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Welcome to the Sixth Form
Our Sixth Form plays a central role in the everyday life of the School. Sixth Form students embody the School’s strong ethos through, for example, their work as Student Counsellors, leading on the School Council, and assisting in the learning development of younger students.
Our key aim in the Sixth Form is to support students in achieving the success they need to pursue their chosen goals. Students are supported through the School’s excellent pastoral care system and are assigned a tutor who monitors their progress and oversees their personal development throughout their time in the Sixth Form.
We have high academic standards and have been delighted with our consistently excellent examination results over a number of years. We pride ourselves on running an inclusive Sixth Form, whilst maintaining results which are amongst the best in the county. These excellent results create the opportunity for students to move on successfully to their choice of university (including Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities), to further training or directly into employment.
In summary, Bartholomew Sixth Form has a huge amount to offer, and gives students the opportunity to develop academically through stimulating and exciting courses, as well as more broadly as individuals through a range of extracurricular activities.
Sixth Form Facilities
All lessons are taught within dedicated subject areas by highly qualified and experienced staff. We have a new Sixth Form Study Centre which is used as a timetabled space for our students to work independently. An ICT network room is provided for Sixth Form students, along with a number of specific work rooms which allow students the space and environment to study during non-contact time. A café style work and relaxation area is also available for Sixth Form students during the day.
The schools value added results for 2016 were excellent and scored an Alps Grade of 2 indicating progress within the top 4% nationally. Our value added Alps score for both 2017 and 2018 is still well above average nationally. All students successfully completed Year 13: over 95% of those applying to university made successful UCAS applications. (38% went on to Oxbridge and Russell Group institutions), whilst others progressed to further training or employment.
As in the rest of the School, pastoral care in the Sixth Form is at the core of our students’ experience at Bartholomew School as the welfare of our students is one of our fundamental priorities. The Form Tutor is the first point of contact if there are any problems or concerns. Form Tutors meet all their students daily and also meet with students more formally on a one-to-one basis on a number of occasions during the year. This tutor-student link is a vital factor in ensuring the success and welfare of the students.
We believe that close monitoring of our students’ progress is essential to their success. Three times each year, ‘snapshot’ reports go home to parents with details of each student’s progress. Within the first term, parents are invited to meet with the Director of Sixth Form and all the tutors to discuss the coming year. At the beginning of the third term, parents meet subject teachers to discuss progress and identify possible areas of focus for students in preparation for their summer exams. We also run a supportive review system within the Sixth Form which enables us to support students as needed throughout the year. Parents are always kept aware of this process.
The Sixth Form Senior Team is very much at the forefront of ensuring that students have a good balance between their academic and social life. They organise many social events and activities which include a Halloween themed event, a very popular Christmas party and the impressive Summer Ball. The Sixth Form have also created a lunchtime 5-a-side football tournament every Friday which is extremely popular with students.
Extracurricular and Curriculum Enhancement Opportunities
These activities include: • Young Enterprise • CSLA (Community Sports Leadership Award) • STEM Ambassadors programme with links to Siemens • Extended Project Qualification in a subject of the student’s choice – this is a compulsory course for all students • PiXLEdge - a programme designed to broaden attributes and skills essential to employability and life • Whole school drama productions • The Senior Maths Challenge • MUNGA (Model United Nations General Assembly) • Study days • Reading Challenge, building the confidence of younger students with reading • Student Mentoring and becoming a Student Counsellor (including receiving specialised training), working supportively with younger students • Sixth Form Senior Team (elected by other students and staff) who are a vital voice within the school • The Bartholomew School Council, led by Sixth Form students • A variety of subject enhancement trips • A number of musical clubs and activities
All students applying for entry to the Bartholomew School Sixth Form are expected to achieve a minimum of 8 GCSEs at Grade 5 (C or above), these must include English and Maths. For a large number of A level subjects, the requirement is to have a minimum of a Grade 5,6,7 or 8 (B/A/A*) at GCSE in particular subjects, details can be found on subject pages.
It is expected that in Year 12, most students will choose three courses to study, although some with very high GCSE grades will be able to take four subjects. In addition, students will be required to complete either an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which will help them to develop skills required after Sixth Form. In some cases students may be required to sit Core Maths in replacement for EPQ.
Finally it is important that the subjects chosen for study are appropriate for students’ intended post-Sixth Form plans, for example, some degree courses require particular subjects or subject combinations. All current Year 11 students at Bartholomew School will be seen by a senior member of staff, to discuss the viability and advisability of their subject combination, prior to completing their subject choices. Further, tutors and senior staff will meet with, and advise, students prior to a final decision on course choices being made in September.
Students choosing the BTEC qualifications will also need to meet entry requirements. These are clearly highlighted in the subject specific pages within the prospectus. There may also be an opportunity to sit a single BTEC course at Abingdon and Witney College which will run alongside courses taken at Bartholomew, for which further details will be available in due course.