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An Introduction to Sixth Form

About Longdean 6th Form

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SIXTH FORM EDUCATION AT LONGDEAN SCHOOL

One of the greatest changes you experience upon entering the Sixth Form is that you become a student: ‘one who studies…’.  We believe that, as you grow towards adulthood, an important task of the Sixth Form is to provide a bridge between the restrictions of adolescence and the responsibilities of being a mature young man or woman.  This implies not only a willingness, interest and self-discipline regarding academic matters but also a commitment to the development of a thoughtful, enquiring and considerate attitude to personal and social responsibilities.  The purpose of the Sixth Form is to provide opportunities which fulfil these dual responsibilities.  We encourage students to participate in recreational and sporting activities, engage in Community Service either within school or in the wider community and to organize a wide range of social and academic activities.  Many school clubs and sports teams welcome the support and leadership of the Sixth Form, and Sixth Formers play an important role in helping younger pupils adjust to secondary education and in offering assistance in lessons.

In coming to a decision about whether or not to stay on into Longdean’s Sixth Form you might wish to consider the following advantages:

  1. Range of subjects - We offer a very broad range of A Level subjects including many which will be new to you such as Economics, Forensic Science, and Government and Politics.
  2. Open Access - We are NOT wholly selective by academic ability.  We are proud of the fact that our Sixth Form can and does offer appropriate courses for a wide range of abilities.  We take great care in matching students to appropriate courses where they can be successful.
  3. Continuity of Staff - You will probably already know the staff who will be teaching you.  They know you not only from an academic point of view but as an individual.  They are well-equipped to help you and this may well be reflected in the progress you make and the academic results you attain.
  4. Settling in - You will know your teachers, your fellow students and the environment.  There will, of course, be plenty of new experiences but you will not have to go through the worrying process of finding your feet in a new setting.  You only have one or two years before the next phase of your life – university or work – and can ill afford to waste any time or energy.
  5. Smaller classes - Classes will normally consist of ten to twenty students; this will give you closer contact with your teachers and some opportunity for individual help when you have difficulties.  In many subjects you will be taught by more than one teacher for different components of the course.
  6. Track Record of Examination Success - Longdean has an excellent record of success at all levels post-16.  We generally expect about 70 students to gain access to degree courses, including the most competitive such as Oxford, Cambridge and the ‘Russell Group’. Many others gain places on sought after apprenticeships. Last year saw the best results in the school’s history.
  7. Facilities - 
  8. The Sixth Form Study Centre provides a base for recreation, debate, discussion and group working.  There are also private study areas and computers. The canteen is open most of the day for Sixth formers and there is an area for tea and coffee making as well as a microwave. There are 36 laptops available for Sixth form use. Miss Segalini and Mrs Mulcahy are based nearby to be accessible to students.

  9. Pastoral Care/academic support - You will have daily contact with your Form Tutor who is responsible for your personal well-being.  In addition, the Assistant Head in charge of post 16 (Miss Segalini) and Sixth Form Learning Mentor (Ms Mulcahy) are responsible for monitoring your academic and social progress.  There is always someone available for advice on any issue, whether personal, study or career-related.  Staff are present to assist you throughout the time you are in the Sixth Form, and the provision of Sixth Form Pastoral Care was highly rated in the OFSTED Inspection in December 2015. Form Groups include both Year 12 and Year 13 students and students are attached to their current Houses.  House Captains and Vice-Captains are elected from the Sixth Form.  PHCSE is taught by the Sixth Form Tutor team exploring Sixth Form issues such as the UCAS (university) application process. Students and parents are informed of progress formally by three Reports and a Parents’ Consultation Evenings, and more informally at Welcome to Sixth Form and Next Steps Evenings and by contact from subject teachers, Form Tutors, Miss Segalini or Mrs Mulcahy if concerns arise over attendance, punctuality, behaviour or work.  These contacts are, of course, always intended to support students if there are difficulties.
  10. Four day week - We understand that for many the need to balance their education with paid employment. In the past we have been aware that many students spend much of their evening/weekend time at work and it encroaches into their study time and has a negative impact on well-being. We are now offering students the opportunity to balance their school work and/or paid work more effectively by introducing the four day week. Level 3 students will be expected to be in school full time from Monday to Thursday but will be able to use Friday how they need. For some they may wish to come into school and use the facilities to study, for others they may wish to gain paid employment, others may simply work from home. It is to be noted however, that this is a privilege and not a right. If students find themselves in breach of contract and/or falling behind we may insist they attend school and have supervised study.
  11. Extra-Curricular Activities - We are proud of our very broad range of extra-curricular opportunities including sport, music, drama, dance, visits, trips abroad, Young Enterprise etc.  Access to these activities is open to all Sixth Formers. The bi-annual ‘World Challenge’ trip is growing in popularity, so far destinations include India, Swaziland, Costa Rica and Zambia. Coming up: Sri Lanka in summer 2018.
  12. Responsibility - You will be expected to exercise responsibility for the more junior members of the school.  All Sixth Formers are Prefects and as such represent role-models for the rest of the school; we consider it a valuable component in your training.  Most careers involve a degree of responsibility for others and the Sixth Form is a good preparation for this.  In addition, you will be expected and helped to develop much greater independence and responsibility for your own learning, time-management and participation.
  13. Cost - You may be asked to buy some text-books and specialist equipment and to finance field-trips and school visits.  Examination fees are paid for by the school. Sixth Formers pay a small annual subscription of £5 for the upkeep of tea/coffee supplies and shared facilities in the Sixth form study centre. If you are eligible for Bursary, the school can support the spending as described above as well as uniform, transport and stationary costs. Please ask for details.

Approached with an open, positive and determined attitude, you will find the Sixth Form a very rich and rewarding experience.

See here for Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Entry Requirements

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Students applying to our Sixth Form will be expected to meet two conditions.  The first is academic and concerns performance at GCSE.  Each subject has individual entry requirements which you will find on the next page.

  • • 3 A Levels or equivalent require 5+ A*- C or 9-5 grades (or equivalent) including Maths and English. Some students may be selected to take 4 A Levels but this will be decided on an individual basis.
  • • Level 2 Foundation Courses requires 5 A* - D or 9-3 grades.

You should only apply to the course if you match all the ‘essential’ elements as laid out in this course person specification so please read this information carefully.

The final condition relates to behaviour and attitude to work.  Much is expected in the way of self-discipline, motivation and ambition.  Applicants must have demonstrated these qualities during their GCSE years to qualify for admission to our Sixth Form.  Once successful each member of the Sixth Form must sign and adhere to a contract covering all aspects of Sixth Form life, including: Attitude to learning, punctuality and attendance, dress code and meeting deadlines to name but a few. Any students found to be in breach of this contact will be sanctioned may lose the privilege of the four day week, or may ultimately be asked to leave.

Drama  Each student taking 3 A Levels will also be required to take up a weekly enrichment activity to support their studies. It will be either an EPQ or additional study skills. Some students may be directed to take study skills if it is deemed necessary.

 

 

 

 


Course

Subject at GCSE

Recommended minimum prior attainment at KS4

Essential

Desirable

Subjects

Essential

Desirable

Art & Design

a

 

Art & Design

C/5

 
   

Art & Design

(Textiles and Fashion)

 

a

Art & Design or

BTEC Art

C/5

 

Biology

a

 

Biology/B1

Maths

English

6

5

6

 

Business Studies

 

a

English

Maths

5

5

 

Chemistry

a

 

Chemistry/C1 & C2

Maths

English

6

5

6

 

Children’s Care, Learning & Development (CCLD)

 

a

English

Child Development

4

5

C

Computing

 

a

English

Computing

Maths

5

5

B

 

Drama & Theatre Studies

 

a

English

Drama

5

C/merit

Economics

   

English

Maths

6

6

 

English Literature

a

 

English Language

English Literature

6

6

 

Film

 

a

English

5

 

French

a

 

French

6

 

Further Maths

a

 

Maths

7

 

Geography

a

 

English

Geography

6

B/6

 

Government & Politics

   

English

Citizenship/RS

6

C/5

History

a

 

English

History

6

B/6

 

ICT

a

 

English & Maths

ICT

5

C/5

 

Maths

a

 

Maths

7

 

Music

a

 

Music BTEC

Music GCSE

Merit

C/6

 

Physical Education

a

 

English & Maths

PE

5

C/merit/6

 

Physics

a

 

Physics/P1 & P2

English

Maths

6

5

6

 

Product Design

a

 

Any Design & Technology

C/5

 

Psychology

 

a

Psychology

English

Maths

Biology

B/6

6

6

B/6

 

Religious Studies

 

a

English

RE

5

C/5

Sociology

 

a

English

Sociology

6

B/6

Travel & Tourism

   

English

Maths

5

5

 

 

Why Choose Longdean

Why Choose Longdean Sixth Form

Longdean is one of the few ‘good’ schools in Dacorum with ‘interesting and engaging lessons;’ teachers who have ‘strong subject knowledge’ and ‘commitment and enthusiasm’; and ‘strong’ outcomes for pupils.”

(Ofsted 2015)


 “A strong Sixth Form curriculum and leaders who ‘know learners and their circumstances well’ (Ofsted 2015) mean that 100% of Sixth Form parents praise the sixth form experience and would recommend it”

(questionnaire Nov 2015).


“Membership of a consortium and Cooperative means that the sixth form provides ‘learning to meet a wide range of needs’ “

(Ofsted 2015).


“As you know, Longdean was not our nearest school but our daughter had heard good things from her brother and wanted the same experience for herself, as did we.  She was supported by your staff in her final year in a way that enabled her to work hard and stay calm and we are very grateful for this.  She has finished school with a good set of friends, an ability to stay resilient and the university place she wanted.  Longdean completely fulfilled our expectations for both of our children, so thank you.”

(Year 13 Parent)


“I can’t speak highly enough of Longdean and in particular the 6th Form “team” – your support and the support he has received from every teacher in any of the subjects he has undertaken has been nothing less than superb. “

(Year 12 Parent)


 “Our son came to Longdean in the Sixth form following a recommendation to the level 2 course. I would just like to say a very big thank you as he now has his Grade C in Maths, and improved his English to an A, and has an A* in the HPQ. He also passed the other subjects, so I am one very proud Mum. He is now staying with you to do his A Levels. This one year GCSE course you offer is fantastic & a great opportunity to give these young students a second chance. Well done to Longdean School for having the initiative & foresight to allow a second chance to students from other schools for more students to achieve greater things. Once he finishes his A Levels he would like to go on to Uni.”

(Year 12 Parent)


“We would like to thank you and your staff for the support, encouragement and positive experience they have given to our son during his seven years at Longdean School. He came to the school struggling with confidence and was immediately appreciated and encouraged to be himself rather than moulded into someone he could not be. Through Longdean School he has been able to participate in two World Challenge Expeditions, enabling him to experience different cultures and learning to cope in difficult situations while working as part of a team. He has worked hard to raise all the money for these trips, and the skills learnt will be invaluable during his adult life. Your teachers have enabled him to grow into the confident and hard-working person he is today. They have encouraged and supported him to follow his ambitions and dreams which resulted in him obtaining amazing results in his GCSEs and A-Levels, Culminating in a place at Cambridge University. He has studied extremely hard to reach this goal, but without his dedicated teachers he would not have achieved this alone. He has been helped by many teachers over the years, including several that have been particularly inspirational to him.  We hope that Longdean continues to offer this high level of teaching and support over the coming years as it has produced an amazing student and our remaining two sons will continue to benefit from your dedicated staff. Many thanks to all the staff that have worked with him during his time at Longdean.”

(Year 13 Parent)