What do GIFTers think about GIFT?

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“My son went to flex his mental muscles away from the rigidity of the National Curriculum, to meet and make new friends with other gifted children, to be able to relax and not feel he stands out so much, and to get some practice with organising himself in the practical aspects of a residential course.  It met all our expectations – he always comes back happy, excited by what he has done, relaxed, and noticeably more confident.”

“My son went to flex his mental muscles away from the rigidity of the National Curriculum, to meet and make new friends with other gifted children, to be able to relax and not feel he stands out so much, and to get some practice with organising himself in the practical aspects of a residential course.  It met all our expectations – he always comes back happy, excited by what he has done, relaxed, and noticeably more confident.”

"My daughter always comes home like a more authentic version of herself, like she's more alive, more connected"

“School is full of peer pressure. There is no stress on GIFT. The lecturers are all so understanding, relaxed and friendly. They treat you with respect. I meet different people, have loads of fun, and learn a lot. It is very stressful going to school. GIFT is just so different. It makes me feel more confident, special, appreciated and optimistic about the future.”

“I’ve been meaning to write that my daughter absolutely loved the Easter residential course.  She really enjoyed the entire week and enjoyed being with the other students. She has a real longing to return.  Although she’s not one that lacks friends, she said she realizes now what it means to really bond with others.  She said, ‘there ARE people just like me.’   I have honestly never heard her so genuinely happy.  Many thanks for offering these retreats for our kids.”