Gifted and Talented

The King’s College recognises gifted and talented students and seeks to work closely with children with high academic or creative abilities to assist them in expressing their full potential.


Catalyst: Academic Extension Program

The Year 7 Catalyst: Academic Extension Program aims to provide our top academic students with the opportunity to excel in the four learning areas of Mathematics, English, Science and HASS. The program is designed to cater for the needs of our academically talented students, providing them with enrichment and extension activities to broaden their interest and knowledge of the curriculum and beyond.

We aim to assist all students in achieving their academic best at the College, and we encourage students to use creativity, teamwork and communication skills through a range of activities. All activities are designed to engage students and deepen their knowledge and learning.  Students in the Catalyst program will have access to the following:

  • University immersion activities

  • Guest speakers

  • Competitions across the learning areas

  • Specialised incursions, excursions and enrichment activities

Entry into the Catalyst Program is by application and an academic testing process. The student’s most recent NAPLAN results and school reports are also taken into consideration. Applications for 2024 have now closed. 

Academic Scholarships

The College offers a small number of financial academic scholarships to students entering the Year 7 Catalyst: Academic Extension Program. Current Year 6 students from both the College primary school and external primary schools are encouraged to apply for the 2024 Scholarships. Applications for 2024 have now closed.


The College offers two Extension Programmes to students in Pre-Primary to Year 6 who are achieving at an academic level in the top range of their year group.

The Ace Programme (Pre-Primary – Year 2) and Newton Programmes (Years 3 – 6) aim to foster creative problem solving and critical thinking skills in selected students at the College who have demonstrated high academic potential. Students will be taught to approach problems analytically and creatively with specific skills and processes, thereby developing academic rigour and attributes that will boost their learning in all their subject areas.

In addition, working within a group of similar high ability students can build supportive relationships with other like-minds and reduce the possibility of isolation, which can sometimes occur with students of high ability. Students are given the opportunity to participate in a number of competitions, such as Optiminds, Da Vinci Decathlon and other local competitions. In rare circumstances, students will be considered for acceleration or grade skipping. This is only considered if a child has a minimum IQ of 140 WISC IV (Cognitive Test conducted by a clinical psychologist) or equivalent, and in consultation with psychologists regarding the emotional readiness of the student. Acceleration will occur on a trial basis only, and the final decision on this matter will rest with the Head of Primary.

If you would like to find out more about our Extension Programmes, please contact our Head of Primary School, Yvette Clifton, at You can also download the Academic Enrichment Policies and Procedures here.

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