All our students take three A level subjects in the Lower Sixth year, leading to examinations at the end of Upper Sixth. Although we cannot guarantee every possible combination of the subjects we offer, the option scheme is re-written each year to meet students’ needs, and only rarely are we unable to provide what students are looking for.
In addition to the three A levels, all students follow an enrichment programme over the two years. In Lower Sixth this includes one of the following: a fourth A level, the IFS Certificate in Financial Studies or Young Enterprise, plus Games and Careers lessons. In the Upper Sixth this includes one of the following: continuing a fourth A level, the Extended Project Qualification, Work Experience, (including the Pre-Teaching Qualification), or the Sports leadership Award. In addition, all students take Games and a Life Skills course.
The tutorial time provided alongside academic studies, offers important support at an individual level.
All students have a certain amount of private study allowed for in the school day; learning to manage study time is a high priority if they are to do well at A Level and beyond.
Students have personal targets for their A Levels which are agreed in consultation with staff. Based in part on prior attainment, these represent realistic but ambitious challenges for our students. Progress is assessed in relation to them, and students are clear throughout the course about where they stand and how close they are to achieving their ambitions.
Changes to A levels
Students now study linear A levels. This means that they no longer have any external examinations in these subjects in the summer of Lower Sixth. External examinations take place at the end of Upper Sixth and performance in these exams determines a student’s A level grade. In June of Lower Sixth, students will take internal examinations and they will be required to achieve at least a D grade in a subject in order to continue studying it to A level in the Upper Sixth. Students must study a minimum of three A levels in the Upper Sixth.