Gifted and Talented
At Hammersmith Academy it is recognised that students should be educated in a way which enables them to work at the highest level concomitant with their ability and interest, both for the good of others and for their own satisfaction.
There are a variety of opportunities that have been designed to challenge More Able, Gifted and Talented (MAGT) pupils to achieve their very best. Students should be educated in a way that enables them to work at the highest level in accordance with their ability and interest, both for the good of others and for their own satisfaction.
We define ‘More Able’ as those with a faster learning speed than the overall curriculum provides for, ‘Gifted’ as being highly able academically and ‘Talented’ as being of high ability in practical subject areas such as Sport, Music, Drama, Art, and Technology.
Much of this provision is common ground to different curriculum subjects with examples including:
- Fast tracking in Science, Maths and Modern Foreign Languages
- School mentoring so that other students can benefit from the MAGT students
- Trips/events focused on increasing aspirations to attend Russell Group universities.
Every department also offers a number of more specific curricular and extracurricular projects for MAGT students. These include:
- Extended reading lists to stretch the most able (English)
- Participation in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust’s Individual Maths Challenges and Depaul UK’s Rubik’s Challenge for top sets (Maths)
- The running of the STEMNET club and British Science Association’s CREST Award helping students develop an interest in and raise awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (Science)
- Day trips to Europe for talented linguists and opportunities for work experience abroad at Key Stage 5 as part of our exchange programmes (MFL)
- Talented sportsmen and women are selected to be part of the Leadership Development and Personal Empowerment Programme, which is designed to encourage and educate students through mentoring sessions and workshops (PE)
- Engineering Club has enabled students to design, programme and build a Robot, MP3 Amplifier and K’NEX Solar-powered car (Design Technology)
- Opportunities to perform/work alongside the English National Opera (Music)
- Learners are also able to pursue further opportunities through links with our sponsors and our partner schools: St Paul’s Schools, Lilian Baylis and The BRIT School.
Numeracy and Literacy needs are identified at an early stage so that we can tailor support programmes to individual needs. Students additionally receive specialist support including one-to-one mentoring, in-class support, subject-specific intervention and enrichment activities.
The Academy complies with the Special Education Needs (SEN) Code of Practice and, as far as reasonably practical, those with physical and learning disabilities will be offered maximum access to the curriculum.