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“I have really enjoyed my time in Sixth Form and I’m very proud of what I have achieved. I can’t thank Burlington Danes enough for all the care and support.” Sara Elkateep, student

The Mission... To create a thriving learning community, enriching the unique strengths, interests and ambitions of every student.

Message from Dame Sally Coates, Principal

Message from Head of Sixth Form Ms Laura Megaw

I’ve watched with great pride the growth of BDA Sixth Form since its inception in 2009. We established

Joining a Sixth Form is a critical adult decision which will impact on your future choices throughout your life.

the Sixth Form so that we could support students all the way through to top universities. We are already

We understand that a Sixth Form needs to offer not only academic rigour and excellent teaching, but also

delivering on this promise, and I am confident that you will relish continuing your studies with us at

wide ranging opportunities and careers support for your future pathways. Our dedicated team of specialist

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tutors, academic staff and tailored systems have been developed to provide exemplary materials and support, based on student feedback and our experience in what businesses and universities are seeking in our students. We are large enough to offer a wide range of

Sixth Form study area, devoted Sixth Form

courses from Psychology and Physics to English and

refreshment facilities, as well as a state-of-the-art all-

Economics, all delivered by committed, enthusiastic

weather sports pitch, gym and recording studio.

and supportive staff; but small enough to create a real Sixth Form community. This includes access to our newly developed Sixth Form Centre, complete

“The most impressive thing about BDA Sixth Form is the guidance that every student receives as they apply to university: no stone is left unturned in the search for the best course at the best institution.” Ken Bromfield, Governor

We strive to provide our Sixth Formers with the knowledge and skills to succeed after graduation, and look forward to you joining us on this journey.

with a 250-seat assembly theatre, a newly equipped

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The Challenge... Achieving exceptional results and securing a place at one of the country’s best universities is a challenge... but at BDA Sixth Form we love a challenge. We know that time spent productively during these last years of school will open doors to a happy and successful future. Our wide and diverse range of courses, rigorous lessons and thriving extra-curricular timetable are all designed to equip students with the skills needed to deal with the challenges that lie ahead, and to flourish in whatever careers they choose to pursue. Independent learning is essential. We help students develop techniques for effective revision and research, not only in preparation for a fruitful time with us, but at university and thereafter. In return, we expect students to be motivated and committed to their studies. We are extremely proud of the confident, ambitious individuals who leave BDA Sixth Form, prepared for life both within and beyond the academic arena.

“Teachers at Burlington Danes Academy go the extra mile to help you succeed and aspire towards your dream. It’s all thanks to those amazing teachers at BDA that I am able to pursue my passion for Mathematics at Oxford University.” Haengeun Chi, Student

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The Process... Most BDA Sixth Form students take four A-level courses, each consisting of six periods a week.

Applications Autumn

Summer

We also offer assignment-based BTEC National courses. For a full list of subjects available, consult our

Our open evening launches the application

GCSE results allow us to confirm course

website or see the separate course brochure. BTEC students do not sit exams: they complete assignments

process. After completing a written application,

choices, followed by registration in the first

that are graded with a pass, merit or distinction. A-levels are graded A-E (with an additional A* grade for A2),

each applicant will be interviewed on a

week of September.

predominantly by external exams.

one-to-one basis. Offers will be made in writing.

“This is a great Sixth Form. The teachers provide a very high level of education and keep us motivated to learn.� Michael Acheampong, Student

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Spring

Access for all

A taster afternoon in the spring is the perfect

Our Sixth Form works closely with the SEN

opportunity for students to sample their

(Special Educational Needs) and EAL (English

chosen courses.

as an Additional Language) departments. We provide specialist, personalised support which allows all students to flourish.

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Believe. Dream. Achieve “Students at BDA Sixth Form benefit from the facilities and resources of a large school combined with the personalised tuition of a bespoke Sixth Form.” MattHEW Jerred, Vice Principal

The Experience... Burlington Danes boasts a green and spacious campus. Our award-winning Dennis Potter building provides a state-of-the-art learning space for Sixth Form students.

Religious Character Burlington Danes Academy has a close relationship with the Diocese of London and provides religious education and collective worship in accordance with the tenets of the Church of England. The Sixth Form shares this Christian ethos, while recognising the diversity of beliefs among our students and staff.

With an in-house theatre, recording studio, common room and ICT suite, students’ needs are very well catered for. Speaking of catering, the Utopia Cafe – purpose-built for Sixth Form – is a great spot to catch up with friends and homework over a cup of coffee. Sport enthusiasts are sure to love our all-weather sports pitch, excellent gym facilities, floodlit tennis courts and full-size indoor and outdoor basketball courts. We want students to develop skills and experiences

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What we expect from students:

What students can expect from us:

Excellent attendance and punctuality

Challenging lessons that are carefully planned and expertly delivered

Contribution to lessons •

Pastoral support from a designated tutor

Completion of independent work to the best of your ability

Personal university and careers advice

Compliance with our smart-professional dress code

Access to first-class facilities and resources

Every member of our Sixth Form community is expected

beyond the classroom. Trips are plentiful and

to demonstrate leadership skills, which we support

provide excellent opportunities to travel both at

through internal academy initiatives and external

home and abroad. In recent years, Sixth Form

activities provided by agencies such as Into University

students have visited India and France, and

and Young Enterprise. Frequent visits from outside

enjoyed residential trips to a variety of top British

speakers help our students develop the confidence and

universities.

drive to embrace the world beyond BDA.

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Believe. Dream. Achieve “BDA is tough, fair and fun. I’ve enjoyed every second I’ve spent here and will miss it so much when I leave.” Corrina Abbott, Student

The Future... Sixth Form is the bridge between school and the exciting world that lies beyond. We are determined to make it an unforgettable experience, both rewarding and enriching. We expect all of our students to apply for higher education. A high proportion of BDA staff attended top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, and are well qualified to offer guidance through the application process, from selecting a course to preparing for interviews. Ultimately, our focus is to give students the skills necessary to thrive in the adult world.

Make the most of your final years at school with BDA Sixth Form... and prepare to succeed.

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Burlington Danes Academy Wood Lane London W12 0HR Tel: 020 8735 4950 Fax: 020 8740 5659 Email: bda.school@burlingtondanes.org


Sixth Form Prospectus