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Excellence in Gifted & Talented

At Henley-in-Arden School, we have a dedicated member of staff leading on Gifted and Talented progression. Students with particular gifts and talents are identified immediately in Year 7 and are stretched and challenged by aspirational targets for rapid and sustained progression in lessons throughout their time with us. Additionally, students are able to access a whole host of extended curriculum opportunities - see below.


What does 'gifted' mean?

'Gifted' describes children with the academic ability or potential to develop significantly ahead of their peers:

  • 'Gifted' learners are those with abilities in one or more academic subjects, such as mathematics, Ancient History or English.

Gifted students at Henley-in-Arden School are able to access Mensa challenges, the UK Mathematics Challenge, the Accelerated Reader Programme, and a number of STEM-focused activities. Additionally, in Key Stage 4, they are able to engage with the Scholars' Programme/The Brilliant Club, which gives them access to university lecturers, having their work 'classified' according to undergraduate mark-schemes and a graduation ceremony at a top, UK university. Previous ceremonies have been held at Cambridge, Birmingham and Nottingham universities.


Gifted students investigating robotics in a STEM session


What does 'talented' mean?

'Talented' describes children with technical, musical, artistic, performance or sporting ability who develop significantly ahead of their peers.

  • 'Talented' learners are those who have practical skills in areas such as sport, music, design or creative and performing arts.
  • Skills and attributes such as leadership, decision-making and organisation are also be taken into account.


Excellence in the arts - we are a Specialist Performing Arts School

As a specialist Performing Arts School, students have a wide range of opportunities to take part in the arts. We have Arts Mark Gold, in recognition of our Outstanding provision in the Arts. All students study Music, Drama and Dance at Key Stage 3 and are able to take these subjects in Key Stage 4. Our talented students excel and many go onto professional careers in the arts. Students have access to our fully rigged technical suite, dance studio, drama studio, performance theatre, music studio with Apple Mac computers and outdoor ampitheatre. We also have strong links with local professional companies and theatres, including the RSC and Palace Theatre.

This year, students have performed in the Shakespeare Schools' Fesitval at a professional theatre, the National Schools' Dance Competition in Birmingham, and they performed both the musical, The Wizard of Oz and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest; not to mention many, many more musical and dance showcases at school events!

Recent Henley-in-Arden School alumnus Connor Ball (far right)
with his internationally successful band, 'The Vamps'.



A school for Sporting Excellence.


Henley-in-Arden's school's Physical Education department has a vast array of opportunities available for students with exceptional talent. We have a number of students currently with professional football academies, are county-league winners in football and rugby and our equestrian club goes from strength-to-strength. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is available to enhance application to Sixth Form and beyond with this award that is highly valued by admissions departments.


Henley-in-Arden School's Equestrian Club. Click here.



Is my child gifted or talented?

If you think your child is gifted or talented, you should discuss their abilities and needs with the Progress Leader - Aim Higher.