Statement of Intent
We want all students to achieve more than they thought was possible. To achieve this aim we have high expectations of all our students. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects our long heritage yet prepares students to succeed in the progressive, forward thinking, rapidly changing 21st century.
As a comprehensive school we have pupils who possess the full range of abilities, aptitudes and interests. Some are gifted and talented some are disadvantaged all are encouraged and supported to achieve. We are pleased our approach has been recognised for excellence by SSAT (top 10% nationally for progress and attainment), DFE (Top 100 non selective schools nationally) and by the London Mayor Gold group (particular focus disadvantaged learners).
These subjects are compulsory for all KS3 Students (Years 7,8 and 9)
|Drama||Physical Education||Music||Geography||Religious Education|
|Modern Foreign Languages
(French, German or Spanish)
|History||Design Technology||Personal Social Health Education|
The EBACC pathway includes English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, French or German (or a recognised equivalent qualification in a different Modern Foreign Language) History or Geography, and two other options
How to choose your sixth form courses
Sixth Form choices are a wonderful opportunity for you to focus on those subjects you excel in and enjoy and need to achieve well in for future study and/or career. You will need to consider your own interests and abilities and read the course descriptions carefully before making choices.
Many subjects place a greater emphasis on a high level of language, critical thinking, logic and essay-writing skills, whilst others require sustained completion of practical work. Staff are always happy to talk to you in detail about your options.
The main factor will be how well you do in your Key Stage 4 courses, so you will need to look at entry requirements carefully for each individual subject. In addition there are requirements for our three pathways:
Pathway 1: Where students have achieved 8 or more GCSEs at Grades 9-7, including English and Mathematics, students will be eligible to take 4 full A’Levels or level 3 BTEC courses. Where students have taken BTEC level 2 courses, one BTEC course may be counted within these 8 subjects where it is achieved at Distinction+ level only.
Pathway 2: Where students have achieved 7 or more GCSEs at Grades 9-6 including English and Mathematics, students will be eligible to take 3 full A’Levels or level 3 BTEC courses, plus an additional one-year level 3 course, the Extended Project Qualification known as the EPQ. Where students have taken BTEC level 2 courses, a maximum of two BTEC courses may be counted within these 7 subjects where they are achieved at Merit/Distinction or higher level only.
Pathway 3: Where students have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at Grades 9-4 including English and Mathematics, students will be eligible to take 3 full A’Levels or level 3 BTEC courses. Where students have taken BTEC level 2 courses, a maximum of two BTEC courses may be counted within these 5 subjects where they are achieved at Merit/Distinction or higher level only. Students on this pathway will also complete supported study to support them in achieving the highest grades possible.
In exceptional circumstances, students with Distinction / Distinction+ grades in performing arts subjects, but grade 3 in GCSE English and/or Mathematics may be considered for progression on to Pathway 3 in the relevant performing arts subjects only. They will then re-take the GCSE Maths and English courses and re-take the exams during RR6.
For all three pathways, applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements for each subject.
1 – Subject courses may not run if too few students successfully apply for them. Where this is the case the applicants will be contacted and alternative subjects discussed.
2 – Wherever possible we hope to make course combination choices possible but timetable restrictions occasionally mean that this is not possible. Where this is the case the applicants will be contacted and alternative subjects discussed.
3 – If courses are oversubscribed at enrolment in August (e.g. more than 20 students per class), we will rank applicants by average point score in their Key Stage 4 courses for the places on the course and offer students alternative courses, whilst also running waiting lists for these over-subscribed subjects.
These three possible situations are partly why we ask applicants to nominate a reserve subject on their application
Choosing Course Combination
When applying to RR6 students should consider carefully their combination of 3 or 4 subjects
- They should consider how subjects may complement each other e.g. Physics students are advised to also take Mathematics where possible; Students who want to attend Art college could consider combining Art with Photography or Three Dimensional Design or Production Arts.
- They should research in advance the entry requirements for degrees they may wish to study at University – this can be done by using the ucas.com website. Many courses have a combination of both grade entry requirements and subjects required. Most degrees also have specific GCSE entry requirements.
- They should consider the balance of learning requirements of their courses and how they will manage their study time to push themselves to achieve their highest possible grades.