More Able, Gifted & Talented (MAG&T) at Bishop Thomas Grant School
At Bishop Thomas Grant School we inspire our most able learners with a passion for learning and an enthusiasm for the subjects in which they excel. Each subject area works collaboratively with the school’s MAG&T coordinator to provide opportunities and experiences that will challenge and will raise the attainment of our most able pupils. We work with many different partner agencies including major arts institutions and top universities and encourage our pupils to aim high in their future education and careers.
We believe that our most able learners need a curriculum that stretches them and broadens their horizons and the primary focus of our MAG&T provision at the school is the learning that takes place in the classroom. At Bishop Thomas Grant School we have designed distinct curriculum pathways that stretch our more able learners and provide the breadth and academic rigour necessary for these pupils to access the top levels of provision at the next stage in their education.
In addition to schemes of work designed to extend and challenge the most able students, there is also a structured programme of extra-curricular activities and trips run for our more able, gifted and talented students in each department.
The Aspire Programme
The highest achieving pupils in Years 8-13 are invited to join the school’s Aspire programme. This programme takes place every week on Friday after school and comprises four main strands. The first strand comprises a termly focus: University Challenge in the Autumn term, Debating in the spring term (linked to the Lambeth Model United Nations) and Public Speaking in the summer term (linked to the European Youth Parliament). The second strand is a programme of clubs; these cover topics such as current affairs, astronomy and geology that are not part of the regular school curriculum. Every term there are three Da Vinci lectures. Visiting academics come to the school to speak to the children on a wide range of topics from Anthropology to Paleontology, Medicine to Story Telling. The final strand of the programme is the IAPC (Individual Academic Progress Check) which takes place once a term and comprises an individual interview with each student and a member of the MAG&T staff team.