Post 16 Studies
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will all the courses listed in this booklet take place?
- We hope to be able to offer all the courses listed in this booklet. However, if there are insufficient numbers to allow a course to run then we will endeavour, where possible, to offer an alternative. There may also be some changes to the offering as a result of staffing and timetabling constraints and changes made to specifications by the Awarding Bodies.
- Is it possible to select two subjects from the same option block?
- Lessons in the same option block take place at the same time so it not possible to, for example, take two subjects in option block A. Where possible, we try to construct the blocks to maximise the choice and to suit the largest proportion of students. Unusual combinations of subject can result in a â€œclashâ€ in this way.
- When will I have to make my final option choices?
- Your final choices do not have to be made until you have your GCSE results. The Post 16 options day will allow you to attend subject presentations by departments to give you a feel for the subjects you are considering. You will also get the opportunity to attend a fifteen minute consultation session with your parent/guardian and a senior member of staff to ensure the choices made are the most appropriate for you and your future aspirations.
- How do my parents get a message to me?
- If anyone needs to contact you during the day, they should ring the main reception and leave a message. Your name will appear on the screen so you can collect the message. If the message is urgent, a member of the administration staff will attempt to locate you if you are timetabled to be in a lesson.
- How often will my parents be informed of my progress?
- You will receive an interim report at the end of each term, starting in Term 2. In addition to this, you will get a tutor report once in each year. We hold a parentsâ€™ consultation evening during the course of the academic year.
- Is there a Sixth Form common room?
- In line with our ethos, there is no Sixth Form common room. All the facilities are shared by all who work at Brooke Weston Academy.
- Are Sixth Formers allowed to leave during the day?
- It is not possible to leave during the day unless you have a medical appointment or driving lesson. In both cases, a note from your parent/guardian will need to be shown to your tutor and reception in order to gain exit. These should not be arranged during timetabled lessons (including structured study lessons).
- Is it possible to use my own laptop on the internal network?
- It is possible to use your own laptop on our network. There is a requirement to sign up to a set of terms and conditions to allow this to happen. Certain restrictions will be placed on what you are able to do. We reserve the right to remove this facility at any time in order to maintain the security of the network.
- What ICT facilities are available to me when I am not in lessons?
- The first point of call should be the library where there are banks of computers dedicated for Sixth Form use. Laptops can also be borrowed for use around the building on the wireless network. Study areas can also be used for work.
- How will I access the ICT facilities?
- You will be issued with a unique username and password. This will give you access to our network, filtered Internet access and to your personal email account.
- Who do I go to if I have a problem?
- Curriculum issues should be addressed to your teacher or to the Head of Department. Pastoral issues should be referred to your tutor. The Head of Sixth Form is also able to help with any issues you might have.
- What happens if I am unhappy with my subject choices after a short period of time?
- If you decide early during the first term of Year 12 that you may have made the wrong choices, you should discuss this initially with your subject teachers, tutor and Head of Sixth Form. In most cases, you will be able to change course without too much difficulty although, of course, you would need to catch up on work missed from the new course.
- What is the Russell Group of Universities?
The Russell Group is an organisation of Oxford, Cambridge, the University of Birmingham, the University of Bristol, Cardiff University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, Imperial College London, Kingâ€™s College London, the University of Leeds, the University of Liverpool, the London School of Economics & Political Science, the University of Manchester, Newcastle University, The University of Nottingham, Queenâ€™s University Belfast, the University of Sheffield, the University of Southampton, University College London and the University of Warwick.
The aims and objectives of The Russell Group are to promote the interests of Universities in which teaching and learning are undertaken within a culture of research excellence and to identify and disseminate new thinking and ideas about the organisation and management of such institutions.
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