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Most Able, Gifted and Exceptional

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This area of the website is devoted to the development of Most Able and Gifted (MAG) and Exceptional student activities within the school.

In 2011 Bitterne Park School was awarded the NACE award. This means that our provision for Gifted and Talented students is exemplary. A group of assessors looked in detail at what we do on a daily basis for all Gifted and Talented students. We became only the 45th Secondary School in England and Wales to achieve the NACE award. In June 2014 we were again inspected and were reaccredited with the award for a second time. We continue to work closely with NACE to ensure that we provide high quality provision to our most able learners.

‘NACE, National Association for Able Children in Education, has specialised in supporting Teachers in providing teaching and learning for able, gifted and talented students since 1983’. NACE exists solely to support the daily work of teachers providing for students with high abilities whilst enabling all students to flourish.

Please click here to access our Able, Gifted and Talented Statement.

The Able, Gifted & Talented co-ordinator for the school is Miss Kathryn Broom. Each subject and department has a representative who monitors the progress of MAG and Exceptional students.

Throughout the school year we regularly review and update our registers. However, you may wish to nominate your child as having a particular gift or talent. In order to do this please complete a parental nomination form which can be downloaded from this site.


At Bitterne Park we identify our Most Able students in two main ways:


Students on the MAG register are identified by Key Stage 2 SATS results. They form the top 10% of each year group based on combined English and Maths scores at the end of Year 6. These students’ progress will be closely monitored by the A, G and T coordinator and department heads throughout their school careers.

MAG students will be provided with a MAG badge.


Students may be nominated for the Exceptional register if they demonstrate a particular talent or gift in a certain subject area or for exceptionally high attainment within a subject. Each Department has their own criteria to nominate students in that subject. Teacher/subject nominations are found on the termly IAG reports. Nominations provide a regular update into which subject a student has a particularly high ability in. Students will then be offered specific enrichment opportunities in those subjects.

Students may also be nominated as Exceptional for excelling in a particular area outside of school e.g. county sports star or regional chess player. Other qualities such as leadership, decision making and critical/creative thinking are also taken into account when identifying gifted and talented students.

It is possible to have more than one Exceptional nomination.

Exceptional students will also receive a badge.

Should you have any further questions regarding the identification of our Most Able and Talented students, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Kathryn Broom.