Gifted & Talented
knowledge is structured in consciousness
IN THIS SECTION
The Maharishi Free School curriculum provides an academic framework that encourages pupils to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, enabling them to become analytical reflective and creative thinkers who are able to realise that ‘the world is my family’
High Learning Potential (HLP) Pupils
All children, whether gifted, bright, average or below average, deserve the chance to lead happy and satisfying lives. HLP children have a great thirst for knowledge and it is vital that this need is recognised as early as possible so that parents and teachers can give them plenty of opportunities to develop their natural ability and enable their confidence and enthusiasm to flourish.
At Maharishi School we believe that ‘Knowledge is Structured in Consciousness’, where consciousness is defined as the ability to know. This ability to know is systematically developed through the practice of Transcendental Meditation. So our School not only provides an academically challenging environment but, more importantly, a structure that can support both academic and personal growth.
Because we are an all-through school (Reception through to Year 11) we can identify a child’s potential early. With a maximum of 18 students per class, our teachers can also provide the individual attention that a child of high ability requires. This means for example that additional, ability-matched work can be given to the student for completion both in and out of the classroom. At Maharishi School, with only one class per year, and only 18 students per class, each student is an individual – not a number.
Students with HLP can be identified in many ways. In addition to classroom observation, Maharishi School uses Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT) to assess verbal, non-verbal, spatial and quantitative skills. These, along with subject assessments and Pupil Assessment of Self and School (PASS), help us to develop a more ‘3-dimensional’ picture of individual students. We can then track and nourish a child’s progress every step of the way from Reception through to GCSE’s – because success means more than just academic excellence. It means unfolding each child’s full potential for happiness and self-actualisation.
A Curricular and Extra-Curricular Approach
In addition to our regular curriculum, Maharishi School offers a balanced selection of clubs, activities and courses structured to stretch even the most ambitious child.
For example, IGGY is a global educational network for young people between the ages of 13 and 18 who have the potential to perform in the top 5% of their peers. Once a member, students can access a broad range of distinctive and engaging academic materials that will bring a new dimension to their learning and thinking. IGGY is part of the University of Warwick, and it’s funded by the university too. The University of Warwick, Maharishi School and IGGY are committed to providing an accessible and welcoming online network for gifted youths
Please see our other headings in this Enrichment section including: Duke of Edinburgh, our Clubs, Competitions and extra Courses.