Dear Year 11 Students,
We hope you are adapting to your new way of working and are making the most of the opportunities available to you at the moment.
Although your examinations have been cancelled, it is still very important that you are thinking about your plans for September. Although we do not know for sure, we are assuming that we will be back at school as normal in September, ready to start Sixth Form programmes of study.
We are delighted that nearly one hundred of you so far have applied to join our Sixth Form; if you have already applied, Mr Alexander will be contacting you over the next few weeks to discuss your options. If you have not yet applied, we have reopened the application link, and this will remain open until Monday 4th May: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Pros6ApplicationForm
We offer a number of different options at Sixth Form and we would encourage you to look at these closely:
- Pros6 Level Three Plus: Students on this pathway with follow three A levels and complete the EPQ. Students will have additional coaching and mentoring and should be aiming to apply to Russell Group/Oxbridge/Medical/Law etc at University. You should be expecting predominantly Grades 7 and above in your GCSEs
- Pros6 Level Three: Students on this pathway will follow three A levels and have the option to complete the EPQ. You should be expecting to achieve at least 5 grades 5s at GCSE.
- Pros6 Level Two Plus: Students on this pathway will follow 2 Level 2 BTECs, and will be resitting English and/or Maths. You have the option of following one A level/Level Three course. You should be expecting predominantly Grade 4s at GCSE.
- Pros6 Level Two: Students on this pathway will follow 2 Level 2 BTECs and will be resitting English and/or Maths GCSE. You should be expecting predominantly 3s and 4s at GCSE.
- Pros6 Vocational: Students on this pathway will follow a vocational course in either Hair and Beauty or Construction. You may also be resitting English and/or Maths. This course will involve work placements as part of the course. There are no formal entry requirements, but we will expect a good level of attendance and a commitment to hard work.
As you will not be sitting formal examinations this year, the school has to submit centre assessed grades to Ofqual, the government body that oversees qualifications (you have been sent a separate letter about this). We appreciate that this is an entirely different system, and you may not get the grades that either you (or we) were expecting. Therefore, the above entry requirements are just a guide – we will look at individual students and our entry requirements will be flexible.
However, it is important that you are on the right courses. It is a long time between now and September and it is essential that you keep your brains busy! We have therefore set you some pre-Sixth Form assignments which you can find here: https://prospect.reading.sch.uk/sixth-form/pre-sixth-form-assignments/
These are designed to keep you working over the next few months, but also give you an understanding of what the courses will entail. It will also help teachers to decide your suitability for courses if you have not got the grades that you were expecting.
We suggest that as a general rule, your complete the work for the three subjects that you definitely want to do, and a further two as a reserve. You will need to bring the completed work with you on Thursday 20th August, which is results and registration day. Further details will follow.
We have also been working with a company called CoachBright this year, who match university undergraduate students with students at school. The are offering to provide one-to-one coaching sessions for any of our Year 11 students who would like it – this is an excellent opportunity to talk to someone who has been through the Sixth Form in a friendly and informal way, and will be able to help you with any questions you might have about the next steps in your education. This offer is open to all our Year 11 students, whether or not you are planning to come back to the Sixth Form. If you would like to be considered for a coach, please email Mrs McCavish firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and match you up as soon as we can. All coaching sessions will obviously be taking place remotely!
If you have any questions about joining the Sixth Form, please email Mr Alexander email@example.com and he will arrange a time for a conversation, either by phone or MS Teams/Zoom.
If you have questions about specific subjects, the links to the Head of Department are included with the assignments.
Wishing you all the very best,
Ms M Morris