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The Marlborough Science Academy

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 - Enrichment Programme 2019-20

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
10am - 11am

5th Sept

Introduction to Volunteering
Chris Paice and Sue Baker
UCAS Accounts and Personal Statements MRD

12th Sept

Safeguarding and Enhanced Reading
9-9:30 Wendy Aylward
9.30-10 Sue Robinson

UCAS Accounts and Personal Statements

19th Sept

UCFB Ellie Lewis
Introduction to UCFB and local universities - courses you do, transition from 6th form to uni
UCFB Ellie Lewis
Introduction to UCFB and local universities - courses you do, transition from 6th form to uni

26th Sept

Niall Seenan Project Trust
Volunteering Opportunities
The Hebridean Centre | Isle of Coll | Argyll PA78 6TE
UCAS Accounts and Personal Statements
Interview techniques/branding yourself work shop Ellie Lewis
3rd Oct

Unifrog Launch MRD

Unifrog Launch MRD

10th Oct

Stephen Pam - Magistrate

Stephen Pam - Magistrate

17th Oct


24th Oct

Sharon Tamale
Uni of Herts - Routes to Uni
Sharon Tamale
Uni of Herts - Routes to Uni


7th Nov

Nick Harrison Waterman

Nick Harrison Waterman

14th Nov

Sian Harris University of Arts
London - Creative Workshop

Sian Harris University of Arts
London - Creative Workshop

21st Nov

Steve Roy Saturday Night Survival

Steve Roy Dealing with Aggression

28th Nov

Rachel Pegrum Social Work

UCAS Deadline

5th Dec

Jackie Vincent NHS

UCAS Deadline
Jackie Vincent NHS
12th Dec



19th Dec

Xmas Fair Xmas Fair