September 2021 Intakes

Overview

Idsall School has two options at Sixth Form, namely the Sixth Form Centre or the Skills Centre. The Sixth Form Centre is for students taking either 'A Levels' or 'BTEC' in academic subjects. Whereas, the Skills Centre is for students taking a skills based course in 'Construction'. Both Sixth Form options are very popular and highly effective in getting students on the right career path. For further details either click on the links within this page or 'In this section'.

Please visit our Open Evening page by clicking here.

Sixth Form Centre

Where do you see yourself in a year’s time, or even in three years time?

Choosing the right courses and the right place to study next year are probably the most important decisions you will make during the next few months.

Idsall has an outstanding reputation as a place that offers students excellent standards in education and a high quality environment within which to develop their personal skills. Being a student at Idsall means having the very best support to help you turn your hopes into possibilities and to make those possibilities into realities.

Sixth Form Prom

 

The Sixth Form at Idsall is a natural progression for many of our own Year 11 students who wish to continue their studies at advanced level in a college environment where they feel known, valued and well supported.

Mr Sehejpal with Elliott who was the winner of the  'I Did It' award. This is award is voted for by teachers and recognises students who have triumphed over adversity during their Sixth Form career. We are very proud of these recipients. 

An ever increasing number of students from other schools are joining us in Year 12 and as a result the Sixth Form has now grown to fill its capacity of just over two hundred students. Rather than expand further, we have chosen to make offers only to those students who meet our high expectations in terms of attitude and involvement in community life as well as in high academic achievement. This means that you can be sure of working with others who share your own commitment to make the most of every opportunity and to achieve the very best examination results.

Prospective Students

Parents

  • Idsall Sixth Form Parental Involvement Policy

Sixth Form Personnel

lsmith@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk
Deputy Head of Sixth Form Mrs V McMahon 01952 468400 vmcmahon@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk
Sixth Form Attendance and Admin Officer Mrs A Case 01952 468400 acase@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk

Policies

Financial Support

  • 16-19 Bursary Scheme  - The Government provides a £180 million bursary scheme to help the most vulnerable 16-19 year-olds continue in full-time education and the money is distributed by colleges. The scheme is made up of two parts: the most vulnerable 16-19 year-olds will be given guaranteed bursaries of £1,200 a year and schools and colleges will also have the discretion to award bursaries to support any student who faces genuine financial barriers to participation such as costs of transport, food or equipment. Please clickSixth Form Transport and Bursary Letter and see the attached forms below for further details.
  • Student Finance Information - Going to university or college is one of the biggest investments you can make. Do you know how much it is going to cost you and what help is available? The links below will help you find the information you need.  Most students do not need to pay any tuition fees up-front, as these are covered by a Tuition Fee Loan. There are also Maintenance Grants and loans to help with living costs, such as rent, food, books, transport and entertainment. Further information can be found on Directgov at http://www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

Exam Information

Post-18 Pathways

Other Documents

September 2021 Intake Information

Thank you for choosing Idsall Sixth Form: we are very much looking forward to welcoming you in September!  Our Sixth Form sign-up day this year will be on GCSE Results Day. Further details will be sent to you directly via email.

On this page you will find information about your subject summer work and the Year 12 tutor team.  And it’s a good time to start thinking about your options beyond Sixth Form as well, so do check out our ‘Post-18 Options’ page.

And once you've done the summer work, if you're still looking to do a bit more then have a look at the extra suggestions on the following page: Bridging the Gap.

What do you need to do now?

To help you make the transition from GCSE to your Level 3 courses, please complete the work set by your chosen subjects in preparation – see below. It is likely that this work will form the basis of your first few lessons or will, at least, be used during in-class discussion, so please try to do your very best.

Remember, this work is designed for two very important purposes: to help you make a positive start to the year; and for you to really decide whether these courses are the ones you want to study over the next two years.  If you’re still undecided between subjects, do the work for each as this might just help you to make that decision.

The teachers in charge of each subject are mentioned below so that, if you do require any additional information, you can get in contact via info@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk

The confirmed option blocks:

BTEC SPORT DOUBLE BTEC SPORT DOUBLE HEALTH & SOCIAL (BTEC) HISTORY ART
BTEC SPORT SINGLE PHYSICS ENGLISH LITERATURE GEOGRAPHY BUSINESS STUDIES (A-level)
BUSINESS STUDIES (A-level) ECONOMICS MATHS PSYCHOLOGY IT
COMPUTER SCIENCE PSYCHOLOGY SOCIOLOGY SOCIOLOGY BIOLOGY
ENGLISH LANGUAGE RE (PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS) BTEC BUSINESS STUDIES
CHEMISTRY

Your Year 12 Tutor Team

You will be sorted into tutor groups to complement your subject choices after sign-up day. Our experienced tutors will be your first port of call for most things and will guide you through careers options over the next two years.

Head of Sixth Form: Miss Smith
Deputy Head of Sixth Form: Mrs McMahon
Teacher in Charge of Enrichment: Mr Mottram
Sixth Form Support: Mrs A Case
Tutors:  Mrs Strachan, Miss Harris, Mrs Turner, Mr Summerhayes, Mr Barnett

Transition Work by Each Subject

ART
Teacher in charge: Mrs Pugh
Download Art Summer Work:  Art PDF

BIOLOGY
Teacher in charge: Mr Middleton
Download Summer Work: Biology Transition Work PDF

BTEC BUSINESS STUDIES
Teacher in charge: Mr Gregory
Download Summer Work:BTEC Business Studies PDF

BTEC HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
Teacher in charge: Mrs Rubery
Download Summer Work:  Health and Social Care BTEC Transition PDF

BTEC ICT
Teacher in charge: Mr Reeve / Mrs Reeve
Download Summer Work: BTEC Information Technology Transition PDF

BTEC SPORT DOUBLE / BTEC SPORT SINGLE
Teacher in charge: Mr Goodison / Mr Fisher
Download Summer Work:
Double BTEC Sport Only PDF
Double BTEC Sport Transition Work 2 PDF

For those studying BTEC Sport Single or Double Award, use the following documents in order to prepare for Unit 3 of your study.

A-Level BUSINESS STUDIES    
Teacher in charge: Mr Thomas
Download Summer Work: A-Level Business Studies PDF

CHEMISTRY
Teachers in charge: Mr Middleton/Miss Clarke
Download Summer Work: Chemistry PDF
Optional Extension Work: Extension pack - A-level chemistry 1 PDF

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Teacher in charge: Mr Barnett
Download Summer Work: Computer Science PDF

ECONOMICS
Teacher in charge: Mr Mottram
Download Summer Work: Economics PDF

ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Teacher in charge: Mr Dangerfield
Download Summer Work-Please read the welcome letter for instructions:

AUDIO FILES FOR ACTIVITY 3: These can be downloaded from the attachments at the bottom of this webpage. 

ENGLISH LITERATURE
Teacher in charge: Miss Smith
Download Summer Work: English Literature PDF

GEOGRAPHY  
Teacher in charge: Mr Pittam
Download Summer Work: Geography Transition Research PDF

HISTORY
Teacher in charge: Mr Summerhayes
Download Summer Work:

MATHEMATICS  / FURTHER MATHEMATICS
Teacher in charge: Mrs Lloyd / Mrs Corbett
Download Summer Work: Dipping into the following series of worksheets should help you to hone your skills – make sure you focus on the areas that need most attention.

PHYSICS
Teacher in charge: Ms Veitch / Mrs Savage
Download Summer Work:

PSYCHOLOGY
Teacher in charge: Mrs Mole
Download Summer Work: Psychology Summer Work PDF

RE (PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS)
Teacher in charge: Mrs Parkinson
Download Summer Work: RE, Philosophy and Ethics PDF

SOCIOLOGY
Teacher in charge: Mrs McMahon
Download Summer Work: Sociology Transition Work PDF

Year Group Information

This will be updated regularly with notices whilst you are working from home.

We will try to keep you informed of online events run by universities, as well as opportunities from any organisation that will support you in your current studies, or in your next steps.  You'll also notice that there is a section on wellbeing that will be added to - but remember that we are here for you if you need further support.

LATEST NEWS

****** NATIONAL CAREERS WEEK IS NEXT WEEK - 1ST MARCH ******
Virtual Careers Fair:  launching Monday 1st March with over 60 providers. It runs all week so go and explore here. Make sure do some research and prep beforehand, though - if you know which areas you're interested in then you can be more focussed in what you dip into!

DON'T FORGET UNIFROG!
On your homepage on Unifrog, click on Webinars.

They have webinars on studying in different places in the country and, even better, they have past webinars on everything from Law, to Liberal Arts, to Medicine, Engineering, Apprenticeships, etc. Go and check them out!

And remember the wealth of resources they have - try clicking on the 'Read Watch Listen' section - great resources to use in order to add to your personal statement.

Another really interesting section is one we've shown you before: Special Opportunities. On there, you can look for scholarships, summer schools and lots more!  Always worth a look.

BOOK YOUR CAREERS APPOINTMENT
Check your emails on how to book with the brilliant Pete (The Yeti Ltd). He is fantastic and completes an action plan with all students that includes suggestions for further research - and he's great at following up queries or questions. For Year 13, he's helped with applications and interviews for Apprenticeships at a moment's notice - definitely worth half an hour of your time!

And the usual...

Friday Assembly - please make sure you log in at 8:50am.

Wednesday 'check in' with tutors. Do say hello!

Keep an eye on emails for some excellent events being organised by the SST (Senior Student Team).

FORTHCOMING CAREERS/UNIVERSITY EVENTS

UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD EVENTS

Sheffield Live: Wednesday evening drop-in sessions
"We are continuing to run our incredibly popular, themed twilight sessions on Wednesday evenings from 5 - 6pm. Sessions include expert guest speakers who can give you a true insight into life at Sheffield - on subjects including student support, accommodation, student finance and the huge range of opportunities available to our students."

Click here.

NEWMAN UNIVERSITY
Lots of advice on how to apply to University, student finance, etc.

Their webinars are here.

There are other resources, such as info on student finance and how to apply to university on this page here.

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM MASTERCLASSES
These hour-long sessions will be hosted by experts in their field at the University of Birmingham and will cover a wide range of subject areas. The programme is designed to enrich the learning of students from Year 10 to 13 and started on 18th January.

Designed to provide pupils with insights into what it's like to study at a selective university, the masterclasses cover a wide selection of subjects including:

  • Medicine
  • English Literature
  • Dentistry
  • Academic Writing
  • Politics
  • Art History
  • Maths

If you are interested, please look at their website for the course you would like to attend. Please be aware that the school will need to book these courses, so you will need to contact Miss Smith if you are interested in anything in particular.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH WALES MASTERCLASSES

Motivational Monday Masterclasses – subject-specific events. Taking place each Monday at 6pm, these sessions cover a wide range of subject areas, supporting students to continue their HE research from their own homes. With topics including, ‘An Introduction to Forensic Science’ , ‘Knife Crime and Policing’ and ‘Focus on: Reading a Script’, these free and interactive sessions will give students a real insight into studying a particular subject at University.

Click here to look at the list of courses and dates available.

WELLBEING LINKS AND SUGGESTIONS

Keep an eye out on emails for invites to Teams sessions on wellbeing. We will also update this as we receive more information.  Please remember to complete the google forms we send out as well.

If you are feeling anxious or you are struggling, the NHS website has some good links nad suggestions: click here.

The Mind website has a wealth of supportive ideas and resources as well: https://www.mind.org.uk/

The Old Vic have put our a series of videos to help with physical wellbeing exercises.  They say.  The videos are made by Choreographer & Movement Director Lizzi Gee and Voice Coach Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth. They share some practical tips that help build body awareness, develop confidence, connect to our bodies and breath to promote mindfulness and wellbeing.  Click here for the page.

BBC HEADROOM

"We know we can’t solve all your troubles, but we can give you tools to help.

Whether it is everyday tips, sounds to relax your mindstrategies to cope with parenting right now or films to get you talking, we are here to help you look after yourself and your loved ones."

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