How do we meet the requirements of the 16 – 19 study programme?
All ESFA funded education for 16 to 19 year olds should be delivered as a study programme which combines qualifications and other activities, and which is tailored to each student’s prior attainment and career goals.
- Every study programme must have a core aim. For the majority of students, this will be either the study of substantial technical, applied or academic qualification(s) or preparation for employment
The Banbury Campus sixth form programme consists of either a Level 3 programme or a Level 2 programme. The Level 3 programme is composed mostly of academic qualifications and many students study facilitating subjects. There are a few applied courses on offer. The Level 2 course is designed for students who do not enter the sixth form with GCSE grade 4s in maths and/or English. There is a business pathway and a health and social care pathway. Students also study BTEC Learning for Life and either a leadership sports award or Arts Award.
- Young people who do not hold a GCSE grade 4 (reformed grading) or grade C (legacy grading) in maths and/or English are required to continue these subjects as part of their study programme
In the Banbury Campus sixth form all students who do not hold a grade 4 in maths and/or English are provided with time on their programme to retake these subjects.
- All study programmes should include work experience and non-qualification activities which complement the other elements of the programme and support the student to progress to further or higher education or to employment. The non-qualification activity should develop students’ character, skills, attitudes and confidence.
Students in our sixth form are expected to take part in a number of activities which provide them with opportunity to develop a range of “soft skills”.
- Mentor time is used effectively to discuss a range of important issues and develop key skills
- All students are required to take part in four different leadership committees over the course of the academic year
- Every student in Year 12 takes part in the Aspirations Employability Portfolio (AEP) where they work with employers who commission projects which groups work on over the course of a 10 week period
- Drop down days provide opportunities to cover life skills and visits to higher education providers.
- In the autumn term students work with a range of local employers who give them the opportunity to have a formal interview
- All students are expected to volunteer either within school or with one of the primary schools in our trust.
- All students receive careers and future planning support
- Some students in year 12 actively seek work experience placements with the support of the sixth form team.