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Welcome to Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School


You will join us in September as a young adult, taking those hugely important first steps from GCSE to the challenge of A Level study - before progressing to University. In your first two weeks we make sure that you get to know your school- its teachers and other students. Everyone who comes to Sir Isaac is in a similar position in that they have decided to come to somewhere completely new to them- and make a whole new group of friends. Ask any Sir Isaac student- making new friends is easy, with everyone having so many shared interests. Our timetable over the first two weeks is also designed to prepare you for the challenges of A Level study- we focus on core knowledge and skills that you will need to be successful in your chosen subjects as well as exploring the most effective ways to study at A Level.


There is growing world-wide recognition that teaching should be more akin to medicine- and base the practice of teachers on evidence of what works. At Sir Isaac our approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are based on the best of what is known about the science of learning.In addition, Sir Isaac staff and students are working with researchers from Sussex University on methods for assessing and teaching the really tricky bits of A Levels- the so called ‘Threshold Concepts’. Our aim is to find new methods to improve the understanding of Sir Isaac students- and to share our findings with schools across the world.

At Sir Isaac our approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are based on the best of what is known about the science of learning. In addition, Sir Isaac staff and students are working with researchers from Sussex University on methods for assessing and teaching the really tricky bits of A Levels- the so called ‘Threshold Concepts’. Our aim is to find new methods to improve the understanding of Sir Isaac students- and to share our findings with schools across the world.

All Sir Isaac students experience regular presentations from visiting science professionals in which real people- doctors, mathematicians, research scientists, accountants, engineers, computer programmers (the list is endless) - provide real detail not only about their careers, but about the degrees that they studied as well as their own experiences at A Level.

We know how powerful it is for young people to hear how amazing the range of future careers are in the sciences, and we continually see Sir Isaac students inspired by our visiting speakers and finding their own future directions as a consequence. In addition to visits from professional scientists and medical professionals, Sir Isaac students will benefit from regular visits to STEM workplaces such as research labs, medical facilities and universities. Students will also work closer with ‘partner scientists’, for example as professional support with the EPQ projects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2014

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