Preston Manor Sixth Form Prospectus - Preston Manor High School

Preston Manor Sixth Form Prospectus - Preston Manor High School


“Making school memorable by striving for excellence”

An Outstanding Sixth Form – Ofsted May 2012



– Ofsted 2012, 2009 and 2005

‘Students’ achievement in the sixth

form is outstanding’ – Ofsted May


Top 10% Nationally – Value Added

A Level Results

‘Students make outstanding

progress and benefit from high

quality teaching’ - Ofsted May 2012

99% of students go on to university

with a strong tradition of students

progressing on to top Russell Group

Universities including Oxford &

Cambridge to study a wide range

of courses e.g. Medicine,

Law & Engineering

Ofsted May 2012

‘The sixth form is outstanding. Students make outstanding progress

and benefit from high quality teaching. Leadership of the sixth form

is strong and the curriculum is very well matched to students’ needs.

Support offered to sixth form students is exceptionally well targeted.

Students make a very positive contribution to the life of the school.’

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 to 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 VI 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 status provides

additional opportunities for all students including

those in the VI Form. Our Lower School, with

children as young as 4 years old, provides

excellent mentoring and citizenship opportunities

reflecting our values as a Co-operative school.

Whether you are an existing Preston Manor

student or currently studying elsewhere, I hope

you can see the many benefits of joining our

high-achieving community.

A Message from the Directors of VI Form

We are proud of our VI Form. Our young people

are treated as individuals and we are strongly

committed to equality of opportunity. We 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 so that

they leave us with the widest range of choices

open to them in a changing society. Preston

Manor VI 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 Value Added A Level

results. In addition to our outstanding results,

the VI Form has been deemed ‘Outstanding’ in

our last 3 Ofsted inspections:

Outstanding teaching in the sixth form

secures rapid progress

Students have a highly positive experience

in the sixth form

Students make a positive contribution to

the life of the school

The sixth form is outstanding

The VI 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 teamwork mean that we are able to

meet the needs of our diverse VI 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.

Pathways to Success

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.

Students Choose between one of

three pathways

Green Pathway: A Level Programme

(Year 12 – AS Level / Year 13 A2 Level)

Purple Pathway: Applied A Level Programme

(Year 12 – AS Level / Year 13 A2 Level)

Blue Pathway: Btec Level 2 Programme

(Year 12 Only – One Year Course)

AdVAnced Level Courses

The VI Form offers a wide choice of subjects.

Full details can be found in the curriculum

information booklet.

Green Pathway: A Level Programme

A Levels are examined in two steps. 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 with three subjects.This

provides them with the necessary requirements

for entrance to all University courses including

Oxford and Cambridge as well as Medicine.

Purple Pathway:

Applied A Level Programme*

A Levels in Applied subjects provide students

with the opportunity to achieve academic

success and apply their knowledge in a practical

way, often referred to as a vocational route.

Courses are mainly assessed by coursework and

an exciting and valuable aspect is their links to

industry. These courses study various aspects

of their subject focusing on the vocational

elements. Students would be expected to select

the equivalent of three subjects.

*Those with higher than the minimum entry requirements

may be able to combine their Applied A Levels with one or

two other AS subjects.

ONE YEAR COURSE Blue Pathway: Btec Level 2

Programme, Btec Business (Edexcel) Level 2 Award

to be taken along with Btec Applied Science Level 2

Diploma / Extended Certificate

On this one-year course two Btec qualifications

are completed over the year, in addition to

re-taking GCSE Mathematics and English (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, another Level

3 course at another institution or enter work

based training.

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (ASDAN CoPE Award, Level 2)

This one year course is taught alongside the Btec qualifications. The Certificate

of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) provides a qualification outcome for PSHEE,

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 as equivalent to a

Grade ‘B’ GCSE at level 2 achievement. Further details about the VI Form’s one

year course are included in the curriculum information booklet.

PRESTON MANOR’S THREE PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS: Green, Purple and Blue - VI Form 2013-2014:

AdVAnced Level – Level 3 Courses

Level 2 Courses

The Green Pathway:

Academic A Levels

See curriculum information booklet Pages 2-22

Entry requirements

To study 3 AS Levels, students are

required to have achieved:

At least 5 A*-C GCSE grades including

• 2 B+ grades

• Mathematics and/or English

Language C+/D+

Specific requirements for each subject

to be taken at AS Level.

To study 4 AS Levels, students are required

to have achieved:

At least 7 A*-C GCSE grades including

• 3 B+ grades

• With Mathematics and/or English

Language C+/D+

Specific requirements for each subject

to be taken at AS Level.

Progression Opportunities

Students can progress on to Higher

Education degree or diploma level 4

courses at university/colleges or gain


The Purple Pathway:

Applied A levels

These are more practical vocational based

subjects which are examined primarily

through coursework.

See curriculum information booklet Pages 23-25

Entry requirements

To study 1 Double Award & 1 Single Award Applied AS

Level or 2 Single Award Applied AS Level & 1 AS Level,

students are required to have achieved:

At least 4 A*-C GCSE grades including

• English Language and/or

Mathematics C+/D+

Specific requirements for each subject to be

taken at Applied AS Level

Some students with suitable grades can take

Applied courses with subjects in the Green


Progression Opportunities

Students can progress on to Higher Education

to study business related courses or courses in

other fields.

The skills and knowledge acquired on these

vocational courses will broadly link with a wide

range of career choices.

A Levels in vocational subjects are aimed

particularly at students interested in working

in Marketing, Commercial, Service or Retailing


The Blue Pathway:

Btec Level 2

See curriculum information booklet Pages 26-28

Entry requirements

To study the full Btec course, students are required

to have achieved:

At least 4 GCSEs at grade G+

Btec Science: must have completed either

Level 2 Applied Science

Certificate or Level 2 Applied Science

Extended certificate achieving a Pass

grade or above

Students must take both Btec subjects:

Business and Btec Science (equivalent

to 4 A*-C GCSE grades)

Progression Opportunities

Students can progress to level 3

courses in the VI Form or college or

to employment based training.

In addition, all students in the VI Form participate in other non-qualification

activities including volunteering opportunities, the school’s Enrichment & Higher

Education Programme and PSHEE.

All students who do not have English/

Mathematics GCSE at C+ must take

English/ Mathematics resit.


Every year, Preston Manor students attain outstanding results. 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 grades.Teachers use a wide

variety of classroom techniques from

discussion and role-play to written

tasks and experiments.

In addition, most courses organise

trips and in recent years these have

included study tours, field trips and

attendance at the theatre.

Our recently refurbished laboratories

enable the best access to the

facilities necessary to conduct a

wide range of experiments using

the latest equipment and ideas.

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 VI Form team works

collaboratively with students and

their families to put the necessary

interventions into place, thereby

ensuring that students quickly get back on track in achieving

their potential.

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

• 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-to-date

technological and audio-visual aids. These used in conjunction

with the growing collection of books, 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.

• 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 workshops to further support teaching and learning.

Information Technology

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 Technology.

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

back sleeve.

Oxford, Cambridge

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.

Enhancement Opportunities

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.

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 Academic Review Day to collect a Record

of Achievement detailing progress and to hold consultations with Academic

Tutors and subject teachers. We welcome contact from parents at other times

throughout the year. In addition we provide updates and helpful information on

how to support your child on our school website

Summer Schools

and Saturday Schools

Our established links with universities

provide opportunities for students to attend

Summer Schools on topics that support

A Level studies and 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 offers a high quality of

Careers Education and Guidance to students

in the VI Form.

Students follow careers modules in PSHEE

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

computer workstations.

Students can book appointments with the

school’s Connexions Personal Adviser. All

students studying the Btec programme

undertake two weeks of work experience

and students on other courses receive help

organising voluntary work placements.

School Life

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 PSHEE lessons. Students have the opportunity

to raise their own issues and will, in their Tutor

Groups, plan and deliver an Assembly.

Year 13 Entry Requirements

Students who are enrolled on the two year A Level Course must meet the minimum entry requirements of three D grades at AS Level,

in order to continue with the A2 Level programme in the following September. Where students have completed four AS Level subjects,

they continue with the three subjects in which they achieved the higher grades. Students who achieve an E grade in any AS Level

subject(s) are NOT permitted to continue with the subject(s) at A2 Level. In addition, students who achieve the top grades in their AS

Level subjects, may be permitted to continue with four A2 Levels in Year 13 only after negotiation with the VI Form Management.

Students who fail to meet the minimum entry requirements for the A Level Course are advised to seek an alternative programme of

study at other Further Education institutions. In exceptional circumstances only, students may be seen by a member of the VI Form

Management to discuss possible options for remaining at Preston Manor.

Prior to receiving their AS exam results students will be advised as to the enrolment procedures for all returning A Level students.

In addition, students will NOT have met the minimum entry requirements for the A2 programme if they fail to achieve grade C or

above at GCSE English (Language) and GCSE Maths by the end of Year 12.

VI Form Representatives

and School Council

Each Tutor Group elects two representatives

who attend regular meetings with the VI Form

Management. The form representatives 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.


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

communication skills.


The prefect system continues a 70-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.

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

additional language.

“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 PSHEE and lessons.

Debating is both fun and stimulating. The

VI Form Debating Club is a popular student

run society.

Drama and Music

Preston Manor has a strong community

atmosphere and we pride ourselves on

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.

Envision Volunteers

and Wings of Hope Charity

The VI Form is linked to both the Envision

Volunteers and Wings of Hope Charity.

Students are encouraged to participate

in a wide range of voluntary community

activities through these two charitable



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

year groups.


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.

Carlton Avenue East, Wembley HA9 8NA

Head: Mr Matthew Lantos

Telephone: 020 8385 4040 Fax: 020 8908 2607 Email:

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