Stroud High School Sixth Form Information Booklet

 

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Stroud High School Sixth Form Information Booklet a learning partnership valuing respect, personal best... and a spirit of fun

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Welcome A Message From the Head of Sixth Form I am very proud to work at such an outstanding school of which the sixth form is an integral part. Stroud High School has a proven history of educational excellence and is committed to providing outstanding provision for its students. We value the whole student, putting our girls at the heart of what we do, with special attention given to achieving personal best. Our students’ happiness is important to us, and a successful student is a happy student. Our sixth form provides a stimulating environment in which girls are encouraged to develop independence and initiative. We set high standards and our sixth formers provide an example to our younger students. Life at Stroud High School is about getting involved, trying your best and learning from the experience so that you can progress to the next chapter in your life as confident and independent young women who will make a positive contribution to society. I do hope that you are able to visit our school or attend our Open Evening, so that you can see for yourself why Stroud High School is such a great place to study. Best wishes Head of Sixth Form Life in the Sixth Form A Period of Transition – Why Sixth Form is Different Starting out in sixth form can be a daunting experience. You will face new challenges such as balancing the demands of rigorous academic requirements with extracurricular activities, increased responsibility for independent learning and a changing social life. Whether you are moving up from Year 11 or joining us from another school, the sixth form experience will be different. The demands of A level study are different to GCSE. You will have increased teaching time per subject and the expectations for independent study are greater. You will have study periods to help manage this. In addition, the A level courses provide more opportunities for in-depth analysis. We will support you through this transition through our induction programme.

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Our Partnership On joining Stroud High School Sixth Form you will become part of an 11-18 selective girls’ grammar school. We work in partnership with Marling School to offer students at both schools a range of academic courses, enriching activities and environment in which to flourish whilst maintaining our own identity and an independent pastoral system. Both schools understand the potential of young people at this stage of their education and the collaboration aims to provide an enjoyable learning experience. A level lessons are taught across both school sites with the majority of subjects being taught by both Stroud High School and Marling School teachers. All other aspects of sixth form life are centred around your home school and as such you will be part of the Stroud High School house system and have a Stroud High School tutor group. We share in a vision of an outstanding sixth form, providing academic excellence, strong teaching and independent study. We are very proud of our sixth form students, the high standards they achieve in their learning and the positive contribution they make to both schools.

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Supportive Environment Academic Support We will track your progress on a regular basis throughout your time in the sixth form using data from a number of sources to give you a clear indication of how well you are doing. Your teachers will agree a target grade for you in your subjects, which will be based on national data. Your relationship with your tutor will form a key part of sixth form life and is the first point of contact regarding support and advice. Your tutor will work closely with you to monitor your progress and ensure that you fulfil your potential. You will have opportunities throughout the year for one-to-one tutor meetings. They will also provide advice on future careers including references for university or employment. You will receive a sufficient number of study periods to develop independence. These give you the opportunity to complete your work, whilst having access to the resources in both schools. It is important that you use these study periods effectively. The key to success (and reduction of stress later in the year) is to work during these periods and establish good habits. Our study rooms are supervised, so help is always at hand. To help you manage your study time, some of your study periods will be directed. Financial Support – 16-19 Bursary Students between 16 and 19 years old who think they will struggle with the costs of full-time education are eligible to apply for the 16-19 Bursary. The aim of the Bursary is to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The Bursary can support students with travel costs, equipment, books and other course-related costs. Payment will be dependent on meeting agreed attendance, achievement and behaviour criteria as laid out in the school’s Student Learning Agreement. Please see our website for more details. UCAS/Careers Advice The large majority of our students continue on to higher education and we have a team of dedicated and experienced staff who can provide you with advice and guidance on UCAS preparation and how to apply to universities in the UK and abroad. Details of our UCAS programme and support for Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry and other competitive courses can be found on our website. We also offer a comprehensive careers programme to aid you with all careers decisions including guidance on preparing CVs for job applications and how to apply for higher level apprenticeships. You will also have the opportunity to attend our annual Futures Day and Careers Fair during which you can hear a range of talks and presentations by higher education providers and professionals from a variety of industry sectors. Pastoral Care Your well-being and happiness are very important to us and key to you enjoying your time here and achieving your personal best. Our Pastoral Support Officer and support assistants offer support on all aspects of school life and are available to talk to about anything that affects our students’ ability to be successful. In particular we can provide assistance on issues relating to health, well-being, family and relationships; coordinating work for long-term absences; home-study arrangements; practical support with workload; and working with outside agencies. It is important that you feel happy and confident so that you can be successful in your studies.

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A Curriculum of Depth and Breadth Why A Levels? A levels are a key component to progressing to university and higher level apprenticeships. They are well-established and well-known to employers as well as universities and are suitable for students who are unsure about the direction of their future career. Choosing Your Programme of Study Deciding which A levels to study is not a decision to be taken lightly. Choosing the right combination can prove daunting, but if you are methodical, take your time, and ask lots of questions you will find the subjects which are right for you. You will need to think carefully about your interests and skills and about possible directions post18. These are subjects where you will be expected to do a large amount of reading and research in your own time. Different skill sets are required for different subjects and you should consider the skills involved in each and compare them with your current abilities based on performance at GCSE level. Remember that the skills required at A level may be very different and significantly higher than those at GCSE level. Some subjects require practical skills such as using laboratory equipment, others having the confidence to debate and discuss controversial issues. Some may involve significant background reading and essay writing or require independent reading, others a lot of creativity. The way a subject is assessed might also be important to you, particularly if assessment involves a lot of project work. These are all factors to be considered before making your final choice. Things to bear in mind when choosing A level subjects: Certain subjects are a requirement for pursuing a particular course at university/ career path If you have a clear idea of the course you wish to study at university, research the course entry requirements carefully. Certain universities do require certain subjects for particular courses. For example, you will need to take science subjects to apply for medicine and dentistry or a drama course might require that you have at least one essay-based A level. You have a genuine interest in and enjoy the subjects You should have a real interest in the subjects you intend to study. Ensure you have researched the content and detail of the course beforehand. Being motivated to explore your subjects fully will ultimately play a key role in determining eventual success. You wish to discover a new subject Prior knowledge of a subject is not always a pre- requisite – you may however be required to show an aptitude in another related subject. Some subjects are also very different to what you may be used to at GCSE. Beware of taking a subject just because it sounds interesting. If you wish to study a subject that you have not studied at GCSE level, it is essential to find out more about the course content. Ask lots of questions of students and teachers in that subject. Remember it is worth investing time and effort in researching your intended subjects to keep your options open and enable you to make a well-informed decision about which subjects to take. Curriculum We provide an academic curriculum offering flexibility and choice. All students are expected to follow a programme of 3 A level subjects alongside a fourth option from a list of courses, including Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Where appropriate, students may study four A levels dependent upon advice and guidance. In addition, students will follow the school’s pastoral programme and undertake enrichment sessions and supervised study periods. This broad and comprehensive curriculum ensures that our students are well prepared for higher education or the workplace. Please be aware that some specifications are currently being reviewed or rewritten by exam boards for approval by Ofqual. Once published they will then be considered by our subject leaders. This will not affect the offer described above but some exam boards and course descriptors provided in this booklet may be subject to change between now and September 2017. Please note that all courses are subject to change depending on student numbers. Any changes to the offer will be announced in good time.

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Admissions How to Apply Our sixth form offers opportunities for students who fulfil the academic criterion of 5 or more full course Grade B GCSEs (including Grade 5 or above in both English Language and Mathematics) subject to any individual course requirements. Currently we cannot support students who need to re-take GCSEs. The maximum Year 12 cohort for September 2017 entry is 150 including a minimum planned admission number of 30 candidates from other schools (see Admissions Policy below). The application process begins with our Sixth Form Open Evening which is run jointly with Marling School Sixth Form and which takes place at the beginning of November. The evening provides an opportunity to find out about our A level courses, their outline programmes, their assessment methods and the enrichment and career opportunities associated with each. There is also a chance to discuss course choices with the subject leaders of each department and with current sixth form students. Sixth Form application forms are provided at the Open Evening together with detailed information on the courses available (the application process and forms are also available on the school website). Our deadline for applications will be published on our website each year and is expected to be in early February of the year of entry. Following submission of the application form, applicants are invited to attend an advisory discussion with a senior member of the teaching staff to discuss course choices and other aspects of life in the sixth form. It also provides applicants with an opportunity to raise any questions they may have about the sixth form and the school in general. In March, applicants are sent a conditional offer confirming subject choices. Final places in Year 12 are subsequently confirmed following GCSE results day in August. Induction for New Sixth Form Students Support and advice for students new to the sixth form begins before enrolment day. We hold our Induction Days during the last week of the academic year in July when you will have an opportunity to meet with subject teachers and key members of staff. The focus of our first Induction Day is to allow you to get to know the school and make sure you feel comfortable coming to a new learning environment. This day is run by our current sixth form students with a welcome from the Head of Sixth Form and members of the Sixth Form Administration Team. We also provide information and further details on what to do on GCSE results day. Our second Induction Day is run jointly with Marling School Sixth Form and is for all prospective Year 12 students. The focus of this day is to prepare you for the year ahead. You will meet teachers from your proposed areas of study who will provide advice and guidance on the transition from Year 11 to Year 12. You will also be given preparatory work to complete over the summer in order to bridge the large gap between GCSE and A level study as well as tours of both Stroud High School and Marling School sites.

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Facilities Stroud High School Sixth Form and Marling School Sixth Form share a purpose-built sixth form centre which is located between the two main school sites. The building includes classrooms, two supervised study rooms with ICT facilities, café area and 160-seater lecture theatre. The two schools also share a number of other facilities on their adjoining sites such as a music hall with accompanying music rooms, a design technology centre and science laboratories.

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Enhanced Curriculum Wednesday Enrichment Monday Tutor Period These are mandatory elements of our post-16 provision. This is a tutor period in which a programme of visiting speakers are brought in to cover a range of areas. All students are expected to attend these sessions, which cover the wider curriculum and Information, Advice & Guidance. Each term, you will be expected to meet with your tutor to discuss your progress and any needs you may have. This allows us to plan effectively to make sure that your time with us is productive and that you can plan for your future. Additional Academic Opportunities/ Extracurricular Activities As well as seeking academic success, we believe sixth form students should be given the opportunity to develop skills and qualities which will prepare them for the future. We encourage students to get involved in a range of activities to develop the broad range of skills essential for the world of work or higher education. You will be offered every opportunity to assume positions of responsibility and to develop self-confidence and leadership skills whilst in sixth form. Other opportunities include: Crest Award Debating Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Enterprise projects Exchanges to France, Germany and Spain House Leadership International and national educational visits Membership of the Sixth Form Council Mentoring scheme Recreational sport / sports teams Senior Orchestra, Senior Strings, Senior Girls’ Choir Societies and Clubs (Chess, History, Film, Law, Mathematics, Medical, Philosophy, Politics, Psychological, United Nations) Global Expeditions Volunteering in the local community It is important that students gain relevant experience during their time in sixth form. Every Wednesday afternoon all students are expected to do some volunteering or work experience. This is organised by the individual student. Students record their volunteering/work experience in an online log book. Alternatively students can enrol on the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) or Access to Bristol course. All students will be expected to complete a work shadowing with time allocated during the last week of the academic year.

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SHS Leadership Opportunities Student Voice, Leadership and Action are an integral part of Stroud High School. There are five houses at Stroud High School – Arundel, Capel, Griffin, Kimmin and Stanley – with specific roles within each house that students get appointed to: Head Girl Deputy Head Girl House Leader Deputy House Leader Rag Rep Media Rep Sport Rep Tutor Group Rep Key Dates and Times The school day 8.40am – 8.50am 8.50am – 9.50am 9.50am – 10.50am 10.50am – 11.10am 11.10am – 12.10pm 12.10pm – 1.10pm 1.10pm – 2.10pm 2.10pm – 2.25pm 2.25pm – 3.25pm Morning Registration Period 1 Period 2 Break Period 3 Period 4 Lunch Tutor Period/Assemblies/ House Activities Period 5 The Sixth Form Building is open to students from 8.00am - 4.30pm. Term Dates 2017-2018 Term 1 Monday 4 September – Friday 20 October 2017 Term 2 Monday 30 October – Friday 15 December 2017 Term 3 Tuesday 2 January – Friday 9 February 2018 Term 4 Monday 19 February – Thursday 29 March 2018 Term 5 Monday 16 April – Friday 25 May 2018 Term 6 Monday 4 June – Wednesday 25 July 2018 Dress Code SHS Sixth Form Dress Code Stroud High School is an academic school. It offers A level courses that prepare students for a professional career. The dress code requires students be smart and appropriate at all times. Appropriate • School is your workplace • For a professional environment • For a classroom environment • Your mode of dress should reflect that of the teacher • NO…midriffs/low cut tops/underwear on show, thin- strapped tops, excessive jewellery • RECOMMENDED knee length skirt or dress or long trousers, sleeved top/blouse, shoes Smart • This would not necessarily be what you would wear casually • The difference should be obvious on non-uniform day • It should look like you have made an effort • It should look like you have dressed with a purpose • NO…sloganed t-shirts, worn/faded jeans, leggings/jeggings, hoodies, casual wear • RECOMMENDED… jacket, knee length skirt or dress or long trousers, sleeved top/blouse, natural hair colour All sixth form students should be dressed in a manner that it would be acceptable for them to show visitors around the school at any given moment.

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Admissions Policy Admissions to Stroud High School Sixth Form 1. Year 12 admissions Applications for Year 12 should be completed by the published deadline on the application form. Please refer to the school’s website www.stroudhigh.gloucs.sch.uk or contact the School Admissions Office on +44 (0)1453 764441 for further details and a copy of the application form. In April applicants will receive notification as to whether a conditional place has been allocated. Conditional places will be confirmed after the GCSE results day in August each year. New students must submit their GCSE results of GCSE results day. Please contact either 6thformadmissions@stroudhigh.gloucs.sch.uk or +44 (0)1453 760156. 2. Capacity The maximum Year 12 cohort of Stroud High School is 150.The Sixth Form Leadership Team Panel may admit above this figure in exceptional circumstances and where it believes no prejudice will ensue. All Year 11 Stroud High School students who meet the published academic entry requirements can expect to be allocated a place in the Sixth Form, as well as a planned admission number of 30 external candidates1. 3. Academic entry requirements Students will need to meet all of the following requirements for entry into Stroud High School Sixth Form: • Students should achieve a minimum of 5 full course GCSEs in separate subjects at A* - B Grade (Note: Core and Additional Science count as separate subjects. Short course GCSEs do not count towards the full course GCSE requirements). English and Maths Grades 9-6 can be used. • Students should have a minimum of Grade 5 in both English Language and Mathematics (see below). • Students should achieve at least a B grade in their chosen subjects (Grade 6 for English and Mathematics) if previously taken at GCSE level, or a relevant subject as specified in the sixth form prospectus). Students will normally choose no more than 2 new subjects to study in Year 12. Students with insufficient formal GCSE qualifications but with demonstrable equivalent qualifications will be considered by the Stroud High School Sixth Form Leadership Team Panel, being guided by points equivalence and evidence of prior learning. Internal and new students who have missed the entry criteria may request consideration for a place by the Stroud High School Sixth Form Leadership Team Panel who may accept or reject applications. This may include those students who narrowly missed the 6th form or subject entry criteria by virtue of their English and Mathematics grade. 4. Students continuing from Year 11 in Stroud High School Priority for admission to Year 12 will be given to students progressing into the Sixth Form from Year 11 of the school (see oversubscription criteria below). 5. Students joining the school for the first time We welcome applications from new students. Following submission of an application form, applicants will be invited to an advisory discussion with a member of the Stroud High School Sixth Form Team. Conditional places will be offered on the basis of the predicted GCSE grades supplied by the applicant’s school and students should contact the school and submit their GCSE results within one week of GCSE results day, to confirm their place. Please contact either 6thformadmissions@stroudhigh.gloucs.sch.uk or +44 (0)1453 760156. 6. Oversubscription criteria If more students meet the academic standard for entry than can be offered places, the following additional criteria in this order will be applied: 1. A student who is a Child in Public Care2 3. 2. Students from Stroud High School. 3. Students with the highest average GCSE points score in student’s best eight full course separate subjects using the following points equivalent for lettered grades: A*=8, A=7, B=6, C=5, D=4, E=3. In the event of a tie break between two or more candidates when applying the above criteria a process of random allocation will be followed by the Governing Body, which will be supervised by someone independent of the school.

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Admissions Policy (cont) 7. Waiting List In the event that the student reaches the required academic standard but there are no places available in Year 12, she will be placed on a waiting list. The order of this list will conform to the oversubscription criteria as listed above (section 6). If the number of students falls below the maximum Year 12 cohort number those on the waiting list will be offered places, in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. The waiting list for Year 12 will be held until 31st October. Students from Year 11 of Stroud High School who left but then wish to return will be treated as new applicants. 8. Year 13 Transfer New students who wish to transfer into Year 13 should in the first instance make contact with the Sixth Form Office. 9. Fair Access Protocols Stroud High School has signed up to the In-Year Fair Access Protocols held by Gloucestershire County Council. Should a vulnerable student4 within these protocols, who meets the academic entry requirements, require a place at the school, they will take precedence over any student on the waiting list. Stroud High School is committed to equal opportunity and follows the Equality Act 20105 and adhered to the requirements of the School Admissions Code 20126. 10. Appeals There is a system of appeals against non-admission, and details of how to appeal are available from the school. It is the school’s policy to accept only one appeal application for each student in an academic year unless there is a significant change of circumstances. Application Process Thursday 10 November 2016 Friday 3 February 2017 Monday 20 February 2017 Tuesday 21 February 2017 Friday 7 April 2017 Monday 17 July 2017 Tuesday 18 July 2017 – Sixth Form Open Evening – Deadline for applications to Sixth Form (Sept 2017 entry) – Information, Advice & Guidance Meetings – Information, Advice & Guidance Meetings – Conditional offer letter confirming choices – Induction Day (Pastoral) – Induction Day (Academic, joint with Marling School)

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