Keystage 5

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There is an exciting breadth of academic provision at Key Stage 5, which includes a substantial range of A Level courses. We also offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) for those students who have a specific interest in a topic that they wish to explore further.

All students study three subjects at A Level throughout Year 12 and 13 and, with the exception of Maths and Media, all courses are now linear with examinations occurring at the end of the two year course only. We construct a highly personalised academic package for each of our students, and invest considerable time in ensuring that each individual’s chosen options are the best possible match for their ability level and future aspirations. Each student has Individual Course Guidance Meetings in Year 11, and then a further meeting immediately after Results Day in August. Parents and carers are invited to these meetings, and our experience shows that this is an invaluable method of ensuring that students are on the right courses, and feel happy and fulfilled during their Key Stage 5 education.

A full range of our academic qualifications, and relevant entry requirements, can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus on the Sixth Form section of this website. This is updated annually to meet the needs of the incoming year group. The offer for 2017 will be published in November. 

Although students are expected to work hard at their academic studies and be independent learners, life in the Sixth Form is very different from the lower year groups in the academy. Sixth Formers are involved in significant leadership roles, including peer mentoring of younger students, leading our Year 7 Reading Mentor Scheme, and assisting in classes as part of their Community Service Programme. All students will also undertake a period of work experience during their time in Year 12 and 13 and significant numbers of students also work on voluntary placements with the National Citizenship Service.

We also work with a variety of external organisations to give our Sixth Form students every possible opportunity to develop in and outside the classroom.  We work with The Brilliant Club, The Nuffield Trust, Learn2Live, Cambridge Student Shadowing Programme, Access Aspirations and the Citizen’s Advice Bureaux among others.  Our Sixth Form students leave the academy as well rounded individuals, who are properly prepared for the demands of higher education or the workplace.