Academy Trust

Exmouth Community College
Most Able, Gifted and Talented
“All of us do not have equal talent but all of us should
have an equal opportunity to develop our talent”
J.F. Kennedy

At Exmouth Community College our central ethos is encapsulated in “Achievement for All”  This means that our most able students are encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential.

The work to enable these students to achieve their full potential begins with identifying those young people who are highly able, gifted and or talented.  We then provide opportunities for extended learning and enrichment.  We use intervention and mentoring if under achievement is identified.  ( Please contact Mr Williamson at the college for more details)

All of the college staff take their responsibility for supporting highly able, gifted and talented students very seriously. However, of equal importance is the support and development which students receive at home.

The following links will provide parents and carers with information and ideas to develop a child’s talents and enthusiasm outside of college.

Students at Exmouth Community College are identified as Most Able using a number of techniques. Students who arrive at the College in Year 7 with particularly high Key Stage 2 SATs results are classed as Most Able by the Department for Education, and also by the College until they sit their GCSE examinations in Year 11. However, where Key Stage 2 SATs are not a good measure of ability, each department also uses it's own performance measures and teacher judgements to highlight Subject Gifted and Talented students who are offered the same opportunities for stretch. This process is performed annually to ensure that we are continuously challenging our Most Able students to fulfil their potential.

This organisation runs events and seminars. Nace has literature to advise teachers and parents regarding the support of able young people.

Encourage your child to read the latest news on science and technology, culture and current affairs.  Refer also to BBC Bite size

A great free source of inspiration.


Cambridge Step Maths run courses for the brightest students, who want to study Maths and related subjects at university. Our courses expose them to challenging problems and show them how to think about each problem from a different angle, to solve it much more easily! Students will learn new theory and be shown how to apply it in a variety of contexts. Our courses are very interactive and a must for anyone who is hoping to study Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science or Natural Sciences at a top university.

Cambridge STEP Maths Preparation Courses

Klive enrichment courses are designed for able and gifted students.  Kilve Court enrichment courses are residential courses run by an external organisation, and ECC has nothing to do with the organisation or delivery of them.  Parents are directed to the Kilvecourt website if they need more information or wish to book courses.

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These are photos from textiles club run by Emma Williams in Technology for Year 8 Most Able students.  Students had to design and make their own tie dye fashion.

Textiles Tie Dye Fashion!





Holly Penzer



Sarah Souter



Matt Wagner



Julie Munday



Julia Boswell



Kelly Denham-Reid



Lucy Ayres



Jez Turner



Paul Stock



Chris Mooney



Martin Miller


Media and B.TEC

John Panton



Louisa Jubb



Laura Hodgkinson

Laura Hodgkinson@exmouth


Lisa Lowe



Gary Bowen


The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school pupils.  Reports of our involvement will be shown on the Home and Recent News pages

Maths Challenge

Read about Gifted and Talented students in this edition of the College magazine

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Year 7 Students Investigate Sustainable Transport

An enthusiastic and industrious group of Gifted and Able Year 7 students had the opportunity to work with Sustrans and the Geography department this week. Sustrans are a charity that promotes green, sustainable travel within communities and, over three sessions, the Year 7 students worked with Sustrans staff to learn more about how better transport methods might be encouraged. They viewed streets from various locations to assess the strengths and weaknesses of those places in terms of whether people would feel happy and safe to use those streets. In the following session, the streets around the Green Close site were visited and assessed and, in the final session, the students had the chance to explain their findings to a Sustrans engineer and to propose their own solutions for improving the "feel" of the streets in our area.

Sustrans kept the designs and will share them with Devon County Council and, who knows - maybe some of their ideas might become colourful reality somewhere near you soon?

From Rachel Manning, Sustrans
“I just wanted to say what a great time I had in Exmouth College this week. The students in the group were brilliant and engaged the whole time coming up with some excellent points. After we left yesterday Patrick also said what a great group they had been and how much he enjoyed the session. A testament to your school!”

Parents of Most Able students can download a guide produced by the independent education organisation NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education). It provides insight into how schools provide for Most Able students and guides parents as to the part they can play in developing their children's skills and talents.

LINX SUMMER 2017.pdf


Students Attend STEMFEST

A group of talented Year 8 students were lucky to attend STEMFESt recently.

STEM= Science Engineering Maths Technology

They had a stimulating and interesting time which was designed to not only educate but also to inspire young people to consider these areas for their future careers.

Brooke Bradley Selected for England International Squad

It has been confirmed that Brooke Bradley, Year 13 student, has been named as a member of the England ladies full international rugby squad for the November Internationals.

This is a massive achievement. We have a full International sports performer studying at our college! Something to be proud of indeed. Well done Brooke: we wish you the best of luck as a rugby international!

Gifted and Talented students from Year 7 and 8 enjoyed a session on how the body uses energy. The connections between the brain, the lungs, the nervous system and muscles were explored using the students as the various parts of the body who had to react given certain body scenarios.

Not only was this an enjoyable and demonstrative manner in which to learn it also helped the students bond as a team. Mr Williamson, the coordinator for Gifted and Talented students at the college (Aspire) was also roped in as an example!

Thanks to Eon energy for sponsoring this experience.

Gifted and Talented Students Enjoy Interactive Learning

Gifted and talented year 9 Science students have been to Newquay to watch the testing of Bloodhound SSC. The students watched Andy Green use the car's jet engine to accelerate to over 185mph. They also saw the car up close, as well as listen to Andy Green chat to the engineers who designed and built the car.

The Bloodhound team will eventually take the car to South Africa where they hope to beat the world land speed record and reach an astonishing 1000mph!

Gifted and Talented Scientists Witness Historic Test Run

College Scientists are Top of the Bench

On Wednesday 13th December the College once again sent a team of Most Able students to Exeter University for the prestigious Top of the Bench competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The team was comprised of Tegan Fergusun (Year 11), Lukas Gmyrek (Year 10), Sophie Lock (Year 9) and Harry Horn (Year 9). By lunchtime all of the students had worked well as a team to determine the vitamin C content of various foods by titration, and finishing ahead of other schools, and applying problem solving to determine a numerical value for the foods tested.

In the theory quiz held in the afternoon the Exmouth team scored 100%. This demonstrated skills from across a range of chemistry topics, and justified the hard work put into training sessions after school throughout the Autumn term.

In the final score, the team finished second from throughout the South West region in what was a very tightly fought contest. Both Mr Williamson and Miss Bowles were impressed with the mature and cooperative manner that all of the students had throughout the competition, and were delighted with the insights that were gained into studying University level Science.

Examples of our Work with Students