Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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Gifted and Talented

At Chestnut Grove Academy, we are commited to providing an environment which encourages all students to maximise their potential. Gifted and Talented provision is a growing department, aimed specifically at students identified as Gifted and Talented. However, we are inclusive and our goal is to raise achievement across Chestnut Grove Academy. If you would like to find out more about Gifted and Talented at Chestnut Grove Academy, please see the Gifted and Talented policy or contact Mr Bedford.


Gifted students are identified as being in the top 5% of students within their year group for mean CAT4 scores.

Talented students are identified by teachers and Heads of Departments as having particular ability or potential to achieve in their subjects. Students in our subject specialist cohort are automatically enrolled as “talented” in art or languages. Other subjects will select their “subject stars” by November of each year.

To recognise students who develop at different rates to others, the identification of students with gifts and talents is a continuous process. These students may have excellence recognised through a balance of different approaches (Appendix 1):

  • Subject area nominations
  • Assessment results
  • SENCo nominations
  • Gifted and Talents Coordinator nominations
  • Parental consultation

Gifted and Talented Provision

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