The Sixth Form
The Sixth Form plays a vital role in our school. It offers a vibrant and proven educational opportunity for the young adults of this community. It constitutes a major reason why we are able to attract such a highly qualified teaching staff. Sixth Form lessons are the place where teachers can practise their academic trade at a high level. It also enriches the life of the school in many other ways. All our Sixth Formers are prefects; many give up their free time to help with pupils with special needs; some of them assist teachers in other lower school lessons. Through all these, and through contributions to school sport, to dramatic and musical productions, through the school newspaper, and many other channels, our Sixth Formers provide leadership and help to raise expectations and standards. We would be a much poorer place without them.
In return, we offer to our Sixth Formers the assurance of individual attention from informed and concerned adults, together with the firm guidance which is appropriate for an institution which sees itself still being – to a degree – in loco parentis. The possibility of lonely anonymity does not exist in our Sixth Form.
Sixth Form Study Programme for 2016:
These are two-year courses consisting, in the main, of 4 units of work, with most work assessed at the end of the second year. They are demanding but highly valued qualifications, well understood by employers and all higher education institutions. An A*, A or B grade at GCSE in a subject is an indicator of likely success at A level, but A Levels can differ in both method of study and form of examination. Indeed, some A Levels are more traditional and harder than others. NTS staff are well placed to advise students.
We have a broad programme of A Level subjects, but this may be subject to change:
Applied Science, Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, English Literature, English Language, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Information Technology, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Product Design, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Textiles.
From September 2015, AS Levels become a standalone qualification that no longer contributes to the full A Level. It is likely that we will be able to offer some AS qualifications within the range of subjects given above, especially where the AS course can be delivered simultaneously with the first year of the full A Level.
All Applied GCEs remain available for teaching until September 2017. Applied GCEs are vocationally based A Level Qualifications. They are a good broad introduction to an occupational area and will allow easy access into employment, further vocational study or Higher Education. They involve lots of new ways into study: work placement, group projects and such like. A Single Applied GCE is a two year course and equivalent to 1 A Level. Currently, we offer Applied GCEs in Health and Social Care, Science, and Leisure Studies.
We also offer GCSE resit examinations in English and Mathematics for students needing them, and the opportunity to study Latin.
As well as your chosen subjects at whatever level, students will undertake a programme of curriculum enrichment in the Lower Sixth, which may include, if appropriate, a project of their own choosing, and in the Upper Sixth they will study General Studies A Level. Various activities will be offered, such as Advanced Discussion Group, and a variety of team and individual sports.