Gifted & Talented

The Academies strive to ensure that all students reach their potential and develop a multitude of skills.  The gifted and talented (G&T) programme at the Academies looks to identify outstanding talent and guide students to set themselves further targets and goals, making them truly talented locally, national and globally. The G&T programme runs each year, students are asked to self-nominate themselves into the programme, with potential guidance from teachers, coaches and parents.

Students can have talent in a range of areas, including sport, music, competitive games and art. Previous talents in the programme have been: fencing, chess, dancing and computer design.  If students are successful in their bid, they will enter the programme, meeting regularly with our G&T lead and as a team. Students over the year will create a portfolio of their achievements, pushing themselves to beat personal bests, enter new competitions and develop their skills which will inevitably strengthen their talent. The programme is ongoing and hopes that mentored students will adopt the skills to balance extra-curricular activities and academic progress throughout their school lives. Students are encouraged to support the growth of their talent individually and across the Academy, becoming ambassadors for their activity whilst supporting others.

We are excited to use Teams as an online platform for delivering the programme, enabling students to balance their passion, studies and self development. The content of the programme is evolving and this year aims to provide a personalised course; covering broad topics such as mindset and time management, alongside careers guidance, dealing with sports injury and literature reviewing. 

If you have any questions about the programme please contact the G&T lead, Abi Osborn via the email below:


Gifted & Talented Macey

I started boxing at the age of ten after joining a local boxing gym and have been boxing competitively ever since. My biggest inspiration to keep training and working towards my goals is Katie Taylor. She is a ‘Two Weight World Champion’ and she made history by unifying all four world lightweight titles.

Usually, I train four times a week. In these training sessions I do: sparring with different opponents, strength and conditioning circuits and much more to build up my stamina and strength for my fights. I have competed in the Schools National Championship twice - and became National Champion in 2018. Not only this, I have also competed in the Golden Girls Championship in Sweden 2019 where I boxed India’s number 1 ranked female boxer. This year I was Western Counties Champion for the third year running and I am hoping to do the same next year.


Gifted & Talented Izzy

I started running at the age of 7 when I first went to Bournemouth parkrun, since then I have never wanted to stop. I was invited to join Bournemouth Athletic Club when I was 9 and since then have competed for the club in both track and cross country running numerous times. 

Since starting parkrun in 2016, I have completed 86 parkruns. I hold the record for the fastest 5k completed by any girl under 11 at Bournemouth parkrun. I am proud of this as ordinarily the girls that complete 5k parkruns are also members of athletic clubs. 

In 2021, I became the Dorset Champion for U13 girls 1500m which I was very proud of because it shows that all my hard work and training 4 times a week has paid off. Additionally, I have also completed the Southwest 3.2 km race resulting in being the 7th fastest U13 girl in the whole of the Southwest.


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