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 full potential.


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 5% 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 7.5 average GCSE points score or above from their best eight full GCSEs.

Also, the departments are able to recognise students who are demonstrating higher ability within their specific subject. 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. If your son/daughter is identified as MAGT within the department this will be communicated directly to the student once during data collections.

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?