Parents

Summer Term Letter 2022

Dear parents/carers and students,

Welcome back from the Easter school holidays! From the start of Ramadan, to Vaisakhi and the Easter weekend, I hope there were many celebrations enjoyed by our families.

This half term is a crucial one for all of our sixth form students – our Year 13 students are in their final weeks ahead of A Level exams and BTEC deadlines, our Year 12 Level 3 students will begin thinking about their choices beyond sixth form and will begin revising for their Progress Exams (more on this below) and our Year 12 Level 2 students will sit their first GCSE papers and finalise their applications for courses for next year.

Subject teachers have been working hard to help prepare students for these exams and students will have lots of subject specific resources to access as they prepare for exams. Also attached are Thinking Ladder revision activities to support students in their revision. Students often spend the majority of their revision time on remembering activities – but remembering is the lowest level thinking skill and students should select one activity from each of the thinking skills (each thinking skill has its own slide) to make sure their revision time is spent on the higher level thinking skills also.

We recognise that this can be a stressful time for students and those they live with! Please consider accessing the resources available on our website for support with signposting to wellbeing resources – these are useful for links for students and parents/carers alike: Mental Health and Wellbeing – Resources for Parents – Bluecoat Sixth Form and https://www.bluecoatsixthform.co.uk/parents/supporting-your-child/.

Go4Schools

Year 13 Spring mock results are now entered into Go4Schools which can be accessed by parents, along with updated attitude to learning and attendance data.

Year 12 Level 2 data will be updated in the coming days.

Please continue to log into this app regularly to access attendance, academic and behaviour information. Please email baasixthform@bluecoat.uk.com if you are unsure how to log in.

Library

There are only 4 weeks until the first summer exam is sat, and as we have told our students frequently since their first weeks with us, their success in their A Level exams will be determined by the work they do outside of their lessons. We will therefore expect all students to respect that our library is a silent study space 8am-5pm daily to allow students to use their study periods for focused revision (breaktimes and lunchtimes will still be an exception). Please note that students will be asked to leave the library if they are disturbing other students and they will not be permitted to use this study space for at least a one week period.

Dress code

As the weather turns warmer, I am obliged to remind students and parents/carers of the dress code as set out in the student and parent handbook:

  • Flip flops or sliders are not to be worn for health and safety reasons
  • Tops must cover the midriff
  • Trousers/jogging bottoms or jeans must be worn pulled up to cover underwear.
  • Shorts, dresses and skirts to be no shorter than mid-thigh
  • Hats and coats to be removed in class
  • Lanyards are to be worn at all times

Students whose dress does not meet this code will be asked to return home to change. We would obviously like to avoid the possible impact this would have on student learning and urge students to follow our code to avoid this.

Year 12 Progress Exams

Week commencing 20th June, Year 12 Level 3 students will sit formal mock exams in their A Level subjects. These exams are referred to as ‘Progress Exams’ as they will be used to make decisions about student progression into Year 13. It is expected that students in Year 12 studying A levels or Level 3 Vocational courses should gain a minimum of an E grade to progress into year 13. Where this is not achieved, appropriate changes to a student’s programme of study may be made.

In order to prepare for these important exams, teachers will support students in subject specific revision activities and materials. In addition, student form time 8.30-9am Tuesday – Wednesday and tutor period Friday 11.30-12.30pm will contain activities that support students with how to study independently for these exams. Attendance to these sessions is, as ever, compulsory, and are carefully planned to support student academic success as well as teaching important life skills and RSHE content.

As I have already referenced, students’ academic success at A Level is determined by what students do outside of the classroom. As a minimum, students should be matching each hour in the classroom to an hour of independent study i.e. an A Level is taught on 5 hours a week, so a student should be spending 5 hours a week on independent study, homework and revision activities. Students who need support with time keeping or revision can be referred for group or 1:1 support and should make themselves known to their tutor.

Key dates for your diaries

Year 12 – Post-Sixth Form Planning and Preparation Event – Thursday 19th May 5-8pm for students and parents/carers (more information will be shared about this event)

Year 13 – Leavers’ Assembly Friday 27th May 11.30am onwards for students only (Please note: Year 13 students studying vocational qualifications may still be required to attend lessons after this date)

Year 12 – Progress Exams w/c 20th June

Year 13 – Summer Ball – Friday 1st July at The Belgrave Rooms 7pm-12am for year 13 students only

Year 12 – week commencing 18th July – Work Experience Week (please ensure all placement details are shared with tutors as soon as possible)

Year 12 – end of work experience week and last day of term for sixth form students – Friday 22nd July

Year 13 – A Level results day 18th August

Year 12 Level 2 – GCSE results day 25th August

Thursday 8th September 2022 – start of academic year 2022/2023

 

Thank you for your continued support during this important half term. As ever, should you wish to receive any further information on any matters, you can reach me by contacting the sixth form office at baasixthform@bluecoat.uk.com.

Kind regards,

Ms A Wood

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E-mail: BAAsixthform@bluecoat.uk.com
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