“Making school memorable by striving for excellence”
PRESTON MANOR SIXTH FORM
As a specialist Science and
Mathematics college, we aim to
make these subjects accessible
and exciting, by introducing
students, teachers and our
partners in the community,
to cutting-edge Science,
encouraging students to take up
scientific careers and training
research scientists as teachers.
We have the highest ambitions and expectations in all aspects of school
life and strive to nurture these qualities in every student. Our young
people are treated as individuals and we are strongly committed to
equality of opportunity. We want all children to fulfil their potential
both academically and socially so that they leave us with the widest
range of choices open to them in a changing society.
A message from the Head
Once compulsory education is finished, choosing
where to study can be an exciting and confusing
decision, as well as one that will have a
significant influence on the rest of your life.
By deciding to study at Preston Manor you will
be recognising our reputation for academic
excellence in an environment that values the
individual and learning in its widest sense.
Throughout the school we aim to develop
young people who fulfil their potential. We
want students to leave us well prepared for life
in a changing society, with the widest range
of options open to them. We keep our sixth
form offer under constant review so that our
committed and professional staff can deliver a
curriculum that is broad, current and relevant.
This is enriched with a range of other activities
and detailed guidance, ensuring personal as
well as academic development.
Specialist Science College and Leading Edge
status provide additional opportunities for
all students including those in the sixth form.
We also host a state-of the-art City Learning
Centre which has some unique facilities,
resources and staff expertise. Whether you
are an existing Preston Manor student or
currently studying elsewhere, I hope you can
see the many benefits of joining our highachieving
A Message from the Directors of VI Form
We are proud of our VI Form and know that we
offer the best possible opportunities for the
academic and personal development of the
many learners who join us each year to embark
upon a programme of further education. Preston
Manor Sixth Form has a long running tradition
of being one of the best performing School Sixth
Forms in the UK: we have been ranked in the top
10% nationally for our Contextual Value Added
(CVA). In addition to our outstanding results, the
Sixth Form has been deemed ‘Outstanding’ in our
last two Ofsted inspections:
Excellent teaching ‘The quality of teaching and
learning is outstanding ….Students report that
‘teachers are excellent!’ Students’ attitudes to
work are very good and often exceptional’.
Excellent student support ‘Students’ contribution to
the school and other schools is extensive through
mentoring programmes. They are highly motivated
and develop good independent learning and critical
thinking skills that prepare them well for higher
education and progression to employment’.
Excellent student progression and Higher Education
opportunities ‘Opportunities for enrichment are
excellent and large proportions of students
participate in these and fund-raising activities’.
Excellent leadership and management ‘Leadership
and management of the sixth form are excellent.’
The Sixth Form has a highly skilled, supportive and dedicated team of two
Directors of VI Form, 19 Academic Tutors and a VI Form Administration
Officer. Our expertise and effective team work mean that we are able to
meet the needs of our diverse Sixth Form students. We hope that you will
find the information outlined in this prospectus useful and informative. We
look forward to meeting you in the near future.
Our Science specialism has enabled us to modernise laboratories,
Preston Manor offers courses for all abilities.
Before the start of the course all students
are advised about their choice and subject
combinations to ensure that they match their
Career and Higher Education ambitions.
Advanced Level Courses
The VI Form offers a wide choice of subjects.
Full details can be found in the courses booklet.
A Levels (AS and A2)
A Levels are examined throughout the course.
After successful completion of Year 12, students
receive AS qualifications and will be able to
study their subjects further at A2 in Year 13.
The standard course for students in Year 12 is
four AS subjects.
In Year 13 all students are expected to continue
This provides them with the necessary
requirements for entrance to all universities
courses including Oxford and Cambridge.
(AS, A2 and Double Awards)
A Levels in vocational subjects provide students
with the opportunity to achieve academic
success and apply their knowledge in a
practical way. Courses are mainly assessed by
coursework and an exciting and valuable aspect
is their links to industry.
These courses study various aspects of a
vocational subject. After successfully completing
Year 12 students receive two AS qualifications.
Students with higher than the minimum entry
requirements will be expected to combine this
course with one or two other AS subjects.
One Year Course
Btec Travel and Tourism First Diploma
On this one-year course, 6 units are completed
over the year, in addition to GCSE Maths,
English and Science (where students have not
already achieved a C grade in these subjects).
At the end of the course students with the
required grades can continue their studies to
Advanced Level or enter work based training.
We firmly believe in educating the whole young person. Our weekly PSHE and
individual tutorial programme includes a focus on student well-being, citizenship
and contemporary issues and debate. Each student has a one to one meeting with their
Academic Tutor every term as part of our pupil monitoring. We also have a designated
Sixth Form Counsellor who is available for consultations on a self referral or staff
referral basis. Other opportunities for social and emotional development include:
Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
(ASDAN CoPE Award, Level 2)
This one year course is taught alongside
the Btec Travel and Tourism First Diploma.
The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
(CoPE) provides a qualification outcome for
PSHE, Citizenship and work related learning.
It arises out of the well known ASDAN Bronze
/Silver, Gold and Universities Awards (and
in the FE sector the FE level 1 and FE level 2
awards). The certificate has been calibrated
by DFES as an equivalent to a Grade ‘B’ GCSE
at level 2 achievement.
Further details about the VI Form’s one year
course are included in the Courses booklet.
Every year Preston Manor students attain
outstanding results; we have consistently been
ranked in the top 10% for Contextual Value
Added (CVA). Success is our major priority and
we use a variety of strategies to ensure all our
students achieve it.
Our teachers are enthusiastic, well qualified
and experienced in all aspects of the Post-16
curriculum. All subjects have proven success
rates with many students attaining the highest
Teachers use a wide variety of classroom
techniques from discussion and role-plays to
written tasks and experiments. In addition, most
courses organise trips and in recent years these
have included study tours to Brussels, field trips
and attendance at the Theatre.
Our recently refurbished state-or-the-art
laboratories enable the best access to the
facilities necessary to conduct a wide range
of experiments using the latest equipment
Partnership with Parents and Guardians
We want to develop a working relationship
with students and their parents or guardians.
In the Autumn and Spring Terms, parents are
invited with their children to a Parents’ Evening
and Target Setting Day to collect a Record of
Achievement detailing progress and to hold
consultations with subject teachers. We welcome
contact from parents at other times throughout
• Year 12 Peer Mentoring Programme
• Brook House Residential Home Christmas Party
• Envision Volunteers
• Leavers’ Prom Committee
• School Council
• Year 13 prefects
• End of year trip
Each subject area also offers extra-curricular activities such as day trips, residentials and revision work-shops to further support teaching and learning.
Monitoring and Rewards
Our excellent exam results go
hand in hand with our student
monitoring procedures. We have high
expectations of attendance, work and
behaviour and where students may
be experiencing difficulties in these
areas, the Sixth Form team work
collaboratively with students and
their families to put the necessary
interventions into place, thereby
ensuring that students quickly
get back on track in achieving
We know that rewards are important
to our post-16 learners in helping to
keep them motivated. In each of our
end of term assemblies, prizes and
certificates are awarded for:
• Effort, achievement or improvement
within individual subjects
• Best attendance
• Best form group attendance
• Highest number of merits
• Jack Petchey Award
Code of Conduct
In the VI Form students have greater responsibility for
learning and tutors assist them to make productive use
of independent study time. To help students develop
a responsible attitude to school life there is a Code of
Conduct, which sets out clear standards of behaviour and
expectations for their studies. During induction students are
made aware of the Code and its sanctions.
Learning Resource Centre and Study Facilities
Our Learning Resource Centre provides an attractive and
stimulating study area, equipped with a range of up-todate
technological and audio-visual aids. These used
in conjunction with the growing collection of books and
newspapers and other independent study resources, make
the Centre an exciting place to work. VI Form students can
access the Centre throughout the day. It is open after School
Monday-Thursday and is staffed by a professional librarian.
City Learning Centre
Preston Manor High School hosts a City learning Centre
for Brent. This provides purpose-built accommodation
for the local community to develop skills in multimedia
technology. Students in the VI Form have access to a range
of activities and have already developed skills in the field
of Music Technology and have helped manage and run
Blaze Radio Station.
We are fully networked, with all computer
stations linked to the Internet. Every student is
issued with his or her own personal entry code.
VI Form students have open access to Computer
Centre facilities and these are staffed at lunch
times and after school. Classrooms throughout
the School are well equipped with Information
Preparation for Higher Education
We want students to continue to achieve success
long after they leave the VI Form. From the
very start when applications are received, our
staff are dedicated to helping students make
informed choices about their futures.
Almost 100% of our Advanced Level students
go on to study at university. Providing excellent
preparation for university is a priority at
Preston Manor and all students on two year
courses are closely guided into making
successful applications. This includes visits to
Higher Education Conferences, Open Days,
‘Taster Days’ and an in-house Higher Education
Day. Students on one year vocational courses
usually continue in the VI Form or College. A list
of last year’s destinations can be found in the
and Russell Group Universities
High achieving students are identified early
on and are given every opportunity to make
successful applications to highly competitive
universities and courses, including Medicine,
Dentistry and Law. We offer a personalised
mentoring programme, which includes
opportunities to attend residential courses,
individual help with all aspects of their
applications and intensive university
interview practice sessions.
We believe it is vital that our students
are intellectually stretched to gain the
skills to cope with the demands of a
rapidly changing society and workplace.
In addition to their study programmes
students are encouraged to participate in
intellectual and cultural activities. Students
are offered the opportunity to attend
master classes in a range of subjects,
including Journalism, Medical Ethics and
Economics. There are opportunities to take
part in residential courses, taster days,
workshops and seminars.
“Making school memorable by striving for excellence”
and Saturday Schools
Our established links with Universities
provide opportunities for students to attend
Summer Schools on topics that support A
Level studies and their Higher Education
ambitions. Over the last year students have
participated in Summer Schools at the
Universities of London, Oxford, Cambridge,
Nottingham, LSE and Warwick. Each year
A2 students are admitted to the LSE Choice
Programme for support with their studies
and Higher Education applications.
Preston Manor has been awarded the
Charter Mark for the quality of its Careers
Education and Guidance.
Students follow careers modules in PSHE
to provide them with the necessary skills
and knowledge to make clear decisions.
The School has a well-resourced Connexions
Room open to VI Formers during lunch times
and independent study periods. Access to
career databases is available at
Students can book appointments with the
School’s Connexions Personal Adviser. All
students studying the Btec and GCSE Programme
do two weeks of work experience and students
on other courses receive help organising
voluntary work placements.
Our school community provides many exciting
opportunities for students to widen their
experiences, develop leadership skills, take
on responsibilities and have fun! We value
VI Formers’ opinions and encourage them to
express their views and ideas.
Students are expected to attend Assembly once
a week. Through the year, Assemblies raise vital
issues for students to consider as part of their
development. Follow-up discussions take place
in PSHE lessons. Students have the opportunity
to raise their own issues and will in their Tutor
groups plan and deliver an Assembly.
VI Form Representatives
and School Council
Each Tutor Group elects two representatives
who attend regular meetings with the VI
Form Management. The form reps discuss the
organisation of the VI Form, issues affecting
students and ideas for making continued
improvements. Student perspectives have
contributed to changes made to security and VI
Form facilities. In addition the VI Form is part
of the wider School Community. Our student
representatives take part in whole School
Council meetings discussing issues which affect
all year groups.
The prefect system continues a 65-year
tradition at Preston Manor. Prefects play a
valuable role in helping younger students with
their work and by acting as role models. Those
appointed help in the Learning Resource Centre,
the Computer Centre, Dining area, Connexions
Room, Learning Support and at Reception. The
Head Boy and Head Girl and their Deputies are
elected to be ambassadors for the School and
represent it at important occasions and events.
and the Reading Scheme
A number of students mentor lower year
students. At the start of Year 12, Mentors
are trained to develop the skills necessary
to hold regular meetings with students
requiring support with their schooling.
Year 12 students are selected to assist the
lower years with their reading once a week.
Students have found the help they provide to
a child’s development particularly rewarding
and it has developed both their social and
Learning and Language Support
Learning Support will continue to be offered
both to students who have Statements of
Special Educational Needs and others who
require it. We provide individual and small
group support as well as classroom support.
Language Support may be offered to
students who are learning English as an
“Making school memorable by striving for excellence”
Extra Curricular Opportunities
VI Form Clubs and debates
Staff are happy to support ideas for
clubs and societies. Details of the current
extra curricular programme can be found
in the back sleeve. All students develop
their debating skills in PSHE and lessons.
Debating is both fun and stimulating. The
VI Form Debating Club is a popular student
Drama and Music
Preston Manor has a strong community
atmosphere and we pride ourselves in
the contribution VI Formers make to all
events. Our students have organised drama
productions, cultural celebrations and
events to mark historical anniversaries.
Many of these events have received
widespread commendation. The
camaraderie and professionalism of our
students is exceptional.
The VI Form is linked to the Envision
Volunteers. Students are encouraged to
participate in a wide range of voluntary
The School has been awarded the
England’s Sports Mark in recognition
of its outstanding provision of Physical
Education. Students are encouraged
to continue and further develop their
sporting interests. On Wednesday
afternoons physical activities are offered
as an optional activity. VI Form teams
regularly reach the final of the County
Football and Cricket Tournaments and
students help organise teams for lower
An application form is contained in the back sleeve of this prospectus. Please
complete it carefully after reading the Option Blocks and the Admissions Policy.
This back sleeve includes:
Course Options Booklet
Extra Curricular Activity Programme
Carlton Avenue East, Wembley HA9 8NA
Head: Mr Matthew Lantos
Telephone: 020 8385 4040 Fax: 020 8908 2607 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.pmanor.brent.sch.uk