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For many of our pupils, SHINE is a chance to raise their aspirations and for them to spend time in a quality environment outside their own school, where learning is paramount.   SHINE has ensured that families can look to the future with a greater sense of purpose and hope.

Head Teacher - Kingsleigh Primary School

The national SHINE programme for gifted and talented children involves staff from almost every department across the school as well as a number of senior pupils.

Pupils from three local state schools come to Canford for some 'Serious Fun on Saturdays' – a vibrant and dynamic series of workshops and lessons in all disciplines of sciences, humanities, languages and the creative arts, allowing every pupil to experience and cultivate a deeper understanding of these different areas of knowledge.

Example Programme

At the end of the Easter Term, pupils perform a celebratory assembly of what they had learnt for staff at their schools, before a final rendition in the Long Gallery for parents and friends.  Each pupil is given a specially bound copy of the book written by Canford staff which was used as a base for the lessons. The SHINE project is an ongoing programme as part of our work in the local community.

The SHINE Trust

I loved Chemistry because we changed the colour of fire ... We made lots of new friends ... I liked dissecting frogs because it's something new that we don't usually get to do.

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