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Year 12 & 13
At Waingels we work hard to ensure that students are offered every opportunity to gain the skills and understanding to progress successfully to University, Apprenticeships or Employment. Our new curriculum has been designed with this in mind and reflects closely the national developments post-16 and post-18. Our new curriculum plan for September 2017 includes a programme of 3 A Levels or mixed A level and vocational subjects in over 30 subjects.
The quality of teaching and learning at Key Stage 5 was graded outstanding by OFSTED in 2013 and through internal observation, monitoring and regular feedback we are confident that all lessons at Key Stage 5 are consistently good or better. This in turn, means that students are receiving quality teaching and support in achieving their desired outcomes.
In order to support students’ soft skills, and to allow them to explore their interests and post-18 options the fortnightly timetable (link to timetable) will include 1 hour a week of enrichment learning where skills will be learnt and applied 1 hour a week where students can select and explore a Mooc (Massive Online Open Couses) link of their choice. They will also have an option to pursue the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) Link.
As part of personal wellbeing and development we firmly believe in students being a part of the Waingels community and part of this is through weekly community service. According to our students, ‘Community Service is an integral part of Sixth Form life, and is great to add to your CV and Personal Statement. It broadens your horizons and opens you up to new experiences and opportunities. Community Service will be self-selected from a range of options and should be tailored to a students’ interest and may include activities such as supporting younger children with their reading or homework, helping out in lessons, running a sporting activity or art club or becoming a mentor. Students will also complete an hour a week of Sport or undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award and will complete a minimum of 1 weeks work experience. Where students require work experience to be completed as a coursework component they may complete more.
Tutor time is compulsory for all of our Sixth Form students and will take place each morning from 8.40 – 9.00am. This is an important time for students as it allows them to establish a routine and prepare to begin learning at 9.00am. During their time in tutor they will focus on organisation and gain support from their tutors in making progress. Our tutors play a very important role in supporting students through the journey of Sixth Form and establishing good relationships which will be particularly beneficial for students in preparing UCAS and apprenticeship applications as tutors will provide a significant amount of support in the application process and are likely to write your personal reference.