Welcome to Melton Vale Sixth Form College
Welcome to the UCAS Progress Site for Melton Vale Sixth Form College (MV16).
MV16 is a Sixth Form College which officially opened its doors to students in September 2011. The design of the centre provides students with a purpose built learning environment for post 16 education including state of the art resources and excellent facilities for ICT and independent learning. The teaching staff are all experienced post 16 teachers with proven track records of success delivering excellent results over the last six years.
I am extremely confident in saying therefore that at MV16 we have everything in place to enable you to be successful in your chosen areas of study - the final ingredient is, of course, your own ambition and work ethic. We will also support you in this regard by providing you with targets which build on your prior achievement and an academic tutor to monitor your progress and access additional support for you should you need it.
MV16 provides a very broad curriculum offer for Level 3 students, that is, A Level and equivalent qualifications. There are entry requirements because we want to ensure that you are choosing subjects which are appropriate for you and which will enable you to succeed in the future. We also believe that post 16 education should be about more than what you do in the classroom; our broader curriculum offer embraces a wide range of activities including residential trips, visiting speakers, a wealth of clubs and societies and an active Student Union.
You can find out more by accessing the MV16 website and by attending our Open events in the Autumn. If you cannot make these events then we are happy to make an appointment for you to visit for a tour of the centre to see us on a typical working day. We have three compulsory induction days in the summer term once you have finished your GCSE exams for you to gain a real experience of A level study before you join us in the Autumn as a Year 12 student.
We look forward to meeting you.
Sixth Form study is not an end in itself, it is a stepping stone to your future, whether that be in Higher Education, Higher Apprenticeship or employment. Students need to think carefully about next steps beyond the Sixth Form when making choices about what to study post 16.
At MV16 we set entry requirements for A level courses. This is not because we are elitist but because, from experience, we know the minimum standard you need to have achieved in your prior studies in order to be successful as you go forward with the many different courses on offer. These entry requirements set you a realistic benchmark. We want you to be successful and will work with you to try to ensure that your choice of subjects is appropriate for you and your future ambitions.
We have high expectations of all our students: for example, we require Year 12 students to attend full-time for the first five weeks as part of our transition programme, to learn how to use independent study time effectively.
As a post-16 student you will enjoy more control over your individual learning and your life in general. You will have the challenge of balancing the different and sometimes conflicting aspects of your life such as study, social life, outside interests and work experience. If you decide to apply to study at MV16, our expectation is that this will be your priority.
Our Aims and Objectives
We aim to:
- Have high expectations of our community in all aspects of school life
- Pursue excellent levels of achievement
- Foster independent, enquiring and creative minds
- Develop caring, responsible and tolerant attitudes
- Enhance the self-esteem of all our stakeholders and acknowledge their varied achievements.
Our objectives aim to:
- Provide opportunities for every student and staff member to acquire and develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that will prepare them for their chosen path through life.
- Ensure that our ethos promotes social justice through mutual respect and tolerance of and for each other, leading to the self-enrichment to be gained from understanding the differences that our community embraces.
- Create and sustain an environment that empowers every member of the school staff and student body to operate as effectively as possible with the support of sound leadership and management.
- Promote creativity, flair, individuality and expression within and beyond the curriculum, to encourage every member of the school community to explore their potential in a motivated, responsive and aspirational manner.
- Work with our parents and carers through effective communication and transfer of information, in a way that will facilitate mutual support and therefore the development of each individual to their full potential.
- Ensure all teachers to be operating at good or outstanding.
- Ensure attainment is in relation to the target grades we set using ALPS.
- Learning Resource Centre - The MV16 LRC is an outstanding resource for students. It comprises a library, banks of computers and a silent working area. Students are also encouraged to bring in and use their own laptops/electronic notebooks through which they will be able to access the VLE via our wireless network. Self-supported study is a key element of post 16 learning but we recognise that not all students will come with the skills they need; throughout the LRC, staff are on hand to provide students with the support they may need.
- MV16 Cafe - The café is open throughout the day and provides drinks, snacks and meals. It is run by our own catering team and is very responsive to the views and needs of our students and staff.
- Specialist Equipment and Learning Resources
- Excellent ICT Facilities.
Student Support Services
Student support includes:
- Student Services provide advice and guidance in areas such as financial support, transport and employment. They also support the administration of the student social events and our Sixth Form Presentation Evening.
- Academic Services provide advice and guidance on course enrolment, UCAS applications, examinations and progress reports.
- Welfare: we provide health information and guidance and access to support for other student related issues such as counselling.
- Student Voice: through the Student Union, we have a well-supported student forum which meets on a regular basis to discuss various issues and is an important element in the development of student provision at MV16. The students operate their own newsletter and contributions are welcome from everyone. In addition, we regularly seek feedback from the student body through our Student Voice questionnaires which this year have demonstrated high levels of student satisfaction.
- Financial Support: All post-16 establishments are allocated a sum of money to support students who have difficulties in funding the requirements of their courses of study e.g. the purchase of necessary equipment, participation on field trips or educational visits. On entry to MV16 we will provide information to ascertain whether you qualify for financial support so that we can be proactive in helping you throughout your time here. It is important therefore that you let us know if your personal circumstances change as you may become eligible during your course.
- Transport: If you live in Leicestershire, you will need to submit an application form in the summer before you take up your offer of a place here as it will not be provided automatically. If you live out of county, you can still apply to Leicestershire for a seat on one of the many buses; provision of a seat will depend on places available. You may be eligible for a transport subsidy from your own Local Authority, especially if the courses you wish to study are not available at a post 16 establishment in the area where you live. In this case, you should apply directly to your own Local Authority. If you live in Rutland, there is a public transport service. Application forms for transport (and further guidance) are available to download from the County Council website or students can apply online: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/school-transport/school-transport-for-16-to-19-year-olds/eligibility-and-how-to-apply.
Information, Advice and Guidance
At MV16, we put the learner first. In addition to high quality teaching and excellent facilities, there is an extensive academic tutoring programme tailored to individual student needs:
Careers and Higher Education
We provide considerable support to all students when they are considering their next steps, this is supported by our independent careers advisor.
The whole process of preparing to progress from post 16 education is a major commitment of time and effort in its own right. Post 16 students are often surprised at how much has to be researched and done in preparing an effective strategy for leaving the post 16 environment. MV16 will help you to prepare for what comes next in a way that keeps opportunities open and maximises your potential. We have a concerted approach to offering opportunities to those students whose families have not previously had access to higher education.
Considerable specialist support enables us to provide individual guidance on subject choices and opportunities. We have a well-stocked Careers Library with information about higher education as well as employment opportunities. We also visit the East Midlands Higher Education Fair to provide further advice and guidance to students, alongside the opportunities for students to attend university open days. Towards the end of the summer term, we organise an 18+ Progression Event for our Year 12 students. Here they receive dedicated guidance from their teachers, former students, local universities, gap year organisations and regional employers.
Support for Higher Education
You will be fully supported by expert staff in your preparation for Higher Education through our Higher Education Related Learning Programme. This involves individual guidance and advice, university visits, our regional HE fair, informative talks from local universities covering all aspects of the application process, online research for courses and related graduate career prospects. You will develop critical skills for analysing, evaluating and creating, subject specific information and a comprehensive step by step approach to UCAS applications and admissions including Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. High Achievers aiming for the Russell Group and 1994 Universities are encouraged to access Masterclasses including a Masterclass Challenge Day at the University of Cambridge, the prestigious Villiers Park residential courses, Sutton Trust Summer Schools and the University of Nottingham, Ambition and Experience Nottingham Schemes. In addition you can demonstrate your suitability for the most competitive HE courses by completing the AQA Extended Project.
Support for Other Opportunities Post 18
For those students who elect to enter the workplace, training schemes, or apprenticeships, we offer expert support both internally and externally, including workshops to develop skill sets in order to enhance employability. This incorporates CV writing, interview and research skills. We are able to signpost students to appropriate agencies and websites through our excellent network of local and regional contacts.
We provide a high level of support to our students, which leads to considerable success and the opportunity to progress onto to higher education. Each year over 80% of the Year 13 cohort apply to university and virtually all are successful in receiving offers to a range of universities, which includes the Russell and 1994 groupings of ‘elite’ universities
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Melton Vale Sixth Form College directly.