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Sixth Form


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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.

Click here to view some comments from our Sixth Formers.

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: 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 2018-19

Autumn Term 

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

Date Year 12
9am - 10am
Year 13
10am - 11am

6th Sept

CPE, WAD and SBR Intro to Volunteering UCAS/Career Planning/Apprenticeships

13th Sept

Career Planning and Apprenticeships MRD

UCAS/Career Planning/Apprenticeships

20th Sept

V Inspired MRD V Inspired MRD

27th Sept

4th Oct

Intro to NCS and Value of Volunteering. Will Bramble

Personal Statements
UCAS and Apprenticeships

11th Oct

Santander - Finance

Santander - Finance
Sixth Form

18th Oct

Elevate - Time Management
Year 13 invited to this session
Steve Duffy


8th Nov

Presentation Skills
Will Bramble NCS

UCAS Planning

15th Nov

Nathan Marshall
Falmouth Uni Experience

Nathan Marshall
Falmouth Uni Experience

22nd Nov

Steve Roy Saturday Night Survival

Steve Roy Keeping Yourself Safe

29th Nov

Steve Roy First Aid for Volunteers
Fainting, Choking, Recovery Position

Steve Roy First Aid for Volunteers
Fainting, Choking, Recovery Position

6th Dec

Interview Technique
Will Bramble NCS

Interview Technique
Will Bramble NCS
10th Dec

NCS Sign up and collection stall in LRC


13th Dec

Jordan Hearne
UCFB Session
Jordan Hearne - UCFB Support in Personal Statement Writing

20th Dec

Sixth form finished for Xmas Sixth form finished for Xmas



























Spring Term
Date Year 12 Year 13
10th Jan Will Bramble Interview Techniques Mike Jubb CEO Triathlon
Future Careers and Taking Opportunities
17th Jan Magistrates Sessions - Stephen Pam
Arthur Cushway JP and HHJ Marie Catterson Attending
24th Jan Deaf Awareness Training Lesley Reeves-Conti, Heathlands N/A
31st Jan Intro to Work Experience - MRD
Safeguarding RE WE - WAD
Nick Howe
Enterprise Manager, London & South East
Natwest Business Banking Business Start Up
6th Feb Apprenticeship Fair N/A
7th Feb Work Experience Prep CVs and Letters - MRD N/A
14th Feb Jacky Vincent, Deputy Director of Nursing & Quality Jacky Vincent, Deputy Director of Nursing & Quality
28th Feb Eleanor UCFB Interview Skills Eleanor UCFB Finance
7th March Claire - Pathways Claire - Pathways
14th March Rachel Pegrum Social Work Rachel Pegrum Social Work
21st March LGBGTQQ+ - WAD N/A
28th March Shriya Santander Shriya Santander
4th April Jordan Hearne UCFB Student Finance Jordan Hearne UCFB Student Finance
25th April Whats Uni - Monisha N/A
2nd May General Finance Support and Online Secure Banking
Shirya Pandya - Santander
Student Finance
Shirya Pandya - Santander
9th May CAIUS Rebecca Bradley and Jane Frost Herts Uni ERASMUS
Spaghetti and Waffles Session - Helena Trent
16th May TEFL Caroline Powers N/A
23rd May Mike Jubb
Simpson's Identity Session - STEPS Helena Trent
Ready Steady Cook
  2 Hour Sessions for Year 12 Study Leave
6th June UCAS Prep All 2 Hour Sessions Study Leave
13th June UCAS Prep Study Leave
20th June UCAS Prep Study Leave
27th June UCAS Prep Study Leave
4th July UCAS Prep Study Leave
11th July Work Experience Finalisation Study Leave
16th to 18th July TEFL Course Caroline Powers  
17th July Careers Day Various Speakers including Gareth Homfray careers in Medicine.
R Dawson Uni of Herts re Apprenticeship Degrees
18th July  Work Experience Week Study Leave