Gifted and Talented evening success

Alton College hosted a ‘Year 9 Gifted and Talented’ event at the end of June, attended by Year 9 students and their parents from partner schools. The keynote presentation was from Dr Robert Wilkins, Admissions Tutor at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, who gave an enlightening insight into what pupils can be doing now to gain that competitive edge when applying to university. This was followed by presentations on ‘Supporting your Gifted & Talented Child’ by Jon Myers, Director of Learning at Alton College, and ‘Making the Right Choices’ by Sara Russell, the College’'s Senior Vice Principal. There was also a very informative and helpful presentation by Hugh and Tess Chevallier, parents of Kitty (a current Alton College student previously at Robert May’'s School) who has a place at Cambridge University next year and Theo who is now at the University of Oxford. This ‘Parents View’ gave parents in the audience many useful tips on how to support their sons and daughters through the application process.

Whilst the talks were being held for the parents, the Year 9 students attended various workshops throughout the evening including sessions on career planning and creative thinking. Following the presentations, a Q&A session was held, which gave parents the opportunity to ask any questions, after which the pupils re-joined their parents in the hall for refreshments. 

The evening was a great success and has received some very positive feedback from attendees. A parent of a student from Perins School said: '‘I just wanted to write and say how useful we found the presentations at the G & T evening at Alton College.  We left feeling really energised and inspired as to how we can help and support our son to achieve his full academic potential and how important it is to start making the right decisions as they will really affect his direction in life. He seems also to be thinking more about what he wants to do this morning, so it seems to have focused him more.’'

Dr Wilkins' presentation can be accessed here