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Sixth Form Prospectus


‘Everyone is really excited about the sixth form because we have been involved in helping to shape itl’ Lara Johnson, Year 10


Welcome to Teddington Sixth Form Mr S Victory Head of Sixth Form

Welcome to Teddington Sixth Form. I am delighted you are taking the time to consider us as a place to continue your education. This is a very exciting time in the history of

As a student at Teddington you will be expected

Teddington School and for the young people who

to take responsibility for your own learning and

will enter our new Sixth Form Centre as its first

demonstrate a committed and conscientious

students. After extensive planning and preparation

approach to your studies. However, whilst you will

we are in position to deliver an outstanding

be encouraged to become an independent learner,

educational environment that will provide excellent

you will not be left on your own as your academic

academic outcomes for all our students.

progress will be closely monitored to ensure you remain on track to realise your full potential. Having

I appreciate your post-16 education will play a vital

previously led an outstanding sixth form for over

role in helping you to achieve success in the future

four years I believe such a caring and proactive

and our aim is to help you acquire and develop

approach to post-16 study will produce excellent

the skills and qualifications you need to meet the

results and be a distinctive feature of our sixth form.

demands the next stage in your life will bring. In this respect I recognise it is essential we provide

Alongside high academic standards, we are also

all our students with the skills to be independent

keen to focus on your personal development by

and knowledgeable learners, and that we develop

placing a strong emphasis on involvement in

global citizens who are able to progress confidently

extra-curricular enrichment activities. Whether

into the workplace of the 21st century.

this is participating in sports teams, the Duke of Edinburgh programme, or assisting and leading

With a wide range of courses, inspiring teaching,

others within the school and wider community, I

strong support and an extensive enrichment

want you to grasp the opportunities we present.

programme, I believe Teddington Sixth Form will be large enough to offer you the choices you want, but

Please take time to invest in your future success

small enough so you can thrive in a supportive and

by looking at the extensive range of courses and

friendly environment. With our fantastic new Sixth

activities we will have on offer.

Form Centre, a more adult relationship with staff and a greater degree of independence, it will also

I look forward to discussing your future

seem different enough so you feel you have moved

in our sixth form community.

on as an individual.

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The Sixth Form Centre We are very excited by our plans for the new Sixth Form Centre which will be a beautifully sculptured two storey building sitting opposite our current school. Framed by soft curves and separated by a

also be fully wireless so you will be able to access

contemporary courtyard, the Centre will echo the

the school system through your own devices. In

existing school in its architectural style and use

addition, you will have use of a separate ICT suite

of materials. Crossing the courtyard will come to

and for convenience every sixth form student will be

represent the transition from Year 11 to the sixth

given their own locker.

form, as our current students move upwards through the school.

Away from the classroom there will be a dedicated space for socialising with friends. This area will

Fully equipped with state of the art teaching rooms

be linked, through folding glass doors, to a large

and two specialist science laboratories, most sixth

outdoor space which will be for the sole use of sixth

form lessons will be taught here, although Art,

form students: the perfect place to relax or study

Drama and Photography will be housed in the main

when the sun is shining.

school building so sixth formers can benefit from the impressive facilities we already have in place.

To keep you energised the Centre will have its own café bar serving snacks and drinks. You will

To enable independent learning the Centre will

also get priority access to the school restaurant,

have its own study area, with many computers to

which will serve a range of more substantial meals

use and space for you to work in. The building will

throughout the day.

‘I am really looking forward to stirring the imagination and enthusiasm of A level Art students and helping them to widen their horizons’ K Yarker - Art Teacher

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The Curriculum Choosing what to study after Year 11 is one of the most important decisions you will make. Our curriculum offers a huge range of possibilities and has been designed to give you the opportunity to specialise or to retain a breadth of choice. Whatever route you choose you will be well prepared to access the best universities, high quality employment and the best apprenticeships.

A Levels

Enrichment Subjects

A level. We expect the majority of students in Year

Programme we will be offering a range of

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enrichment activities. A cornerstone of these will

few might choose three and some will choose five.

be the Extended Project Qualification, a course

In Year 13 most students will continue with three of

which allows students to research a topic they are

their subjects to A2 level.

passionate about and allows them to develop the

Entry requirements

independent learning skills required by the best

We will be offering 26 different subjects to study at

5 A*-C GCSE passes (including English and

Alongside our A level and Level 2 Progression

universities and employers.

Mathematics) plus individual subject requirements. Richmond Post-16 Partnership Level 2 Progression Programme

In order for us to offer such a wide range of

This is a one year course for those students

subjects at A level, Teddington Sixth Form will be

who would benefit from an extra period of time

working in close partnership with Orleans Park

at Teddington. This package of Level 2 courses

School and Waldegrave School. This means a small

includes two BTEC First Certificates, one in

number of our A level courses being delivered away

Business and another in Information & Creative

from Teddington Sixth Form Centre. These will be

Technology, and for those who need them, resits

taught in separate morning and afternoon sessions

of GCSE English and Mathematics. Successful

to allow students time to travel between sites.

completion of this programme will equip you to

The subjects we are planning to offer within the

progress to another Level 2 or 3 vocational or

partnership can be found overleaf.

academic course or an apprenticeship. Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes (with at least two at grade D)

Please note that full course details can be found in the ‘Course Information Guide’.

plus an interest in, and commitment to, the course.

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Our Courses A Levels Level 2 Progression Programme Art & Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry Computing * Dance * Drama & Theatre Studies Economics English Literature Fashion & Textiles* Film Studies French Further Mathematics Geography German * History ICT * Mathematics Music * Music Technology PE Philosophy & Ethics Photography Physics Psychology Spanish * denotes courses we expect to be taught within the Richmond Post-16 Partnership, but which may be delivered at Teddington if there is sufficient demand from students.

BTEC First Certificate in Business BTEC First Certificate in Information and Creative Technology GCSE Maths GCSE English

Enrichment A key part of what will make sixth form life at Teddington so special will be the wide range of academic and extra-curricular enrichment activities. Participating in such events will help enrich your learning and allow you to develop both academically and as an individual. Not only will they be enjoyable but such activities are also essential to support university and employment applications. We plan to offer: competitive sports teams, performing arts events, the Duke of Edinburgh programme, guest speakers and debates, subject based visits (both in the UK and overseas), subject based competitions, student conferences, the Lessons from Auschwitz Project, residential courses (such as those through Villiers Park or The Sutton Trust), the sixth form magazine, the sixth form committee, community service, a sixth form mentoring programme, university visits and conferences, mock interviews, Richmond Post 16 Partnership revision and master classes, social events and work experience.

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Developing Leaders At Teddington Sixth Form we will prepare our students to be the leaders of tomorrow, by presenting opportunities for them to develop the leadership skills they will need in the future.

To realise this ambition students will have the

behaviour and a positive attitude towards the whole

opportunity to take on various leadership roles

school community.

throughout the school, whether this be inspiring

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our younger students in clubs and sports teams,

There will also be the chance to join the Sixth

or participating in our mentoring programme. In

Form Committee and to lead on the organisation

line with this, all of our sixth form students will

of various fundraising activities and social events,

be expected to act as role models for our 11-16

since whilst we will expect all our students to work

students, and to demonstrate both impeccable

hard we also expect everyone to enjoy themselves!


Inspirational Teaching We understand that high attainment in the sixth form is crucial for onward progression, and that the foundation of this is built in the classroom.

At Teddington we have a team of hard-working and

create a love of learning. With small class sizes and

inspirational teachers who will encourage you to

a generous lesson allocation, we are confident our

become an independent thinker. Experts in their

staff can give you the individual attention you need

field and dedicated to their subject, our staff will

to help you achieve your goals.

have high expectations of you and will go the extra mile to deliver high quality, engaging lessons that

Together we can make things happen.

‘We aim to create independent and analytical Mathematicians, who will be ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century’ M Jacobs - Head of Mathematics

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Supporting Students Our sixth form will provide a caring and supportive environment where students can develop their full potential and be prepared for higher education and the workplace. As we are concerned with the well being of each individual, we will place great emphasis on supporting both academic and personal development.

Starting with your sixth form guidance interview, when we will meet to discuss your course choices, you will be supported every step of the way. You will be allocated a tutor who will offer academic and pastoral support and help steer you in your chosen direction. You will also benefit from a close relationship with the Head of Sixth Form who will be available to discuss your individual needs and monitor your progress. University and Careers Guidance

We expect the majority of our students to go on to their first choice university. As admission to university becomes increasingly competitive we will provide clear guidance to assist students through the UCAS process, offering help with completing the UCAS application and in selecting the most appropriate university. There will be a number of events to help students with decision making (UCAS Conventions, Open Day visits, a UCAS Registration Day, a Higher Education Evening, Mock Interviews) and individual help to assist with writing the personal statement. We also guarantee a UCAS reference which reflects a ‘personal touch’, as this can really make a difference with university admissions officers. Whilst we will support every university application, for Oxbridge candidates (and those wanting to study Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine) we will run a specialist tutorial programme. In Year 12 we will organise a group visit to Oxford University as well as offering ongoing advice on which colleges to choose, how to write an Oxbridge standard personal statement and how best to prepare for the admissions tests and interviews.

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Course Guidance With such a wide range of courses to choose from, selecting the most appropriate combinations to study can be a difficult task. We are here to help you make these choices. As a starting point, take a moment to consider the following questions: Which subjects really interest you?

Do you have a particular career in mind?

them for the next two years and you will need to be

in the future and therefore what subjects you need

motivated to consistently deliver your best efforts.

to study in the sixth form.

Which subjects are you good at?

Is there a particular course or university

This is important because you will be studying

Since this will increase your chances of success. This is crucial as access to the best universities and

If so, research which qualifications you might need

you would like to attend?

Research what subjects and grades you are likely

the best employment opportunities are becoming

to need. Look at university websites, ucas.com, or

increasingly competitive.

speak with university admissions officers to find relevant information. Some of the more selective

Which subjects are you qualified to study? Identify whether you meet the course entry

universities (in The Russell Group) are quite specific about the subjects you need to study at A level.

requirements by looking at each course guide. To keep your options for Higher Education open, Are there any new subjects which sound

the Russell Group of universities suggest you

interesting (e.g. Psychology, Economics)?

opt to study at least two facilitating subjects.

If so, talk to subject staff and carry out some further research into what each subject involves.

These are: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, English Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Languages.

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How to apply Complete your online application by following the sixth form link on the Teddington School website www.teddingtonschool.org Alternatively you can apply through the Richmond Borough website by following this link www.richmond.gov.uk/post16partnership Please note if you are uncertain about which courses to choose be reassured that you are only expected to confirm your final course choices at our Enrolment Day on Friday 22 August. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

KEY DATES

Completed applications must be

• Tuesday 2 July 2013

submitted before: Friday 22 November 2013 Applications received after this date will be considered late.

Sixth Form Open Evening

Online applications open

• Friday 22 November 2013

Closing date for sixth form applications

• September to December 2013

Guidance interviews and offer letters sent out

• January to June 2014

Interview of late applicants

• Thursday 21 August 2014

GCSE exam results published

• Friday 22 August 2014

Sixth Form Enrolment Day

• Monday 8 September 2014

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Start of term for sixth form students


‘Everything about the sixth form looks amazing: the building, the enrichment activities and the wide range of courses to choose from. ’

Photography: Amy Murrell

Design: Amanda Ribbans

Tom Ashley, Year 10


Contact us

Teddington School Broom Road Teddington Middlesex TW11 9PJ Tel: 020 8943 0033 Or visit our website www.teddingtonschool.org Email any enquiries to: svictory@teddingtonschool.org


Sixth form prospectus