At Outwood Academy Hemsworth we believe that the learning of all of our students should be personalised, leaving students challenged, inspired and empowered by their learning. All of our classrooms should be engaging and inspiring places to learn. We know that students learn in different ways, and our teachers accommodate these different learning styles in their lessons.
Able, gifted and talented learners are those students who show an outstanding ability in one specific subject or across a selection of subjects within the academy community. Our most able students are identified and monitored, to ensure they are suitably stretched and are moving towards reaching their maximum potential, in and out of the classroom.
Most able students will achieve, or have the potential to achieve, at the highest levels in comparison with children at a similar age or stage in their education. Within the classroom, teachers stretch and challenge the pupils, helping students achieve their potential and develop key life skills.
Our curriculum is designed to enable students to fast-track as appropriate, or opt for enrichment activities, giving the opportunity to broaden and extend knowledge and skills. Outside of the classroom, the academy provides activities and experiences to extend its most able pupils. This could be as part of the extensive enrichment programme, which is offered to all students, or through specific activities, such as visits to universities and by outside speakers. The most able students are encouraged to develop leadership or mentoring roles within the classroom and within the whole academy e.g. taking positions in the Student Council.
Parents and carers are asked to inform the academy about talents or aptitudes of their children and to encourage them to participate in extra-curricular activities both in and out of the academy.