IQ scores do not automatically equate with achievement.

Sadly, in our experience many schools often ignore the needs of students with exceptional potential, or miss the under-achieving gifted child due to inadequate identification and pressure on resources. We cannot afford to assume that G&T students will be all right, are easy to spot, just need more work, and that they do not need the nourishment that other SEN students require.

Moorland School values the G&T child and we take seriously our responsibilities to provide them with the appropriate academic.

Moorland School uses various methods to ensure that G&T students are fully supported, and these include:

  1. Differentiation – Adapted resources and dynamic teaching styles to suit the different learning styles.
  2. Mentoring – Students allocated Mentors in Key Stage 4 to support their GCSE’s & BTEC programmes
  3. Master Classes – These are free additional support classes usually offered to Year 11 students after school between the hours of 4pm to 5pm. Teachers give up of their time to support topic weaknesses and to improve upon examination techniques and practice.
  4. Homework – This is set every evening, as this helps to reinforce learning, and establishes topic understanding, and identifies areas of support and teacher intervention. The regular marking of students books and homework’s also helps to inform a teachers planning.
  5. Acceleration – Some students are capable of taking certain GCSE’s earlier, and beginning further advanced studies which will support their A-Level intentions.
  6. Supported Independent Learning – Students may with the support of teachers and parents decide to extend their own learning within in certain topics of study, this can also me fully supported through the school’s intranet Edmodo.
  7. Competitions – This encourages students to compete, and to strive for success and recognition. A good example of this would be our recent debating successes in 2018, which has seen students flourishing, growing in confidence and gaining new life skills.

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Life at Moorland

Moving Daniel from the local comprehensive school during the Easter of Year 8 was the best decision we have ever made. Prior to Moorland, Daniel felt sick every morning and made himself ill, making every excuse not to go to school as he didn’t feel like he fitted in and he always said he didn’t feel safe. Dan was quiet and withdrawn, walking stooped with his head looking at the floor. Since coming to Moorland, Dan is a confident young man who loves going to school and walks tall. Now when Dan is unwell we have to force him to stay at home!

As a family we cannot thank all the staff enough for the opportunites Dan gets and the way he loves learning now. Dan also completed his first ever voluntary school trip abroad skiing with Moorland in Year 9. This for us as a family was hugely significant, as he is such a home bird and we were so happy that he loved the experience.

We chose Moorland as it is small and our experience is that the staff know Dan intimately so that they are able to encourage, support and motivate him to get him to achieve his best potential. On the Moorland School buses it says ensuring every child comes home happy. Dan definitely comes home happy.


The Fletcher Family Year 9 Parent

From the beginning of identifying a boarding school for both our children, not only have they flourished academically, with the help and assistance of all teachers and the pastoral staff they’ve helped to nurture them to become successful, polite and confident young children.  The pastoral care is second to none, living approx. 3000 miles away this is reassuring to know that their wellbeing is just as important as the academic side of things.  We as parents would happily encourage parents if looking for a private education for their children to look no further than Moorland School.


The Branch Family Year 9 & 12 Parents

Both our daughters attended Moorland Private School from year 7 and have thoroughly enjoyed their school life here. Initially contacting the school as our eldest daughter was experiencing a lack of confidence at her previous primary school, she has developed into a resilient, mature, self-aware young woman, becoming Head Girl at Moorland in Year 11.

The Moorland teaching staff are very friendly, approachable and passionate about their subject. It is clear to see a feeling of mutual respect between staff and pupil around the school. Due to smaller class sizes, teachers are able to provide individual support in class and are also available outside of class for extra support in person and through the online learning system, Edmodo. The timetable was developed to take account of their individual preferences, subject combinations and higher levels of study. It has been very pleasing to see our girls enjoying their academic studies and taking ownership of their own learning, completing independent study and wider reading to pursue their academic interest and career aims. As a College Lecturer myself, I realise the importance of these skills to maximise their potential through Sixth Form and University life.


The Spence Family Year 10 & 11 Parents

Right from the start, Moorland School was the right choice for our children. My daughter and my son joined Moorland in 2007.

They are happy when they go to school and they are happy when they come home, therefore they are achieving great results and we are very proud of them.

Pastoral care is embedded within the School and all the pupils’ needs are carefully accounted for. Communication is way beyond what we would normally expect, we have direct email addresses to all teaching and admin staff, giving us 24/7 access to the School.

We feel an important part of the Moorland Family and they are an important part of ours, and as a consequence we are very proud to be raising outstanding children with good hearts.


The Burby Family Year 10 Parents

Our children started their Moorland journey 7 years ago, and it has proved to be the best move we could have made.  Both Dominic and Gabrielle were made to feel right at home from day one.

We have seen the School go from strength to strength, whilst not losing the ‘family’ feel and their core values. Dominic achieved 11 GCSEs at Grade C and above, way above what previous schools were telling us he was capable of.

Gabrielle still attends Moorland, and we continue to see her flourish with the support of the caring teaching team and school staff.  Gabrielle is encouraged by her teachers, and afforded their complete time, support and energy.  The latter helps her confidences in the social and academic sense.

As a family, it is paramount to know that your children are safe, happy and reaching their true potential.  At Moorland, we know that this is truly the case for our children.


The Cheetham Family Year 10 Parents

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