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KS5 Curriculum

Intent

Study at Shoreham Academy’s Sixth Form aims to build upon the strong foundations of knowledge, skills and understanding developed during KS4.  The sixth form enables students to explore a wider range of subjects and study those subject areas in far greater depth than GCSE’s. We aim for all students to excel in essential qualifications while discovering new talents and developing employability skills and successful work habits.

The sixth form aims to support all students individually through the wide range of post 16 options, encouraging them to make ambitious and informed choices with their new-found independence and qualifications.

At Shoreham we always aim to put students’ needs first by providing them with first class support and guidance as they make important and exciting decisions about their future. We base our curriculum offer on the value that it has to each student and their ambitions. We aim to treat our students as individuals within a clear ethos of inclusion, acknowledging that they have unique pathways and aspirations. Regardless of where students wish to go after finishing their course, be it university, apprenticeship or employment with training, we strive for the best in everyone so that Shoreham students flourish in the future.

Curriculum Design

Our Sixth Form offers a wide range of both academic and vocational subjects so students can gain the qualifications they need either to progress on to higher education or into the world of apprenticeships or work Sixth Form Courses - click here. Outside the classroom, it is expected that students take up the numerous opportunities to develop new skills, through participation in enrichment activities, work experience and taking on roles of responsibility that support the wider school community while enhancing their Personal Statements and CVs.

Pathways                                                                          

We set out to provide all students with appropriate pathways and courses that match their aspirations and academic abilities. The majority of courses offered in the sixth form are A level and other level 3 courses. However, as an inclusive sixth form, we also offer level 2 provision and GCSE re-sits for those who miss out on the important level 4 grade the first-time around. The range of courses at level 2 is centred around supporting employability skills, confidence, and achieving progress in those all-important GCSE English and maths re-sits.

Shoreham Academy offers a variety of courses with entry requirements that are in-line with other local colleges. The viability of courses does depend on student uptake.

Our course offer reflects national trends in level 3 choices with annual curriculum reviews to evaluate our offer to scrutinise its relevance, appropriateness and effectiveness. We also aim to ensure that our curriculum offer reflects local and national market trends and keeps pace with contemporary and future societal demand.

Shoreham Academy Sixth Form pathways

Implementation

We aim to implement an educational experience that is unique and suited to each individual sixth form student regardless of background. Our curriculum offer is designed to provide each student with the opportunity to achieve their aspirations no matter how ambitious. We provide specialist advice and guidance to all students, regardless of pathways, to support them in making these important decisions. Whatever students decide to do, we take care they are fully prepared to be successful as they take on their next challenge.

In this, we are fortunate to work in partnership with the universities of Sussex, Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth and St John’s College Oxford alongside our academy sponsor United Learning, which assists us in providing the very best individualised support to our students. United Learning also provide significant expertise and enrichment opportunities for our students making applications to Oxbridge and medical schools and other highly competitive universities.

As part of our inclusive ethos we aim to remove barriers for disadvantaged students by providing extensive support and tracking through our bursary system for students who are entitled to additional financial support. 

Curriculum Delivery  - Teaching & Learning

Level 3 students typically choose three subjects. The composition of these three courses is aligned with academic ability and student aspirations.  Students can study purely A levels, a vocational course (BTEC or Cambridge Technical) or a mixture of both.  All Sixth Form students are taught by subject specialists.  Our teaching is inspired by Rosenshine Principles  Rosenshine principles - click here

Reporting achievement & assessment

Students and their parents receive four reports a year as well as two parent and teacher consultations and additional parent information evenings. Each Data Capture is preceded by an assessment point in addition to major exam periods that take place in January and in June. Parents are provided with reports which include a student’s current grades, attitude to learning, organisation and what grades they should be working towards (Individual Student Subject Targets).

We also provide clear advice on what students should be doing to achieve their targets. Parents are encouraged to get in touch with the sixth form team and maintain clear lines of communication with their teachers. As well as supporting students with their progress, we also invite them to give us feedback on the quality of teaching they receive in Sixth Form. Student voice is an important aspect of the quality assurance process.  We take any comments very seriously and constantly seek to improve the Sixth Form for our students.

Mentoring that matters and student support

Each Sixth Former has an Academic and Pastoral Mentor who they meet weekly to discuss progress and set targets for the future. Mentors help students improve their learning and study skills, guide them through the challenges of sixth form courses and help them produce their personal statement, CV and cover letters. This support system is underpinned by the principals of coaching and a VESPA framework click here VESPA model - click here

We treat each student as an individual and pay close attention to their progress on their chosen courses. If we notice a student encountering particular difficulties with their work, we always provide extra support either through one-to-one sessions with teachers or booster classes as part of their Personal Improvement Plan (PIP). In addition before important exams we offer additional revision and guidance sessions, which are open to all students. We also have Anxiety Coping Plans (ACP) to support students who need them.

In addition to personal mentors we offer support for all students with a specific focus on mental well-being throughout their time in the sixth form. This is overseen by the dedicated sixth form Pastoral Manager who works closely with the students and alongside our in-Academy counsellor and external agencies.  

Developing independence and successful habits

We aim to cultivate an ethos of independent learning and resourcefulness in the sixth form. Students are required to complete significant amounts of independent learning through homework and research. These tasks help students understand their subjects more fully so they are better able to attain excellent results. Attitude to learning is monitored closely by mentors and sixth form leaders.

Each student has a number of lessons dedicated to independent study. It is vital that Sixth Form students use this time to complete homework, examination practice and coursework assignments, while continually reflecting upon and reviewing their learning. We know that high achievement takes hard work and dedication and we want students to have every opportunity to succeed. We support students to establish effective habits of prioritising and using their time effectively.

Impact

Gaining good academic qualifications is only one aspect of Shoreham Academy’s Sixth Form Results & Destinations - click here. We seek to develop the whole student and, as such, provide a host of opportunities for sixth form students to discover and develop new skills and talents outside the classroom. Our wide-ranging and exciting programme of enrichment activities gives all students the chance to widen their experience, broaden their aspirations and gain valuable evidence to demonstrate why they are one step ahead of the rest. In recent years students have gained places at many of the best academic institutions in the world; including Harvard, Oxford, Imperial, London School of Economics, University College London, King’s College, St Andrews, Warwick and Cambridge University.

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