More Able, Gifted and Talented

At Bristol Free School 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 will be 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 6.8 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. As part of this letter the Head of Sixth Form will invite the student and their parents in for a meeting in order to discuss the provision that can be put into place.If a student 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:

  • Regular MAGT meetings as a group and individually
  • Working closely with University Programmes such as Access to Bristol, Bristol Scholars and HE+ Programme with Cambridge University
  • Oxbridge and Russell Group university visits and talks
  • STEM initiatives 
  • Interview workshops including for Oxbridge, Cambridge and Medicine 
  • Involvement in Bristol STEMettes programme
  • Mathematics Challenges
  • Access to FutureLearn courses
  • Access to residential places at top universities
  • Oxford Target Schools
  • Directed 1:1 help in applying to University
  • The Extended Project Qualification
  • Expert support from a variety of experienced advisors with the Russell Education Trust