Nailsea School aims to meet the educational needs of all its students and values academic excellence. We believe our most Able and Talented students should be challenged and stretched to meet their expectations and goals.

To ensure Nailsea students’ needs as individuals are specifically catered for, students are identified with provisions put in place to monitor and support their progress and achievement. Moreover, research also suggests that extending the learning and achievements of the top 5-10% of students has a beneficial impact on standards overall.

At Nailsea School, students that are Identified as most Able and Talented are those who are within the top 5-10% within curriculum areas (in line with national standards e.g. students who may attain Level 8/9 at GCSE).

In each curriculum page on the website, you will find a MAT charter (see the More Able and Talented Indicators section in each subject) outlining how the department identifies MAT students, how they are supported in lessons and what can be done at home to support a More Able student.

As part of the More Able & Talented programme, and to extend a love for learning across the school our ‘Lunchtime Lectures’ programme was developed and continues to be held on Friday lunchtimes in the auditorium.

Visit each subject page in the curriculum pages of this website to view a comprehensive list of More Able & Talented Indicators.

  • They can think quickly and accurately
  • They work systematically
  • They are creative
  • They can process unfamiliar information and apply previous knowledge and their own insights
  • They are diligent and determined
  • They show empathy and sensitivity
  • They make sound judgements
  • They can be outstanding leaders
  • They can be fascinated by or passionate about a particular subject or topic.
  • Primary teacher referral through primary liaison protocols
  • KS2 scores
  • KS3 baseline testing
  • CATs scores
  • Curriculum referral based on specific criteria / dispositions being demonstrated (based against subject specific measures).
  • Information from external agencies