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Welcome to

The Sixth Form

I am delighted to introduce you to The Sixth Form at The Cotswold School – a vibrant and successful

learning environment.

Our Sixth Form flourishes, with over 280 students enjoying exceptional teaching across 28 subject

areas, offering a broad, engaging and challenging curriculum. Achievement is ‘Outstanding’, with A

Level results that rank consistently in England’s Top State School Sixth Forms.

The Sixth Form at The Cotswold School is known for its highly successful university preparation. Year

on year our students set their sights on and win places at the country’s top universities – including

Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group Universities. Our students also progress to competitive

Apprenticeship Programmes.

Facilities are excellent, with a spacious bespoke Sixth Form Centre which opened in 2018. This provides

excellent learning facilities for the students, including a fully networked Study Room with 60 PCs and a

large Common Room with space to work, socialise and eat. The Sixth Form is regarded as the ‘flagship’

of the school – a privileged position from which students can benefit from and also enrich the life of

the school as a whole.

There is a sense of freedom in the

Sixth Form …. Here, you are given the

tools and all the help and support you

need, then given the independence to

get on with your work

The Sixth Form shares the positive, enthusiastic, focused atmosphere that is evident throughout the

school and which is often remarked upon. Additionally, the Sixth Form has its own distinctive character

– one that reflects the growing maturity and independence of the young adults who form it. Working

in this friendly, caring environment with its strong academic ethos, our Sixth Form students are

encouraged to aspire. Their teachers are readily accessible – taking an active, mentoring role, sharing

in the students’ high expectations and helping them prepare for the next chapter in their lives.

A wide range of extra-curricular opportunities provide excellent personal development and make the

Sixth Form experience enormously enjoyable. From Duke of Edinburgh Awards to school productions;

from team sports and sport leadership to debating society; from arts festivals to social events; and

travel opportunities around the country and the globe: life in the Sixth Form at The Cotswold School

is never dull!

Mr Phil White

Deputy Principal, Head of Sixth Form


Mr Phil White

Deputy Principal, Head of Sixth Form,

Careers Leader, Teacher of Geography

Mr White joined The Cotswold School in 2012,

having spent five successful years as a Head

of Sixth Form in south London.

A great believer in the amazing potential of

all students, Mr White has led a number of

developments to the Sixth Form curriculum, the

provision of wider educational opportunities

and student support at The Cotswold School.

He is very pleased to see the new Sixth Form

Centre up and running, which is providing

our students with exceptional facilities and

resources.

Mr White is delighted that the quality of

teaching, learning and pastoral support in

the Sixth Form continues to go from strength

to strength. This has enabled our students to

achieve impressive examination results and

be ready to embark upon an exciting range of

university courses and careers.

Ms Angela Rodrigues

Deputy Head of Sixth Form,

Head of Year 13, Teacher of English

A teacher and leader at The Cotswold School

since 1999, Ms Rodrigues says that one of

her greatest pleasures is being a member

of the school’s exceptional Sixth Form

community.

With a wealth of experience in all aspects

of Sixth Form leadership, Ms Rodrigues

currently takes a leading role in our Higher

Education and Careers programme and

oversees the Extended Project Qualification.

She supports students in the crucial final

year of their Sixth Form studies and has

been instrumental in ensuring that all

students achieve excellent examination

results and graduate from the school having

developed a broad range of personal and

academic skills.

Miss Julie Franklin

Deputy Head of Sixth Form,

Head of Year 12,

Teacher of Design and Technology

Miss Franklin has been at The Cotswold

School since 2010, as a teacher of Design

and Technology. She is an experienced

Head of Year, having previously led Years

10 and 11. Now as the Head of Year 12,

Miss Franklin plays a key role in ensuring

that all students have a smooth transition

to their Sixth Form life and make excellent

progress in the first year of their new

A Level subjects. The Sixth Form is a

welcoming place and she enjoys working

with a team that cares so much about the

students’ wellbeing and pastoral care as

well as their progress.

Miss Rosie Moser

Sixth Form Administrator

Rosie joined The Cotswold School in 2016,

having worked in hospitality for many years.

From the wealth of this experience, Rosie is

friendly, approachable and is very much used

to a lively and professional buzz – she feels

right at home in the Sixth Form!

Having joined the Sixth Form Team in

September 2018, Rosie is the first port of

call for parents and students on all matters

relating to the Sixth Form. Always happy

to help, Rosie also provides administrative

support to staff and students and is a mine

of information. She is integral to the smooth

running of the Sixth Form.

email:

sixthform@thecotswoldschool.co.uk


Our Curriculum

1. CORE CURRICULUM:

We offer a broad range of Level 3 subject options, all taught by well-qualified specialist teachers. Year 12 students either take four

or three core subjects; the vast majority then concentrate on three subjects in Year 13. We also offer four Level 3 vocational courses:

Business, Health & Social Care, ICT and Sport. These qualifications are at the same standard as A Levels and include coursework

assessments (at least 50% of the qualification) and examinations. For Business and Health & Social Care we are offering the Diploma

(the equivalent of taking two A Levels over two years), for ICT we are offering the Introductory Diploma (the equivalent of taking one A

Level over two years) and for Sport we are offering the Introductory Diploma and, if there is sufficient demand, the Diploma as well.

All AS/A Levels nationally are now linear qualifications, which means that the AS examination results will not count towards the

final A Level qualifications, and the retaking of individual modules is not permitted. A Level examinations will test students on the

knowledge, understanding and skills they will have gained over their two years of study.

The table below lists the subjects that we plan to offer for September 2020. All of these qualifications are at AS and A Level, unless

otherwise stated.

Art & Design: Fine Art

Art & Design: Textiles

Biology

Business

Business (Level 3 Diploma)

Chemistry

Computer Science

Design & Technology: Product Design

Drama and Theatre

Economics

English Language

English Literature (A Level only)

French (A Level only)

Geography

German (A Level only)

Health & Social Care (Level 3 Diploma)

History

ICT (Level 3 Introductory Diploma)

Mathematics

Further Mathematics

Music

Physics

Psychology

Religious Studies

Sociology

Spanish (A Level only)

Sport (Level 3 Intro Diploma / Diploma)

If there is sufficient demand and we have appropriate staffing, we may add other options to our curriculum. Although unlikely, we

may withdraw an option if the number of students opting for a subject is very low.

All of our Year 12 students will sit public examinations in all of their AS/A Level subjects in May/June of Year 12, with the exception

of English Literature, French, German and Spanish – in these four subjects they will sit our own internal end-of-year examinations.

Students will be required to achieve a minimum of a grade D at AS Level (or be at the equivalent standard in the non-AS Level

subjects) in order to continue that subject in Year 13.

The normal entry requirements for our Sixth Form are that students must achieve a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above and

they must show evidence of a positive, self-motivated approach to learning. Each of our Sixth Form courses also has its own entry

criteria; these are shown on an insert in the prospectus and can be viewed on the School website. Students with lower than a grade

4 in GCSE Mathematics or English Language must attend lessons in these subjects to enable them to improve their grades in these

GCSEs, as they are essential qualifications for many careers and Further Education courses.


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

with a senior teacher who will provide support and guidance. Plans can also be discussed with our independent Careers Advisor, Year

11 form tutors and the Sixth Form leadership team. However, as a general guide we recommend that you consider the following:

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

lessons in the subject at the moment?

Ability – Are you good at the subject? Have you discussed your ability to manage the subject content and assessment at Level 3 (A

Level or equivalent) with your teacher? Are you prepared to work hard to ensure your success?

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

education or pursue your chosen career?

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

courses (e.g. two Humanities subjects, a Social Science and a Language).

2. ENRICHMENT CURRICULUM

Students may supplement their core curriculum by taking one or more options from our ENRICHMENT CURRICULUM. For September

2020 this is likely to include:

● Extended Project: This is the equivalent to half an A Level, at A Level (not AS Level) standard. Students plan, research for and

produce a project of their own choice, under the guidance and support of a project supervisor.

● MOOCs and Future Learn courses: These are free online courses designed by universities.

● Russian GCSE – A two year course taught twice a week after school. It leads to a full GCSE.

● Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme: The Scheme is open to all Sixth Form students. Participants can enter at any level according

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

activity in each of 4 sections: Skill, Service, Physical Recreation and Expedition. We encourage students to become self-reliant

whilst working co-operatively with a group.

● Community Service: For example, helping out at a hospital, care home or in a local primary school.

3. COMPULSORY CURRICULUM: All of our Sixth Form students participate in:

● Our Higher Education & Careers programme, which includes: university visits; talks and workshops from guest speakers from

universities, employers and apprenticeship providers; two off-timetable days in Summer of Year 12 (with a particular focus on

Personal Statements).

● Our PSHE programme, which takes place during morning tutorial sessions and on three PSHE days/half days at regular

intervals during the year.

● Physical Activity – a choice from a range of sport and exercise options on Wednesday afternoons.

● Professional Work Shadowing – all Year 12 students will source and undertake a week in a workplace which relates to a career

they are considering.

4. EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES: Sixth Form students are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of trips

& visits (e.g. New York; Berlin; MFL work experience/exchanges), clubs & societies (e.g. Sixth Form Debating Society; History

Society; Science Journal Club; Photography), competitions and lectures on offer. These opportunities vary from year to year and

are too numerous to list!


Hal Pett

Brooke Maskell

A Levels results 2019: Fine Art A*, History A*,

Religious Education A*

Destination: University of Birmingham to

read Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

“My passion for philosophy definitely grew during

my time at The Cotswold School, particularly in

Religious Studies lessons where the teachers

created an atmosphere where I was able to

discuss the complex concepts being taught

and put forward my ideas. I enjoyed the Sixth

Form immensely, and the responsibilities and

challenges as Deputy Head Boy, Religious Studies

Ambassador, but also the many opportunities we

were given, whether in our learning or within

extra-curricular activities; I personally enjoyed

having larger roles in the school production such

as Baker in the production of ‘Into the Woods’.”

A Levels results 2019: Biology A*,

Geography A*, Mathematics A*

Destination: University of Bristol to read

Geography

“The Cotswold School provided me with so

many opportunities. Through the school I

was able to spend a month travelling around

Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos – something

I would not have been able to have done

otherwise. I was given a tremendous amount

of support and encouragement from all of my

teachers. This support also extended beyond

the subjects I was studying, including a lot of

help and guidance with writing my personal

statement and my university application. The

Cotswold School is a friendly place and it

provides all of its students with the opportunity

to thrive and reach their full potential.”

Kate Edgerton

Jake Pugsley

A Levels: History (AS grade A), French (AS

grade B), Geography (AS grade B) and

Spanish (AS grade B)

Intended destination: Kate has applied

to Cambridge University to study Modern

and Medieval Languages

“During my time in the Sixth Form, I have

enjoyed participating in the History Society

as well as going on the French exchange

to Brittany where I completed my work

experience. At Easter this year, I also visited

Madrid with my Spanish class where we

undertook further work experience in various

clothing retailers. As current Head Girl, my

main objective is to give something back to

the School through fundraising. I love the

friendliness of The Cotswold School, the

supportive and happy atmosphere, which

helps make it the successful place that it is.”

A Levels: Chemistry (AS grade A), Mathematics

(AS grade A), Further Mathematics (AS grade

A), English Language (AS grade A), Psychology

(AS grade A)

Intended destination: Jake has applied

to Cambridge University to study Natural

Sciences

“The Cotswold School has always encouraged

me to challenge myself in my subjects, and Sixth

Form is no different. Having studied 5 subjects in

Year 12, I’ve learnt to improve my organisational

skills and develop my interest in a variety of

disciplines, from languages to the sciences.

This only grew with the school’s nurturing ethos,

without which I’d most likely never have the

confidence to apply for Cambridge University.”


Ethan Hadad

Emma Parker

A Levels results 2019: History A*, Economics

A*, Spanish A

Destination: University of Oxford to study

Arabic and a subsidiary language

“I had an enjoyable time in The Sixth Form at The

Cotswold School. Whilst studying for my three A

Levels, I was able and given the opportunities

to further develop my areas of interest in great

depth. I enjoyed being an active member of

the Sixth Form Debating Society and the History

Society, as well as entering essay competitions

and doing a MOOC (a short online university

course)! All of these experiences, I believe, will

stand me in good stead as I embark on my degree

at the University of Oxford.”

A Levels results 2019: English Literature A*,

French A*, Mathematics A*, Spanish A* and

the Extended Project Qualification A*

Destination: Christ’s College, University of

Cambridge to study Linguistics

“The Sixth Form, in its separate building, has a

more relaxed atmosphere than the lower school.

There is a strong work ethic and I believe having

smaller classes and fewer subjects made

school even more enjoyable. Perhaps more

importantly, all my teachers were absolutely

lovely; whenever I was struggling with

anything, whether it be coursework, personal

statements or maths, I always received loads

of amazing support without which I would have

not achieved the results I have, including an A*

in my Extended Project Qualification, entitled

‘Which teaching/learning strategy could be

considered the most effective in teaching a

foreign language?’”

Lucy Jones

A Levels: Mathematics (AS grade A),

Psychology (AS grade A), Physical

Education (AS grade A) and Spanish (AS

grade B)

Lucy joined The Cotswold School for the

Sixth Form, having completed her GCSEs

at Shipston High School. She settled in

very quickly and is flourishing.

“Moving to the Cotswold School Sixth Form

is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I was welcomed into a warm and friendly

community with open arms, and since being

here I have had doors opened to so many

opportunities. Here I found my passion for

Psychology, and with the immense support

from everyone here I hope to study it at

university.”

Ralph Skliros

A Levels: Mathematics (AS grade A), Physics

(AS grade A), Computer Science (AS grade A),

Chemistry (AS grade A)

Intended destination: Ralph is applying for

a Software Engineering degree at university

and then wishes to pursue a career in Cyber

Security

“As well as excellent teaching, The Cotswold

School has always provided lots of opportunities

beyond the classroom – visiting the large hadron

collider in Switzerland in Year 12 was a fantastic

experience and has given me a unique insight

and wider perspective on my study of Physics.

All Cotswold students do work shadowing at the

end of Year 12 – I found this very enjoyable and

it enabled me to gain valuable experience within

the computer science industry. The focused

environment and great facilities in the Sixth Form

help me to be independent with my learning and

will hopefully propel me to achieve top grades at

A level and go on to enjoy success at uni and in

my chosen career.”


Life in the

Sixth Form

Life in in the the Sixth Sixth Form Form at The at The Cotswold Cotswold School School provides provides you with you the with means the

to means develop to develop as an individual. as an individual. While you While will be you challenged will be challenged and supported and

academically, supported academically, extra-curricular extra-curricular activities, Extended activities, Project Extended Qualifications, Project

taking

Qualifications,

on school

taking

leadership

on school

responsibilities

leadership responsibilities

and professional

and work

work

shadowing will broaden your perspective and enhance your personal

experience will broaden your perspective and enhance your personal

statement for universities and applications for apprenticeships or

statement for universities and applications for careers.

careers.

Being in the Sixth Form is a position of privilege from which you can

Being in the Sixth Form is position of privilege from which you can

make a positive contribution to the life of the whole school. Positions

make positive contribution to the life of the whole school. Positions

of responsibility available to Sixth Formers include coordinating roles

of responsibility available to Sixth Formers include coordinating roles

on various committees, house captaincies, student council, assistant

on various committees, house captaincies, student council, assistant

librarians,

librarians, school

subject

ambassadors,

ambassadors,

and

and

the roles

the roles

of Head

of

Boy

Head

and

Girl

Head

and

Girl

Head

and

Boy

their

and

deputies.

their deputies.

The The extra-curricular opportunities are on extraordinarily offer at The Cotswold broad and School everyone are

broad is encouraged and everyone to take is encouraged an active part. to take Just part. some Just some of the of options the options are:

are: debating debating society, society, philosophy science club, journal engineering club, history club, and Duke politics of Edinburgh, society,

theatre Duke productions, of Edinburgh choir, award music scheme, ensembles, theatre fashion productions, show, charitable choir,

music events, ensembles, or any of the fashion many show, sporting charitable opportunities events, available. and any of the many

sporting opportunities available.

Your performance in the Sixth Form will very much depend on your

Your physical performance wellbeing. in Our the commitment Sixth Form will to your very health much depend begins with on your the

physical excellent wellbeing. range of fresh Our commitment food produced to daily your on health our school begins premises with the

excellent as well as range a session of fresh of food compulsory produced PE daily each on week. our school Sports premises teams and as

well clubs as both a session in school of PE and each locally week. are Sports readily teams accessible and clubs (as is in the school gym

and and locally swimming are readily pool situated accessible, on our as site). are the fitness suite and swimming

pool, situated just a few metres away from our new Sixth Form Centre.

Alongside University Open Days, there is also an extensive array of

Alongside University Open Days and Taster Courses, there is an extensive

national and international trips available: History trips to the Somme,

array of national and international trips available: History trips to the

Berlin and Krakow; sports tours around the UK and to Barbados and

Somme, Berlin and Krakow; sports tours around the UK and abroad;

France; skiing in the Alps; Geography excursions in Wales; cultural tours

skiing in the Alps; Geography excursions in Wales and Iceland; cultural

to France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Russia, China and the United

tours to various European countries, China and the United States;

States; work experience abroad; and month-long team expeditions to

work experience abroad; and month long team expeditions to far-flung

far-flung destinations in Africa and South America.

destinations such as Borneo, Vietnam, India and Ghana.

All

All

these

these

elements

elements

help

help

to create

to create

a lively,

a lively,

stimulating

stimulating

Sixth

Sixth

Form

Form

in which

in

you which can you flourish can flourish academically academically and develop and develop your your individual individual talents talents and

potential. and potential.

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Preparation

for the Future

Post-16 Subject subject choices choices play a vital play part a vital in part making making informed informed decisions decisions about

about life after post-18 school. study and careers.

With

With

approximately

around 250 students,

280 students,

our Sixth

our

Form

Sixth

is

Form

both small

is both

enough

small

so

enough

that

so that we are able to get to know each student personally and large

we are able to get to know each student personally and large enough to

enough to enable us to provide a broad-based curriculum that can be

enable us to provide a broad-based curriculum that can be tailored to

tailored to each student’s strengths and aspirations.

each student’s strengths and aspirations.

Sound, impartial careers advice and university guidance are given in

Where there is individual interest in a course that is not currently

both group and on a one-to-one basis to ensure that students are well

offered, we do our utmost to supply enrichment opportunities on that

prepared for their life after The Cotswold School.

particular subject and where there is group interest, new courses can

Careers

be introduced.

days and guest speakers – from universities, apprenticeship

programmes and potential employers – help our students make the right

choices. Sound careers advice and university guidance are given in both group

and on a one-to-one basis to ensure that students are well prepared for

We their give life guidance after The on Cotswold how to School. get the most out of University Open Days

as well as giving support in completing university and apprenticeship

applications. Careers days, and Valuable guest mock speakers interview – both sessions from universities are provided and potential with the

generous employers support - help our of our students local Rotary make the Club right and choices. a network of professional

contacts we have built up over the years.

We give guidance on how to get the most out of University Open

We Days begin as well the UCAS as giving process support in Year in 12, completing first with university an information applications. evening

for Valuable students mock and interview their parents/guardians. sessions provided All with Year the 12 generous students and are

encouraged longstanding to support do something of our local different, Rotary valuable Club. and unique outside of

school and during their long holidays, which they can usefully refer to

when We begin it comes the to UCAS writing process their Personal in Year Statements.

12, first with an information

evening for students and their parents/carers. All Year 12 students are

In the second half of the summer term in Year 12, students are guided

encouraged to do something different, useful and unique outside school

through the UCAS system. The Sixth Form leadership team and the Sixth

and during their long holidays, which they can usefully refer to when it

Form tutors produce each student’s higher education or employment

comes to writing their all important Personal Statements.

reference.

In the first term of Year 13, students are guided through the UCAS

Our programme for preparing our students has proven highly effective

system. Mr White and the Sixth Form Team, in conjunction with

over the years, with our students consistently setting their sights on and

our Principal, Mr Morgan, produce each student’s higher education

winning prestigious places in higher education.

reference.

Our programme for preparing our students has proven highly effective

over the years with our students consistently setting their sights on, and

winning prestigious places in, higher education.


How to

Apply

Prospective students and parents are welcome to make an

appointment to visit the Sixth Form at The Cotswold School and

see it in action.

Although applications are accepted at any time of year, ideally

they should be submitted by early December, to minimise the

chance of option clashes.

All applicants to the school will be interviewed by a member of

the Sixth Form leadership team. The focus of this conversation

will be guidance on subject choices and finding out about the

applicant’s learning styles and wider interests. This will also be

a good opportunity for applicants and their parents/guardians

to ask any questions that they might have about the Sixth Form.

Application forms and further information can be obtained

from the Sixth Form Administrator, Miss Rosie Moser via:

sixthform@thecotswoldschool.co.uk or from the School website:

www.cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk

In March 2015, Ofsted ranked

The Cotswold School ‘Outstanding’

across all categories, stating:

The Sixth Form is outstanding.

Students respond well to excellent

teaching and pastoral support and

make outstanding progress. The

academy’s strong partnerships with

universities, colleges of further

education and industry provide

students with excellent opportunities

to pursue careers of their choice.



The Avenue | Bourton-on-the-Water | Cheltenham | Gloucestershire | GL54 2BD

Tel: 01451 820554 | Email: sixthform@thecotswoldschool.co.uk | www.cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk

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