Graduate Earnings II • A 28 year old graduate is expected to earn about £130 a week more than a student leaving with A’ levels • Taken over a working lifetime of 44 years, this adds up to £297440 • Don’t set your sights too low!
What do we offer? • High academic standards & expectations • A fully supportive environment • Pathways for all level 3 students • Support through the UCAS process • A wide variety of enrichment opportunities • Clear information about the changing landscape in post16 education
New Sixth Form Block • Opened September 2007 • £1.25 million investment • In response to student requests • Specialist learning resource facility • Bespoke catering facilities • Barry Sheerman MP said he had “never seen the like of these facilities in any other school”
Achievement • Ofsted Feb 2010 - Outcomes for students in the sixth form are good. Students make good progress .” • High performance in value-added systems, such as ALPS • 2010 over 40% of all grades were at A or B. • Vast majority of A level subjects have 100% pass rates • Students frequently gain straight As at AS and A2 level • Annual pass rates above national averages. – e.g. 98% in 2010 • Average retention rate into Year 13 over 98% • Students progress to the most demanding universities and courses e.g. Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Nottingham, Bristol
Subjects • “Teaching is good throughout the sixth form and the curriculum is well matched to students’ needs and interests. ”– Ofsted February 2010 • Over 30 subjects offered • Level 2 Math & English Re-sit is offered • Excellent subject knowledge supports future pathways • Mix of vocational and academic to suit students’ needs • New courses are being considered, e.g. dance
Curriculum • Full diverse and busy curriculum • 4 AS levels (with an expectation of many students doing 4A2s in Yr13) • General Studies or Critical Thinking • Extended Project & AQA Bacc • Progression Module (through tutorial system) • Daily Registration format e.g. presentations, discussions • Enrichment opportunities • Work Shadowing • Study Time (non contact)
Teaching • Every subject is taught by a qualified specialist • Expert knowledge • Whole-school commitment to outstanding teaching • Teachers have experience as examiners • Teachers build excellent relationships with their students
Support / Intervention • Specially chosen form tutors • Individual tutorials • Termly progress checks • Student Manager (Mr Lockett) • 6Th Form Administrator (Mrs Blackburn) • Good class sizes & use of clinics for help • Expert career advice – Connexions • Use of contracts
Opportunities • Responsibilities – lunchtime supervisor, tutor assistant, teacher assistant • Enrichment – sport, dance, cooking etc • Educational experiences – Russia, Paris, Arran, field trips, university residential etc. • Mentor training leading to a qualification • Sponsored leadership courses • Duke of Edinburgh • Rewards and Bursaries (£5500 per year)
Applying to university • Vast majority of students go to university - all who want to • Individual guidance at all stages by people who are graduates themselves and understand its importance • University Progression Module – university based programme • Shelley College judged to be the exemplary centre in West Yorkshire • Additional specialist advice – Oxbridge, medicine etc. • Careers support & guidance for those needing help through Connexions
What next? • Applications and interviews begin in 17th Jan 2011 • Do not delay – we were over-subscribed in the last 4 years (300+ applicants last year). • In 2010, 200+ applications in first ten days. • Applicants judged against key criteria including whether they have the correct work ethic • We aim to notify all applicants by Easter 2010 whether their applications have been successful • Induction week commences 29th & 30th June 2011 – a key commitment • Research ahead / look at UCAS & University requirements
EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE • The decision to end EMA was announced as part of the Government's spending review on 20 October. It is being replaced by an enhanced learner support fund that will be administered by schools, colleges and training providers. • The EMA scheme will close to new applicants from 1 January 2011. Young people currently receiving EMA will continue to receive it for the rest of the academic year, if they fulfil the terms of their EMA Agreement. However, they will not receive it in the next academic year (2011/12).