De Aston Sixth Form provides students with an unmatched opportunity to gain and give a great deal. We provide the chance to develop essential personal and social skills together with high academic achievement. De Aston’s Sixth Form offers a friendly, caring environment for students to achieve the highest standards in their work whilst also benefiting from a variety of other activities and opportunities.
De Aston’s Sixth Form prides itself on the extensive advice and support offered to students to ensure that they are successful in their studies and prepared for the next phase in their lives. There is considerable pastoral and tutorial help, as well as a designated Study Support Officer to help overcome any difficulties affecting a student’s progress. Throughout the week, each tutor set will meet with their tutor to follow the Sixth Form tutorial programme.
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The minimum entry requirement for sixth form is five qualifications at GCSE grade 3 or above and/or BTEC/OCR Level 2 courses at pass or above. This must include English Language at grade 3 or above.
The minimum entry requirement into sixth form does not mean entry on to all courses.
Individual subjects may have additional specific requirements which are published annually as an appendix to our course brochure. Applicants need to be aware that the operation of all pathways and individual courses is dependent on the recruitment of sufficient numbers of suitably qualified students.
Allocation of courses will depend on the suitability of individual students – this will be guided by the Head of Sixth Form. Always contact the Head of Sixth form about entry as we will look at things on a case by case basis.
There are no cast-iron guarantees in education of course, but at De Aston we are very proud of our students’ impressive record of success in recent years. A large majority of our Sixth Formers follow a programme of study consisting of three Level 3 qualifications (these can include A Levels, BTECs and the IFS Finance qualification). Excellent A Level results in the past few years (99% pass rate) have taken students to a range of universities (including Russell Group Universities) to read/study a variety of subjects.
De Aston Sixth Form offers a variety of learning packages available over one (in the case of Level 2 qualifications) or two years (in the case of Level 3 qualifications), enabling students of varying abilities to select a combination of courses best suited to their needs. Sixth Form students benefit from a range of experiences through their subjects, which may involve fieldwork, practicals, visits abroad, theatre trips, concerts, drama productions and sports coaching qualifications.
Choosing Your Courses
Every Sixth Former at De Aston follows an individual timetable. Our school timetable is designed so that you can, if you wish, combine together very wide-ranging courses and qualifications. We shall ask you for your preliminary choices when you apply to join the Sixth Form. No final decisions need to be made until the September at the start of Year 12, when students know their summer examination results. Time will be set aside following results days for you to discuss your programme with your tutor and with the Head of Sixth Form or the school’s Senior Leadership Team.
Subjects on offer
We endeavour to match the courses we have on offer to the needs of an individual cohort of students, and so there are changes each year. Level 3 courses that may be on offer include:
We also offer a Level 2 programme which will include resit English and Mathematics and a collection of other appropriate courses.
In addition, we offer a number of enrichment opportunities for our students, including the Extended Project, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, CSLA, Ethics and a comprehensive tutorial programme.
Outline of the Admissions Process for Sixth Form
The Sixth Form is based in its own accommodation. The facilities include two private study areas (including computer access) and a well-sized common room.
De Aston prides itself on its success in the Arts. Sixth Form students have access to two drama studios, a dance studio, music practice rooms and recording studios, art rooms and a specialist Media suite. Sixth Formers play a major part in our school productions and concerts, as well as running the school newspaper.
Our sporting facilities are outstanding and include extensive rugby/football pitches, gym, sports hall, fitness suite and a 3G astro-turf. If you are an enthusiastic games player, there are many opportunities for extra sporting activities. We play regular competitive and friendly matches against other schools as well as entering regional and national competitions. Sixth Formers usually play a considerable role in organizing, and taking part in these. Many of our Sixth Form have also achieved the Sports Leaders qualification. Playing for recreation is encouraged just as much as playing in competition.
Boarding and the International Dimension
The international dimension of the school is very evident in the Sixth Form. Overseas students have long been a feature, joining us for many years from China, Germany, Spain and Nigeria. Further, De Aston also offers opportunities to go further afield. Many students go skiing in Europe and some also venture even further with our World Challenge team, which has taken students to Asia, South America and Africa.
Advice of Higher Education and careers is available from our staff. In addition, we organise visits to Higher Education Fairs at a local university, and encourage students to attend university open days for those establishments they are interested in. We offer talks by representatives of various occupations and invite former students to share their experiences of Higher Education and employment. Prospectuses, videos, guide books and the internet are available and a great deal of help is given with UCAS applications and preparing for interviews. All students are encouraged to take part in a week-long work experience at the end of Year 12.