The King's (The Cathedral) School

  • Welcome to our school

    Welcome to The King’s School. We are proud of our long-standing history and tradition going back to 1541 and embrace everything the modern world has to offer, as we look towards the future. We value, and strive to encourage, individual academic success, alongside musical, cultural and sporting achievements, within the Christian family ethos, which is central to everything we do. Our aim is to be “A Family Achieving Excellence”.  Read More

  • Music at King's

    We enjoy a deserved reputation for musical excellence.  As The Cathedral School, we educate the Peterborough Cathedral Choristers; the School benefits not only from their professionalism but also from the talents and enthusiasm of so many other able musicians, who perform in an extensive range of orchestras, choirs, bands and ensembles  in school, in the wider community of  Peterborough and on tour abroad.  Read More

  • Sport at King's

    We are committed to breadth and quality within Physical Education; it helps develop self-esteem, dignity and respect for all members of our community.  It is crucial to students’ personal development, and plays a significant role in our curricular and extra-curricular life. Read More

  • Teaching & Learning

    Central to every student's progress is the quality of Teaching & Learning. We aim to offer excellence both in the classroom and within a King’s education in its broadest sense, combining the best of modern thinking and technological developments with strategies which have stood the test of time, to prepare our young people to go out with confidence and enthusiasm to face the challenges of today’s world. Read More

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Gifted & Talented

The King’s (The Cathedral) School is committed to supporting all our students. Each year teachers identify and update a register on those students who show a particular gift or talent within their curriculum area. They use subject specific criteria to help make their judgements as accurately as possible. This will typically result in ten per cent of any teaching group being identified in any one area.

 

If your son or daughter is identified as having a particular gift of talent in a subject area you will receive a letter that identifies which subjects this covers. Students are then able to register with a number of organisations which exist to provide help, advice, activity days etc.

 

Excellence East Logo‘Excellence East’ is a partnership of experienced educational professionals that specialises in supporting the education of students with high ability. It is aimed specifically at higher ability learners and their parents, carers and teachers. We would recommend you joining their website www.excellenceeast.org.uk, it offers a range of exciting courses, activity days, online resources, links to other websites and plenty of interesting case study materials from schools across the region. It also provides links to Cambridge University and the University of East Anglia who are keen to develop links with schools and they run exciting and challenging programmes for Able, Gifted and Talented young people. Their aim is to expand students’ horizons and learn more about their subject areas within a university environment. Students will have an opportunity to work alongside experts as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students, the opportunities available include subject taster days, Master Classes and Discover Days, there is also an opportunity for students to join discussion forums, and to gain sponsorship.

 

NAGC logoYou may also access information regarding able, gifted and talented education opportunities is the NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) www.nagcbritain.org.uk. This is an independent charity that works with the whole family to support the child who is gifted and talented.

 

There is also the recently formed Peterborough Learning Partnership website has information on activities within the local area for the more able student.

 

Within school G&T activities are varied, from external trips/lectures, after school events and Master Classes, through to additional activities within curriculum areas. This year (2011/12) as some of you may already know we have launched the learning commission to enhance teaching and learning through the school by creating greater collaborative opportunities between teachers and students. This is proving to be very successful and it is envisaged that some of the G&T students will be selected to develop and work with teachers in specific subject areas.

 

The school has funding available to support students taking part in activities either run by the school or identified by the students themselves from various G&T websites. Students can enquire about applying for funding for an out of school activity, course or workshop that is linked to the identified G&T by contacting Mrs Amps.

 

A summary of events will appear on the G&T calendar which will be updated regularly with news of courses and workshops. However, we hope that students who have been identified will be proactive in their approach and show independent skills to investigate opportunities that are outside of the school environment.

 

Within lessons students are being given regular opportunities to complete tasks that will stretch all abilities. This may be through the type of questions being asked, open tasks that allow a range of responses, or by completing slightly different homework tasks. Finally, it is important to note that we do not believe ability and potential is fixed, students should be encouraged to build on the aptitudes they have already shown.

 

If you have any questions regarding the Gifted and Talented provision please contact:

Mrs Alison Amps

(SLT/AST Teaching and Learning/G&T Coordinator)