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Leading Edge
Written by Crystal   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 14:54

The University application process for September 2011 entries is well underway, and our students are already receiving offers from some of the UK’s top universities.

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So far, Richard Saunders has received offers to read history at the University of Birmingham and Nottingham University, and he’s still waiting to hear from Durham and Oxford. Sapphire Stait has received offers from Aston, Liverpool and Nottingham to study Law, while Susan Nasseri has been offered places on the Medicine and Biomedical Science courses at Aston and Warwick University. Tom Mahon, who is applying to read Physics and Astrophysics has received an offer from Manchester and is waiting to hear from Cambridge and others. Regular visitors to the Newsroom will know Tom already – he went to NASA in October, a trip that has fed his enthusiasm for advanced study in Astrophysics.

“What this shows,” says Sixth Form Tutor, Mr Dyson, “is that our students are as able as any students to get places in the best universities. We’re aiming to get as many of our more academic students as possible into Russell Group universities. A good degree from a Russell Group university has serious value throughout the world and opens doors to some amazing career opportunities.”

We’re redesigning our Sixth Form curriculum ready for the September 2011 intake. We’re offering four tailored pathways designed to suit the needs of the students:

The ‘Leading Edge’ and ‘Advanced’ pathways will cater for traditional A Level routes and will be aimed at students who wish to progress to University; the Leading Edge pathway is specifically designed to help students access Oxford, Cambridge and the other elite universities.

The ‘Advanced Vocational’ and ‘Widening Careers’ pathways will be aimed at students who may wish to attend university but who also wish to explore vocational options.

Mrs Abbott, Headteacher, said, “I’m really pleased for these students. Getting an offer from a top university is an achievement in itself. But the hard work starts here as the students strive to achieve the demanding grades required of them by the universities.

“One of the great advantages of our Sixth Form is that we apply the same disciplines and structures to supporting our post-16 students that we use to such good effect with pupils lower down the school. Our continual monitoring of data, our close pastoral support and tailored interventions all help to ensure that our students aren’t left to their own devices and can’t fall behind.

“I’m really excited about the new learning pathways which, being so tailored to the students’ needs, should provide them with an even greater chance of success from the outset.”

The Open Evening for Year 11 students wishing to discuss options for the ‘Advanced Vocational’ and ‘Widening Careers’ pathways will be held at 7pm on Thursday 6 January 2011 in Warwick Hall. Our Sixth Form welcomes applications from pupils from other schools, so come along and find out more about us.

You could also look at the Sixth Form Prospectus which you can find here.

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