We have expanded the Sixth Form curriculum with the intention of offering students a useful, appropriate and relevant programme of study that will genuinely allow for progression routes into Higher Education, advanced apprenticeships and/or employment. Qualifications include A Level, AS level, BTEC Level 3 and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Resist GCSE Maths and/or English will be timetabled for those students who are yet to achieve a grade C in both or one of these crucial qualifications. These ‘individualised programmes of study’ optimise on students’ capacity to develop an essential academic and employability skill set. This curriculum offer also enables students to prosper emotionally, socially and spiritually as they journey into adulthood. The final component of the programme of study is tutorial sessions and enrichment activities. It is expected that all students attend and complete the full programme to allow for their optimum progress and development.
Groups sizes and lesson timings
The normal allocation of lessons for AS/A2 are ten lessons over a fortnight. This is above the County average. However, this allocation cannot be guaranteed where a subject attracts a small number of students. The group may not be viable and therefore, we may reduce the number of lessons per fortnight as the teacher ratio is smaller. This is in line with other Post 16 providers. Please note that the College reserves the right to amend this curriculum offer and we may not be able to run courses that attract eight students or fewer. In the rapidly changing educational landscape, coupled with national policy changes to funding and curriculum we may need to reform our curriculum offer. Parents and students will be notified of any necessary changes. Any decisions taken with regard to pecuniary matters will be commensurate with the impact of Education Funding Agency decisions (EFA).
Working in partnership with parents
Research has informed us time and time again that a positive and close working relationship between students, staff and parents is a recipe for academic success! There are formal consultation evenings for parents including tutor evenings and parents’ evenings that are calendared and posted on our website. Parents also receive a full written report of their child’s progress once a year. We track and monitor student progress very closely and will be in contact with parents if we have any concerns. There are also a range of information evenings throughout the year and some of these are jointly hosted with partners such as The University of Nottingham, The University of Leicester and the National Citizenship Service.