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Whitworth Community High School

Climbing Higher

Able, Gifted and Talented

Provision for able, gifted and talented students is an integral part of the teaching and learning that takes place at Whitworth Community High School. All teachers are teachers of the Most Able, and providing for their needs is a whole school responsibility. Thus every teacher is responsible for recognising the needs of Most Able students and ensuring that they are afforded subject-specific teaching strategies to enable them to climb higher towards their academic potential.


The objective of our AGT programme is to: 

  • ensure students recognise they are gifted and talented. 
  • ensure students capitalise on opportunities.
  • raise the aspirations of the most able students at WCHS so that they feel that they can confidently apply to Russell Group Universities or higher level technical opportunities

e.g. degree apprenticeships, higher apprenticeships and school leaver programs.


Some of the opportunities provided to our AGT students are listed below:

  • Brilliant Club
    • A current PhD student from a University mentors students, helping them to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress to the most competitive universities. 
  • Careers
    • Working with our Careers lead, our AGT students receive bespoke careers advice throughout the year. This includes helping to identify future careers, finding the steps to get there and placing students into ‘career groups’ for mentoring.   
  • Meet the Professionals 
    • We invite industry professionals who are leaders in their field to speak to our students to present what they do and our AGT students have an extensive Q&A session with them including:
      • Biomedical scientist 
      • Space engineer 
      • Journalist  
  • Pathways  
    • Establish an aspirational pathway for our students by inviting The Oxbridge Universities and Rochdale 6th Form College to speak to our students about how to improve future prospects. 
  • Progress Review
    • Using the progress data each term, we review progress and establish an action plan alongside students using SMART target setting to ensure students are achieving the highest grades.     
  • Vision Dashboard
    • Help students to identify and present, including where they want to be in the future, a plan of how to get there, barriers of carrying out the plan and the help and support needed to remove those barriers.


We provide an exciting, challenging, vibrant curriculum to enable every student will reach their full potential. Each department monitors the progress of students and secures their progress by ensuring appropriate challenge and support in the classroom as well as enriching experiences. In addition, every Curriculum area provides a provision map of enrichment opportunities for students and evaluates its impact on students' attainment and progress. The strategies used by each subject is set out below:


Whitworth Community High School,
Hall Fold, Whitworth, Rossendale,
Lancashire, OL12 8TS