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Ormiston Bushfield Academy Sixth Form Dedicated to achieving excellence Your Guide to Post 16 at Ormiston Bushfield Academy

Welcome to Ormiston Bushfield Academy Sixth Form

Why Ormiston Bushfield Academy?

Ormiston Bushfield Academy Sixth Form is a vibrant community of students and teachers dedicated to achieving excellence in everything we do. We are committed to offering you not only the highest possible quality of teaching, but also the very best personalised support and guidance that will enable you to reach your goals.


Our aim is to offer our students a range of courses that will challenge them and inspire them to meet their potential. We believe that sixth form should be a transition phase from school to further education or a career, and we seek to equip our students with all the skills they will need when they leave us. You’ll be encouraged to study independently, and to manage your time effectively, while still being able to draw on the support of teachers. We have relatively small classes, and we will tailor our teaching and support to your needs throughout your time with us. We want to help all our students achieve their potential. If you have ambitions to succeed, we can offer you a highly enjoyable and memorable two years where those ambitions can be met in a stimulating atmosphere of care and support.

Three quarters of last year’s Year 13 students have gone on to university

100 per cent of our Year 13 students who left in 2013 have gone onto either further education or into employment

39 per cent of A levels achieved were at A*, A or B grades

This year, the Academy had a pass rate of 92 per cent at A level

We’ve seen the number of students joining our sixth form rise by over 80 per cent in just three years



CURRICULUM at Ormiston Bushfield Academy



Art Biology | Chemistry Creative Media Production (BTEC) | Economics | English Language/Literature | English Literature | Film | French | Further Maths | Geography | Health & Social Care | Health & Social Care (BTEC) History | ICT (Cambridge Technical) Maths | Media | Music | PE | PE (BTEC) | Performing Arts (BTEC) Phototgraphy | Physics Politics | Psychology Sociology


Ormiston Bushfield Academy students are able to choose from over 25 different A Level and BTEC subjects. There are three suggested pathways to help you consider your subject choices:

The combination pathway blends the academic rigor of A Levels 
with the practical and vocational skills provided by the BTEC qualifications. Students will study either two or three subjects at AS level and one BTEC subject during Year 12, and upon successful completion students continue their study into Year 13 dropping one of their A level options. Most students who complete this pathway go on to further their education at an undergraduate level.












Enrichment Activities

Enrichment Activities












The A level route is the most common pathway with students studying four AS subjects in year 12 and continuing with three of these to A level in year 13. Nearly all of our students who complete the A Level pathway continue to higher education.



Enrichment Activities

Enrichment Activities

The BTEC pathway is a strong vocational route, which presents students with the opportunity to study two subjects at BTEC level 3, providing them key skills attributed to a particular vocation. Upon successful completion of Year 12, students will continue their programme of study into Year 13. Nearly all of the students that complete this pathway further their study at college, enter an apprenticeship scheme or secure their
first job.


BTEC Option 1

BTEC Option 1

BTEC Option 2

BTEC Option 2


BTEC Option 1

BTEC Option 1

BTEC Option 2

BTEC Option 2



Enrichment Activities

ENRICHMENT AT Ormiston Bushfield Academy

High Flyers at Ormiston Bushfield Academy

We firmly believe that all students should have the opportunity to further their learning and skills as part of their programme of study. We have developed a wide range of enrichment opportunities that aim to promote academic excellence, leadership and independence. We can offer you:

The Ormiston Bushfield Academy High Flyers programme is open to those students who achieved a high number of A* and A grades at GCSE, and are looking to apply to the most demanding and competitive courses at university.

Extended Project Qualification which is a single piece of work of a student’s choosing that demonstrates evidence of planning, preparation, research and autonomous working.


Students can undertake a project on a topic of their own choosing, which may or may not be linked to their A-level subjects. This will develop their research and independent learning skills, which are essential for students progressing to higher education or employment. Gold Arts Award is a Level 3 qualification recognised on the UCAS Tariff (35 points). The aim is to develop your creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills through artistic expression. You will need to plan your work with an adviser, and keep a record by creating your own Arts Award portfolio. You can pick your own style of portfolio, for example this could be a diary, video, website blog – or something different altogether.

Higher Sports Leadership Certificate is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful students to lead un-supervised groups of people in sport and recreational activities. The qualification develops leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport. It is a fun and practical qualification that is open to all students on all curriculum pathways. Work experience opportunities with local employers, including BGL Group and Athene Communications. Volunteering and community work CV writing workshops we’ll help you stand out from the crowd with tips and practical advice on how to make your CV compelling to any prospective employer. You will also be given the opportunity to visit the BGL group and meet the recruitment team, who will pick apart your CVs. Interviews can be a daunting experience, whether for university entry or employment. Through our business links you will be given targeted advice and guidance and prepared for the big day with a mock interview.

Our High Flyers programme includes: •

Personalised one to one support throughout the UCAS process

The opportunity to attend a variety of conferences and visits at Russell Group universities

Access to extended curriculum assignments from their subject teachers

The opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)



Subjects; we cater for everyone

Facilities, technology and teaching

Outcomes for our students

Opportunities such as work experience, mock interviews and CV advice

Excellent links with universities

10:10 – 10:30

BGL Group; working in partnership with the leading UK employer

Support for students; house system and vertical tutoring

Freedom and independence

Student voice

Free gym membership

I arrive at school with four lessons of history ahead – it’s not as daunting as it sounds! Our teacher is great and sets us a variety of different tasks to help break up the research requirements of the coursework. We also only have a handful of students in our class which means there is plenty of time for feedback and oneto-one conversations with the teacher. Breaktime! I head out to the shops, which is only a two minute walk away, for a quick snack and some ice-tea, then back to the common room for a catch up with my friends. We are a really tight-knit community and everyone seems to get along well, so there’s always someone to chat to.



I leave my house for school. It’s only a ten minute walk and I listen to the playlist I created last night on the journey.

Back to another history lesson, this time we’re in the IT suite where we use the iMacs to carry out our research into International Relations. Having the iMacs makes such a difference to how we learn. All the work I do on them syncs with my iPad so I never lose documents!

12:10 – 12:55


13:00 – 17:00


Lunch! There are a variety of choices on the menu and plenty of room to sit with our own sixth form area in the dining hall. Then there’s time to chill out in the common room listening to music and chatting.


8:30 – 10:10

10:30 – 12:10



I wake up, hit snooze, and try and get away with an extra cheeky 10 minutes in bed! It’s then time for a shower, getting dressed, and breakfast before I head out for the day.




I have study periods in the afternoon and have arranged work experience for this time. I change quickly into my business wear and meet Dad in the car park who takes me to Thorpe Wood Police Station for my afternoon shift. I work with the police once a week within Public Protection. I really enjoy the investigative side of the job and this experience has helped me to decide what I want to study at university next year. Home time, what a busy day!

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Ormiston Bushfield Academy Sixth Form Ortongate | Peterborough | PE2 5RQ (t) 01733 233014 | (f) 01733 371524

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