Sixth Form Open Evening 2018
For current Year 11’s who are aspiring to become part of the Sixth Form in September this year, tonight was important in their progress from GCSE to A-Level. A team of over 50 prefects and other student helpers teamed to help the smooth running of the evening, by helping out in specific subject areas or guiding external students coming to visit the school.
Around the school, many members of staff for different subjects were being interrogated about their a-level syllabuses, and students were giving the brutal truth to the upcoming intake of students. Many prospective students found the opinions and advice of the students very useful, and for the first time in recent years, students were openly considering 3 A-Level approaches to their post-16 study offered by the school.
Whilst a further article will be produced on the technicalities and specifics of the new changes coming to sixth form study, I will briefly outline them. Students will be offered two different ‘routes’ of study: a straight 4 A-Level approach, or the choice to do 3 A-Levels plus an additional course (either Pre-U, CREST Gold or Core Mathematics). Fig.1 on the left details the different ‘cores’ which the school are adopting to separate the different activities you do at school and outside of school. Your academic core will consist of your course choices, your ‘personal core’ (in blue) will consist of baseline support for issues and further education. The yellow and purple colours represent your personal development, such as things that will enhance your personal statement and interviews. Finally, the green is the area you will have most independent control over. It is mainly what you will plan to do in your free time.
During the evening, talks were held in the hall, where two external students (Jamie Handitye and Cat Jordan) talked about their time joining from other schools, both in the perspective of Year 12 and Year 13. By the end of the evening, members of staff were left without a voice and marks of the evening are left around the school in the form of abandoned signs and disorderly rooms, with one report saying there were ‘just four chairs’ in one of the form rooms in the school.