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Welcome to<br />

The <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

I am delighted to introduce you to The <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> at The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> – a vibrant <strong>and</strong> successful<br />

learning environment with over 250 students who join us from within The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>and</strong> from<br />

schools across the country <strong>and</strong> abroad.<br />

Our students enjoy excellent teaching across a broad curriculum of 30 subject areas. Every year,<br />

examination results achieved by our students are outst<strong>and</strong>ing, placing The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> amongst<br />

the top state comprehensive schools in the country. Whatever their starting point on their <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

journey, from straight A*s to Bs <strong>and</strong> Cs at GCSE, students make exceptional progress over their two<br />

years here.<br />

The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> is known <strong>for</strong> highly successful preparation <strong>for</strong> higher education <strong>and</strong> careers. Our<br />

students regularly set their sights on <strong>and</strong> win places at the UK’s most prestigious universities, on highly<br />

sought-after apprenticeship programmes <strong>and</strong> in a range of exciting careers.<br />

<strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>ers benefit from many new facilities that have been built in recent years: the Sports<br />

Hall, the new Languages, Mathematics <strong>and</strong> Geography blocks, <strong>and</strong> refurbished Science labs. Our<br />

current <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> Centre provides a dedicated study room with 45 networked PCs <strong>and</strong> a popular<br />

common room. Plans are at an advanced stage to build an enhanced <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> Centre, which will<br />

almost double the study <strong>and</strong> social space. We are very excited that this new facility is projected to open<br />

in Autumn 2017.<br />

While our <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>ers are closely monitored <strong>and</strong> provided with valuable individual support, they are<br />

encouraged to grow in maturity, <strong>and</strong> to develop independence, ambition <strong>and</strong> resilience. The <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

has its own distinctive atmosphere. As one student put it: ‘There is a sense of freedom in The <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

.... Here, you are given the tools <strong>and</strong> all the help <strong>and</strong> support you need, then given the independence to get<br />

on with your work.’<br />

A wide range of extra-curricular opportunities provide excellent personal development <strong>and</strong> make The<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> experience enormously enjoyable. From Duke of Edinburgh Awards to school productions;<br />

from team sports <strong>and</strong> sport leadership to peer counselling; from fashion shows to social events; <strong>and</strong><br />

travel opportunities around the country <strong>and</strong> the globe, life in The <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> at The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

is never dull!<br />

Mr Phil White<br />

Head of <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> <strong>and</strong> Deputy Principal


Mr Phil White<br />

Deputy Principal, Head of <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>,<br />

Teacher of Geography<br />

Miss Angela Rodrigues<br />

Deputy Head of <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>,<br />

Head of Year 13, Teacher of English<br />

Mr White joined The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> in 2012,<br />

having spent five successful years as a Head<br />

of <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> in south London.<br />

A great believer in the amazing potential<br />

of all students at The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong>, Mr<br />

White has led a number of developments to<br />

the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> curriculum, the provision of<br />

wider educational opportunities <strong>and</strong> student<br />

support in recent years. He is currently taking<br />

a lead role in planning our move to a br<strong>and</strong><br />

new <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> building, which will provide<br />

our students with exceptional facilities <strong>and</strong><br />

resources.<br />

Mr White is delighted that the quality of<br />

teaching, learning <strong>and</strong> pastoral support in<br />

the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> continues to go from strength<br />

to strength. This has enabled our students to<br />

achieve impressive examination results <strong>and</strong><br />

be ready to embark upon an exciting range of<br />

university courses <strong>and</strong> careers.<br />

A teacher <strong>and</strong> leader at The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

since 1999, Miss Rodrigues says that one of<br />

her greatest pleasures is being a member<br />

of the school’s exceptional <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

community.<br />

With a wealth of experience in all aspects<br />

of <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> leadership, Miss Rodrigues<br />

currently takes a leading role in our Higher<br />

Education <strong>and</strong> Careers programme <strong>and</strong><br />

oversees the Extended Project Qualification.<br />

She supports students in the crucial final<br />

year of their <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> stu<strong>die</strong>s <strong>and</strong> has<br />

been instrumental in ensuring that all<br />

students achieve excellent examination<br />

results <strong>and</strong> graduate from the school having<br />

developed a broad range of personal <strong>and</strong><br />

academic skills.<br />

Mr Mike Sweetlove<br />

Deputy Head of <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>, Head of<br />

Year 12, Teacher of Economics<br />

Mrs Jane Tanner<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> Administrator<br />

Mr Sweetlove has been at The <strong>Cotswold</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong> <strong>for</strong> a number of years as a teacher<br />

of Mathematics <strong>and</strong> Economics. Now in<br />

his fourth year as Head of Year 12, Mr<br />

Sweetlove plays a key role in ensuring that<br />

all students have a smooth induction to<br />

their <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> life <strong>and</strong> make excellent<br />

progress in the first year of their post-16<br />

courses.<br />

Students are appreciative of Mr<br />

Sweetlove’s approachable leadership<br />

style. As Mr Sweetlove says: ‘the<br />

relationships between students <strong>and</strong> staff<br />

are central to the success of our <strong>Sixth</strong><br />

<strong>Form</strong>. These relationships are built on<br />

foundations of communication: listening<br />

to <strong>and</strong> advising students, providing<br />

encouragement <strong>and</strong> support <strong>and</strong> sharing<br />

Jane is every <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>er’s (<strong>and</strong> parent’s)<br />

first port of call.<br />

Providing timely support to the whole <strong>Sixth</strong><br />

<strong>Form</strong> community, Jane is a mine of in<strong>for</strong>mation<br />

on a wide range of matters, from post-16<br />

transport to attendance, from school trips to<br />

financial support, to health <strong>and</strong> personal wellbeing.<br />

As the hub of <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> communication,<br />

Jane is an integral part of what makes The<br />

<strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> so successful.<br />

email:<br />

sixth<strong>for</strong>m@thecotswoldschool.co.uk<br />

their individual successes.’ 1


Post-16 Curriculum<br />

1. The Core Curriculum:<br />

Major changes to the A Level examination system were phased in nationally over 2015 <strong>and</strong> 2016. As these changes have become<br />

increasingly embedded, the options system is now more straight<strong>for</strong>ward <strong>for</strong> students starting their <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> stu<strong>die</strong>s in September<br />

2017. All AS/A Levels will be linear qualifications. This means that the AS examination results will not count towards the final A Level<br />

qualifications, <strong>and</strong> the retaking of individual modules is not permitted. A Level examinations will test students on the knowledge,<br />

underst<strong>and</strong>ing <strong>and</strong> skills they will have gained over their two years of study.<br />

The majority of students at The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> will take four AS Level (Advanced Subsidiary) subjects in Year 12 <strong>and</strong> then concentrate<br />

on three A Level subjects in Year 13. We also offer Level 3 vocational courses in Health & Social Care <strong>and</strong> ICT. These qualifications<br />

are at the same st<strong>and</strong>ard as A Levels <strong>and</strong> include both examinations <strong>and</strong> coursework assessments. For Health & Social Care we are<br />

offering the Diploma (the equivalent of taking two A Levels over two years) <strong>and</strong> <strong>for</strong> ICT we are offering the Introductory Diploma (the<br />

equivalent of taking one A Level over two years). The table below lists the subjects that we plan to offer <strong>for</strong> September 2017. All of<br />

these qualifications are at AS/A Level, unless otherwise stated.<br />

Art & Design: Fine Art<br />

Art & Design: Textiles<br />

Biology<br />

Business<br />

Chemistry<br />

Computer Science<br />

Design & Technology: Product Design<br />

Drama <strong>and</strong> Theatre<br />

Economics<br />

English Language<br />

English Literature<br />

French<br />

Geography<br />

German<br />

Health & Social Care (Level 3 Diploma)<br />

History<br />

ICT (Level 3 Introductory Diploma)<br />

Mathematics<br />

Further Mathematics<br />

Music<br />

Physical Education<br />

Physics<br />

Psychology<br />

Religious Stu<strong>die</strong>s<br />

Sociology<br />

Spanish<br />

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If there is sufficient dem<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> we have appropriate staffing, we may add other options to our curriculum. Although unlikely, we<br />

may withdraw an option if the number of students opting <strong>for</strong> a subject is very low.<br />

All Year 12 students will have internal mock examinations in the Spring Term, <strong>and</strong> will take their real AS Level examinations in May/<br />

June. Year 12 students will be required to achieve a minimum of a grade D at AS Level in order to continue that subject at A Level<br />

in Year 13.<br />

Students with lower than a grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics <strong>and</strong> English Language <strong>and</strong> at least three other GCSEs at grade C may take<br />

a one-year Level 2 course in Business. This qualification is equivalent to two GCSEs at Grade C (Pass), Grade B (Merit) or Grade A<br />

(Distinction). In addition, students on this course will undertake regular work experience.<br />

Students who have yet to obtain a grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics <strong>and</strong>/or English Language must attend lessons in these<br />

subjects to enable them to improve their grades in these GCSEs, as these are essential qualifications <strong>for</strong> many careers <strong>and</strong> Further<br />

Education courses.<br />

Choosing core post-16 courses is an important decision which needs very careful thought. All Year 11 students will have a meeting<br />

with a senior teacher who will provide support <strong>and</strong> guidance. Plans can also be discussed with our independent Careers Advisor,<br />

Year 11 <strong>for</strong>m tutors <strong>and</strong> the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> leadership team. However, as a general guide we recommend that you consider the following:<br />

Enjoyment – Are you genuinely interested in the subject? Does your interest already extend beyond the classroom? Do you enjoy<br />

lessons in the subject at the moment?


Post-16 Curriculum<br />

Ability – Are you good at the subject? Have you discussed your ability to cope with the subject at Level 3 (A Level or equivalent) with<br />

your teacher? Are you prepared to work hard to ensure your success?<br />

Suitability – Is a Level 3 in this subject going to provide you with the necessary qualifications to follow your chosen course in higher<br />

education or pursue your chosen career?<br />

It is usual to select those subjects which combine well together, such as Sciences or Arts, although there is now more scope <strong>for</strong> mixed<br />

courses (e.g. two Humanities subjects, a Social Science <strong>and</strong> a Language)<br />

2. Enrichment Curriculum:<br />

Students may also supplement their core curriculum by taking up one or more options from our Enrichment Curriculum. For September<br />

2017 this is likely to include:<br />

Extended Project: This is the equivalent to half an A Level, at A Level (not AS Level) st<strong>and</strong>ard. Students plan, research <strong>for</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

produce a project of their own choice, under the guidance <strong>and</strong> support of a project supervisor.<br />

MOOCs <strong>and</strong> Future Learn courses: These are free online courses designed <strong>and</strong> delivered by universities.<br />

Photography: For pure enjoyment <strong>and</strong> development of skills.<br />

Modern Foreign Languages: There are various language options, according to dem<strong>and</strong>:<br />

Italian GCSE – this is a two year course taught twice a week after school. It leads to a full GCSE.<br />

Russian GCSE – also a two year course taught twice a week after school. It leads to a full GCSE.<br />

Individual Study – We can set students up to undertake independent study learning the basics of any language of their choice<br />

through online courses available.<br />

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme: The Scheme is open to all <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> students. Participants can enter at any level according<br />

to their age. It offers the opportunity to work towards Bronze, Silver <strong>and</strong> Gold Awards. Participants are required to complete an<br />

activity in each of 4 sections: Skill, Service, Physical Recreation <strong>and</strong> Expedition. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award encourages students<br />

to become self-reliant whilst working co-operatively with a group.<br />

Community Service: this can include volunteering <strong>for</strong> local charitable organisations, assisting in care facilities <strong>and</strong> local primary<br />

schools.<br />

3. Compulsory Curriculum:<br />

All <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> students participate in Physical Education (in which we have a range of sports options) <strong>and</strong> in our PSHE <strong>and</strong> Careers<br />

Education, In<strong>for</strong>mation, Advice <strong>and</strong> Guidance (CEIAG) programmes. We have three PSHE days during the year while our CEIAG is<br />

delivered during our ‘Futures Week’ (in the Summer term of Year 12), during daily morning tutorial sessions <strong>and</strong> at various special<br />

events throughout the year. In addition, all Year 12 students are expected to source <strong>and</strong> undertake a week of professional work<br />

shadowing in a workplace which relates to a career they are considering.<br />

4. Extra-curricular Opportunities:<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of extra curricular opportunities available. Trips<br />

<strong>and</strong> visits (e.g. New York; Berlin; Icel<strong>and</strong>; Modern Languages work experience/exchanges), clubs <strong>and</strong> societies, competitions <strong>and</strong><br />

lectures are all on offer. These vary slightly from year to year <strong>and</strong> are too numerous to list!<br />

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Beth O’Brien<br />

(Head Girl 2015-16)<br />

A Level results: Biology A*, Mathematics A*,<br />

Chemistry A, AS Level French A<br />

Destination: Beth is studying Dentistry at The<br />

University of Sheffield<br />

“I had a great time in the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> at<br />

The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong>. It was an honour to<br />

represent The Sunday Times’ ‘Comprehensive<br />

<strong>School</strong> of the Year’ as Head Girl. When I’m a<br />

dentist, pulling teeth, I will remember being<br />

knee-deep in mud on the infamous <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

Mud Run or trekking up Mount Kinabalu while<br />

on the school’s expedition in Borneo!”<br />

Adam Ellison<br />

A Levels: History A*, English Literature A*,<br />

Religious Stu<strong>die</strong>s A*, General Stu<strong>die</strong>s A*,<br />

Extended Project A<br />

Destination: Adam is reading History <strong>and</strong><br />

Politics at The University of Ox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

“I simply wouldn’t have been able to achieve<br />

the results I did without the support from the<br />

teachers, the school’s facilities <strong>and</strong> excellent<br />

resources. I had two brilliant years in the<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>, <strong>and</strong> especially enjoyed being<br />

part of the winning team in the regional<br />

inter-schools debating competition! Now I’m<br />

at Ox<strong>for</strong>d I’m really grateful <strong>for</strong> the superb<br />

interview preparation programme at The<br />

<strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong>.”<br />

Joe Salf<br />

(Head Boy 2016-17)<br />

Rachel Davies<br />

(Head Girl 2016-17)<br />

AS Level results: Biology A, Chemistry A,<br />

French A, Italian A, Mathematics A<br />

Destination: Joe has applied to read<br />

Medicine at a top Russell Group university<br />

Joe recommends The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>: “From the moment I walked<br />

into The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> I knew it was<br />

where I wanted to be. The atmosphere is<br />

happy <strong>and</strong> supportive <strong>and</strong> the teachers<br />

have a real passion <strong>for</strong> their subjects,<br />

which is infectious. The support I have<br />

been given towards my ambition to<br />

become a doctor has been amazing.”<br />

AS Level results: Spanish B, English Literature<br />

B, History B, Geography B<br />

Destination: Rachel is planning to take a gap<br />

year working in Spain <strong>and</strong> then embark upon<br />

a History degree be<strong>for</strong>e entering the legal<br />

profession.<br />

“The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> has provided me with<br />

an incredible range of opportunities – I have<br />

travelled with the school to Madrid, Icel<strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>and</strong> Borneo, played in many competitive<br />

sports teams <strong>and</strong> spoken at a mock United<br />

Nations Climate Change Conference … <strong>and</strong><br />

much, much more! These have enabled me<br />

to become a more self-confident <strong>and</strong> fully<br />

rounded individual, giving me an excellent <strong>and</strong><br />

secure foundation <strong>for</strong> life after school.”<br />

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Jossy Munro<br />

A Level results: English Literature A*, French<br />

A*, Spanish A*, Extended Project A*, AS Level<br />

Chemistry A, AS Level Critical Thinking A<br />

Destination: Jossy is reading French <strong>and</strong><br />

Spanish at The University of Ox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

“For me, The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

came out as the best overall in terms of<br />

friendliness, atmosphere <strong>and</strong> the excellent<br />

teaching. Students put in the work <strong>and</strong> the<br />

teachers are always there, willing to go over<br />

topics <strong>and</strong> questions as often as you need,<br />

always keen to extend your learning beyond<br />

the syllabus too.”<br />

Henry Yates<br />

(Deputy Head Boy 2015-16)<br />

A Level results: Mathematics A*, Biology A*,<br />

Chemistry A*, Extended Project A*, Physics<br />

A, AS Level Critical Thinking A, AS Level<br />

Economics B<br />

Destination: Henry is currently taking a gap<br />

year working as a microbiology technician<br />

at the Biotechnology Research Institute.<br />

Following this, he aims to study <strong>for</strong> a degree<br />

in Natural Sciences at The University of<br />

Cambridge or Imperial College London.<br />

“When I look back, I can’t believe how much<br />

I managed to fit in to my school career –<br />

leading the school’s 15-piece jazz b<strong>and</strong>,<br />

singing in the senior choir, completing silver<br />

DofE, co-running the school council, taking<br />

part in the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>’s Science Journal<br />

Club ... <strong>and</strong> doing a bit of work too! I have<br />

good memories of all these things <strong>and</strong> am<br />

grateful <strong>for</strong> the opportunities the school<br />

gave me.”<br />

Finn Pett<br />

Kyla Bentinck-Hinton<br />

AS Level results: English Literature A,<br />

Music C, Religious Stu<strong>die</strong>s C<br />

Destination: Finn intends to read English<br />

Literature at university<br />

“I would recommend the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> here<br />

to anyone. You can just be yourself <strong>and</strong><br />

enjoy your subjects <strong>and</strong> all the other<br />

activities on offer. I’ve been involved with<br />

many different music ensembles, from<br />

choir to the jazz b<strong>and</strong> to several school<br />

productions, <strong>and</strong> I’ve had great support<br />

from my tutor <strong>and</strong> teachers.”<br />

AS Level results: Biology A, Chemistry A,<br />

French A, Mathematics A, Spanish A<br />

Destination: Kyla aims to study Biochemistry<br />

at Ox<strong>for</strong>d, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton<br />

or University College London.<br />

Kyla chose The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> because “the<br />

teaching is so good <strong>and</strong> the school’s record of<br />

results clearly shows you can gain the highest<br />

possible grades <strong>and</strong> go to a top university<br />

from here. We are getting excellent university<br />

preparation <strong>and</strong> guidance on personal<br />

statements. It’s a friendly place with a great<br />

atmosphere.”<br />

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Life in the<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

Life in the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> at The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> provides you with the means<br />

to develop as an individual. While you will be challenged <strong>and</strong> supported<br />

academically, extra-curricular activities, Extended Project Qualifications,<br />

taking on school leadership responsibilities <strong>and</strong> work experience will<br />

broaden your perspective <strong>and</strong> enhance your personal statement <strong>for</strong><br />

universities <strong>and</strong> applications <strong>for</strong> apprenticeships or careers.<br />

Being in the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> is a position of privilege from which you can<br />

make a positive contribution to the life of the whole school. Positions<br />

of responsibility available to <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>ers include coordinating roles<br />

on various committees, house captaincies, student council, assistant<br />

librarians, subject ambassadors, <strong>and</strong> the roles of Head Boy <strong>and</strong> Head<br />

Girl <strong>and</strong> their deputies.<br />

The extra-curricular opportunities on offer at The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> are<br />

extraordinarily broad <strong>and</strong> everyone is encouraged to take part. Just<br />

some of the options are: debating society, science journal club, history<br />

<strong>and</strong> politics society, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, theatre<br />

productions, choir, music ensembles, fashion show, charitable events,<br />

<strong>and</strong> any of the many sporting opportunities available.<br />

Your per<strong>for</strong>mance in the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> will very much depend on your<br />

physical wellbeing. Our commitment to your health begins with the<br />

excellent range of fresh food produced daily on our school premises as<br />

well as a session of compulsory PE each week. Sports teams <strong>and</strong> clubs<br />

in school <strong>and</strong> locally are readily accessible, as are the fitness suite <strong>and</strong><br />

swimming pool, situated on our site.<br />

Alongside University Open Days <strong>and</strong> Taster Courses, there is an extensive<br />

array of national <strong>and</strong> international trips available: History trips to the<br />

Somme, Berlin <strong>and</strong> Krakow; sports tours around the UK <strong>and</strong> abroad;<br />

skiing in the Alps; Geography excursions in Wales <strong>and</strong> Icel<strong>and</strong>; cultural<br />

tours to various European countries, China <strong>and</strong> the United States;<br />

work experience abroad; <strong>and</strong> month long team expeditions to far-flung<br />

destinations such as Zambia, Nicaragua <strong>and</strong> Borneo.<br />

All these elements help to create a lively, stimulating <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> in which<br />

you can flourish academically <strong>and</strong> develop your individual talents <strong>and</strong><br />

potential.<br />

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Preparation<br />

<strong>for</strong> the Future<br />

Post-16 subject choices play a vital part in making in<strong>for</strong>med decisions<br />

about post-18 study <strong>and</strong> careers.<br />

With around 270 students, our <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> is both small enough so that<br />

we are able to get to know each student personally <strong>and</strong> large enough to<br />

enable us to provide a broad-based curriculum that can be tailored to<br />

each student’s strengths <strong>and</strong> aspirations.<br />

Sound, impartial careers advice <strong>and</strong> university guidance are given in<br />

both group <strong>and</strong> on a one-to-one basis to ensure that students are well<br />

prepared <strong>for</strong> their life after The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong>.<br />

Careers days, <strong>and</strong> guest speakers – from universities, apprenticeship<br />

programmes <strong>and</strong> inspirational employers – help our students make the<br />

right choices.<br />

We give guidance on how to get the most out of University Open Days<br />

as well as giving support in completing university <strong>and</strong> apprenticeship<br />

applications. Valuable mock interview sessions are provided with the<br />

generous support of our local Rotary Club <strong>and</strong> a network of professional<br />

contacts we have built up over the years.<br />

We begin the UCAS process in Year 12, first with an in<strong>for</strong>mation evening<br />

<strong>for</strong> students <strong>and</strong> their parents/guardians. All Year 12 students are<br />

encouraged to do something different, valuable <strong>and</strong> unique outside of<br />

school <strong>and</strong> during their long holidays, which they can usefully refer to<br />

when it comes to writing their Personal Statements.<br />

In the second half of the summer term in Year 12, students are guided<br />

through the UCAS system. The <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> leadership team <strong>and</strong> the <strong>Sixth</strong><br />

<strong>Form</strong> tutors produce each student’s higher education or employment<br />

reference.<br />

Our programme <strong>for</strong> preparing our students has proven highly effective<br />

over the years, with our students consistently setting their sights on, <strong>and</strong><br />

winning prestigious places in, higher education.<br />

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How to Apply<br />

Prospective students <strong>and</strong> parents are welcome to make an<br />

appointment to visit the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> at The <strong>Cotswold</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

see it in action.<br />

Although applications are accepted at any time of year, ideally they<br />

should be submitted by early December, to minimise the chance<br />

of option clashes.<br />

All applicants to the school will be interviewed by a member of<br />

the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> leadership team. The focus of this conversation<br />

will be guidance on subject choices <strong>and</strong> finding out about the<br />

applicant’s learning styles <strong>and</strong> wider interests. This will also be<br />

a good opportunity <strong>for</strong> applicants <strong>and</strong> their parents/guardians to<br />

ask any questions that they might have about the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>.<br />

Application <strong>for</strong>ms <strong>and</strong> further in<strong>for</strong>mation can be obtained<br />

from the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> Administrator, Mrs Jane Tanner via:<br />

sixth<strong>for</strong>m@thecotswoldschool.co.uk or from the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

<strong>web</strong>site: www.sixth<strong>for</strong>m.cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk<br />

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The Avenue | Bourton-on-the-Water | Cheltenham | Gloucestershire | GL54 2BD<br />

Tel: 01451 820554 | Email: sixth<strong>for</strong>m@thecotswoldschool.co.uk | www.sixth<strong>for</strong>m.cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk

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