The Ellesmere programme of Academic Enrichment aims to enhance the College's reputation for providing a rounded education that maximises the potential of all its students. All teachers at Ellesmere are committed to providing an environment which encourages individuals to develop their full potential. Academic Enrichment, therefore, is not an elitist programme in the sense that our more able students are taught separately. Ellesmere has already earned a reputation for providing an enriched education for everyone, and the programme is an extension of that.
The Ellesmere scheme is linked to the Gifted and Talented scheme operated by the National Association for Able Children in Education (further details can be found at www.nace.co.uk), and we have used their criteria to aid identification of our Gifted and Talented pupils; A gifted pupil is one who is in the top 10% of the national pupil population: one who "has the capacity for, or demonstrates high levels of performance in one or more academic areas". A talented pupil is one who is in the top 10% of the national pupil population who has a specific ability in a non-academic area, such as a physical talent, a musical talent, mechanical aptitude, outstanding leadership or creativity.
There is no direct linkage between being recognised as Gifted and Talented and being in receipt of a scholarship. The standard for a scholarship is higher than the criteria for participation in our Academic Enrichment programme. However, both the Gifted and Talented programme and the Scholars' programme are open to all pupils where appropriate.
Further information on scholarships and awards available can be obtained from the Admissions Department.