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<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> Prospectus

Welcome to <strong>Maida</strong> <strong>Vale</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

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

<strong>Maida</strong> <strong>Vale</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> is a two-year programme which<br />

will motivate, inspire and equip our students for life beyond the<br />

classroom. Rigorous academic challenge, supportive and proactive<br />

pastoral care, and varied co-curricular endeavours continue to be<br />

central to our approach but in the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>, this is extended and<br />

developed by leadership opportunities, in-depth career guidance,<br />

local community volunteering placements, and university and/or<br />

vocational application processes.<br />

Students, having narrowed down their subject options, will become specialists in subjects<br />

which they find exhilarating and have a particular passion for.<br />

First class facilities, combined with exceptional teaching, enable our <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> students to<br />

study and grow in the most inspiring of teaching spaces; the dedicated <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> Independent<br />

Learning Centre is where both students and staff plan, prepare, and collaborate.<br />

A highly supportive, inclusive and vibrant environment, <strong>Maida</strong> <strong>Vale</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> is<br />

where students develop their sense of self, carving out their young-adult identities against the<br />

backdrop of exciting new subjects, challenges, relationships, opportunities and achievements.<br />

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

<strong>Maida</strong> <strong>Vale</strong> <strong>School</strong> is committed to delivering a wide-ranging curriculum which will allow<br />

the academic development of all our students, while taking into account varying abilities<br />

and interests.<br />

While the emphasis in the curriculum is placed on A Level study to support the progression to degree-level study, we also<br />

support more vocational, creative options through the availability of BTECs and other Level 3 courses.<br />

Subjects at <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> are likely to include:<br />

• Art and Design<br />

• Biology<br />

• Business<br />

• Chemistry<br />

• Classics<br />

• Computer Science<br />

• Design and Technology<br />

• Drama and Theatre Studies<br />

• Economics<br />

• English Literature<br />

• EPQ<br />

• Food Science & Nutrition<br />

• French<br />

• Further Maths<br />

• Geography<br />

• Government and Politics<br />

• History<br />

• Latin<br />

• Maths<br />

• Music<br />

• Performing Arts BTEC<br />

• Photography<br />

• Physical Education<br />

• Physics<br />

• Psychology<br />

• Spanish<br />

• Sports BTEC<br />

Options are offered subject to demand<br />

We will ask students to select three courses<br />

for study plus a reserve option. We operate<br />

an option block system which aims to facilitate<br />

a wide range of option choices, although,<br />

should a subject combination not be available<br />

we will discuss the reserve option and subject<br />

choices generally at interview in the context<br />

of supporting onward progression to degree<br />

level study or future employment.<br />

In line with current guidance from university<br />

admissions departments we would strongly<br />

advise students to start three A Level courses<br />

although we are happy to discuss the<br />

possibility of a fourth A Level option for<br />

the most academically able students.<br />

As AS and A Level courses are no longer coteachable<br />

we would expect students starting<br />

four courses to do so with the intention of<br />

following all of them to completion at<br />

the end of Year 13.<br />

Open-door policy<br />

<strong>Maida</strong> <strong>Vale</strong> <strong>School</strong> operates an open-door<br />

policy, meaning parents are welcome in the<br />

Parent Café at any time and can arrange to<br />

meet staff at short notice. Throughout the<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> admissions process, all the way<br />

up until the start of Year 12, we are very<br />

happy to support option choice discussions<br />

with parents and students and, within the<br />

constraints of the timetable, will endeavour to<br />

change option choices where necessary. Even<br />

once Year 12 has begun, should a student<br />

wish to change their options, we will try our<br />

best to facilitate this.<br />

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

Modern, innovative, passionate teaching and learning.<br />

• We operate a longer teaching day than<br />

most other schools. Lessons start at<br />

8.30am and finish at 4.00pm, providing<br />

students with six hours of academic<br />

sessions per week in each of their three<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> subjects.<br />

• Lessons are blocked in sessions of either<br />

3 hours or 1.5 hours allowing quality<br />

contact time to have a noticeable effect on<br />

progression and allowing greater flexibility<br />

and innovation in teaching approaches.<br />

We expect that students will be able to<br />

learn by doing rather than more traditional<br />

teaching approaches. This is the case in all<br />

subjects and most noticeably in the more<br />

creative and practical subjects such as Art,<br />

Design and the Sciences.<br />

• We do not timetable ‘free periods’ but,<br />

rather, we expect students to develop their<br />

independent learning strategies through<br />

up to six hours of timetabled, subjectspecific<br />

study sessions which take place in<br />

the supervised ILC.<br />

• 1.5 hours per week is timetabled for<br />

IS – Individuals in Society. This subject is<br />

<strong>Maida</strong> <strong>Vale</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s exciting combination<br />

of personal, social and health education;<br />

sex and relationships education; religious<br />

studies; careers; current affairs In <strong>Sixth</strong><br />

<strong>Form</strong>, even further emphasis is placed on<br />

careers planning and research as well as<br />

on applications for UCAS, European or<br />

American universities, or apprenticeships.<br />

The IS programme is supported by a<br />

multitude of external speakers.<br />

• 1.5 hours per week is timetabled during<br />

Year 12 to support the Extended Project<br />

Qualification (EPQ). All students are<br />

encouraged to complete this course<br />

(equivalent to half an A Level) to develop<br />

their independent learning skills amidst<br />

a topic that they have chosen themselves<br />

and are, therefore, particularly passionate<br />

about it. EPQ projects – artefacts or theses<br />

– are continuing to garner huge credence<br />

at interview for both universities and<br />

apprenticeships.<br />

• <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> students have one afternoon<br />

per week of Games, allowing them to<br />

break from study and enjoy the energy<br />

and happiness derived from physical<br />

activity. Team sports and fixtures continue<br />

to take place against other schools, while<br />

alternative activities are offered such<br />

as: Dance, Pilates, Yoga, Rock Climbing,<br />

Boxing, Spinning, Gym training with a<br />

Personal Trainer.<br />

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Further information about curriculum areas:<br />

Independent Learning in the ILC<br />

Student will have up to six hours of<br />

timetabled, subject-specific study sessions<br />

which take place in the supervised<br />

Independent Learning Centre (ILC). All<br />

students undergo an induction to the ILC<br />

which familiarises them with the resources<br />

available. Students’ subject teachers will set<br />

them relevant work to undertake in their<br />

structured study sessions, with appropriate<br />

deadlines for completion. This simultaneous<br />

independent and structured study time is<br />

an opportunity for students to improve their<br />

knowledge and skills while being supported<br />

and encouraged in their very own <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

learning space. Indeed, the supervision of<br />

the ILC is split between all subject teachers<br />

and Personal Tutors, meaning at any<br />

given time students have knowledgeable,<br />

experienced help on hand.<br />

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)<br />

In Year 12, all students are encouraged to<br />

complete an Extended Project Qualification<br />

(EPQ), which is equivalent to half an A Level<br />

(28 UCAS points). An EPQ is highly valued<br />

by universities and within industry and<br />

enables admissions and HR departments to<br />

discriminate between candidates with similar<br />

academic profiles. Designed to extend and<br />

develop students’ abilities beyond their<br />

chosen <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> subjects, completion of an<br />

EPQ allows students the opportunity to apply<br />

independent learning skills to any topic of<br />

their choice.<br />

UCAS and the Careers Programme<br />

The careers provision within the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> at<br />

<strong>Maida</strong> <strong>Vale</strong> has been developed to facilitate<br />

successful applications to competitive<br />

universities, including the Russell Group<br />

and Oxbridge. Our careers programme<br />

is designed to make sure students and<br />

parents are fully informed and supported in<br />

making these important choices surrounding<br />

courses and institutions for post 18 study.<br />

We also build upon the successful careers<br />

programme which runs throughout the lower<br />

school with the aim of making sure that<br />

students are able to demonstrate a broad<br />

range of skills, aptitudes and experiences<br />

in their applications in addition to high<br />

academic grades.<br />

Student and parents alike are supported<br />

in post-18 pathway decisions through a<br />

plethora of planned activities such as: the<br />

IS curriculum, workshops and seminars,<br />

Personal Tutor sessions, Careers talks,<br />

university visits, university talks and fairs, the<br />

use of Unifrog (a user-friendly platform which<br />

encapsulates all possible post-18 pathways).<br />

Aspects of the Careers programme in<br />

the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> include:<br />

• Regular careers interviews between<br />

students and members of the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

team. Additional support and guidance<br />

available from the Personal Tutor and<br />

subject staff.<br />

• Briefings for parents regarding the<br />

Careers programme and university<br />

application processes. Our open door<br />

policy allows for close communication<br />

between parents and school throughout<br />

the process.<br />

• Careers guidance lessons during IS<br />

sessions.<br />

• A range of speakers in school to inform<br />

students on the breadth of opportunities<br />

available post-18 and possible routes into<br />

these destinations.<br />

• Full support for international applications,<br />

including the US, Canada and Europe.<br />

• Full support for early entry applications<br />

to Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry and<br />

veterinary science including advice and<br />

additional support with work experience<br />

placements, admissions tests and<br />

interviews.<br />

• Visits to universities and UCAS fairs<br />

supported throughout the year.<br />

• Support and guidance for work<br />

experience.<br />

• A UCAS (or non-UK university) mentor who<br />

works through the application process with<br />

students on an individual basis, assisting in<br />

the development of personal statements<br />

and application essays.<br />

The course is designed to develop skills<br />

in research (including critical analysis<br />

of documents and source evaluation),<br />

analysis, presentation, ethical enquiry and<br />

philosophical argument.<br />

Students can approach the qualification<br />

in one of four ways and can produce<br />

a dissertation, an artefact, a scientific<br />

investigation or a performance. The range<br />

of possible projects is, therefore, almost<br />

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unlimited and provides a rare opportunity<br />

for students to completely direct their own<br />

learning. Students are taught the relevant<br />

skills required for successful completion of<br />

the course in a weekly timetabled lesson<br />

and are assigned a subject-specialist mentor<br />

who guides and advises them as their work<br />

on their project progresses. Students end<br />

the course by giving a presentation on their<br />

project to an invited audience with a Q&A<br />

session. Assessment takes place internally<br />

and takes into account the work produced,<br />

the presentation element and the evidence<br />

collected which details the evolution of the<br />

project from beginning to end.<br />

Advice and guidance facilitated through<br />

close contact between <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> advisors<br />

and students to assist in accepting offers<br />

and on/after results day.<br />

Co-curricular and Enrichment<br />

• The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award<br />

• Model United Nations<br />

• Student Investor Challenge<br />

• Young Enterprise<br />

• Each subject has a society which, with the<br />

help of <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> students, organises<br />

external speakers to visit school<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> students are<br />

also encouraged to create<br />

and lead enrichment clubs<br />

for the Lower <strong>School</strong><br />

Trips<br />

Each subject runs a range of national<br />

and international trips. National trips<br />

utilise London as much as possible, but<br />

Geographers may visit the Isle of Wight<br />

and English Literature students may travel<br />

to Stratford-upon-Avon. International trips<br />

have can include: Art students visiting<br />

Florence; Government & Politics students<br />

visiting Washington DC; English Literature<br />

and Drama students visiting New York City;<br />

Geography students visiting Iceland; Latin<br />

and Classics students visiting Pompei and<br />

Sorento.<br />

Leadership Opportunities<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> signals the time for more<br />

independence and responsibility. Students<br />

will be encouraged to involve themselves<br />

in wider school life, particularly in areas<br />

which they have a passion for. Opportunities<br />

include: creating and running enrichment<br />

clubs; directing KS3 musical and theatrical<br />

productions; representing their PT Group in<br />

the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> <strong>School</strong> Council.<br />

Towards the end of Year 12, the application<br />

and recruitment process for Heads of House,<br />

<strong>School</strong> Prefects, and Heads of <strong>School</strong> will<br />

begin. These highly coveted leadership roles<br />

involve election from both students and<br />

members of staff, and offer the successful<br />

students invaluable experience in managing<br />

and leading teams.<br />

Charity & Volunteering<br />

While the school continues to support its<br />

local and international charities, in <strong>Sixth</strong><br />

<strong>Form</strong> all Year 12 students must undertake<br />

a volunteering placement in our local<br />

community. Whether this be time spent in<br />

a nursery or primary school, a care home,<br />

a library, a doctor’s surgery, or a foodbank,<br />

we are committed to ensuring that our<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> students are visible, present and<br />

helpful young adults in our community.<br />

Pastoral Care<br />

<strong>Maida</strong> <strong>Vale</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s warm, compassionate<br />

and inclusive pastoral care aims to make the<br />

transition between Year 11 and <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> as<br />

comfortable and positive as possible.<br />

As the curriculum and expectations in <strong>Sixth</strong><br />

<strong>Form</strong> will feel noticeably different from<br />

those in Year 11, we make sure our students<br />

immediately feel the focused, personalised<br />

and thoughtful support that they can expect<br />

throughout their time at school.<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong>-specific Personal Tutor Groups<br />

ensure our <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> students are cared<br />

for, guided and advised by specially-trained<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> Personal Tutors. These PTs are<br />

up-to-date with the latest UCAS, European<br />

and North American university and college<br />

application processes, as well as the many<br />

vocational and apprenticeship options that<br />

are possible.<br />

<strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> PTs are also expert in managing<br />

the common challenges that arise during<br />

Years 12 & 13 and take a proactive approach<br />

in helping students navigate difficult<br />

conversations, situations and decisions.<br />

Students will form close, respectable bonds<br />

with their PTs, seeing them every day for at<br />

least twenty minutes. A student’s PT monitors<br />

their academic progress, emotional and<br />

social wellbeing, and is in regular contact<br />

with home.<br />

Each Personal Tutor Group is part of one<br />

of the school’s four Houses, and there<br />

is a wealth of opportunity for students<br />

to represent their House in inter-House<br />

competitions. The community feel of our<br />

House system also results in students<br />

broadening their friendship circles and<br />

extra-curricular experiences.<br />

Students will form close,<br />

respectable bonds with<br />

their PTs, seeing them<br />

every day<br />

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Admissions to the <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong><br />

Below is the admissions process for external <strong>Sixth</strong> <strong>Form</strong> applicants<br />

to <strong>Maida</strong> <strong>Vale</strong> <strong>School</strong>.<br />

VISIT<br />

US<br />










IF ENTRY<br />


Entry criteria for external<br />

applicants:<br />

The admissions criteria for external<br />

candidates is as follows:<br />

In addition to a registration and application<br />

form, we will seek predicted grade<br />

information and a confidential reference<br />

from the applicant’s current school.<br />

Applicants will also be requested to submit<br />

a copy of their latest school report to inform<br />

academic progress, commitment to study,<br />

work ethic and engagement with extracurricular<br />

activities.<br />

To register, go to<br />

maidavaleschool.com/<br />

registersixthform<br />

• Achieving at least 5 grade 6s at GCSE<br />

including English and Maths.<br />

• Obtaining at least a grade 6 in those<br />

subjects students wish to study at<br />

A Level (or equivalent).<br />

• Meeting further subject specific entry<br />

criteria where they exist for certain courses<br />

(e.g. obtaining grade 6 in Maths to study<br />

A Level Physics or Computer Science).<br />

Further information is available on the<br />

admissions pages of the school website.<br />

Applicants are advised that any offer of a<br />

place is ultimately at the discretion of the<br />

Head. <strong>Maida</strong> <strong>Vale</strong> <strong>School</strong> fees are the same<br />

for each year group (Year 7 – Year 13).<br />

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<strong>Maida</strong> <strong>Vale</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

18 Saltram Crescent<br />

London<br />

W9 3HR<br />

www.maidavaleschool.com<br />

E: admissions@maidavaleschool.com T: 020 4511 6000<br />


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