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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.  We are particularly proud that students who leave our sixth form go on to follow their dreams and ambitions whether that be medicine at university, apprenticeships in quantity surveying or entering the world of work.

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 or 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 2017.

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 2017-18

Autumn Term 

Introduction to 6th form, understanding Post-16 learning, apply yourself, well-being and safety, preparation for volunteering roles.

Content for this term Date Year 12 Year 13

Introduction to Post-16

Training for Volunteering programme

Introduction to independent learning
7th Sep Week 1 Revisit Elevate Sensei workshop, complete workshop Revisit Personal statements, to include summer work experience, add volunteering points and book Uni open days
 

14th Sep Week 2

TA training, Health and Safety

CPE, CBW

Accelerated reading (MES)
UCAS application and personal statement.
  21st Sep
Week 1
Safe guarding – WAD UCAS application and personal statement.
  28th Sep
Week 2
UCFB - Myles Ball – Business session Cambridge university – UCAS application surgery2
  5th Oct
Week 1

UCFB – Interview techniques.

Jordan Hearn

UCFB – Interview techniques.

Jordan Hearn
Year 12 - Period 1 12th Oct
Week 2

Simpsons Identity (STEP)

Charlotte Barton

“Know thyself”

Focus - 'know thyself' - speaker C. Barton from Step

Location - 6th form study centre

Spaghetti and Waffles (STEP) Charlotte Barton

“How we learn”

Focus - UCAS application and interviews with Mr Atterton.

Location - 6th form study centre
MRD only 18th Oct MRD meeting with NCS re PHSE workshops for Years 7 to 11  
C 19th Oct
Week 1

ELEVATE Study skills

Eliot and Hayley Westlake

ELEVATE Study skills

Eliot and Hayley Westlake
  21st Oct Assembly 8.40 to 9.00 Explore Learning
C 2nd Nov
Week 2

STUDENT FINANCE Melvin

NCS Apprenticeships

Nathan Marshall

general outline of what is available at Falmouth uni - courses etc and the place itself ( recruitment)
C 9th Nov
Week 1

UCFB Interviews techniques

 Jason Thomas

UCFB Mock Interviews

 Jason Thomas
C 16th Nov
Week 2

Holly Robens and Nikita Quartey  Mental Health

Holly.robens@hpft.nhs.uk

Holly Robens and Nikita Quartey Mental Health

Holly.robens@hpft.nhs.uk
C
Will Bramble
NCS 08:40 to 09:00
Sports Hall?
23rd Nov
Week 1

First Aid-Saturday Night Survival (STEP)

sroy@talk21.com and Helena Trent Helena@stepschoolswork.org.uk

First Aid-Saturday Night Survival (STEP)

s.roy@talk21.com

OR UCAS applications with MRD/RAN

C
Nathan M TBC
30th Nov
Week 2

Steve Roy – first aid for yr 12 training volunteers

Accommodation Planning MRD
C 7th Dec
Week 1

Nathan Marshall

general outline of what is available at Falmouth uni - courses etc and the place itself ( recruitment)

Nathan Marshall

Student Life, budgeting, food and bills, including applying for Bursaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term 

Careers and Professional Development

Content for this term Date Year 12 Year 13
C 11th Jan
Week 1
Step –Spaghetti and Waffles

Step – Spaghetti and waffles/UCAS

DEADLINE WEEK FOR APPLICATIONS
  18th Jan
Week 2

Finance/Life Skills

Mrs Rutherford

6th Form

Finance/Life Skills

Mrs Rutherford

6th Form
C 25th Jan
Week 1

Drugs Awareness – Lisa Eastwood Programme

LRC

Drugs Awareness – Lisa Eastwood Programme

LRC
C 1st Feb
Week 2
Positively mad – resilience  
C 8th Feb
Week 1

AECOM - Rob Green

Da Vinci Hall

AECOM - Rob Green

Da Vinci Hall
       
C 22nd Feb
Week 2
Magistrate visit/Rule of Law Stephen Pam Magistrate visit/Rule of Law Stephen Pam
C 1st Mar
Week 1

Teenager Cancer Trust/ Presentation and fund raiser

Ellen Ferris

6th Form

Teenager Cancer Trust/ Presentation and fund raiser

Ellen Ferris

6th Form
  8th Mar
Week 2

Finance and budgeting

LRC

Guide dogs

LRC
  15th Mar
Week 1

Rachel Pegrum, social work

Da Vinci Hall

Rachel Pegrum, social work

Da Vinci Hall
C 22nd Mar
Week 2
Step – dealing with stress/ Uni transition – Helena Trent and Charlotte Barton Step – dealing with stress/ Uni transition Helena Trent and Charlotte Barton
  29th Mar
Week 1
   
  6th Apr
Week 2

Cambridge Uni

Tom Norwood

Da Vinci Hall

Oxbridge application

Da Vinci Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 

Apprenticeships

Content for this term Date Year 12 Year 13
  26th Apr
Week 1

Preparation for student life

UCAS application process and personal statement writing.

Choice after 6th form

Preparation for student life

UCAS application process and personal statement writing.

Choice after 6th form
  3rd May
Week 2

Whatsuni – choosing Uni accommodation

Eleanor Black

6th Form

Whatsuni – creating an account

Eleanor Black

6th Form

  10th May
Week 1
Cooking skills for Uni ACL Period 5 only Cambridge University - Rebecca Bradley – university life
  17th May
Week 2
Cooking skills for Uni ACL Period 5 only

Personnel Statement work shop – Sarah Bouvier  Uni of Herts

  24th May
Week 1

Ready Steady Cook

(9-11) Yr 13 Cooking skills for Uni ACL Period 5 only?

Ready Steady Cook

Rebecca Bradley - Cambridge Russell Group
       
  7th Jun
Week 2
UCAS prep – both hours YEAR 13 ON STUDY LEAVE/EXAMS
  14th Jun
Week 1
UCAS prep – both hours  
  21st Jun UCAS prep – both hours  
  28th Jun
Week 1
UCAS Prep Bedfordshire University UCAS Convention  
  5th Jul UCAS prep – both hours  
  12th Jul
Week 1
UCAS prep – both hours  
  19th Jul Celebration assembly