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The Marlborough Science Academy

Students

Student Learning

Please use the menu on the left of your screen to find other information regarding Learning at Marlborough. You will find form tutor and home learning information under the respective year group link.

At Marlborough we expect you to be:

  • Happy
  • Successful
  • Proud of your school

You should arrive at school at 8.35 am and you must be in full school uniform at all times. You need to bring with you your:

  • School bag and your pencil case of equipment
  • Your planner
  • Your timetable

Make sure you are on time to every lesson.

Home Learning

"We believe in working closely with the parents of our Students"

We hope you will build on our partnership between home and school and reinforce the importance of home learning.

When you start at Marlborough you will get home learning almost every night. To help you we will tell you which subjects you will get each week; you should do about 1-1½ hours of home learning each night and a bit more at the weekend.

Home learning is important and you should make your best effort. Try not to leave it until the last moment. Write in your planner what you have to do and when you have to hand it in.

"Home Learning" Timetables can be found by selecting your year group from the selection below...

If you have any questions regarding the home learning timetable, please do not hesitate to contact your child's Form Tutor.

What will be expected of my child?

Marlborough has high expectations of all students and we want everyone to achieve their maximum potential. Please help us in this by encouraging your child to set themselves high standards and praise them when they do well. If you feel that your child's strengths and abilities are not being used to the full, you should contact their form tutor.

Each year group will be thoroughly assessed in most subjects at the end of the school year. You will be informed of their progress through reports, grade cards and parent/teacher consultation meetings.

What help will my child have with learning?

All students require extra assistance at some time. We aim to provide relevant and appropriate support for the individual needs of each student. Our excellent LRC with full time Librarian (Ms Evans) is a valuable resource for all to use, as well as the LRC ICT resources are available in each Faculty area. We also have a highly skilled team of professional support teachers who work with students with Special Educational Needs, or those for whom English is a second language. They and other staff support students in lessons, when possible and appropriate Post 16 students also give up some of their time to help younger students in lessons.

There is also home learning club in the LRC (Library) which is open until 4.20 pm every evening for home learning club. Everyone is welcome. You can go along to do your Home Learning. Ms Evans, our librarian, is there to help you find books, DVD and other resources. There is also another teacher who can help you if you get stuck. You can also go along to read the books or use the computers if you are waiting to be collected.

Behaviour

We expect the highest standard of behaviour from you. If you work well and are considerate of others, you will learn well. In your lessons think about how you should behave. Be thoughtful of others and try to do your best at all times.

Student Rewards

For details of what rewards are available for students depending on the number of "pinkies" that they have received, please click here.

Student Support

Below are details of various support agencies for young people...

Youth Talk - Free & confidential counselling service in St Albans. 28 Spencer Street, St Albans, AL3 5EG. 01727 86 86 84.

ChildLine - Free & confidential helpline for young people. It's open 24/7. Call free on 0800 1111.

Connexions Centre - Free information & advice for young people. 01442 261 51.

FRANK - Free & confidential drugs help & information. Text 82111.

Subjects Overview...

Advice to students
You need to decide what subjects you are going to study at GCSE. You need to think very carefully about your choices. Ask your parents, teachers and the careers staff for their advice. Think about your strengths and weaknesses. Pick subjects that you enjoy and do well at. It is important that you don't choose a subject because of the teacher or your friends - you may be in a different group.

Science 

The Science Faculty offers a range of courses at KS4 to meet the needs of individuals and enable students of all ability to achieve success. We offer excellent progression routes for all courses at KS5. Courses on offer are:

  • GCSE Biology A - 21st Century Science
  • GCSE Chemistry A - 21st Century Science
  • GCSE Physics A - 21st Century Science

This course leads to three separate GCSE grades and gives opportunities to students who wish to pursue a career in Science such as Veterinary Science, Medicine or further research

GCSE Science A - 21st Century Science & GCSE Additional Science - 21st Century Science

These two courses provide the opportunity to study Science to a depth necessary for students to be able to progress to AS Levels in Science

BTEC First Diploma in Science

This qualification is a vocational Science course designed to allow students to study Science in the work place. It allows students the opportunity to progress onto our AS Applied Science level 3 course, or alternatively to pursue a career in Science such as Veterinary Nurse or a Laboratory Technician.

Entry Level Gold Award and GCSE A - 21st Century Science

This course is designed for students who find Science challenging. The first year is spent working through the bronze, silver and gold entry level certificates before progressing onto a GCSE Science course.

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:

An enquiring mind helps to develop the understanding of the concepts. Research skills are particularly useful to extend knowledge far beyond what you will cover in class

English/English Literature 

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE English
  • GCSE English Literature

At Marlborough we follow AQA specification A for both English & Literature. The majority of students will sit Literature at the end of Year 10, and then progress to take English at the end of Year 11.

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:

Curiosity about people and society; willingness to tackle challenges; the ability to take care - to re-read and to re-draft in order to get things right.

Mathematics 

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE Mathematics A* - G depending on level of entry.

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:

Problem solving, decision making.

Religious Studies 

Qualification Gained:

  • Half a GCSE Religious Studies or a full GCSE in Religious Studies.

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:

The ability to understand others' point of view, good reading and writing skills.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) 

Qualification Gained:

  • OCR Nationals ICT Level 2. This course is equivalent to 1, 2 3 or 4 higher grade GCSEs.

Skills and Interests, which will help you to do well:

An interest in what computers can do for both the individual and business alike and how to use them.

Physical Education 

Core Physical Education

All students must take core PE in years 10 and 11. This year they will be able to select from an range of programmes, all of which will result in a qualification. Some of the courses include using off-site facilities, which may require a payment from parents.

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE Physical Education, GCSE Games

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:

Motivation and a true interest in sport or physical activity. The ability to work independently. You will be expected to participate in physical activity both in and out of school hours. You will have already represented the school in at least one sport and be expected to do so for the 2 years of the course.

Business 

Qualification Gained:

  • BTEC First Diploma (4 GCSEs)

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:

An interest in the way businesses 'fit' in to society and how they organise themselves, in what is expected of the people who work in business and how businesses manage their money. IT skills will be very useful.

Art and Design 

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE in Art and Design

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:

Motivation, a genuine interest in creative work, good drawing skills, good organisation, high standards and dedication.

Child Development 

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE in Art and Design

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:

Enthusiasm, willingness to dicusss, interest in children.

Design 

Design & Technology - Food Technology - Graphics-Resistant Materials-Textiles-Vocational Engineering (Double Award)-Vocational Manufacturing (Double Award)

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE

For further information on the relevant interest you should contact the school.

Drama 

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE Drama

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:
The ability to work with others; interest in drama; willingness to develop drama skills; co-operation; good communication skills; good use of imagination.

French 

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE French

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:
An interest in communicating with people from different cultures and countries.

Geography 

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE Geography

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:
Interest in current affairs, environmental issues, people, watching the 'right' TV programmes, good reading, researching and discussion skills.

German 

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE German

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:
An interest in communicating with people from different cultures and countries.

History 

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE History

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:
Fluency in reading, writing and understanding. An inquisitive nature to understand how and why things work. A love of and confidence in the subject of History and the types of skills it offers.

Music 

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE Music

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:

Music is offered as a twilight subject for students with a keen interest in performing and composing and a desire to extend their musical horizons. An ability to play a musical instrument and read music or having experience of vocal performing is of considerable advantage when considering this course. Students are encouraged to perform at school concerts.

Spanish 

Qualification Gained:

  • GCSE Spanish

Skills and interests, which will help you to do well:
An interest in communicating with people from different cultures and countries.