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The Marlborough Science Academy

Sixth Form

 

 

 

We are extremely proud of our Post 16 provision for a wide variety of reasons and especially proud of our students who are fully involved in the school and local community as well as being focused and successful leavers.

Whilst appreciating that A level study has changed and demands real focus and determination our Post 16 provision is fully inclusive, it is our duty to determine for all our cohorts pathways that will inevitably lead to success hence our commitment to the apprenticeship scheme at level 2 and 3 as well as a wide choice of A levels.   Operating within our consortium The Learning Partners (Loreto College, STAGS, Samuel Ryder Academy and Townsend) we are able to offer 32 A levels and guarantee teaching of an extremely high quality.

We are as a school consistently in the top 3 St Albans schools for value added and our RAISE online report from 2015/2016 made it very clear that there were no weaknesses across all area of teaching.

All our Post 16 students are immersed fully in the school life lower down the school, they support in lessons, help with reading, support  Yr 7 transition, act as prefects and support staff with productions, external visits and high profile school events.  Within our Vinspired programme captains of industry, company directors, entrepreneurs are regularly in school to encourage, motivate and inspire achievement at the highest levels there is also an ongoing commitment to equipping our students with the skills needed to support independent living including financial advice, health and well-being down to living on a budget.  We are also excited about our new build which will be in place for September 18.  This will be a state of the art build specially designed to accommodate our expansion of Post 16, please see proposed plans.  To see a list of our 2017 student university destinations and 2017 subject results please click here.

To see our Sixth Form in action please contact Mrs Battams on 01727 731371 to arrange a tour.

Our Post 16 information evening is 27th November @ 6.30pm and we would highly recommend you come.

Dress Code

Please click here for a copy of our Sixth Form dress code for 2015/2016.

To investigate the opportunities at The Marlborough Science Academy and to arrange a tour of the facilities, please contact Mr Atterton.

Sixth Form Bursary

Financial support is available at The Marlborough Science Academy to Post-16 students through the Bursary Fund. There are a number of factors may indicate a student is eligible for the award the most common being receipt of free school meals. There are two tiers of bursary:

> Tier 1 - Vulnerable Bursary
Young people in the defined vulnerable groups are eligible for a bursary of £1,200 if their course lasts for 30 weeks or more. Young people in the defined vulnerable groups are usually living apart from their parents/carers, so they can get social security benefits in their own right. Students will have the bursary payments divided up into monthly/weekly amounts and paid directly into their bank accounts as long as they are attending the school. Evidence of eligibility may be required.

The defined vulnerable groups are:

· young people in care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

· young care leavers 5

· young people getting Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit (UC) in their own right

· young people getting both Disability Living Allowance (or the new Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) in their own right.

 

> Tier 2 – Discretionary Bursary (means tested)
Students (other than those in category 1) who are registered for free school meals will qualify for the discretionary bursary. This is automatic but will be verified by the Eligibility Checking Service (ECS) and therefore no paper proof is needed.

The list of qualifying benefits for free school meals is as follows:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • An income-related Employment and Support allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and has an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit · Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run – on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit Page 2 of 2 Students who are in receipt of any of the above benefits are urged to register of Free School Meals in order to qualify for the bursary.

If your circumstances have changed or you think the above conditions may apply to you, Parents/Carers should apply for free School Meals online at: www.herstdirect.org/freeschoolmeals As soon as their application is submitted, Herts County Council will check using the ECS whether the parent/carer qualifies for free School Meals and advise them of the outcome immediately.

  • All discretionary bursaries will be paid in arrears by bank transfer
  • The Discretionary bursary will be paid bi-weekly to students who have subject attendance of 96% in the preceding month. Students may receive a bursary payment depending on the circumstances of the absence. The decision of the head will be final in this matter.
  • The amount of the discretionary grant available for each student will not be known until we have details of all students who are eligible.

However, it will never be more than the amount of the guaranteed bursary.

  • Any surplus funding will be reserved for 6th Form Access requests

> Access Fund

The Access Fund is a small pot of money that is available for all Post 16 students struggling to buy essential school related items or pay for school related activities/resources. Applications to access this should be made in writing to the head of sixth form. Items will be purchased directly for the student and no financial transaction will take place between the school and the applicant.


Post 16 - PSCHEE Programme 2016-17

Autumn Term 

Introduction to 6th form, understanding Post 16 learning applying yourself, well-being and safety.

Content for this term Date Period 1
Week 1 Yr 13, Week 2 Yr 12
Period 2
Week 1 Yr 12, Week 2 Yr 13
Introduction to Post 16
Training for Volunteering programme
Introduction to independent learning
8th September
Week 1
Yr 13
Revisit personal statements, to include Summer work experience, add volunteering points and book University open days through Whats Uni.
Yr 12
Revisit Elevate Sensei workshop, complete workshop.
  15th September
Week 2
Yr 12
TA training, Health and Safety
CPE, CBW
Accelerated reading (MES)

Yr 13
Simpsons Identity Session
(STEP)
'Know thyself'

  22nd September
Open Evening
Week 1
Yr 13 Spaghetti and Waffles (STEP)
'How we learn'
Yr 12
Safeguarding training
(WAD)
  29th September
Week 2
Yr 12
Nathan Marshall (UCFB) finance and budgeting
Yr 13
Nathan Marshall - finance and budgeting
  6th October
Week 1
Yr 13
Vinspired - cashpoint session
Yr 12
Vinspired - Sign up session
  13th October
Week 2

Yr 12
Simpsons Identity (STEP)
'Know thyself'

Yr 13
Protective behaviour - managing life risks (MRD, MES, Charlotte Barton)
  20th October
Week 1
Yr 13
Protective Behaviour - managing life risks (MRD, MES, Charlotte Barton)
Yr 12
Protective Behaviour - managing life risks (MRD, MES, Charlotte Barton)
       
Managing Post 16 Well-being 3rd November
Week 2
Yr 12
Spaghetti and Waffles (STEP)
'How we learn'
Yr 13
Charlotte Barton - Step - Managing the red zone
  10th November
Week 1
Yr 13
NCS - employability, apprenticeships
Yr 12
NCS - employability, UCAS applications
  17th November
Week 2
Yr 12
Alcohol and Drugs awareness
Yr 13
Alcohol and Drugs awareness
  24th November
Week 1
Yr 13
Careers workshop MES
Yr 12
Careers workshop MES
  1st December
Week 2
Yr 12
Apprenticeship convention
Yr 13
Apprenticeship convention
  8th December
Week 1
Yr 13
Saturday Night Survival (STEP)
Yr 12
Saturday Night Survival (STEP)
  15th December
Week 2
Celebration Assembly/Exams Celebration Assembly/Exams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assembly bookings:
Friday 21st October (8:40 - 9:00) Explore Learning

Spring Term 
Content for this term Date Period 1
Week 1 Yr 13, Week 2 Yr 12
Period 2
Week 1 Yr 12, Week 2 Yr 13
Careers, personal and professional development 12th January
Week 1
Yr 13
Mental Health awareness - change of date
Yr 12
Mental Health awareness - change of date
  19th January
Week 2
Yr 12
Santander - finance

Yr 13
Santander - finance

  26th January
Week 1
Yr 13
Nuffield - healthy living
Yr 12
Nuffield - healthy living
  2nd February
Week 2
Yr 12
Magistrate visit (Stephen Pam)
Yr 13
Magistrate visit (Stephen Pam)
  9th February
Week 1
Yr 13
Rob Green, AECOM
Yr 12
Rob Green, AECOM (pre-meeting 2nd Feb proposed)
       
  23rd February
Week 2
Yr 12
Connexions
Yr 13
Connexions
  2nd March
Week 1
Yr 13
Erasmus
Yr 12
Erasmus
  9th March
Week 2
Yr 12
Connexions
Yr 13
Connexions
  16th March
Week 1
Yr 13
Rachel Pegrum, social work
Yr 12
Rachel Pegrum, social work
  23rd March
Week 2
Yr 12
Exams - action planning till end of term (STEP)
Yr 13
Exams - action planning till end of term (STEP)
  30th March
Week 1
Yr 13
Connexions
Yr 12
Connexions
  6th April
Week 2
Yr 12
Cambridge University - application and student life
Yr 13
Cambridge University - transition and study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 
Content for this term Date Period 1
Week 1 Yr 13, Week 2 Yr 12
Period 2
Week 1 Yr 12, Week 2 Yr 13
Preparation for student life
UCAS application process and personal statement writing
Choice after 6th form
27th April
Week 1
Yr 13
STA travel safe travel and volunteering
STA travel - careers in travel and gap year
  4th May
Week 2
Yr 12
Whatsuni - sign up
Eleanor Back (booked)

Yr 13
Whatsuni - university/college choices

  11th May
Week 1
Yr 13
Student cooking
Yr 12
Student cooking
  18th May
Week 2
Yr 12
Student cooking
Yr 13
Student cooking
  25th May
Week 1
Yr 13
Ready Steady Cook
RAN/DEE
Yr 12
Study Leave
       
  8th June
Week 2
Yr 12
UCAS prep - both hours
No Yr 13
  15th June
Week 1
Yr 12
UCAS prep - both hours
 
  22nd June Yr 12
UCAS prep - both hours
 
  29th June
Week 1
Yr 12
UCAS prep - both hours
 
  6th July Yr 12
UCAS prep - both hours
 
  13th July
Week 1
Yr 12
UCAS prep - both hours
 
  20th July Celebration assembly  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 13 - cooking sessions arranged - 10/5, 17/5, 24/5 - Wednesday Period 5