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<p>We are pleased that you are considering Stanwell School Sixth Form for the next stage of your <br />
education. The school aims to provide a structured and disciplined environment in which students <br />
can excel, both academically and personally. The success of our sixth formers can be judged by <br />
the overwhelming number of students who continually qualify for higher education. The aim of this <br />
prospectus is to help you decide not only on appropriate courses, but also if our sixth form is <br />
suitable for the next stage of your education. <br />
The sixth form has expanded considerably over the last decade or so with projected numbers for <br />
the 2014-2015 academic year indicating a population in excess of 450. Inevitably, the majority of <br />
students have transferred from our own Year 11, but we also extend a special welcome to a <br />
number of students who join us from other schools. <br />
This year we are offering as wide a range as ever of Advanced Level subjects, including <br />
vocational options and BTEC courses. In addition, all students will study for the Advanced <br />
Diploma of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ), which is now graded. Academic <br />
progress is monitored by heads of year and personal tutors, who are closely involved in the <br />
process of applying for entry into higher education or in securing further training or employment. <br />
As a prospective student, you must apply for admission to courses in the sixth form by completing <br />
the Sixth Form Intentions 2014 form, presenting yourself for interviews when requested and <br />
attending Induction on June 12th. You must also be able to demonstrate the ability and aptitude to <br />
succeed in all of your chosen courses. <br />
Whichever programme of study you choose, you need at least five GCSEs at Grade C or above. <br />
It is important to stress that for those with, or just in excess of, this minimum qualification, <br />
progression to sixth form courses is not automatic, as at least a Grade B is a requirement in many <br />
subjects. In addition, you should be aware that a GCSE Grade B in both English Language and <br />
Mathematics is becoming increasingly a requirement for many higher education courses. More <br />
immediately, as far as your options now are concerned, without at least a C in these subjects your <br />
choices will be severely limited. Prospective employers, too, will always regard these subjects as <br />
crucial and, even though resit courses will be available, it is highly desirable to achieve these <br />
qualifications when you are still in Year 11. Alongside the academic qualifications, you must also <br />
demonstrate an appropriate attitude towards study and, as role models to the rest of the school, <br />
be prepared to accept the terms of the Sixth Form Learning Agreement. <br />
You should expect your programme of study to take up at least 23 periods per week. The main <br />
component will be your A/AS Level subjects which will form the “Options” element of the Welsh <br />
Baccalaureate. In addition you will cover the five components of the WBQ “Core” Programme: Key <br />
Skills; Wales, Europe and the World; Work Related Education; Personal and Social Education; <br />
and an Individual Investigation. <br />
There are also sixth form GCSE Resit courses in English Language and Mathematics. These are <br />
highly recommended for those students who failed to achieve a Grade C in Year 11. <br />
Whichever course you follow, the single and most important qualification or quality is the will and <br />
determination to succeed. Time is precious and the sixth form is not a safe haven for someone <br />
who wishes to while away a year or two. An organised, purposeful and mature approach to study 5<br />
with regular submission of work in time to meet deadlines is essential, and this is supported by our <br />
monitoring process and regular reporting. <br />
As a sixth former and a leading light of the school community, there are certain basic rules that <br />
you are expected to adhere to and respect. The school places an emphasis on sixth formers <br />
continuing the traditions of high standards of achievement, behaviour and appearance. The <br />
uniform, which includes a blazer, must be worn and full attendance and punctuality are <br />
compulsory. It is also a stipulation that all external examinations in the courses for which you have <br />
enrolled must be sat at the school. Those who join the sixth form make a commitment to all these <br />
requirements by signing the Learning Agreement. Otherwise, Stanwell might not be the right <br />
place for you. <br />
Apart from gaining further qualifications, the sixth form also provides opportunities for you to <br />
develop your talents and personality through a range of extra-curricular activities. Our sixth <br />
formers have always made a notable contribution to the artistic, cultural and sporting life of the <br />
school. They are also involved in a variety of programmes which enable them to develop qualities <br />
of leadership, to assume greater responsibility and to contribute to the smooth running of the <br />
school. <br />
Whether you are an existing Stanwell student or are thinking of joining us, we would ask you to <br />
study this prospectus carefully. The decisions you make now are likely to affect you for the rest of <br />
your life. The best decisions are always informed decisions and teachers, tutors and careers <br />
advisers will be pleased to help you make them. <br />
If you decide to be part of our sixth form, we hope you will find it a fulfilling and rewarding <br />
experience. We look forward to working with you. <br />

<p>Robin Relph <br />
February 2014 </p>

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Stanwell School directly.

Last updated date: 29 June 2016

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