Our Sixth Form is vibrant, diverse, successful and growing. Nearly three quarters of students from Year 11 choose to stay on because they understand our supportive staff and friendly atmosphere combine with challenging expectations and high standards are a great recipe for future success. We also welcome many students from other schools.
The quality of education in our Sixth Form fully equips our students for the brightest possible futures. Our excellent academic standards are achieved through a combination of strong subject teaching and empowering relationships. We pride ourselves on our exceptional pastoral care. We believe that your Sixth Form experience is vital to your overall success and we want to do everything we can to make the transition as smooth as possible. In addition to academic success, we will help you develop as conﬁdent, creative individuals and leaders, able to contribute to the community and the wider world.
We offer three different routes which enables us to say we are fully inclusive Sixth Form where all students can flourish if they have the correct attitude to learning.
1. One/Two Year AS/A2 Levels
These require GCSE results of 5 A*-C or better. Most subjects have their own GCSE grade requirements which are a GCSE ‘B’ grade or better. To study A Levels you must meet both the general and speciﬁc GCSE criteria. This means that if you are doing 3 A levels you will need at least 3 ‘B’ Grades and at least 2 C grades. Each subject has their own specification. This is the information and skills which you must study and show you know in the exams. You can find a summary of this information in the course description for each subject. The ﬁrst part of the full A Level subject can be studied as an AS qualiﬁcation in the ﬁrst year and can stand as a one year qualiﬁcation.
For students starting year 12 in September 2016 most subjects are now ‘linear’. This means you take all your exams at the end of the course after 2 years (June 2018). There are a few subjects which are still ‘modular’. This means you take exams in June 2017 which will count towards half of your A level grade. For more information about this please ask at your interview or your subject teachers. This information is changing so it’s always best to look on examination board websites or ask when you need to know.
All A level students carryout PSHCE, private study and Maths/English GCSE resit if required. If you are doing 3 A levels then you will take AS Citizenship as a 4th subject to AS Level in year 12. This will broaden your knowledge of the world around you along with an understanding of your rights and responsibilities as a British Citizen. In addition this will give you UCAS points which enable you to enter university. A small number of students will be invited to study 4 subjects of their own choice.
The range of subjects can be seen on the right of this page.
2. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas
We offer the BTEC Extended Diploma in 4 subjects: Business Studies, Media Studies, ICT and Science. All four are the equivalent of 3 A levels in terms of their UCAS points, timetable hours and level of work required. These subjects require a minimum of 5 grade Cs, preferably including both a grade C in English and Maths. The Extended Diploma course ﬁlls most of a timetable; there is room for GCSE resits in Maths and English if required. Students also carryout PSHCE and private study.
3. One Year Certiﬁcate in Business & Administration
This course provides the pathway for a smll number of students who have not yet gained 5 GCSE ‘C’ grades. This does not require high GCSE grades and is only available to students currently studying in Loxford. The Certiﬁcate course ﬁlls most of a timetable; there is room for GCSE resits in Maths and English if required. Students also follow PSHCE and private study. If students are successful and gain a ‘merit’ level they will be invited to join one of the L3 BTEC courses.
We regularly monitor academic progress and students. Parents and teachers work closely together to ensure that student will achieve their full potential.
Finally we regard our Sixth Formers as role models for younger members of the school and are keen for them to be involved in the wider aspects of school life. They may be chosen to be a sixth from prefect or sit on a student panel when we are recruiting new teachers. Sixth Form students contribute significantly to many voluntary activities, including music, sport and drama. This is an important area of the Sixth Form Curriculum as we fully appreciate that academic qualifications are not all that is necessary in order to be successful in university, the world of work and beyond.