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Academically more able

At Cromer Academy, students are recognised as being academically more able (AMA), gifted, or talented as they enter in Year 7 with an ongoing review of their progress in each academic year. Being academically more able means that they have far exceeded expected levels in their studies compared to other students of their own age; alternatively, as a gifted or talented student they have shown a significant achievement in a specific discipline.

What does academically more able mean?

Your child will be identified as academically more able, gifted, or talented through a combination of prior knowledge (those identified in primary school and national testing), teacher assessment, and performance data. More specifically:

  • Able: A student who has, through performance data, been identified as having the potential to achieve the highest grades (currently GCSE A-A* or grade 7-9) in a wide range of subjects.
  • Gifted: A student who is, or has the potential to be, in the top 5% nationally in an academic subject such as maths, English literature, or history.
  • Talented: A student who is, or has the potential to be, in the top 5% nationally in a practical subject such as art, music, or drama. Alternatively, the student is particularly talented in a specific practical discipline such as gymnastics, long-distance running, or contemporary dance.

How does Cromer Academy provide for academically more able students?

The role of the AMA co-ordinator is to monitor the progress of AMA students by using data, including that provided by teaching staff, to ensure that AMA students are able to reach their potential by making exceptional progress. To support this process the AMA co-ordinator regularly updates staff on the progress of AMA students and provides training to ensure that suitable challenge is provided in lessons to stretch students.

There are a number of ways that we believe we provide support, intervention, opportunity, and challenge for AMA students. Firstly, we have a number of fantastic partnerships with national universities, such as Cambridge University and the University of East Anglia. In recent years we have worked with Cambridge University as part of the Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) archaeological project and university open days. Students have also worked with pioneering PhD students from UEA as part of national programme The Brilliant Club, to research new and academically challenging topics.

In every curriculum area we provide great opportunities for students with aptitude in their area throughout the academic year to extend their knowledge and experience. For instance, the maths department take part in the University of Southampton national cipher challenge, and the performance department regularly invite talented PE students to serve as ambassadors for sport in local primary schools and further afield.

In Year 11, AMA students also receive academic mentoring from past AMA students to help them prepare for their next steps in further education and beyond.