Gifted and Talented Policy

Toot Hill School Music Department is committed to meeting the educational needs of all its pupils by providing an environment which encourages them to maximise their potential and develop their talents and abilities to the full. We aim to promote high expectation, strong self-esteem and excellent achievement.

High expectations are held by both our classroom teachers and peripatetic staff. Students’ self- esteem is nurtured by the many individual and small group lessons that take place in the department. Successful concert performances, by well over 100 students at each of our bi-annual concerts, also play a big part in building confidence amongst our talented students. Musical productions are fundamental to confidence building, discovering hidden talent and extending our talented students.  For example, the school’s 2015 production of West Side Story at the Newark Palace Theatre.

Our extensive extra curricular programme allows opportunity for every student, regardless of their specific musical talent, to develop and extend themselves to the full. For our most able musicians our Folk Band  and Big Band take regular bookings by the public.

Students are encouraged to reach their full potential by being provided with the right amount of challenge in the classroom. Stretch and extend activities are provided for every topic at KS3 and GCSE and A level work is constantly scrutinised and revisited  with a view to achieving the best possible grades in every area. 

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