- The New South Wales Department of Education aims to identify gifted and talented students and to maximise their learning outcomes in all public schools. Giftedness refers to potential distinctly beyond the average for the student’s age and encompasses a broad range of abilities in the intellectual, creative, socio-emotional and physical domains. Talent denotes achievement distinctly beyond the average for a student’s age as a result of application to training and practice.
- Students who attend Cherrybrook Technology High School are provided with the opportunity to develop their talent whatever their abilities may be. The majority of classes in Stage 4 are mixed ability classes. However, one class in Year 7 and one class in Year 8 caters specifically for students who are talented in both literacy and numeracy. These classes provide a range of enrichment and extension activities designed to deepen students’ knowledge, understanding and skills. These activities are evaluated each year and may change depending on the needs of the students.
- Information regarding the outstanding performance of CTHS students in the HSC can be found in the Annual School Reports at https://cths.nsw.edu.au/information/documents-and-policies/annual-school-reports/
Gifted and Talented Program Entry at CTHS
The process to enrol at Cherrybrook Technology High School for Year 7 begins in March of the previous year ie. when students are in Year 6.
- An Expression of Interest for Placement in Year 7 is completed by parents/carers and reviewed by the Cherrybrook Technology High School Enrolment Committee.
- By the end of May, successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified and ONLY successful applicants are provided with an application to sit an entrance examination for placement in the Year 7 GATS class.
- This examination is held at the school during August of the year prior to students starting in Year 7.
- Only students who have been notified that their Expression of Interest for Placement at CTHS in Year 7 was successful are eligible to sit this examination.
- Multiple criteria are used to determine the class and to ensure the selection process is fair and reliable.