Welcome to Churchdown School Academy
Churchdown School Sixth Form is a centre of quality education where all students and staff are valued equally.
We demand a high level of academic rigour in all subjects. Teaching staff are dedicated and experienced with a proven record of exam success. We embrace the concept of growth mindset in post-16 education and continually encourage students to aspire to
their absolute potential.
All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, work as a team and to see education as a lifelong experience.
Please find here information on our offer for students in 2016. We aim to offer relevant courses according to each individual’s need and offer a choice of 3 different pathways. For most students, Churchdown has been their school for the last five years
and we want to continue to nurture and support all students through their teenage twilight years by providing a broad and balanced curriculum choice.
Our dedicated team of Sixth Form tutors are experienced in guiding young
people through the next few years, are able to offer advice and help for anything from UCAS university applications, study skills and time management.
Our Sixth Formers are aspirational role models to younger students. They are an integral part of Churchdown School; organising many of the extra-curricular events for younger students and providing a voice for all students by running the School Parliament.
Subsequently, many other opportunities are presented to Sixth Formers to take on leadership roles and other responsibilities during their time in Sixth Form that help them develop the edge over future competition in the job market or university selection.
There has been much in the press about A Level reform. The changes are being phased in; last year new A Levels began in Biology, Chemistry, History, Physics, Business, Psychology and Sociology. These subjects are different from before in that there is
less coursework and a greater emphasis on the final exam. This year Art, Languages, Geography, RE and Drama are new and will follow a linear programme with a greater emphasis on exams. We will still ask those students
going down the traditional route to pick four subjects and specialise in three for Year 13. If the full A level is chosen to be studied in any of these particular A levels, the exams will be taken twice at the end of Year 12 and at the end of Year 13.
In the new A Level, the AS grade does not count towards the A Level grade.
Our main hope is that students will pick courses that they can be their absolute best in and ones that will keep them motivated and enjoying their education. This booklet is a guide only; the most valuable resource in selecting courses are our teachers;
students are encouraged to ask them what they think could bring them the most success.
Head of Sixth Form