Higham Lane Sixth Form opened in September 2016. We have had 3 sets of results including the one this summer. We are an academic Sixth Form and offer 20 subjects at A-level and one as a vocational course (Health and Social care).
We have not offered the AS level at Sixth Form. Our entry profile required students to obtain at least 5 or more 9-4 grades with 6s in the subjects that they wished to study at A-level. For Business, Government and Politics, Health and Social care, Law, Media studies. Psychology and Sociology we used students other subject GCSE attainment if they were not offered these at GCSE. Chemistry and Physics needed a 6 in Mathematics, and this was a recommendation for Computer Science. We offered resits in GCSE English Language and Mathematics for students who achieved a 3 grade in either subject.
The subjects introduced at A-level that are not offered at GCSE at Higham Lane School are Economics, Government and Politics, Law, Media Studies and Psychology. This also applies to the vast majority of students who join us from different schools.
Students were offered four subjects if they attained high grades at GCSE. Most students are encouraged to select three. The students will have received assessment reviews in the Autumn and Spring of Year 12. Regular testing and assessments throughout the course has given us further reassurance about our level 3 predictions. Regular moderation and quality assurance have also contributed to our confidence in making predicted grades.
Lockdown – Spring and Summer 2020
During lockdown students were invited to subject face to face meetings, subject workshops and work was set and assessed on Google Classroom. I am pleased to say that the majority of Year 12 engaged with this very well at the beginning and most continued to use it till the end of the summer term. We had students, by the end of lock down suffering with anxiety and their mental well-being. We still have students in Year 13 still finding it difficult to manage uncertainty and the pressures this brings.
Sixth Form closure – Monday 5th October 2020 for two weeks following a student positive covid result
This occurred during the middle of the year 13 trial exams. We are hoping to complete these on their return back to sixth form. During this time some teachers are using Zoom for live teaching. Teaching is taking place using Google Classroom and some live teaching.
We use the DfE Level 3 Value Added Ready Reckoner to help us track progress. We create an end of Year 12 and end of Year 13 aspirational Expected Standard Grade for each student complemented with a flightpath so that progress is robustly monitored. Student Progress Reports are issued and Student Progress Evenings with parents/carers are calendared regularly.
This year we are using the following to make our UCAS predicted grades
- Expected Standard Grades
- Yr 12 Autumn and Yr 12 Spring assessments
- Trial exams (if available in time for the application to be sent)
- Yr 12 class assessments and marking
- Lock down Google Classroom assessments and marking
- Other summative data
Higham Lane School has been selected to be part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), delivered by ThinkHigher in Coventry and Warwickshire. Areas were selected where the HE participation of young people is both low and much lower than expected based on GCSE-level attainment. Therefore the project aims to work closely with students to raise aspiration and increase progression to further and higher education.
We offer many opportunities with links with HE and businesses and this includes the creation of a Student Union. The Union organise charity events, celebrate diversity and offer a range of subject and wider societies.
School Information (in context to our current Year 13).
Higham Lane School is an 11-18 comprehensive academy with approximately 1400 students on roll, based on an attractive site in the north east of Nuneaton on the Warwickshire-Leicestershire border.
The School’s mission is: “Helping learners succeed” and our students are encouraged to do their very best in every aspect of their lives and to reach the highest standards. Higham Lane achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grade from Ofsted in May 2019 and the Sixth Form a ‘Good’ with overall effectiveness as ‘Outstanding’.
Please see our 2019 GCSE summary here
Please see our A Level summary here for 2019
As you are aware following DfE guidance we are not able to share 2020 leavers performance indicators with you.
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Mr Hanif Ladha
Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form)