Headteacher: Ms Justine McDonald
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to find out more about Our Lady’s Mixed Sixth Form and explore what we have to offer you. I am absolutely delighted to be the Headteacher at Our Lady’s and consider it a real privilege to lead this learning community. This is a truly wonderful school with bright, caring and aspirational students who are taught by a dedicated and talented team of teachers.
We have a strong commitment to nurturing the individual, as well as promoting excellent academic outcome, and these qualities are highly visible in our SIxth Form community where standards are high and maintained through excellent teaching, positive relationships and a culture of aspiration. You will be incredibly well looked after by our Assistant Headteacher in charge of the Sixth Form, Mr Earnshaw, and our Head of Year 12 and 13, Mr Bailey. We very much look forward to you continuing your journey to excellence with us!
Assistant Headteacher in charge of the Sixth Form: Mr Dan Earnshaw
Our Mixed Sixth Form is the jewel in the crown of this school; a highly successful Sixth Form that offer you a wide range of choices to follow on from your successes at GCSE & BTEC.
We pride ourselves in the open, honest and effective guidance and support we provide our students to ensure that you make the right choices. We meet with all students during the enrolment process to make sure you get the best out of your time here with us. Our dedicated and experienced staff are committed to ensuring you fulfil your potential and attain academic excellence. All students receive regular personal tutorials with their form tutor and attend weekly sessions for Core Religious Education and PSHE. We also expect our Sixth Form to be role models and leaders in the school. Students are given a variety of opportunities through which to develop these essential life skills.
Looking for a Sixth Form place for September 2018?
Life in the Sixth Form at Our Lady’s is full of opportunities and challenges. There are 75 places in each year and we offer a wide selection of subjects. We help you make the right choices by meeting with all students during the enrolment process to make sure you get the best out of your time here with us.
Our students are our ambassadors. We believe that the Our Lady’s experience provides enrichment in term of academic qualifications and in the wider field of fostering cultural and social awareness and in developing leadership skills.
Our dedicated and experienced staff are committed to ensuring you fulfil your potential and attain academic excellence. Students in our Sixth form are assured of the very best standards of teaching and enjoy the security of a warm and friendly environment with fellow students and staff.
All students receive regular personal tutorials with their form tutor and attend weekly sessions for general Religious Studies and PSHE.
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Mr Earnshaw and Mr Bailey answer your Frequently Asked Questions:
I have heard that there have been some changes to A Levels. What are they?
The Government has made changes to the structure of A Levels. From September 2017, all A Levels are ‘linear’, with all the assessment at the end of the two year course. Although AS levels still exist, these are separate, stand-alone qualifications. Most students select four subjects in Year 12 and continue three of these into Year 13 and therefore gain three A Levels. Where possible, we continue to enter students for AS examinations in all four subjects at the end of Year 12. This enables students and teachers to be well informed when deciding which courses to continue into Year 13.
What does linear mean?
Linear means that all examinations are taken at the end of two years of study.
Are the new linear A Levels more difficult than the old AS/A2 levels?
The challenge of knowledge and understanding in A Level subjects will be the same, although some students may find it more difficult to take all their exams at the end of the course. Our Sixth Form team will help you prepare for this so there is no need to worry.
What are the entry requirements for Our Lady’s Mixed Sixth Form?
Your course choices will be personal to you, so it is difficult to specify general entry requirements. Whatever courses you choose, the most important requirements are:
- an enthusiastic and positive approach to your studies
- a commitment to being part of Our Lady’s community and meeting the high expectations we have of our students
- full time attendance and punctuality
Each course has its own entry requirements and so it is important that you check the course details carefully.
If you haven’t got a Grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths when you join the Sixth Form, you will be required to continue your studies in these subjects and resit these qualifications.
How many courses should I choose?
The Sixth Form Team will advise you carefully about the right number and types of courses for you.
Can you guarantee that all the courses that I choose will be available?
The courses in this brochure are our ‘offer’. Whilst we would love to run all of the courses, sometimes we are not able to. Decisions about whether to run courses will depend on the number of students who opt for them. If we are not able to run a particular course for any reason, we will let you know as soon as possible and advise you on choosing a different course.
How do I apply to Our Lady’s Sixth Form?
External candidates simply complete the application form in the brochure or available on our website. Application forms should be posted or handed into the main school reception. Internal candidates do not need to complete an application form but will be asked about potential course choices in Year 11.
Will I have to come for an interview?
We meet with all applicants. This isn’t really an interview, it’s an opportunity to discuss your course choices and make sure they are right for you.
Where can I get advice about which courses to choose?
A number of factors might influence your choice of Study Programme:
- you might have enjoyed or been good at a subject at GCSE
- you need a particular subject for your chosen career path or university course
In addition to these factors, you should also bear the following in mind:
- some subjects are much harder at Level 3 than at GCSE
- research carefully which Level 3 subjects and qualifications you need for your future plans Check with university admissions if you are unsure or visit the UCAS website
- do your homework about what particular subjects involve at Level 3.
Speak to current students and attend our Open Evening to meet teachers and get honest and informed advice and guidance
Entry onto Level 3 courses is based on whether you have the right qualifications at GCSE to be able to cope with the demands of the subject at Level 3.
Each course has a different entry requirement, so you need to check these carefully.
The decisions you make now will affect the university courses open to you and, in an increasingly competitive market for places, your choices really do matter. Universities need to know that students are well prepared for the academic rigour required to study at degree level. Some universities will require you to have studied a particular subject at A Level and many prefer that students have included at least one ‘facilitating’ subject as part of their Study Programme.
- Further Mathematics
- Modern Foreign Languages
By choosing one or more of these subjects, you are keeping as many options open as possible. We know that it can all seem a bit overwhelming but there is plenty of support available to help you to make the right choices.
What happens if I change my mind about what I want to study?
You just need to let the Sixth Form Team know what you would like to change to. If it is a major change, we may ask you to come in for another meeting.
What happens if I don’t get my predicted grades?
The most important thing is that you are studying on the right course at the right level. Our admissions process begins on the day of your GCSE results. Every student will have an enrolment interview and, if you haven’t got the grades that you need, we will work with you to look at the options available to you.