More Able Gifted and Talented

At Cheam High Sixth Form we recognise that our More Able, Gifted and Talented (MAGT) students need access to a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum. We are dedicated to providing the students with the tools they need for success both in their academic lives within Sixth Form as well as beyond school in further education and their careers.  We aim to give them the very best opportunities in order for them to achieve, their very best.


We have a number of ways in which we identify our MAGT students. First, each year students in Year 12 will be identified by looking at the top proportion of the cohort in terms of GCSE point scores. These students are recognised as the More Able students for the cohort across all their subjects. These students are able to access the full MAGT programme. For the current academic year we identify these students with a 7.2 average GCSE points score or above from their best eight full GCSEs.

Secondly, within each subject, the department is able to identify and recognise students who are demonstrating higher order ability within their specific field. As a result, these students will also have access to a more challenging programme within the department and benefit from being stretched within an area of high ability.

If your son/daughter is identified as MAGT across all their subjects, you will receive a letter informing you of this by the end of October from Miss James, including an invitation to meet with her during the Year 12 Meet the Tutor event. If your son/daughter is identified as MAGT within the department this will be communicated directly to the student once formal assessments have taken place within the subject.

MAGT Programme

Being identified as an MAGT student opens up many opportunities within the sixth form from extra-curricular activities and visits through to further support and mentoring. Some of the opportunities available are listed below:

Monthly MAGT meetings with Miss James

Mentoring of lower school students

Oxbridge Evening – Student and parent presentation delivered by the Outreach Officer for St Hilda’s College, Oxford

Stretch and Challenge

Trip to Oxford and/or Cambridge University

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers workshops

Stress Management workshop

STEM initiatives – Women in Engineering events – Subsea7

Interview practice workshop

Thunk Challenges

Oxbridge practice interview

Maths Challenges

Access to FutureLearn courses

Access to Sutton Trust residential places at top universities

Oxford Target Schools

Oxbridge practice interview with Headteacher

K+ Programme

Directed help in applying to University

Extended Project introduction trip to University of Hertfordshire

The Extended Project Qualification


Moving from a B to an A/A*

Every year at Cheam High School we have a large number of students who succeed in achieving A and A* grades in their subjects, even though their target grades or their working at grades were B/C.

We wanted to know from the students themselves;

  • What motivated them to achieve?
  • What did they do, in terms of actions?
  • What changed and when?