Gifted and Talented


RHSC places particular emphasis on making sure its most able pupils and students achieve to their full potential.


The school does not, in general, enter pupils early for GCSE examinations. We know that top universities want students with grades A* or A at GCSE. Inappropriate early entry can, therefore, significantly harm a pupil's prospects.


However, where we are confident a pupil will gain an A* we will enter him / her early. For instance, we have a Year 8 pupil who gained an A* grade in GCSE mathematics in 2012.


In order to stretch the most able
  • pupils are set in some subjects at the start of Year 7 and in nearly all subjects by the start of Year 8.
  • pupils that arrive at school with Level 5s are tracked and their performance carefully monitored.
  • lessons are designed to stretch the most able and teacher expectations are high.


In addition, the most able are given numerous other opportunities to develop their skills:

  • writing for the school magazine
  • participating in debates
  • acting as international ambassadors
  • participating in a whole range of opportunities to travel abroad
  • participation in music, cultural and sporting activities


RHSC has a member of staff with particular responsibility for monitoring and supporting the progress of the most able pupils.