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BURFORD SCHOOL & SIXTH FORM

OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

December 2011 Dear Parent and Student, Thank you for expressing an interest in Burford Schools Sixth Form. I am delighted to enclose a copy of our Sixth Form prospectus. Burford is a school with a long and successful history in educating young people. Our outstanding examination results are something we are rightly proud of. In 2011 students achieved an average of 318 UCAS points, that means the average Year 13 student achieved three grade Bs at A level plus General Studies. All our students passed level 3 BTEC with Distinction. This academic success forms part of what makes Burford special. We are committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities for all our students both within and beyond the curriculum. In January 2009 OFSTED recognised our extra curricular opportunities for students as outstanding. This commitment to educating the whole student is particularly important in the Sixth Form where students grow into adults. Sixth Form students are able to become involved in many extra curricular activities including: Orchestra, Jazz Band, Music Residential, Sports Teams, Inter House competitions, the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, French/German Exchanges, Uganda Link, Debating Matters, Young Enterprise, Youth Speaks, MUNGA, Shakespeare Festival, Enrichment, Senior Leaders, Student Mentors. We encourage all Burford students to participate fully in their education. The best way to see our school is by visiting and I would encourage you to make an appointment to see the school while it is in operation. This would provide the opportunity to meet Ms Denny, the Head of Sixth Form, and talk to our current sixth form students who are our best ambassadors. Burford is a school where students are both happy and successful. Our well qualified and hard working staff are dedicated to ensuring every student achieves their full potential. I look forward to meeting you. Yours sincerely K Haig (Mrs) Headteacher

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OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

December 2011 Dear Student, Burford School Sixth Form is part of a thriving and popular school with an outstanding academic record. Every year we welcome many new students from other schools and abroad, all of whom enrich the school experience. Our considerable resources and committed staff enable us to fulfill our main aim, which is to help all our students fulfil their potential. Burford School Sixth Form is a vibrant community and one which places great value upon educating the whole person. However our main priority is to help you to achieve your academic potential. Our wide range of courses, means there is plenty for you to choose from, and once you have made that choice our staff will ensure that your time in the Sixth Form will be stimulating, challenging and fruitful. As a sixth former you are expected to work hard, establish good relations with the teaching staff and set high standards in all respects. You lead the school and as such we encourage you to participate fully in the social, cultural and sporting activities that are on offer as well as getting involved in the management of the Sixth Form and our many charitable fund-raising activities. Ask any former student which part of their time at Burford they enjoyed the most and they will tell you it was their time in the Sixth Form. In the next two years you will become young adults with all the opportunities and responsibilities that entails. My aim is that Burford School Sixth Form should help you to develop by combining the best features of a college with highest level of support and care that a good school can provide. If you are committed to seizing all the opportunities that Sixth Form life can offer and getting the best from your education, I hope you will take up the challenge and join us.

Ms E Denny Head of Sixth Form

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OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

Burford School seeks to provide outstanding educational opportunities for students, within and beyond the curriculum. SIXTH FORM TEAM Ms E Denny Mrs C Rose Head of Sixth Form Deputy Head of Sixth Form, with day to day responsibility for half the tutor groups. Also responsible for extra curricular activities, the Extended Project and the Gifted and Talented enrichment programme Deputy Head of Sixth Form, with day to day responsibility for half the tutor groups. Also responsible for extra curricular activities, Young Enterprise and the Extension Programme Sixth Form Administrator, responsible for day to day management of sixth form. Deputy Head teacher with Sixth Form Responsibility

Mrs A Lenton

Mrs M Alcock Mr J Pilgrim

We have a dedicated team of form tutors ready to help you adapt to Sixth Form study with advice and guidance through our Academic Monitoring programme. Tutor groups are mixed Year 12 and 13 to allow for integration across the whole Sixth Form. All parents receive academic reviews (snapshots of current performance) in addition to a full written report with targets. The latter can be discussed at parents evenings, which are arranged for each year group. Of course, parents are welcome to contact the school at any time if they wish to discuss a particular issue with the Head of Sixth Form, form tutor or subject staff. Form Tutors meet students at the start of each day for a 20 minute registration and tutorial session. Form Tutors will also monitor student welfare and progress and help encourage self appraisal, work evaluation and target setting for effective progress.

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OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

WHY IS BURFORD SCHOOL SIXTH FORM SO SPECIAL? Our Sixth Form has a proven track record of outstanding academic success in 2011 the average points score was 320 Our Sixth Form provides continuity with the teaching staff you know and who know you, as well as Burford Schools excellent academic atmosphere Our Sixth Form has a wide subject choice 26 A Levels and 4 Level 3 BTECs. Smaller classes give you the opportunity to achieve the best standards possible Our Sixth Form block provides you with a common room, private study room and computer room all for the exclusive use of Burford School Sixth Form Our Sixth Form team is experienced at monitoring your progress and helping you to achieve your potential. They will give you advice and support in planning your future Our Sixth Form is about belonging to a community where you will be valued and supported as an individual. All students with a positive attitude will be welcomed into our community Our Sixth Form welcomes a large number of new students each year, both from the local area and further afield. Our Sixth Form runs a special programme for gifted and talented students, which aims to challenge them intellectually and inspire them to aim high. This includes the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification, Oxbridge Programme. WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE? A great strength of Burford School is its commitment to extra-curricular activities which were graded as Outstanding by OFSTED. Here is a brief selection of the enrichment opportunities taken up by our students in recent years: The Uganda Link Charitable fund raising activities University Open Day visits Visit to Higher Education Conference Youth Speaks competition Debating Matters competition Model United Nations General Assembly Young Enterprise Safe Drive Stay Alive Morning Politics in Action day Duke of Edinburgh Award Debating Society Orchestra, Jazz Band, Rock School Sport

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OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

Our Sixth Form Extension Programme provides an opportunity for all Year 12 students to help staff and students by spending one period per week providing support in lessons lower down the school. Staff welcome the help you give, you get to use your subject expertise and the younger students look forward to your presence. Opportunities to take responsibility At Burford we believe it is important that our Sixth Form students have the opportunity to take on varying types of responsibility this helps grow skills useful for adult life and supports our commitment to student voice. Head Boy & Girl, and Deputy Head Boy & Girl Student Leaders scheme, building links with students in the rest of the school through lunch time duties. Student Forum Charity Committee School counsellors working with Year 7 Ushers for Open Day and guides for visitors to the school House Captains and Vice Captains Community Sports Leadership Award

PSHE/Citizenship programme We offer a variety of tutorial sessions and visits from guest speakers. Examples of topics we cover include: Drug Awareness Sexual health Personal finance Entrepreneurship/Creative Thinking Healthy eating Relationships Safe driving What to do on a GAP year Guest speakers have included representatives from: Alcoholics Anonymous Council for Arab-British understanding Amnesty International Oxfam The main political parties Volunteering organizations

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OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

Finally, Burford School Sixth Formers always play leading roles in our renowned musical and drama productions as well as competing successfully in a range of sporting events including cricket v MCC, rugby, football, netball, hockey, athletics and many more. As well as this there are many Sixth Form trips arranged by our departments including theatre trips, conferences and History department trips to Russia, Berlin and Krakow.

How are students supported & challenged? It is important that as students you are supported in your learning but also challenged to achieve the best you can: we do this through: An induction programme at the start of the year including team building exercises and learning strategies to help you cope better with Sixth Form studying. Academic Monitoring Target setting and regular reviews Gifted & Talented programme Help from Learning Support department Strong pastoral system

Most Burford School Sixth Form students decide to go on to Higher Education and so we have a comprehensive Thinking about Higher Education programme. Advice is given on the procedure for applying to university, how to research appropriate courses, how to write personal statements etc, involving Sixth Form tutors and outside experts. There is a visit to a Higher Education convention. Sixth Form students do not wear school uniform but are expected to dress in accordance with the Sixth Form dress code. Whilst being an integral part of school life, the Sixth Form also has its own separate facilities for private study and recreation, include a Common Room in the Sixth Form Centre.

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OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

WHAT COURSES CAN I CHOOSE FROM? There are three entry routes into the 6th Form: The Traditional route is to study 4 or 5 AS Levels as the first year of a two year ALevel course. There are 26 AS subjects that can be studied in Year 12. The Applied Level 3 route means studying BTECs rather than AS levels or a combination of AS levels and BTEC qualifications. There are 4 Level 3 BTECs that can be studied in years 12 & 13 as well as an Applied Science AS level. The Applied Level 2 route is for students intending to continue or progress to Level 2 courses (A* - C GCSE) for one year.

LEVEL 3 COURSES THE TRADITIONAL OR APPLIED LEVEL 3 ROUTES


HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH SUBJECTS TO CHOOSE? Deciding what subjects to choose can be difficult, here are some questions you should ask yourself: What do I need to study in order to follow my chosen career? Am I predicted the correct subject specific grades? Which subjects do I most enjoy? Which subjects am I likely to be good at?

It is very important that you think carefully about what courses you wish to take. If you are interested in following a particular career you must research thoroughly to make sure that you make the appropriate choices. Here are some examples of requirements for some popular careers: Career A-Levels required Architecture Mixture of arts and science Dentistry Sciences preferably Chemistry and Biology Engineer Maths, Physics, Design Technology Forensic Scientist Science/Maths Journalism English Medicine Chemistry and Biology/Physics/Maths Nursing/Midwifery Sciences preferably Biology, Chemistry Physiotherapist Science preferably Biology

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OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

If you want more advice you should: Make an appointment to see our Connexions adviser Mrs Knowles or Ms Denny, Head of Sixth Form. Talk to subject teachers and current students will also help your decision making. Take part in our Taster Day when you will be able to experience a typical day in the 6th Form, including attending lessons in subjects you are considering studying. Read the subject details in this prospectus very carefully (some courses recommend particular GCSE grades).

HOW MANY SUBJECTS WILL I STUDY? Most students will study four Level 3 (AS/BTEC) subjects in Year 12, plus General Studies or Critical Thinking. Some students, who have achieved outstanding GCSE grades, may decide to study five Level 3 subjects. Students will be given the opportunity to complete an Extended Project Qualification starting at the end of Year 12 Some students, who find studying four Level 3 subjects too demanding, may choose to study three plus General Studies. WHAT ARE THE AS/BTEC COURSES? Below is our Provisional Option Grid from which you must pick your chosen courses. You can only choose one subject in a column. This grid may change, depending on numbers of students signing up for each course and combinations required. Subjects can proceed only if they are selected by a sufficient number of students. (ALL students take General Studies or Critical Thinking AS, one period per week in addition to 3 or 4 other subjects)
Option A Drama Economics English History Physics Photography Psychology Option B Biology Chemistry English Food Technology PE Photography Psychology General Studies Option C Business Studies Geography Mathematics Media RE Option D Art Biology Economics Further Maths Geography History ICT BTEC Product Design General Studies Option E Applied Science Biology Computing Engineering BTEC German Music Textiles BTEC General Studies

General Studies

General Studies

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OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

WHAT ARE THE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS TO STUDY LEVEL 3 COURSES IN THE SIXTH FORM? The general requirement for students who wish to enter the 6th Form to study either AS or a combination of AS & BTEC Level 3 courses, is to gain at least five A*- C grades at GCSE. However it is important to note that in order to study AS levels some subjects request a B grade at GCSE. Please read the Subject Choices section of this prospectus very carefully. Students who achieve the general GCSE requirements but do not obtain the correct subject specific grades should contact Ms Denny to discuss their options. There is a degree of flexibility which depends upon a students effort and commitment during KS4 The requirement for students who wish to follow a purely BTEC route is to gain at least 4 A* - C grades at GCSE Students should have gained a grade C in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE as failure to do so is a barrier to progression into Higher Education and entering many careers.

APPLIED LEVEL 2 ROUTE


WHAT ARE THE LEVEL 2 COURSES? The Level 2 pathway involves a one year course of study: The Applied Route will be made up of all or some of the courses outlined below. Full details for each subject can be found towards the back of the 2012 prospectus. 1. Level 2 Extended Certificate BTEC in Travel & Tourism (compulsory) 2. Level 3 Certificate in Personal Effectiveness (compulsory) 3. Level 2/3 Certificate for Young Enterprise (compulsory) 4. Work experience - one day (compulsory) 5. GCSE Mathematics, English and Single Science re-takes compulsory if grade C not achieved WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED TO STUDY ON THE LEVEL 2 COURSES? Students wishing to study on this course will have achieved a range of GCSE grades, but will not have the grades necessary for Traditional or Applied Level 3 courses. Grades in at least two of the three core GCSEs (Mathematics, English Language, Science) are likely to be below a C.

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OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

After applying to the Sixth Form you will be asked to an interview to discuss the suitability of your chosen courses and to answer any questions you may have.

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OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

HOW DO I APPLY? Here are some key dates: Wednesday 11th January 2012 - The Sixth Form Information Evening will take place at 7pm in the School Hall, when you will have a chance to find out more about life in Burford School Sixth Form and talk to subject staff about courses and talk to students studying the courses. Monday 16th January 2012 Deadline for handing-in Taster Day subject choices (finalised after the Information Evening) Friday 27th January 2012 Sixth Form Taster Day when you will be able to experience a typical day in the Sixth Form, including attending lessons in subjects you are considering studying. (See separate information in the prospectus) January and early February Students must complete their application for the Sixth Form (choices finalised after Taster Day). The application form is available as, part of this prospectus pack, from the sixth form centre or school reception. Monday 6th February 2012 Deadline for receipt of applications. February and March 2012 All applicants will be interviewed to discuss their course choices, likely GCSE grades, career aims etc. April 2012 Letters of acceptance/rejection sent out Thursday 23rd August GCSE results day. Students should check that they have achieved the necessary grades to follow their chosen courses. Mrs Knowles from the Connexions service and Ms Denny, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Heads of Sixth Form, will be available for consultation. IT IS UNWISE TO BOOK HOLIDAYS FOR THIS PERIOD AS YOU MAY HAVE TO ACT QUICKLY IF RESULTS ARE NOT AS YOU ANTICIPATED. We strongly recommend that you visit the Sixth Form and School to meet current students and talk to Ms Denny, Head of Sixth Form

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OXFORDSHIRE A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4PL Tel: (01993) 823303 Fax: (01993) 823101 www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
E-mail: admin.4040@burford.oxon.sch.uk HEAD: Mrs K M Haig BA(Hons) MEd

WHERE WILL 6th FORM STUDIES LEAD? Applied Level 2 Course

Further college courses

Employment with a higher base of qualifications

Entry to Traditional/Applied Route Level 3 courses

Traditional or Applied Route Level 3

University

Art Foundation

Other college courses/ Apprenticeships

Employment with a higher base of qualifications

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