We encourage every boy at Thorpe House to achieve his full potential academically, creatively or in sport, but for those who are exceptional in a particular field we run a gifted and talented programme.
A boy may be gifted or talented in many ways. He may be academically gifted in all or just one area of the curriculum; he may be a talented musician, sportsman or actor. When we have identified a child who is gifted or talented we put a programme in place to develop and nurture those talents or gifts.
If a boy excels in a particular sport, there is a structure in place to develop his skills further by putting him forward for county trials. We have a number of talented sportsmen who compete at county, district and national level. If a boy excels in music, he is encouraged to learn one or more instruments so he can continue to nurture that talent. Talented musicians are encouraged to join county orchestras, choirs and IAPS orchestras so they can perform with similarly talented pupils from different schools.
There are also similar ways for talented pupils to develop their talents in other extra-curricular activities. For example, boys who excel at drama are encouraged to join the Thorpe House public speaking team. For boys who excel academically there is a range of classroom extension activities designed to challenge and extend their learning. Gifted boys are also encouraged to take part in competitions at both a local and national level.
In conjunction with St Mary’s School and Robertswood School, Thorpe House also runs a gifted and talented programme for Years 3 – 6 which gives small groups of boys the opportunity to join pupils from other schools and take part in workshops which focus on their particular curriculum strength.