Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

Policy on Exceptional Ability

St. Brigid’s National School, Greystones

Exceptional Ability Policy


“An able child is one that achieves or has the ability to achieve at a level significantly in advance of their peer group …

This may be in all areas of the curriculum or in a limited range”.  Eyre 1999

Children with exceptional ability may have been assessed by a psychologist and found to have a high level of intelligence (I.Q. score of 130+, 98th PR).

School Ethos

We, the teaching staff at St. Brigid’s School provide opportunities for all pupils including those who are exceptionally able in academic areas (i.e. the top 5% of the school population).

We also encourage pupils who show exceptional talent in non-academic areas e.g. sports, art, music & drama.

Procedure for identification and selection of pupils

A range of strategies may be used to identify exceptionally able pupils;

Teacher observation

Annual standardized tests

Curriculum textbook assessments

Psychological Assessments

Parent appraisal

Responsibility and Management

  1. The class teacher is responsible for provision for the exceptionally able child through

acquisition and distribution of teaching resources for differentiation

communicating with parents as necessary. The class teacher can also pass on information e.g. referral, assessment and programmes at CYTI (Irish Centre for Talented Youth) @D.C.U,.

Gifted, Coder Dojo,, Khan Academy, NRich and local sports groups.

Classroom provision can take the form of

(a) curriculum differentiation i.e differentiation in terms of






grouping and information,



the use of dialogue and questioning (i.e. Bloom’s Taxonomy’s higher order questioning.


(b) enrichment (learning or activity, which is outside the core of learning)


(c) competitions e.g. Texaco Art


Extension (enabling the student to move through the curriculum at a faster rate) is not considered a wise approach.


Success Criteria: Positive feedback from students concerned, their parents and teachers.