At Scissett Middle School we want our pupils to believe that it is 'cool to be clever' and to strive to achieve their full potential. We encourage the pursuit of excellence in academic and practical work as well as in sporting and cultural activities. We celebrate achievement. We address the needs of the Gifted and Talented pupils at Scissett Middle School by focusing on classroom arrangements such as setting, streaming and extension opportunities. Our aim is to provide the support and challenge necessary to help pupils develop their full potential.Many schools address the needs of Gifted and Talented children solely in the classroom but at Scissett Middle School we pride ourselves on our creativity and the extra-curricular opportunities we offer.
In the last year our Gifted & Talented Pupils have taken part in:
- In October a number of Year 6 and 7 pupils attended an event for schools run by the Ilkley Literature Festival. The children were fortunate enough to hear a talk by the accomplished Australian children's author Morris Glietzman and be involved in a question and answer session.
- In March pupils were able to participate in the Kirklees schools literary quiz at Huddersfield Town Hall alongside over 40 teams from across the authority. Both Scissett teams did well with each pupil winning a book after coming first in a round of the quiz.
- As part of the Kirklees and Calderdale Page turners Children's Literature Festival the school hosted an event attended by the popular children's author Penny Dolan. Penny introduced her latest novel, A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E., to 65 Year 6 and Year 7 pupils and answered questions in a lively and thoroughly enjoyable session.
- On the 24th April all year 8 Gifted and Talented Musicians attended a music technology workshop. They were given the chance to develop their skills, using sequencing software to create a piece of dance music.
- The Science, Maths and Technology departments continue to collaborate to offer STEM Club, giving G&T pupils the opportunity to apply skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
- In March a number of Year 8 pupils visited Leeds University to attend the annual science festival.
- The Science department also organised for a team of pupils to enter into the Salter's Festival of Chemistry, an annual Science competition at Leeds University.
- The Arts Award has been expanded(a scheme accredited towards Art GCSE) with year 6 and 7 pupils joining year 8 pupils in creating and displaying some outstanding work.
- In Sport, talented pupils have had a number of opportunities to represent our school in sporting fixtures at both local and regional levels.
- 19 pupils recently represented Kirklees in the West Yorkshire Youth Games. Individual and team successes are recognised using display noticeboards with a high number of pupils featuring on the ‘Future Stars’ board.
- Many pupils in school are currently participating in National and International sporting events.
- In the Autumn term, Adele Greenleaf worked with a group of G&T pupils to produce Christmas cards to be sold at the school Xmas fair, Using a variety of techniques such as Batik, Tie Dye, Screen Printing and Silk Painting.
- Take part in French immersion days designed to enable pupils to explore a more creative approach to French, working alongside native French speakers.
- Year 8 G&T pupils were trained as Literacy and Numeracy Mentors for our Year 6 pupils.
- A new generation of Young Leaders will be trained to help organise and run extra-curricular activities.
- The list of opportunities is extensive, as are the possibilities for us to develop our provision.