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By the time they leave school, they are able to think critically, have high aspirations and a self-belief that there are few things that they cannot achieve. Independent Schools’ Inspectorate October 2016

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The Headmistress One of the most enjoyable aspects of being Headmistress of St Catherine’s is the privilege of watching our Sixth Form students develop from the most wonderful girls into remarkable young women as the two years unfold. During your two years of study you will build your portfolio of qualifications: A Levels, possibly an additional AS and a raft of extra-curricular experiences and certificates. Your timetable will be built round your subject choices. You can gracefully say goodbye to those areas you may have enjoyed less at GCSE, and can now immerse yourself completely in the subjects you relish. Please look at our Destination of Leavers (p 24-25) and A Level results which are a testament to this each year. Enjoying all of your subjects means that you find you have even more energy for other activities outside the timetable, and you start to be ready to lead. Leadership skills are extremely useful in later life. Our Sixth Form genuinely help run the School and maintain its ethos as a place where academic achievement goes hand in hand with care for others and an increased sense of responsibility. The much closer relationship with the staff also leads to a strong camaraderie which develops over time. And, the whole experience includes having a lot of fun, too. With the brand new Sixth Form Boarding House and Common Room for all, The 6 (p 14-15), opening in 2021, many of you will want to explore this pre-university boarding option and give yourselves more time for study and extra-curricular activities. I hope that these pages will give you much of the information you need about the Sixth Form at St Catherine’s and will whet your appetite for the most exciting stage of your education. The staff and current Sixth Form students are on standby to answer any further questions you may have. The next two years will see you taking on more responsibilities and leading from the top which is why the Sixth Form not only makes a difference but is different. As they say, ‘the best is yet to come’!

Head of Sixth Form We very much look forward to welcoming you into our Sixth Form where you will find an inclusive and happy atmosphere in which everyone is encouraged to develop her talents and interests. St Catherine’s will prepare you for your A Levels, as well as for whatever lies ahead, be it university, a gap year, or another of the many opportunities possible for an intelligent and capable young woman. By studying your favourite subjects in depth, you will develop new skills and build on existing ones. There is the opportunity to become involved in a huge range of activities, from fundraising to film-making. Friendships are strengthened, and new ones made. You will leave St Catherine’s confident that you are ready to face life head-on and use your abilities to make the world a better place. There is greater independence in the Sixth Form which also means being responsible for managing your time effectively. As you move into the Upper Sixth, you will contribute increasingly to the running of the School and your House, affording you valuable leadership experience as well as being a role model for the younger girls. The Sixth Form tutor team will support you in subject specialist form groups, helping you plan your university application and your future beyond St Catherine’s. Whether it is the team-building camping trip at the start of the Sixth Form, the Lower Sixth musical that is always a highlight at the end of the School year, the leadership of House events, or a whole range of activities and trips, St Catherine’s Sixth Form is characterised by new challenges, enthusiasm, hard work, and a genuine sense of fun. When you finally leave us, it will be with a sense of achievement, purpose, and a strong awareness of your place in the world as a young woman of extraordinary potential.

Mrs Kate Hawtin Mrs Alice Phillips

BA Dunelm, PGCE - Head of Sixth Form

MA Cantab - Headmistress

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Why choose the Sixth Form at St Catherine’s?

St Catherine’s Sixth Form is the jewel in the St Cat’s crown . Alice Phillips, Headmistress

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We can list the reasons why St Catherine’s offers the very best Sixth Form experience but that won’t give you the whole story. Excellent examination results and outstanding facilities are tangible factors but what about the fundamental ethos and values which underpin the Sixth Form? House spirit is both unquantifiable and unthinkable without the leadership and energy the Sixth Form girls provide. It is hard to see where you would find such a close-knit community resulting in events such as the amazing annual Sixth Form Musical and Fashion Show. The Sixth Form at St Catherine’s provides an exciting launch pad for your future.

FROM THE HEAD GIRLS The Sixth Form at St Catherine’s is such an enjoyable experience which has been the making of us as individuals with our own unique aspirations and interests. The Sixth Form becomes so united with the cohesive atmosphere being set immediately on the camping bonding trip and take part in outdoor teamwork activities. Doing A Levels finally allows you to pick which subjects you would like to study! The staff will empower you to develop your passion for learning on a deeper level and the dynamic between student and teacher adapts to become one of mutual academic passion that comes with maturity. With the increased trust you will receive, comes the responsibility of being a strong leader of the school, a freedom which challenges you to become the best version of yourself.

Sixth Form life offers new friendships, opportunities, responsibilities and independence. Bella, Head Girl

We are so excited about The 6, the new Sixth Form building, which will be open in Spring 2021! This will give you an incredible new Common Room as well as offering vibrant modern bedrooms for boarders. It complements the Speech Hall Library, the quiet academic study space just for the Sixth Form. Our experience of Sixth Form life is one of a group of people who collaborate together. A highlight for us was the Fashion Show; we were given the opportunity, uniquely and independently, to design an amazing performance. We had a sustainable section of the Show thanks to incredible flexibility from the teachers. You’ll also have the valuable experience of putting on the Lower Sixth Musical entirely by yourselves. In the Sixth Form you really do get the chance to drive change within the school. Ultimately, we want to say we are so grateful for all the opportunities and facilities we have been given in the Sixth Form and we are confident that you will leave with a lasting bond with true friends and a sense of empowerment: you can be whoever you want to be!

Bella & Jess - Head Girls 2020 -2021

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TUTOR GROUPS

94

A*- B A LEVEL

1:1 7 UCAS ADVICE

AVERAGE SIZE OF TEACHING GROUPS

HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS

28

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MEMBERS OF THE ST CATHERINE’S ASSOCIATION CAREERS NETWORK FOR LIFE

172

GIRLS IN SIXTH FORM

100+

CLUBS

A LEVEL SUBJECTS

88 8500+ PREFECT ROLES

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GOLD DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD HOLDERS SINCE 2010

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TOP 5 GIRLS’ BOARDING SCHOOL BY A LEVEL RESULTS

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ART & DESIGN STUDIOS

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SUNDAY TIMES PARENT POWER UNIVERSITY DESTINATIONS

CAREERS FOCUSED EVENTS

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DIFFERENT SPORTS PLAYED

DANCE CLASSES PER WEEK

88 BEDS IN THE 6

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A strong support system and friendships were my main reasons for staying. I have been able to spend more time reading around my subjects and preparing for life at university instead of spending time on deciding which friends and subjects are right for me at a new school. Carmen

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Experience

St Catherine’s sets out to maximise your Sixth Form experience. We understand girls. After all, we’ve been involved in girls’ only education for over 135 years! These next two years will fly by – St Catherine’s ensures every day is worthwhile.

Academic Excellence You will enjoy the benefit of highly qualified staff, who are prepared to go the extra mile to help you. St Catherine’s staff are experts in teaching girls. We work very hard to tailor the timetable to fit your dreams and future plans – not the other way around. Although one of the largest independent sixth forms in the area, class sizes are small to ensure your teachers know you, allowing them the time you need to provide extra attention whether in the classroom or in assessing your work and giving you meaningful feedback. St Catherine’s Sixth Form girls are bright and have high aspirations, creating an exhilarating climate which fosters intellectual curiosity, develops confidence and a joy in learning. At St Catherine’s you do not need to feel embarrassed about enjoying your subjects! Our results are nationally recognised. For example, The Sunday Times Parent Power League placed St Catherine’s 4th nationally for sending students to the most prestigious universities whilst In the Times and Telegraph we are 3rd in the table of top girls’ independent boarding schools based on A Level results.

Superb Facilities You will enjoy access to everything you could possibly need to make your next two years a success. An attractive and dedicated Sixth Form Library, with full access to fast broadband and docking stations for mobile devices, and a modern Common Room and kitchen in The 6. You’ll also have a state of the art sports and performance space - the Anniversary Halls - and plenty of resources, from books to Apple-Mac computers, to ensure you have everything you need to be an effective learner and communicator. Extensive grounds and attractive green spaces add to the mix, making our Sixth Form a wonderful environment for your next two years.

Boarding Many days girls opt into Sixth Form boarding which offers a whole raft of benefits, not least the extra time gained for work and relaxation. Read more about it and all the new boarding facilities in The 6 on p13.

Opportunities Galore St Catherine’s offers a raft of opportunities, inside and outside the classroom, and via our incredible House System. See page 10 for more details. When it is time to complete your Personal Statement for UCAS, you will be pleased you chose St Catherine’s because your active participation in sport, music, drama, outdoor pursuits and charity work will make your application stand out. Moreover, you will all have had the opportunity to lead and take responsibility. As a result you will develop those so-called ‘soft-skills’, which will benefit you in all sorts of ways at university and in the world of work. Girls appreciate the advice and support they receive throughout their university applications and, for those who decide to take a gap year, that help continues, until you reach your chosen next step.

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Pastoral Care One of the best features of the St Catherine’s Sixth Form is the level of pastoral care you will enjoy. As you build the foundations for the next important and exciting phase of your education, it is good to know you are in very capable hands. Make the best of everything on offer. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will, more than likely, be a specialist in one of your chosen subjects areas and who has the experience to guide you in your academic studies and oversee your progress in general. Your tutor will be your first port of call if you have any worries. In addition you can, of course, talk to the Head of Sixth Form or your School House Mistress and, for boarders, the Head of Sixth Form Boarding at any time.

Libraries In addition to the Speech Hall Library, the Senior School Library provides excellent support for pupils in the Sixth Form. As well as titles supporting curriculum teaching there is a particular focus on providing extended reading material and students are encouraged to read around their subjects to support their university applications. The Library takes a selection of national newspapers and magazines including The Economist, The Week and The Spectator. We subscribe to an impressive list of online services. We also have a school membership of the University of Surrey Library for all Sixth Form students. Pupils can access the Oliver Library Catalogue on any computer in school or from any device at home: an excellent resource.

A Sixth Form just for Girls We believe this is important. Why? Because it creates an environment where girls can take academic risks and make mistakes along the way without fear of assumptions being made that they are gender based, and where there is no shame in working hard or being successful. It supports a ‘can-do’ philosophy. Girls hold all the senior positions at St Catherine’s: all the scientists are girls, all the mathematicians are girls. There is no subject area or activity in which girls do not excel here.

House System Those of you in the Fifth Form will understand the fundamental role of the House system at St Catherine’s. As a Sixth Former, you will play your part in running your House, gaining valuable, transferable skills. St Catherine’s Sixth Formers experience genuine roles of responsibility and leadership which make a real difference and to which the younger girls aspire. Head Girls, House Captains and a whole host of other prefect positions are pivotal. It is hard to imagine the School could run so effectively without this input.

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Running the Fashion Show was a great first experience of leading; getting to know people in other year groups and working together as a team to make something you’re proud of. Sophie


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Boarding Boarders are fully immersed in life at St Catherine’s, with so many opportunities for ‘work, rest and play’. The Sixth Form Boarding House is run by Mrs Vic Alexander, along with her boarding team of resident House Tutors. Together, they aim to ensure you feel welcome and that you enjoy a home-from-home experience.   Sixth Form boarding offers an enormous number of benefits and is a very popular option because it is a great transition between school and university. Current day girls opt into boarding when they enter the Sixth Form and new girls join us from the UK and abroad. Boarders enjoy a wider range of freedoms in the Sixth Form, based on mutual respect and trust. Resident boarding staff enjoy their roles, ensuring there is always the right level of support and structure at this important time. We asked girls what they like about boarding in the Sixth Form. They all agree the opportunity to make friends and be a part of a close-knit community are compelling reasons but there are others! Time saved is a huge bonus, with easy access to sports, drama, art and music facilities before school and into the evening as well as more time to study. Boarders can choose to work in their rooms during study periods or in the Speech Hall Library, know affectionately as ‘the SHLib’, which is open late and at weekends. Please take a look at the next two pages to find out more about our new Sixth Form centre - The 6. Boarding helps you manage your time. It enables sportswomen to attend early morning practice, have a delicious breakfast, shower and still be ready for registration at 8.30 a.m. Music practice rooms, drama rehearsals, Young Enterprise, Sixth Form Lectures, and school concerts all become blissfully simple. The fitness suite, squash court and swimming pool are available for use by boarders. Open House is a popular weekly social event hosted by Mrs Alexander. And weekends are never dull with lots of exciting trips as options, sports fixtures, concerts and rehearsals, as well as time to study.

Boarding has made me a more independent, considerate and sociable person. I always have access to teachers after school from a variety of departments, which has really helped my academic studies. Violet

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Be the 1st in The 6 A vibrant, brand new boarding house and social space where Sixth Form girls can relax will open in Spring 2021. You will be one of the first to enjoy The 6. With generous contemporary boarding accommodation, bright modern bathrooms and a spacious Common Room, for all sixth form students, The 6 community has lots to offer.

The 6 in numbers Common Room

Staff Flats

for all the Sixth Form community, day girls and boarders alike. A comfortable seating space with a fully fitted kitchen, the common room will be at the heart of The 6 where the community comes together at break, lunchtime and after School.

so that boarders have guidance when they need it, just as they would at home.

Bathrooms ‘Snugs’ - social spaces in the boarding areas for quiet time, relaxation, conversation, TV and listening to music in the evenings and at weekends.

we know teenagers like hot, powerful showers and lots of bathroom space! You’ll have modern, contemporary bathrooms and ‘private’ bath spaces for relaxation.

Twin Bedrooms Staff Reception Offices to welcome you and your visitors and help you with Sixth Form life.

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designed by boarders for boarders. You’ll have a comfortable bed, a wardrobe with full length mirror, lots of under-bed storage, floor-to-ceiling windows for extra light and your own study desk and shelving. You can make your room your own with your large ‘pin’ walls and whiteboards for daily notes/reminders.


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The Curriculum Why A Levels & not IB or Pre-U? The three year period of A Level reform reached its final wave in 2019, and this has given us a very good opportunity to review all that is on offer as a potential Sixth Form academic curriculum. There are a number of reasons why we continue to offer A Levels at St Catherine’s, rather than IB or Pre U, or a mixture, but chief amongst these is that they continue to be the best guide to potential. University admissions tutors have told us that they like the fact that A Level students have studied topics in depth. The A Level structure also offers students much more flexibility and personal choice; for example, in IB you may not study all three sciences together, which many girls wish to do at St Catherine’s, and indeed do so with great distinction. We believe students about to enter the Sixth Form here are already highly qualified at GCSE across a broad range of subjects; they are more than capable of making well-informed choices, fully ready to focus on subjects they enjoy and which will prepare them for Higher Education and potential career choices. Girls can choose freely from 28 subjects. Additional languages such as Mandarin, Cantonese and Russian are also available by arrangement.

SCOPE

St Catherine’s offered everything I was looking for in a sixth form: incredible facilities, friendly faces, small class sizes and excellent teaching. Lara

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Alongside the A Level subjects, the Sixth Form curriculum also includes SCOPE (St Catherine’s Ongoing Programme of Enrichment), which is an hour long session each week, designed to complement academic study. Education encompasses more than specialised areas of study and in SCOPE sessions you will encounter a broad range of topics, which will help you to approach the challenges of adult life, the world of work and university study. As part of this programme, students are given an overview of higher education, work experience, Gap Year information, student finance, interview techniques and careers guidance, as well as specialist support with their UCAS or overseas applications via the BridgeU online resource. The programme also covers a select range of healthcare and citizenship issues. Topics include advice on personal safety, sexual health, alcohol and drug awareness, safe driving, digital skills and other relevant subjects, which will be useful as you gain independence. SCOPE incorporates visiting lecturers, cultural and current affairs sessions, and is excellent pre-university experience.


Choosing your A Level Subjects

Chapel The Chapel at St Catherine’s offers a quiet place for reflection and contemplation in an otherwise busy environment. All Sixth Formers attend a short weekly Chapel Service conducted by our very popular Chaplain, Rev’d Dr McNair Scott.

House study/ Subject ‘clinics’ On Tuesday - Friday, a supervised House Study period of 30 minutes allows you to begin your prep in the Speech Hall Library or your boarding bedroom, or access subject clinics. If appointed as a ‘subject mentor’ you may also be asked to help lead in clinics and teach younger girls, consolidating your own subject knowledge and confidence as you do so. Subject mentors particularly enjoy this opportunity to develop their higher order thinking skills.

Physical Education The sports facilities at St Catherine’s are second to none. You will take part in Senior Games on Tuesday afternoons each week. A range of interesting activities is offered, designed to encourage you to think in terms of exercise and fitness for fun and for life. Senior Lacrosse and Netball squads also train at this time, and individual sportswomen may pursue their own choice of specialist sports off-site with permission.

Tuesday Tutes After the Senior Games afternoon, the various departments offer extension sessions for girls in U5-U6 in which the subjects are explored beyond the confines of public examination specifications. Some departments rotate where two or more subjects are involved e.g. Natural Sciences. In particular, girls considering Oxbridge or who are expected to demonstrate their participation in the super-curricular benefit from this programme.

There is lots of flexibility at St Catherine’s over the choice of subjects, enabling you to specialise in those you most enjoy and at which you are most successful. If you do have a specific career in your sights, then bear this in mind when you make your choices. If you do not, do not panic. You are almost certainly in the majority at this stage which is absolutely fine! We do emphasise, however, that study in the L6 year is very important and the material is all part of the Linear A Level which will be taken at the end of U6. It is never too early to start researching your subjects and trying to glean as much information as you can. If you are already a St Catherine’s student, as well as information from the respective Heads of Department, you will have a 1-2-1 interview with a senior member of staff. Ask students already studying the subjects you are considering taking, as well as friends and family. Make sure, however, that the information is as up to date and accurate as possible. You will see from the table below that each department has chosen the method of examining that is most appropriate for the subject and for our students. Please do not select your four choices on the basis of the system of examination. Instead, focus on subjects you most enjoy and in which you are most successful or try out a completely new subject. Trust our team of highly experienced Heads of Department, many of them experienced examiners, who have chosen the approach that best suits their students and helps them gain the right outcomes at the end of the Upper Sixth year. The flexibility of the above system enables you to choose four subjects, one of which may be a deliberate choice to AS Level only. This may be a subject that you want to pursue to complement your other A Level subjects and have recognised in a formal qualification after a year. You can then focus on 3 full A Levels, knowing that your university application will be enhanced by having that extra qualification. In making your subject choices, you will find a great deal of advice on hand, both if you are a current student or an applicant for a place at St Catherine’s. Just ask us. Please note that the following subject choices are all linear with no option to take the AS Level.

Art Computer Science Design & Technology Drama & Theatre Studies Further Maths

Geography History History of Art Photography Politics 17


Subject Choices & Implications for University Courses There are particular subjects which may be required or expected for entry to certain degree courses. These requirements may change as universities adjust their expectations, but at present the following guidelines should be borne in mind.

Architecture Some universities express a preference for A Level Design Technology or Fine Art and all will want to see a portfolio of visual work – drawings, sketches, photography, painting, or collage. A few may ask for Maths or Science at A Level but in most cases the entry requirements are not subject specific. Business Studies, Management Mathematics helpful, but not essential. Computing Mathematics required, Further Mathematics is highly advantageous. Economics, PPE Mathematics essential for single Economics i.e. not combined honours, History and Maths may be useful for PPE, university requirements should be checked as they vary. Engineering Maths and Physics, and most undergraduates at Russell group universities will also have studied Further Maths.

The Sixth Form here is very supportive. The uni application process is made so much easier through guidance on UCAS by the school. The teaching at St Cat’s is excellent and helped me achieve great A Level results. Henny, Year of 2018

Foreign languages Two languages (modern or classical) desirable, but many universities will allow you to start a language ab initio, that is, from scratch, in conjunction with a language that you have already studied to A Level. Law Any A-Levels, ideally with one essay based subject e.g. English, History, Religious Studies. Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy Chemistry is almost always required and Biology is strongly advised. If you are considering putting Cambridge as one of your choices for Medicine or VetMed, Maths is the preferred 3rd A Level. Natural Science Mathematics plus at least two of the three sciences advised. Psychology Two sciences required for BSc, (of which one can be Psychology) but entry via arts subjects for BA courses is possible.

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Choosing your A Level Subjects If you are already a St Catherine’s student

If you are considering joining St Catherine’s

Study this booklet carefully to find out what St Catherine’s can offer you in the next stage of your education. Read through the subject pages and draw up a short list.

Study this booklet carefully to find out what St Catherine’s can offer you in the next stage of your education. Read through the subject pages and draw up a short list.

Talk to as many people as possible to get more advice, views and guidance especially Heads of Department, subject mentors and your School Housemistress.

Come to the virtual Sixth Form Open Evening in September. Ask questions and keep an open mind!

Choose the subjects you would like to explore further over the Sixth Form Taster Experience. Use this opportunity to try some new subjects. Why not try taster boarding later in the year?

You will be invited for interview with a senior member of staff. Come prepared to talk about YOU. It’s your future!

Assess all the information and then submit your final option choices in February after mock exams.

Concentrate on your GCSEs and IGCSEs, enjoy your summer and wait for excellent results!

St Catherine’s Sixth Form starts here!

Talk to as many people as possible to get more advice, views and guidance, especially Heads of Department and subject teachers in your current school or here.

Come and visit St Catherine’s. Look around, ask questions and keep an open mind! Register as an applicant.

You are invited to sit the Entrance Examination. There will be an interview with the Director of Studies or the Head of Sixth Form and a Head of Department of a subject you wish to study. All applicants this year will will have a Zoom interview. We can arrange for the Entrance Examination papers to be sent to your current school or an approved centre.

Assess all the information and then submit your final option choices promptly as advised by the Registrar.

Concentrate on your GCSEs and IGCSEs, enjoy your summer and wait for excellent results!

St Catherine’s Sixth Form starts here!

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AS/A Level Subject Grade Breakdown & Analysis

A Level Grade Breakdown A* Biology 9 Business Studies 1 Chemistry 6 Chinese 1 D&T 1 Drama & Theatre Studies 0 Economics 4 English Literature 7 Fine Art 1 French 2 Further Mathematics 3 Geography 5 German 1 Greek 0 History 4 History of Art 0 Latin 0 Mathematics 17 Music 0 PE 0 Photography 1 Physics 3 Politics 2 Psychology 1 Religious Studies 0 Russian 1 Spanish 2 Textiles 0

AS Grade Breakdown Biology Business Studies Chemistry Economics English Literature French Latin Mathematics PE Physics Psychology Russian Spanish

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A

19 0 1 9 19 1 1 5 1 4 5 2 0

A

B 7 1 10 4 2 1 9 6 1 2 1 4 1 1 3 0 1 11 1 1 0 2 3 9 4 1 4 2

B

3 0 0 5 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1

C 3 1 4 1 1 4 4 1 3 0 3 6 0 0 3 1 0 6 3 1 3 4 1 6 0 0 0 1

C

7 1 1 3 2 0 0 4 2 0 2 0 0

D 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 1 0

D

2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0

E 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0

E

1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

U 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

U

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals 32 1 2 19 24 2 1 10 6 6 10 2 1

Totals 22 4 23 6 4 5 18 14 6 6 8 15 3 1 10 3 1 40 4 2 4 14 7 18 4 2 7 3

A Level % Breakdown Biology Business Studies Chemistry Chinese D&T Drama & Theatre Studies Economics English Literature Fine Art French Further Mathematics Geography German Greek History History of Art Latin Mathematics Music PE Photography Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Russian Spanish Textiles

AS % Breakdown Biology Business Studies Chemistry Economics English Literature French Latin Mathematics PE Physics Psychology Russian Spanish

A 59 0 50 47 79 50 100 50 17 67 50 100 0

A* A B 41 32 14 25 25 25 26 44 17 17 67 17 25 50 25 0 20 80 22 50 22 50 43 7 17 17 50 33 33 0 38 13 38 33 27 40 33 33 0 0 100 0 40 30 30 0 0 33 0 100 0 43 28 15 0 25 75 0 50 50 25 0 75 21 14 29 29 43 14 6 50 33 0 100 0 50 50 0 29 57 0 0 67 33

B 9 0 0 26 13 50 0 0 17 17 10 0 100

C D 22 6 100 0 50 0 16 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 40 0 33 33 0 0 20 20 0 0 0 0

C

9 25 0 0 0 0 6 0 17 33 13 0 33 0 0 33 0 8 0 0 0 14 14 11 0 0 14 0

E

D

5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 0 8 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 0

U 3 0 0 5 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0

E

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

U

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Grade Analysis A* 72 A 90 B 59 C 22 D 8 E 0 U 0 Total 251 % Analysis A* 29% A

36%

B

24%

C

9%

D E U

3% 0% 0%

Cumulative A* 29% A*-A 65% A*-B 88% A*-C 97% A*-D 100% A*-E 100% A*-U 100%


AS/A Level Subject Grade Breakdown & Analysis

A Level Grade Breakdown A* 11 Biology 0 Business Studies Chemistry 6 0 D&T 0 Drama & Theatre Studies Economics 5 14 English Literature 3 Fine Art 3 French Further Mathematics 3 5 Geography 0 German Greek 0 6 History History of Art 0 Latin 3 14 Mathematics Music 0 PE 1 1 Photography 2 Physics 3 Politics 4 Psychology Religious Studies 2 1 Russian 2 Spanish Textiles 0

A

AS Grade Breakdown Biology Business Studies Classics Economics English Literature Music PE Psychology Spanish`

B

A

14 1 1 15 17 1 2 8 0

9 1 6 3 4 8 6 3 6 1 5 0 1 5 1 2 12 1 1 1 4 10 7 5 1 4 2

4 0 0 3 3 0 1 3 1

B

6 0 4 0 0 4 2 2 0 0 3 1 0 5 1 0 8 0 3 1 1 1 5 1 0 2 0

C

5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

C

1 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

D

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

D

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

E

Note: Centre Assessed Grades - Summer of Covid 19

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

E

U

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

U

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals 28 1 19 3 4 18 23 8 9 4 13 2 1 16 3 5 38 1 6 3 9 14 16 8 2 8 2

A Level % Breakdown Biology Business Studies Chemistry D&T Drama & Theatre Studies Economics English Literature Fine Art French Further Mathematics Geography German Greek History History of Art Latin Mathematics Music PE Photography Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Russian Spanish Textiles

AS % Grade Breakdown Biology Business Studies Classics Economics English Literature Music PE Psychology Spanish`

A

58 100 100 75 85 100 67 67 0

B

17 0 0 15 15 0 33 25 100

A* A B 39 32 21 0 100 0 32 32 21 0 100 0 0 100 0 28 44 22 61 26 9 38 38 25 33 67 0 75 25 0 38 38 23 0 0 50 0 100 0 38 31 31 0 33 33 60 40 0 37 32 21 0 100 0 17 17 50 33 33 33 22 44 11 21 71 7 25 44 31 25 63 13 50 50 0 25 50 25 0 100 0

C 21 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0

D

4 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0

E

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

C

4 0 16 0 0 6 4 0 0 0 0 50 0 0 33 0 8 0 17 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0

U

D

4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0

E

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

U

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Grade Analysis A* 89 A 109 B 50 C 13 D 3 E 0 U 0 Total 264 % Analysis A* 34% A

41%

B

19%

C

5%

D E U

1% 0% 0%

Cumulative A* 34 A*-A 75 A*-B 94 A*-C 99 A*-D 100 A*-E 100 A*-U 100

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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Isabel Hardman (2004), political journalist and the assistant editor of The Spectator - St Catherine’s Presents 2018

Abike Looi-Somoye (2014), Speech Day presenter 2018, receiving her Industrial Cadet of the Year Award from HRH Prince of Wales.

Katherine Soper (2009), award-winning playwright Speech Day 2016

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Katy Watson (1999), BBC South America Correspondent - End of Term Lecture 2019


Where do St Catherine’s girls go next? We have an enviable reputation for girls gaining offers from top universities in the UK and further afield. You will be offered advice and encouragement every step of the way. Girls who choose to take a gap year come back to benefit from the support we offer or can be supported on-line from far-flung locations. In an increasingly competitive application process it is good to know you are going to be taken very seriously. Take a look at the Destination of Leavers data which can be found on the following two pages to see where our Sixth Formers go - no editing, the full story!

Russell Group The Association Office provides us with so many connections to alumnae who may be studying or have studied the subject we would like to do at university. It also has a number of links with companies who are able to provide us with work experience and guidance on our CVs. Georgina

Non Russell Group Overseas Oxbridge The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which includes Oxford and Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Leeds, Liverpool, London School of Economics, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Queen Mary’s London, Queen’s Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton, University College London, Warwick and York. Other leading universities include Bath, Essex, Kent, Lancaster, Loughborough, Reading, Royal Holloway, St Andrews and Surrey. Please see the Head of Careers if you would like further information.

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UNIVERSIT Y

COURSE

UNIVERSIT Y

COURSE

Bath

Biochemistry

Imperial College

Medical Biosciences

Bath

International Management and German

Imperial College

Mathematics and Computer Science

Bath

Psychology

Kent

Computer Science

Birmingham

Chemical Engineering

Kings College, London

Liberal Arts

Birmingham

History

Kings College London

Medicine

Birmingham

History

Kingston

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Birmingham

Law

Lancaster

Mathematics

Birmingham

Medicine

Leeds

Music

Modern Languages

Leeds

Geograpahy

Birmingham

Sports and Exercise and Health Sciences

Leeds

Psychology

Bournemouth

Animation Production

Loughborough

Politics, History and International Relations

Bristol

Biochemistry

Loughborough

Product Design and Technology

Computer Science

London School of Economics

Economics

Medicine

London School of Economics

Geography

Cambridge

Economics

Manchester Metropolitan

Fashion Promotion

Cambridge

Modern and Medieval Languages

Newcastle

Nutrition with Food Marketing

Cardiff

Dentistry

Nottingham

Medicine

Physiotherapy

Nottingham

Medicine

Social Science

Oxford

History and Spanish

City, London

Computer Science

Oxford

Physics

Durham

Chemistry

Oxford Brookes

Interior Architecture

English Literature

Polimoda Fashion School, Italy

Fashion Art Direction

Law

Queen Mar y, London

Dentistry

Durham

Modern Languages and Cultures

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Acting

Edinburgh

Economics

Sarajevo

Performing Arts

Edinburgh

History and History of Art

Sheffield

Psychology

Medicine

St Andrews

Greek and Hebrew

E xeter

Accounting and Finance

St Andrews

International Relations

E xeter

Business Economics

St Andrews

Medicine

E xeter

Business Economics

UCL

History

E xeter

Engineering

UCL

Statistics, Economics and Finance

English

University of Arts, London

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

E xeter

English Literature

University of Arts, London

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

E xeter

Geography with European Study

University of Arts, London

Bespoke Tailoring

E xeter

Mathematics with a Year in Industry

UWE

Real Estate

E xeter

Philosophy

War wick

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

E xeter

Politics and International Relations

War wick

Law with French Law

E xeter

Psychology

York

Economics

Falmouth

Photography

York

English Literature

Birmingham

Bristol Bristol

Cardiff Cardiff

Durham Durham

Edinburgh

E xeter

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Theatre Technology

Hull York Medical School

Medicine

Imperial College

Biochemistry

The Class of 2019 excludes 6 girls who have deferred their university entry and 2 who will apply to university during a gap year of structured work/internships/travel. Their university choices are shown on the following page.


UNIVERSIT Y

COURSE

UNIVERSIT Y

COURSE

Amsterdam

Liberal Arts

Newcastle

Marine Biology

Bath

Modern Languages

Nottingham

English

Bath

Business

Nottingham

Geography

Bath

Politics with Economics

Nottingham

Geography

Bath

Politics and International Relations

Nottingham

Geography

Bath

Politics and International Relations

Nottingham

History

BPP University

Chiropractic

Nottingham

History

Bristol

Veterinary Science

Nottingham

History

Classics

Nottingham

Psychology

Cambridge

Classics

Nottingham

Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge

Classics

Oxford

Medicine

Cambridge

Land Economy

Oxford Brookes

Business and Management

Physiotherapy

Oxford Brookes

Sport and Exercise Science

Biological Sciences

Queen Mar y, London

Biology

Durham

Business and Management

Queen Mar y, London

Biomedical Sciences

Durham

Geography

Sheffield

Health and Human Sciences

Durham

History

Southampton

Physiotherapy

International Relations

St Andrews

Arabic, French and Spanish

Durham

International Relations

St Andrews

Chemistry

Durham

Natural Sciences

St Andrews

Computer Science and Philosophy

Durham

Natural Sciences

St George’s

Medicine

Physics and Astronomy

University College, London

Applied Medical Sciences

Durham

Politics and Philosophy

University College, London

Biomedical Sciences

Edinburgh

Biological Science (Zoology)

University College, London

Engineering and Architectural Design

Edinburgh

German and Portuguese

University College, London

Natural Sciences

Edinburgh

History

University of Columbia, New York

Economics and Political Science

E xeter

Exercise and Sports Sciences

University of East Anglia

Physiotherapy

E xeter

Geography

University of Glasgow

Medicine

E xeter

History and Modern Languages

University of the Arts, London

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

E xeter

International Relations

University of the West of England

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science

E xeter

Psychology (Applied Clinical)

War wick

Accounting and Finance

E xeter

Theology and Religion

War wick

Mathematics

Falmouth

Illustration

War wick

Mathematics and Philosophy

King ’s College, London

Global Health and Social Medicine

War wick

Politics, Philisophy and Economics

King ’s College, London

History and Modern Languages

Westminster

Architecture

Leeds

History

York

Social and Political Studies

London School of Economics

Management

London School of Economics

Politics and Philosophy

London School of Economics

Politics and Philosophy

Manchester

Mechanical Engineering

Manchester

Medicine

Manchester Metropolitan University

Fashion Art Direction

Cambridge

Cardiff Durham

Durham

Durham

The Class of 2020 includes 7 girls who have secured places to start their degrees in 2021. It excludes 8 girls who have chosen to apply to University during a gap year of structured work/ internships/travel. They continue to be supported by St Catherine’s staff as they make these applications and will be listed next year.

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Beyond the Classroom St Catherine’s offers an outstanding extra curricular experience. With superb facilities for Art, Drama, Music and Sport, extensive grounds, impressive Performing Arts and Sports Complex, orchestra pit, sound and lighting box, numerous music practice rooms, recording studio, three full lacrosse pitches, floodlit netball and tennis courts, a fully equipped fitness centre, squash court, professional dance studio and indoor swimming pool, there is something for everyone. And with miles of countryside on our door step, outdoor pursuits are a breeze. Three miles away lies Guildford offering theatres, multiplex cinema, shopping and fast rail link to London and the coast.

Sports St Catherine’s is ranked No 5. Top Independent Sports School in the UK 2019 by School Sport Magazine. We have a record of success at a national level in sports such as lacrosse, swimming, cross country and athletics and have fabulous sporting facilities such as a fully equipped fitness suite, our swimming pool and the athletics track. Every Tuesday offers an afternoon of sport, an opportunity for you to enjoy a break from academics and to maintain your personal fitness. You’ll have the chance to enjoy netball, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, gymnastics and athletics. You can also pursue your individual interests such as badminton or trampolining, or try something new, for instance, football. We are proud to field 6 senior lacrosse teams and 4 senior netball teams performing at the highest levels. Playing team sports helps you make friends, learn teamwork, show leadership, shape ambitions and form a competitive edge!

Music In the Sixth Form there is a vast range of opportunities to continue playing, or to try something new. You can use skills already learned and take part in a large number of musical ensembles such as Symphony Orchestra. However if you prefer to be part of a smaller group there are chamber groups and small wind or brass consorts. There are four choirs in the Sixth Form: Senior Choir (non-auditioned), Chapel Choir (for boarders, non-auditioned), Senior Chamber Choir and Cantores (auditioned), with Cantores being made up of a small number of the best choral singers from L5 to U6. There are also lots of solo opportunities, with many informal and sectional concerts from classical to rock. The Gala Concert on St Catherine’s Day sees players of all abilities showcase their talents, with performers ranging from U3 to U6. In the Sixth Form, you may have the opportunity to lead a choir, orchestra or ensembles, and Music Scholars even perform a concerto movement. Whatever you decide to do, you will have lots of fun!

Jennifer Bate Organ Scholarship This is an exciting and valuable opportunity for a girl who plays the organ and would like to develop her all-round performance expertise. The late Dr Jennifer Bate was an internationally acclaimed organist and a world authority on organ music, as well as a great friend to St Catherine’s. Throughout her life, she was committed to helping and encouraging young women organists and gladly gave her name to our Scholarship which is open to any student who meets our academic standards for Sixth Form entry and who can show she has the potential to maximise her talents through this Scholarship which is awarded in conjunction with Guildford Cathedral. For further details please contact Matthew Greenfield, Director of Music. A full bursary place may be available to support the Scholarship. Attendance at the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy may help you explore this option. Please see the website for further details www.stcatherines. info/JBOA. 27


Sixth Form Musical One of the real highlights of the Sixth Form is The Sixth Form Musical. This is directed, produced and choreographed as well as performed by members of the L6 after their summer examinations. The production in 2019 was Legally Blonde. Past productions have included How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, The Producers, Oliver!, Cabaret, Oklahoma!, Grease and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Each successive year group takes lasting memories away from these performances.

Young Enterprise In L6, you have the opportunity to set up and run your own private limited company as part of the Young Enterprise ‘Company Programme.’ You elect your own management team; allocate roles and responsibilities, design and produce a product of your own, raise start-up finance and, finally, wind-up the business, producing an end of year balance sheet and profit and loss account in the process.

Charity Involvement Raising money for good causes is a very important aspect of life at St Catherine’s, especially in the Sixth Form. Two fundraising groups: the Charities Board and the Philanthropy Board, work to promote further awareness of and maintain links with schools and projects in Afghanistan, Kenya, Zambia and Vietnam and also work to identify other areas where they feel they can offer help. You may apply to become a member of these Boards which agree upon and organise a number of  major events every year. In the past these have included the very popular Fashion and Talent show, an African themed dinner dance, a Father-Daughter Dinner and the annual Jumble Sale. Two successful outdoor music and film festivals have recently raised over £10,000. In the past, Sixth Formers have been able to take the money out to some of these link projects to see first-hand how the money raised can benefit communities. You can also experience the challenge of running a fun sports day for Year 3 and 4 pupils from St Peter’s School in Walworth, London at the end of the summer term.

Discussion & Debate Sixth Form Cookery You may like to sign up for the St Catherine’s Sixth Form cookery course: a 10-week course which runs on Monday evenings during term-time. Charged as an extra, this is run by the Head of Food and Nutrition, Mr Philip Friend, Finalist in the BBC Britain’s Best Home Cook 2018. The course focuses on high-end cooking and covers a variety of cuisines and skills. You will make many delicious dishes and have a lot of fun in the process!

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award is a well-respected and recognised achievement and you will enjoy an unforgettable experience. An impressive number of St Catherine’s girls go on to complete this prestigious award which also stands out on your CV and university application.

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There are many occasions throughout the Sixth Form to get involved in talking about all sorts of issues. We hold regular discussion evenings known as Dialogue where Sixth Formers select and introduce topics which are as wide-ranging as they themselves want them to be. In debating club, there are plenty of opportunities for internal and external combative British Parliamentary style debates, whilst maintaining regular ‘friendly’ debates with other schools. Eminent speakers address the Sixth Form on important issues as a means of curricular enrichment. We also participate annually in the prestigious McWhirter Conference.


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Trips You will be offered the opportunity to take part in trips both close to home and further afield. Some are curriculum focused, and will enable you to deepen your understanding and bring to life a topic which you may only have been able to study from a book. Other trips will take you out of your comfort zone, where you tap hidden depths in your own personality. Whatever you decide to do, St Catherine’s trips will contribute to your Sixth Form experience. Here is a flavour of what we have offered recently: Art & Photography

Regular trips to London Galleries

Biology

Field trips e.g. Juniper Hall, Dorking

Business

BMW Mini Factory, Cowley

Classics

Italy, Greece

Geography

Field Study trips to Dorset and Iceland

History

French Revolution, Paris

History of Art

Amsterdam

Music

Sweden, Austria

Politics

Houses of Parliament

Sport

French Alps, USA

Theatre Studies

Edinburgh Fringe, London theatres

St Catherine’s Association As a member of the St Catherine’s Association you will benefit from extremely valuable opportunities for life. We offer girls networking opportunities as you start thinking about university and future careers. The Association’s database comprises over 8,500 members and we are able to put you in touch with alumnae at university and parents and alumnae in a wide variety of professions. We have helped with work experience or internships in areas ranging from pharmaceuticals to fashion or with advice on particular careers options. Sixth Formers may also apply for three types of Travel Bursaries, worth in total over £3,600, to assist in gap year or summer holiday projects.

Our London Network alumnae events are available (by application) to Sixth Formers. The launch, in 2016, held in the spectacular surroundings of Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners head office in the iconic Cheesegrater building, attracted over 50 young alumnae, all of whom expressed their enthusiasm for the relevance and timely nature of the advice and mentoring offered so willingly by more senior members of the Association. Since then we have held two events per year, one general and one which is industry specific. These networking evenings offer tangible benefits to you as a Sixth Former, providing you with role models and an opportunity to speak to adults, other than teachers and your own families, in a more formal context, adding to your selfconfidence and broadening your career options and aspirations. We received an email recently from a City company, about one of our Sixth Formers, applying for one of their scholarship opportunities which she had discovered as a result of her involvement in the London Network;

It was her outstanding ability to look the panel in the eye, to express herself fluently, clearly and with confidence and, above all, to speak persuasively about herself and passionately about her subjects. We believe that she is a credit to herself, to you and your colleagues and to the school. John, Past Parent, Worshipful Company of Coachmakers of the City of London with Jaguar Land Rover

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The St Catherine’s Difference - in summary Confidence & Skills We believe in developing independent and critical-thinking and provide real opportunities for leadership and team-work. By attending biannual Sixth Form lectures you will have the opportunity to be inspired by determined and successful women. We build on decades of academic success of which you can be a part. An ethos of ‘believing there is nothing that a woman cannot do’ is our constant lodestar.

Achieve your goals The National Careers’ Service lists 10 soft skills; communicating, decision-making, showing commitment, flexibility, time management, leadership skills, creativity and problem solving, being a team player, accepting responsibility, ability to work under pressure. Companies are moving away from recruitment which only assesses academic qualifications, and are starting to use other methods which measure a broader set of skills for success in the ‘real world’. The St Catherine’s Sixth Form ensures you benefit from a head start in all 10 soft skills!

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A tailor-made programme By offering 28 A Levels and constructing a teaching timetable around your choices, and a huge extra-curricular programme, including sport, music, debating, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, drama, charity fundraising, there are so many ways to explore talents you might never have discovered and the opportunity to try something new, enjoying first-class facilities for ‘work, rest and play’. Boarding adds another dimension giving you more time to enjoy all that’s on offer and increase your independence.

More than ‘just’ an education The St Catherine’s Association with over 8,500 members affords you access to a global ‘family’. We can offer careers’ and Higher Education advice, mentoring, internship and work experience opportunities which start here and continue even after you leave. Our regular London Network events are extremely popular, aimed at our younger alumnae, allowing them access to advice and contacts in every sphere of work and education. A St Catherine’s education carries on giving after you formally ‘leave’ the U6.


BIOLOGY AS/A

Head of Department: Mrs Claerwen Patterson Examination Board: CAIE

WHY STUDY BIOLOGY? “Overpopulation, the destruction of the environment, and the malaise of the inner cities cannot be solved by technological advances, nor by literature or history, but by measures that are based on an understanding of the biological roots of these problems.” Ernst Mayer - This is Biology: The science of the living world. Biology not only unlocks some of the mysteries of living things but also inspires young people to want to know more about themselves.

COURSE CONTENT We explore the ultrastructure of cells and the importance of the biological molecules which make up the cell components and enable them to carry out their functions. We also discover the vital roles of DNA, RNA and enzymes. Transport systems in plants and animals are investigated and you will be able to apply this knowledge to gain an indepth understanding of how the heart beats, the role of haemoglobin in the blood and how sucrose is transported around a plant. You will learn about the role of antibodies as they assist our immune systems and explore the world-wide importance of diseases such as malaria and HIV/ AIDS. We then explore biodiversity, classification and the importance of species conservation. This is complemented by studying the important role that genes play in our lives, which leads naturally on to evolution and natural selection. We delve into the intricacies of respiration and photosynthesis, which will unlock many of life’s mysteries. We also study homeostatic mechanisms including the structure and function of the kidneys and the role of nerves, muscles and hormones. We then get to grips with cellular control, biotechnology and the fascinating world of plant responses.

ASSESSMENT NB: The AS Level is carried forward to contribute to the A Level AS Level: 1 x 1 hour multiple choice paper 1 x 1 hour 15 mins structured question paper 1 x 2 hours practical skills paper A Level: (In addition to AS Level) 1 x 2 hours structured question paper 1 x 1 hour 15 mins planning analysis and evaluation paper

BUSINESS AS/A

Head of Department: Mr Nigel Watson Examination Board: Edexcel

WHY STUDY BUSINESS? Have you ever wondered how Ryanair can sell its plane tickets for a fraction of the price charged by other airlines such as B.A. and still be a highly profitable business? Or what causes once successful companies such as Tesco and Gap, to go into decline? And why has Sainsbury teamed up with EDF Energy to supply electricity and gas? If you decide to study Business you will be able to answer these questions and a whole lot more. Studying Business will give you a critical insight into modern effective management. You will also gain an understanding of the role of the entrepreneur and business in society. Business and management is a growing subject at both undergraduate and post graduate level. There are now over a hundred MBA courses on offer in the UK and the numbers of students enrolling on them are increasing. At degree level many universities offer options to combine Business with a language; in today’s globalised business environment a Level Business is definitely an option worth considering.

COURSE CONTENT • • • •

The key internal functions of business including: marketing, people management, finance and operations management. How managers use quantitative and non-quantitative data in decision making, and the factors that affect whether a decision is successful. Markets and the competitive environment in which businesses operate. Business ethics and corporate social responsibility, including environmental issues.

ASSESSMENT AS Level: AS Level: 2 x 1 hour 30 mins examinations at the end of the L6. Paper 1: Marketing and people: data response questions and an essay. Paper 2: Managing business activities: data response questions and an essay. A Level: 3 x 2 hour examinations taken at the end of the U6. Paper 1: Marketing, people and global business: consisting of data response questions and an essay. Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy: consisting of data response questions and an essay. Paper 3: Investigating businesses in a competitive environment: data response questions based on a pre-released theme. 33


CHEMISTRY AS/A

Head of Department: Mrs Nicola Austin Examination Board: Edexcel

WHY STUDY CHEMISTRY?

AS/A

Head of Department: Mrs Jessica Ashby Examination Board: OCR

WHY STUDY CLASSICAL CIVILISATION?

One of the first things that you will notice as you progress through to A Level is that some of the ideas that you took for granted at GCSE have more to them than you thought. As you gain a deeper understanding of the underlying principles involved, you will start to see how all the many and varied aspects of the subject are held together. The ability to apply your mind in this way is very highly valued in the wider world, hence why Chemistry students rarely find difficulty in obtaining employment. Studying A Level Chemistry will allow you to discover more about the fascinating world we live in and the science behind major technological developments.

Classical Civilisation is a rewarding, stimulating and enjoyable subject – brilliant for lovers of Literature, Drama, History and Art. You will revisit many of the myths that might have inspired you as a child, examine works of art that you will have seen in books and on posters, and study the history and culture that shaped Western Civilisation. Through your studies you will learn how the ideas and institutions, the artefacts and achievements of the Greeks and Romans continue to have an enormous impact on our modern lives. As well as appealing to Arts students, it makes an exciting and enjoyable 4th subject for scientists. No knowledge of Latin or Greek required.

COURSE CONTENT

COURSE CONTENT

AS Level: You will study many topics covered at GCSE in more depth. These include atomic structure, energetics, rates and amounts of substance. You will also study the foundations of Organic Chemistry and analytical techniques. A Level: You will learn a wider selection of reactions in Organic Chemistry and how they can be used to synthesise everything from pharmaceuticals to fabrics. You will study analytical techniques with a wide range of applications including forensics, medicine and in industry. Physical Chemistry topics are developed and mathematical techniques are applied to predicting whether reactions occur, interpreting pH and analysing rates information. The colourful world of transition metals and their applications to modern day life are also explored. 16 core practicals are integrated into the two year course and you will have ample opportunities to develop your understanding of experimental methods and practical skills.

ASSESSMENT AS Level: 2 x 1 hour 30 mins papers A Level: 2 x 1 hour 45 mins papers 1 x 2 hours 30 mins paper At A Level there is also a teacher assessed practical competency. This will be reported separately to your A Level grade.

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CLASSICAL CIVILISATION

You will study two modules at AS Level - The World of the Hero, and Culture and the Arts. The World of the Hero Paper involves the study (in translation) of one of Homer’s incredible epics, the Odyssey, charting the Greek hero Odysseus’ adventure-packed journey home to Ithaca. Among the many themes this story presents, you will explore the concept, values and behaviour of a hero, including the ideas of honour and reputation. The Culture and Arts Paper explores different aspects of Greek Theatre. You will look not only at three plays from both the comic and tragic genres- texts which continue to be performed today and which have had a profound and wide-reaching influence on modern culture – but also at the physical and cultural context in which theatrical performances developed: for example, looking at evidence for costumes, masks and the theatres themselves. At A Level, you will supplement your AS study of Homer’s Odyssey with study of Virgil’s Roman epic, the Aeneid. You will also develop your awareness of the culture of Greece and Rome by exploring in more detail some of the religious, political and social beliefs which underpinned these societies.

ASSESSMENT (no coursework) AS Level: The World of the Hero paper: 1 hour 30 mins (50% of AS mark) Culture and Arts paper: 1 hour 30 mins (50% of AS mark) A Level: The World of the Hero paper: 2 hours 20 mins (40% of A Level mark) Culture and Arts paper: 1 hour 45 mins (30% of A Level mark) Beliefs and Ideas paper: 1 hour 45 mins( 30% of A Level mark)


CLASSICAL GREEK AS/A

Head of Department: Mrs Jessica Ashby Examination Board: OCR

WHY STUDY CLASSICAL GREEK? If you have studied Greek GCSE, AS and A Level should be well within your grasp as we have plenty of time to cover the syllabus and revise grammar. The girls currently studying the subject in the Sixth Form love the small groups and informal nature of the lessons. Discussions range from the sublime to the ridiculous, taking in all sorts of aspects of the Greek World – from the status of women in Athenian society to why Persians got drunk when making decisions.

COURSE CONTENT The key elements of the reformed course are still Language and Literature. The AS Level Language paper involves unseen translation from Greek into English and a choice of further unseen translation or English- Greek sentences. These are very straightforward and even enjoyable! Translating into Greek can be very satisfying and excellent for your knowledge of those tricky principal parts. At AS your prose text will be either Plato’s Symposium (in which he depicts a friendly contest of impromptu speeches given by a group of famous men, including Socrates and Aristophanes, in praise of Eros, ‘Love’) or a section of Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, Book 6 (which deals with the Athenian motivation for sending an ultimately disastrous expedition to Sicily). You will also read either part of Book 1 of Homer’s Odyssey (in which Odysseus’ son, Telemachus, is persuaded by Athene to go and seek news of the whereabouts of his long-lost father) or the opening of Sophocles’s tragedy, Ajax (in which Athena reveals to Odysseus that his great rival has gone completely mad!). You will extend these linguistic and literary studies at A Level by studying further prose and verse set texts, which can be tailored to suit the interests of the typically small but stimulating teaching groups.

ASSESSMENT (no coursework)

COMPUTER SCIENCE A

Head of Department: Miss Sandra Morris Examination Board: OCR H446

WHY STUDY COMPUTER SCIENCE? If creating the next software application interests you, or if you want to find out how to develop systems to solve real-world problems, then consider Computer Science. This course is all about both the academic and the practical. You kick off by understanding how computers are actually built, which feeds into techniques of how to develop software. Lots of practice in writing algorithms and working with data structures gives you the tools you need to build systems. In the second year you start up your programming project which is completely your own; you seek out what you want to build, then develop a system for other people to use. Throughout the course, you will use environments and techniques used in industry, e.g. agile development. Computer Science sits well alongside other Science subjects, e.g. Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Economics. To be successful in this subject you need precision, careful reasoning and a large dose of creativity.

COURSE CONTENT In the first year you will explore and absorb core principles, acquired through both theory and practical activities. In the second year this all starts to knit together as you develop your skills through working on your personal project, which is a perfect springboard for moving up to higher education and the workplace.

ASSESSMENT A Level: Component 01 (40%): Computer Systems 2 hours 30 mins Component 02 (40%): Algorithms and Programming 2 hours 30 mins Component 03 (20%): Programming Project

AS Level: Language paper: 1 hour 30 mins, 50% of AS Level Literature paper: 2 hours, 50% of AS Level A Level: Unseen Translation: 1 hour 45 mins, 33% of A Level Prose Composition or Comprehension: 1 hour 15 mins, 17% of A Level Prose Literature: 2 hours, 25% of A Level Verse Literature: 2 hours, 25% of A Level

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DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT DESIGN A

Head of Department: Mr Alastair White Examination Board: AQA

WHY STUDY DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT DESIGN? Studying D&T enables you to get to grips with social and environmental issues surrounding the use of the materials of our world in a way that is practical, thought provoking and intellectually challenging. D&T is a rapidly growing subject; some students choose D&T because it fits well with their Science courses, others because it gives them a valuable life experience in managing a truly personal project across long timescales.

COURSE CONTENT The A level course has two main elements, the theory preparation for the examination and a non-examined (coursework) assessment (NEA). This will be a substantial iterative project with a portfolio of supporting design work. You will be required to undertake a project based on a need or opportunity of your choice. The project will hopefully address some need for improvement in the world. Originality, spontaneity and a willingness to take risks (not too many!) are all really important. New technologies such as electronics will be incorporated into your project as required. The content of the written paper is taught separately to your project work, but where possible you will study the theory work through practical activities.

ASSESSMENT Examination Paper: 2 Hours 30 mins - Theory Paper (25%) Design Paper: 1 hour 30mins (25%) Coursework: 1 Major Project (50%)

DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES A

Director of Drama: Mrs Laura Grizzelle-Lang Examination Board: AQA

WHY STUDY DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES? Drama and Theatre Studies is a fascinating subject for anyone with a genuine interest in theatre and is not just for students who want to take up the Performing Arts as a career. The course involves practical performance and/or design work, the study of set texts and practitioners, and the analysis of contemporary productions. Going to the theatre is therefore, an essential part of the course and that is a definite plus! It is a highly respected academic subject (past students have gone on to study at Oxbridge and other reputable universities) and it combines well with a wide range of other subjects at A Level.

COURSE CONTENT A Level: You will rehearse and perform sections of text from three different plays, one of which will be performed to an audience, whilst keeping a portfolio of your research and performance development. You will also study two set plays and see a minimum of five productions at the theatre, learning how to analyse the production and performance techniques employed on stage. Finally, you will create a devised performance, influenced by the work of your chosen practitioner, and produce an accompanying notebook to reflect upon the process. The written exam at the end of the two years will comprise of Live Theatre analysis and questions on your two set texts.

ASSESSMENT A Level: 3 hour written paper on two set plays and their potential for performance as well as a question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production - 40% A practical group project (Devised group piece) + working notebook (coursework) and the performance of three scripted pieces + working notebook (coursework) – 60%

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ECONOMICS AS/A

Head of Department: Mr Nigel Watson Examination Board: Edexcel

WHY STUDY ECONOMICS? Economics is a fascinating subject that will enable you to learn more about how the world works. For example, in the last decade the global financial crisis has rarely been out of the news, because its effects are still being felt. The government has cut spending and raised taxes to reduce government borrowing. How have these changes affected the economy and the quality of life in Britain? Is our current economic recovery, based on ever higher levels of private and public debt, sustainable? If you opt to study Economics you’ll find out the answer to this question and many more, such as: Why are some countries richer than others? The wealth gap between rich and poor in Britain has grown over the last decade. Why has this happened? And does the issue of inequality matter anyway?

COURSE CONTENT AS Level: Microeconomics is the study of individual markets. A good example of a micro market that has rarely been out of the news in the last decade is housing. For many years house prices rose at a spectacular rate, will this continue? Occasionally, market forces can create unfavourable outcomes for society, for example, should the government allow firms to pollute the environment and to employ children? During the second half of the L6 year our attention switches to macroeconomics. Macroeconomics concerns economy wide issues such as the causes of economic growth, inflation and unemployment. You will also study the impacts of government economic policy on the economy. For example, will the policy of quantitative easing - quite literally printing money – lead to recovery, or eventual currency collapse and hyperinflation Zimbabwe style? A Level: In the second year you will study micro and macroeconomics in more depth, applying your knowledge to specific markets and economies. For example is electronic road pricing the answer to the UK’s congested roads? A Level macroeconomic issues include: the economics of international trade, exchange rate determination, the balance of payments, and development economics.

ENGLISH AS/A Head of Department: Mrs Hannah Simcock

Examination Board: Cambridge International Examinations

WHY STUDY ENGLISH? A Level English Literature is a very popular academic subject, highly regarded by universities and employers in a variety of careers. It is a good companion to studies in History and in Languages both Ancient and Modern, though it may profitably be taken in conjunction with a range of subjects in both the Humanities and Sciences. Like any academic subject, English naturally makes demands upon those who study it: you should come prepared to work diligently, to read both extensively and with close attention to detail, to think hard, and to discuss your ideas in the classroom and beyond. The rewards lie in the enriching of your mind that comes with encountering a variety of great literature, in the sharpening of your ability to express yourself clearly and coherently in speech and writing, and in the sheer pleasure that reading and discussion provide. By the end of the course, the books you have read, discussed and written about will ideally be part of an unfolding lifetime’s enjoyment of literature.

COURSE CONTENT The L6 of 2020-2021 are taking two AS Level papers, one on drama and poetry, and one on prose and an unseen text. The set texts on the former paper will be Much Ado About Nothing and poems from the CIE anthology Songs of Ourselves Volume 2. The prose set text is Howards End. The U6 of 2020-2021 are taking two A Level papers, one on Shakespeare and drama, and one on pre- and post-1900 poetry and prose. The set texts on the former paper will include The Winter’s Tale as well as a modern play by either Athol Fugard, Tennessee Williams or Tom Stoppard, depending on the teaching group. The latter paper will require study of Persuasion and the works of a modern poet, either Derek Walcott, Stephen Spender or Jackie Kay, again depending on the group. The full A Level course, therefore, requires the detailed study of seven texts, covering drama, poetry and prose, and ranging across several centuries. The course tests the ability to analyse each of these texts closely, as well as the application of this skill to an unseen text.

ASSESSMENT AS Level: 2 x 1 hour 30 mins examinations, the questions being a mixture of multiple-choice questions, data response and essay. A Level: 3 x 2 hour examinations. These examinations consist of a mixture of essays and extended data response questions.

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FINE ART A

Head of Department: Mr Alex Perry-Adlam Examination Board: AQA

FRENCH AS/A

Head of Department: Mrs Catherine Peel Examination Board: AQA

WHY STUDY FINE ART?

WHY STUDY FRENCH?

Art is not only about making beautiful images and objects, it is also about creative problem solving, developing personal opinions about art works, as well as responding to historical events, and becoming more in touch with the visual world that surrounds us.

We are in the middle of an artistic renaissance with Britain being at the forefront of creativity in all areas from fine art to graphics, fashion to film. All the leaders in this new wave of creativity took Art for A level and credit the course with teaching them the foundation of how to work experimentally and creatively. Most importantly the course is about you. It’s about finding your style of working and developing your personal interest in the subject.

COURSE CONTENT The start of the course is more traditional where you will learn formal elements of Art and how to develop your ideas through sustained investigations to a number of outcomes. The second coursework project is more self guided and where you will investigate an area of Art that interests you. You will also write a 2500 word extended essay on the theme of the project you have chosen. The final exam is a topic given by the exam board in January of the final year.

ASSESSMENT A Level: 60% Personal Investigation: Practical work and a personal study; a written essay of 2000 - 3000 words 40% Externally Set Assignment: Assessed as an independent unit: 15 hour examination.

Studying a foreign language and the people who speak it will:

• • • •

give you skills and experiences that will expand your horizons for the rest of your life; give you an advantage over others in an increasingly globalised labour market and open up career opportunities in Europe and beyond; help you to understand the motives, politics and culture of countries that are vital to the future of the UK, especially in the EU; teach you to look at the world through the eyes of others; develop important and highly transportable skills of analysis, debate and independent thought.

Do not fall into the trap of thinking that studying a foreign language (or two!) is just for those who want to teach or translate. Ask your teachers about the vast array of career opportunities with languages as your main academic pursuit or in combination with other subjects. Just think how much more confident a communicator you would be – and how much more of an asset to your future employer - if you weren’t tongue-tied every time you left Heathrow! Be an entrepreneur or an agent provocateur, read Sartre in Montmartre or eat gâteau in a chateau. We offer entente cordiale and many a grand prix. There may be some déjà vu but you will be always bienvenue!

COURSE CONTENT Year 1: Aspects of society and artistic culture and the study of a film. Year 2: Aspects of political life and current issues in society and the study of a book

ASSESSMENT AS Level: Paper 1: Listening/Reading/Writing 1hr 45mins Paper 2: Writing 1hr 30mins Paper 3: Oral 30 mins (teacher examined) A Level: Paper 1: Listening/Reading/Writing 2hr 30mins Paper 2: Writing 2 hrs Paper 3: Oral 30 mins (teacher examined)

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GEOGRAPHY A

Head of Department: Mrs Sophie Mackness Examination Board: Edexcel

WHY STUDY GEOGRAPHY? Geography’s strength comes from its ability to unite knowledge from different disciplines and to interpret the bigger picture within a spatial context, dealing with issues of genuine contemporary significance. Geography is the only subject that combines scientific concepts with social and cultural understanding, making it an ideal subject to place with both Arts and Science subjects. Geography encompasses a vast array of transferable skills such as data collection and analysis, research, decision-making, IT and communication skills.

COURSE CONTENT Dynamic Landscapes: Tectonic Hazards and Coastal Landscapes and Change Dynamic Places: Globalisation: You will study shifting patterns of wealth and the cultural implications of globalisation. Regenerating Places: You will study how places are economically dynamic and how regeneration affects people’s lives. Water Insecurity: You will investigate conflict over national and international water sources. Carbon cycle and Energy Security: You will investigate how the carbon cycle maintains planetary health and the consequences of the increasing demand for energy. Human systems and Geopolitics: Superpowers: The impact of superpowers on the world economy, global politics and the environment. Geopolitical conflict and new geopolitical relations. Global development and Connections. Migration, Identity and Sovereignty: The study of contested borders, the consequences of disunity between nations.

GERMAN AS/A

Head of Department: Dr Elodie Nevin Examination Board: AQA

WHY STUDY GERMAN? • • • •

German is the most widely spoken language in all of Europe Germany has the third strongest economy in the world German is the language of inventors and innovators, poets and scientists; whatever your academic interest, Germans are at the forefront of research Because fewer students in the UK are studying German, choosing it at A Level will make you stand out

Studying German will also: • • • • •

give you skills and experiences that will expand your horizons for the rest of your life; give you an advantage over others in an increasingly globalised labour market and open up career opportunities in Europe and beyond; help you to understand the motives, politics and culture of countries that are vital to the future of the UK, especially in the EU; teach you to look at the world through the eyes of others; develop important and highly transportable skills of analysis, debate and independent thought.

Do not fall into the trap of thinking that studying a foreign language (or two!) is just for those who want to teach or translate. Ask your teachers about the vast array of career opportunities with languages as your main academic pursuit or in combination with other subjects. Just think how much more confident a communicator you would be – and how much more of an asset to your future employer – if you weren’t tongue-tied every time you left Heathrow!

COURSE CONTENT ASSESSMENT A Level: Paper 1: Physical 2 hrs 15 mins Paper 2: Human 2 hrs 15 mins Paper 3: Synoptic 2 hrs 15 mins Coursework: Independent Investigation 20% of A Level A Level Independent Investigation 3000-4000 words marked by teachers and externally moderated.

AS Level: Aspects of society and artistic culture and the study of a film (Das Leben der Anderen) A Level: Aspects of political life and current issues in society and the study of a book (Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink)

ASSESSMENT (no coursework) AS Level: Paper 1: Listening/Reading/Writing 1hr 45mins Paper 2: Writing 1hr 30mins Paper 3: Oral 30 mins (teacher examined) A Level: Paper 1: Listening/Reading/Writing 2hr 30mins Paper 2: Writing 2 hrs Paper 3: Oral 30 mins (teacher examined)

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HISTORY A

Head of Department: Mrs Nicky Higgs Examination Board: AQA

WHY STUDY HISTORY? History is a fascinating subject which provides you with a number of extremely transferable skills. You will learn to analyse, debate and argue; your knowledge and understanding of the world today will be further enhanced through studying past events and the great ‘movers and shakers’ who have left their mark. History sits extremely well with both arts and science subjects. Discussing events, personalities, causes and consequences in small classes develops vital communication and critical skills. History teaches you how to write in a coherent and structured manner, considering multiple factors and then arriving at conclusions based on empirical evidence. Working on your independent study in U6 allows you to put these skills into practice. History is one of the most widely respected A Levels by university admissions officers and employers. A Level History - the subject that keeps on giving!

COURSE CONTENT Breadth Study: A Level – The Tudors: England 1485-1603 You will study government, foreign relations, society, economy, intellectual and religious changes and the role of key individuals. Depth Study: A Level – The American Dream: reality and illusion, 1945 – 1980 You will investigate the extent to which the post-war ‘American dream’ was a reality and the nature of democracy in a pluralist society. Historical Investigation 3,000 – 3,500 words (non –exam assessment). A piece of independent research using primary and secondary sources, which focuses on the fascinating history of Russia over the course of 100 years 1855-1953.

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HISTORY OF ART A

Head of Department: Miss Emily Ward Examination Board: Edexcel

WHY STUDY HISTORY OF ART? Art History is one of the most relevant and influential subjects on offer in the Sixth Form. The development of visual literacy and cultural understanding of your own history and that of others is a vital stepping stone into the multi-cultural, image conscious world in which we live. In Art History, you will examine architecture and artefacts from across the globe, exploring the contextual, political and stylistic influences and impacts of key works. You will need to develop your skills of reading, research and analysis. You will learn to work independently and as part of a team, to prepare and respond to creative briefs learning from some of the most creative problem solvers to have lived across the ages. This is a genuinely fascinating course which is inter-disciplinary by nature, combining aspects of history, art, politics, sociology, literature and languages. You do not need to be a practising artist, although all artists will find this course adds extra depth to their own experimentation.

COURSE CONTENT This a two year course leading to a full A Level. There is no AS Level available. The course begins with an introductory Visual Analysis module, before embarking on two Themes (Identities and Nature) which will be explored across the world and over time. Then, we will explore two Periods of Western Art History (the Baroque in Catholic Europe, 1597 1680, and European Modernism, 1900-1939) to provide students with a ‘depth’ of knowledge and analysis to pair with their broad understanding of thematic study.

ASSESSMENT

ASSESSMENT

A Level Breadth Study: exam 2 hours 30 mins, three questions 40% of A level A Level Depth Study: exam 2 hours 30 mins, three questions 40% of A level A Level: Independent Investigation 3000-3500 words, 20% of A Level, marked by teachers, moderated by AQA

A Level: Paper 1: Visual Analysis and Themes (3 hours, 50%) Paper 2: Periods (3 hours, 50%)


LATIN AS/A

Head of Department: Mrs Jessica Ashby Examination Board: OCR

WHY STUDY LATIN? No translated text can ever express in full the nuanced and layered meanings which are exposed and explored when studying a text in the language in which it was originally written. By choosing Latin at AS and A Level you will have the opportunity to read some of the world’s greatest literature in the original language – a challenging, exhilarating and enlightening experience! Latin appeals to lots of different sorts of students: we regularly have scientists as well as arts students in the Department. Several successful Oxbridge science applicants have done Latin as their 4th subject for example. To enjoy Latin at AS and A Level, you should like one or more of the following: variety, challenges, logical analysis and problem solving, discussion, great literature, sarcasm and scandal!

COURSE CONTENT The reformed Latin A Level retains the same key components of study: Language and Literature. The Language paper at AS Level involves unseen translation from Latin, and English to Latin sentences. Translating into Latin is enjoyable and satisfying and we teach it in bitesize chunks to build up your confidence and precision. The AS verse set text will be a selection of poems by Catullus, many of which document his turbulent love-affair with the mysterious ‘Lesbia’, a married woman who – as becomes increasingly apparent – does not seem to regard their relationship as being quite as ‘exclusive’ as Catullus would wish! The prose set text is a section of Tacitus’ Annals, Book 4 in which the historian documents the ultimately thwarted ambitions of Sejanus, ‘right-hand man’ to the Emperor Tiberius. It is a fascinating and chilling tale of the vicissitudes of political power. You will extend these linguistic and literary studies at A Level by studying further prose and verse set texts, and by translating passages from a varied and stimulating range of authors.

MATHEMATICS & FURTHER MATHEMATICS AS/A

Head of Department: Mr Alasdair Wright Examination Board: Edexcel

WHY STUDY MATHEMATICS & FURTHER MATHEMATICS? Studying Mathematics enables you to think logically and reason effectively. You learn the importance of independent thought and what constitutes proof. Everyone now will study both Statistics and Mechanics as part of the course Mathematics is a much respected academic subject, combining well with both science and arts A levels, and valued by universities and employers alike.

COURSE CONTENT Year 1: The course consists of Pure Mathematics topics and includes algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry, calculus and numerical methods. Alongside this, you will study both Mechanics and Statistics. Year 2: The balance of the course remains the same, and the topics become more challenging. Further Mathematics: Students will follow the A Level content in the first year. In year two, they will study Further Pure Mathematics with either Further Statistics or Further Mechanics. They sit both the Mathematics A Level and Further Mathematics A Level at the end of year two.

ASSESSMENT Mathematics: AS Level: 1 x 2 hour paper and 1 X 1 hour paper A Level: 3 x 2 hour papers Coursework Requirements: None Further Mathematics: A Level: 4 x 1 hour 30 mins papers Coursework Requirements: None

ASSESSMENT AS Level: Language paper: 1 hour 30 mins, 50% of AS Level Literature paper: 2 hours, 50% of AS Level A Level: Unseen Translation: I hour 45 mins, 33% of A level Prose Composition or Comprehension: 1 hour 15 mins, 17% of A level Prose Literature: 2 hours, 25% of A level Verse Literature: 2 hours, 25% of A level

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MUSIC A

Head of Department: Mr Matthew Greenfield Examination Board: Edexcel

WHY STUDY MUSIC?

A

Head of Department: Mr Alex Perry-Adlam Examination Board: AQA

WHY PHOTOGRAPHY?

Studying Music gives you the ability to express yourself through different media, as both an academic and creative musician. You will develop your performance and compositional skills, as well as gaining a more informed understanding of how and why music was written and performed. It is a highly respected academic subject, combining well with other Arts and Humanity A Levels or Sciences. Universities welcome musicians as they are self-motivated, inquisitive, cultured and inspiring people.

Everyone has a camera on their phone but not many people know how to take a truly great photograph. It is not about taking a snapshot, but about capturing the atmosphere, feeling and essence of a moment and expressing your view to other people. You will learn how to use the latest camera equipment and studio lighting to start developing your eye for an image. You will then go on to learn how to create a narrative and use the formal elements of colour, composition, perspective and form to allow you to express your own personal interests or style.

COURSE CONTENT

You will also be learning how to use film as a medium and how time and image can be brought together to enhance the message you want to express. Most importantly the course is about you. It’s about finding your style of working and developing your personal interest in the subject.

Students will have opportunities to practise performance skills in solo and/or ensemble work, to compose music in styles of their own choice, and to learn about the basics of Harmony through specific technical study. Aural and analytical skills will be cultivated by way of six Areas of Study: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions. While not compulsory, we recommend that each student purchases their own copy of the set of scores for these set works, together with the accompanying CDs – we can organise this through the School. For students who want to take this course, the experience of interacting with music from a wide range of time and place will provide you with a broad and satisfying experience with valuable new insights into the world of music. This course also offers ideal opportunities for those who wish to progress further to degree level qualifications in music.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

COURSE CONTENT The start of the course is more traditional where you will learn formal elements of Photography and how to use digital manipulation to enhance an image and develop your ideas through sustained investigations to a number of outcomes. The second coursework project is more self guided and where you will investigate an area of Photography that interests you. You will also write a 2500 word extended essay on the theme of the project you have chosen. The final exam is a topic given by the exam board in January of the final year.

ASSESSMENT

ASSESSMENT

A Level: Performing (30%): 8 minute recital (approx. grade 7-8 standard). Composing (30%): two compositions (at least one to a specific brief) with a combined length of at least 6 mins. Appraising (40%): a 2 hour written paper focusing on set works and listening skills.

A Level: 60% Personal Investigation: Practical work and a personal study; a written essay of 2000 - 3000 words. 40% Externally Set Assignment: assessed as an independent unit: 15 hour examination.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PHYSICS

AS/A Head of Department: Mrs Nancy Moore

AS/A Head of Department: Dr Kathleen Puech

Examination Board: OCR

WHY STUDY PHYSICAL EDUCATION? Studying Physical Education gives you an insight into all theoretical concepts of the sport you play. It covers the physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sociology aspects of sport and provides an in depth understanding of how to improve your own, and others’, performance. It is a well-respected subject, combining positively with other Science and Arts A Levels.

COURSE CONTENT AS Level: Focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the body, exercise physiology, diet and nutrition, biomechanics, including technology in sport, how the mind interprets and develops sports skills, the teaching and learning of skills, the social issues in sport such as drugs etc. and a look at other countries in comparison with the UK, in achieving excellence. The Practical looks at your skill in one sport and evaluating and assessing others’ performance for improvement. A Level: Extends knowledge within applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sports psychology, sport and society, contemporary issues in physical activity and sport. The Practical focuses on performance or coaching, demonstrating skill and tactical awareness in competitive situations in one sport, as well as evaluating and assessing others’ performance for improvement.

Examination Board: OCR A

WHY STUDY PHYSICS? Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences. It forms the basis of our understanding of the Universe and provides an excellent general knowledge base for understanding the physical world. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like quantum theory, and leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives. The World Economic Forum predicts that with artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replacing the need for human workers, the professional clusters that will exhibit the highest growth rates over the next three years include Artificial Intelligence, Engineering and Cloud Computing. In other words, most new jobs will require a robust understanding of Maths and Physics. Finally, studying Physics strengthens quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills that are valuable in areas beyond Physics.

COURSE CONTENT AS Level: A mixture of taking familiar topics such as Forces and Motion, Waves and Electricity further and encountering some that are totally new, including Quantum Physics and Photons. A Level: You will study all of the material for the AS course as well as more advanced topics such as Electric, Magnetic and Gravitational Fields, Simple Harmonic Motion, Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Medical Physics.

ASSESSMENT AS Level: 2 x 1 hour 15min written paper (70%), practical (30%). AS Level: 1 x 2 hour written paper, 2 x 1 hour written paper (70%), practical (30%). Coursework Requirements: AS Level: Practical assessment in one sport + EPI A Level: Practical assessment in one sport + EAPI

ASSESSMENT Assessment will be based on performance in written papers, which will test both theory and practical skills. AS Level: 2 x 1 hour 30min each paper. A Level: 2 x 2 hour 15 mins each paper and 1 x 1 hour 30 mins synoptic paper. Practical work will be carried out throughout the year as a standard part of the course and will be assessed internally on a pass/fail basis.

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POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS A

Head of Department: Mr Carl Gladwell Examination Board: Edexcel

AS/A

Head of Department: Mrs Jean Arrick Examination Board: OCR

WHY STUDY POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS?

WHY STUDY PSYCHOLOGY?

The world is a complex place with problems that cross borders. Here in the UK we continue to deal with the aftermath of Brexit and leaving the EU. Finding its new place in the world, outside of the EU, will be a significant challenge for the UK. There are challenges regarding national identity, the economy, and security, all of which are made even more difficult by coronavirus and our response to it. The course goes on to look at more global aspects of politics such as poverty, human rights, and relations between the major powers. We also consider how political ideas offer differing solutions to the issues we face. Girls do extremely well in their Politics examinations and achieve excellent results.

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and experience. The course will introduce you to the theories and methods of psychology. It offers the opportunity to look at some of the explanations psychologists make to understand humans and their interactions with the world. From a personal perspective you should find the fundamental questions of the psychologist interesting: Why do I behave like this? Why do I think like this?

COURSE CONTENT In the first year we look at UK politics and how it is constantly changing. We have left the EU, but what does this mean and what might it lead to? How will Brexit affect the future of Britain? How united is the United Kingdom? Is Britain really democratic? We examine the UK political system to try to understand the extent of the change that could happen and analyse the possible effects. The second year is split into two sections so feels very much like a university modular course. The first section focuses on political thought that gets to the essence of what politics is about – what sort of society do we want to live in? We look at four ideologies in our search for answers. The second section addresses great global political issues of our time. Is there a new cold war between China and the US? What can international bodies do to deal with challenges such as climate change, global justice and human rights, and a pandemic? Is the rise of nationalism threatening internationalism? Both sections contain ideas and concepts which will challenge the way that you think about the world in which you live.

ASSESSMENT A Level: 3 x 2 hours each paper Coursework Requirements: None

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PSYCHOLOGY

COURSE CONTENT Research Methods: Planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and nonexperimental methodologies and techniques. Core Studies Paper: Introduces some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study. The studies include: one of the first accounts of the phenomenon of multiple personality; an experimental study that explores the mental world of autistic children and a study that uses split-brain patients to look at the functions of different areas of the brain. Applied Psychology: Compulsory section on Issues in mental health. Learners will also study two out of the following applied options: Child psychology, Criminal psychology, Environmental psychology, Sports and Exercise psychology.

ASSESSMENT Psychology A level will be taken at the end of a two year linear course. Typically this will involve 3 papers of two hours each assessing Research Methods, Core Studies and Applied Psychology. Girls are encouraged to sit the AS Level, two one hour 30 mins papers in Psychology which will provide a stepped approach to the final examination. AS Level: 2 x 1 hour 30 mins each paper A Level: 3 x 2 hours each paper


RELIGIOUS STUDIES A

Head of Department: Miss Cecilia Scott Examination Board: OCR

SPANISH AS/A Head of Department: Ms Vicky Diprose Examination Board: AQA

WHY STUDY RELIGIOUS STUDIES?

WHY STUDY SPANISH?

Does God exist? Why is there evil and suffering in the world? Does science fatally challenge belief in God? How do we decide between right and wrong? What is our conscience and are we really free? If you have ever wondered about the answers to questions such as these, then Religious Studies is the subject for you! When you study religion, you study what people live for and what they die for; what they love most and what they hate most; how they make sense of the world and how they shape the world.

Studying a foreign language and the people who speak it will:

The world urgently needs more people who are good at thinking about religion. For good and for ill – globally, nationally and locally – religion makes a difference to the world. It makes a difference to politics, to society, to families, to education, to culture, and to economics. Religion is too important and too powerful to be left to the large number of people who don’t think about it. We invite you to become one of the people who think deeply and intelligently about religion.

COURSE CONTENT Philosophy of Religion: Arguments for the existence of God; challenges to God’s existence and the problem of evil, the nature of God and Religious Language. Ethics: a study of ethical theories, for example, Natural Law, Kant and Utilitarianism, and applied ethics, for example, medical ethics and sexual ethics and business ethics. The nature and role of conscience in ethics. Developments in Christian Thought: Human nature, death and the afterlife, the nature of revelation, religious pluralism and society, feminist theology, liberation theology, religion and the challenge of secularism.

ASSESSMENT A Level: 3 x 2 hours each paper Coursework Requirements: None

If you have a talent for languages, you might want to join the 400 million Spanish speakers in the world as it is the second most widely spoken language. It is also one of the most spoken languages in Europe. • • • • •

give you skills and experiences that will expand your horizons for the rest of your life give you an advantage over others in an increasingly globalised labour market and open up career opportunities in Europe and beyond help you to understand the motives, politics and culture of Spain and the countries of Central and South America teach you to look at the world through the eyes of others develop important and highly transferrable skills of analysis debate and independent thought.

Studying a foreign language (or two!) is not just for those who want to teach or translate. There is a vast array of university courses, with languages as your main focus or combined with other subjects such as a social science, many of which include a year abroad studying or working. Career opportunities abound in diverse fields, particularly in business, marketing, tourism, events management and with NGOs. A knowledge of Spanish and an understanding of Hispanic culture opens many doors. Just think how much more confident a communicator you would be as you head off for a holiday job in Tenerife, fly out for your gap year in Argentina or embark on your first job in Madrid.

COURSE CONTENT Year 1: Aspects of Hispanic society, artistic culture and the study of a film. Year 2: Aspects of political life and current issues in society and the study of a book.

ASSESSMENT AS Level: Paper 1: Listening/Reading/Writing 1hr 45mins Paper 2: Writing 1hr 30mins Paper 3: Oral 30 mins (teacher examined) A Level: Paper 1: Listening/Reading/Writing 2hr 30mins Paper 2: Writing 2 hrs Paper 3: Oral 30 mins (teacher examined)

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TEXTILES AS/A

Head of Department: Mrs Margaret Maunder Examination Board: AS Level- Eduqas, A level –Edexcel

WHY STUDY TEXTILES? Textile Design is a dynamic and highly creative subject that encompasses many disciplines in Art and Design. The field of Textiles is a broad and exciting one that combines drawing and painting with print, felt making, fabric manipulation, machine embroidery, fashion and constructed textiles. During the course you are encouraged to develop and build on your creative strengths through an expressive and experimental approach. This allows for a high level of creative individuality. Final outcomes are a personal decision arrived at through rigorous investigation and can take any form. Through the study of Textiles you have the opportunity to follow pathways into many areas of design.

COURSE CONTENT AS Level: The course involves one personal practical project with contextual links made throughout. There is not a requirement for a separate written study at this level. A Level: The start of the course involves the exploration of a theme using analysis and research to develop skills and knowledge in design, colour, dyeing and stitch techniques. Contextual studies in art and design are required as a written element and will support your practical investigations. You will research artists and designers related to your practical work. You will have opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes. The full A level is a linear course allowing students to develop their work over the two years. The written personal study will relate to the coursework element and has a separate mark awarded.

ASSESSMENT AS Level: 100% Personal practical Investigation project. A Level: 60% Personal Investigation 40% Externally Set Assignment: Practical work and a personal study; a written essay of 2000 3000 words - assessed as an independent unit: 15 hour practical examination

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