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SIXTH FORM

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SIXTH FORM

PREPARATION FOR LIFE


Our students are very well known within our community but, equally, those who join our Sixth Form from outside find their new environment very welcoming. They very quickly feel at home and they benefit too from the supportive and very personal nature of our school. Sixth Formers are special members of our community. The Sixth Form at Reddam House is a warm and inclusive community, which encourages students to have a curiosity about the world and the way it operates. Reddam House Sixth Formers are notable for their inter-personal skills; they are independent learners and are prepared to lead and take responsibility. They are caring and they serve both their own community and other communities through their charitable actions.  

Our Sixth Form Judiciary are voted for by their peers and are ambassadors for our school and representatives of our student body. However, all students are expected to take part in leadership activities and to take a full and active part in the life of the school.

ACADEMIC LIFE


The College offers a range of A level courses. These are primarily in the ‘facilitating subjects’ which are the subjects most commonly required or preferred by universities to get on to a range of degree courses. Choosing a combination of these subjects can help students keep their options open when choosing a degree course. Initially all students opt for four A level subjects which they study for a term, at this point most will choose only three of these subjects that they will study throughout the two years comprising 6th form. Some students may choose to study four A levels, especially those strong mathematicians who wish to study Further Maths, but most will augment their three A levels with the Extended Project Qualification that is popular with universities and provides extra UCAS points.


Again, the emphasis is on fluency in the subject rather than the exam alone and access to broader elements of school life continues. Sixth Form students have a strong work ethic and this sets the tone for the whole school: they are the role models for future generations following them through the school.

 

MENTORING AND SUPPORT

RIGOROUS EXAM PREPARATION

UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS

MENTORING AND SUPPORT


Students need skilled, knowledgeable and experienced guidance to negotiate their way through the potential pathways open to them. At Reddam our students are fortunate to have tutors and senior leaders on hand who are able to offer helpful and realistic advice. Our Aspire to Be programme continues through the Sixth Form with a focus on preparation for independent living, study skills, reflective learning, careers and building positive relationships.

RIGOROUS EXAM PREPARATION


Every week, students take part in the Cycle Test programme. The hour-long tests rotate around their A level subjects and give the teachers and students an up-to-date feel of the progress that is being made and where additional time and effort must be spent to continue to improve. End of term examinations in all subjects and two rounds of mock examinations, in Year 13 help to prepare students well for the final examinations giving them the greatest chance of success at the end of their studies.

UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS


Applying to university in early twenty first century Britain is a challenging experience. There are thousands of courses from which to choose at well over a hundred universities – and that is in the UK alone. If pupils think that they might like to study elsewhere – in the EU, or the USA, or Australia or Canada – as increasing numbers of young Britons are doing, the choices available are enormous.

Students are given help with choosing their courses and preparing their personal statements, the part of the application procedure that gives them greatest opportunity to “sell” themselves to university Admissions’ Tutors.

Subject references are meticulously prepared by tutors and the Head of Senior, and additional support for STEP, MAT, PAT and similar pre-admission testing is offered by individual subject departments. Those students applying to universities that require an interview will be offered mock interviews with one of the leadership team in order to prepare them for this formal process.

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