Dear Year 11 Student
You are at a very exciting and important time in your life. After you have completed Year 11, education will no longer be compulsory but its significance will be no less important. Competition for training courses, employment and university places is now more fierce than ever. It is essential, therefore, that you consider carefully your options as the decisions made now will build the foundation for your future. There are several choices open to you:
- Would you like to continue your studies from GCSE to AS or A Level?
- Would you like to follow a vocational BTEC or Cambridge Technical course?
- Would you like to combine some of these courses?
- Would you like to go to university?
- Would you like to enter employment?
These questions may be ones you have not considered before, so research and discussion with your teachers and family is important. In order to help you, a number of presentations are organised with Careers Wales, Coleg Gwent and the Sixth Form Team, led by Mr Bryant, Post-16 Pathway Leader. In addition, our Pre-Sixth Form Evenings will be open to you and your parents to research all the subjects we offer and to discuss these with our Subject Leaders. If you are thinking of returning to the Sixth Form at Caldicot School, be assured that we have an excellent track record for achievement. You can be confident that we will provide you with first class educational opportunities. Even if you think you might go to college or enter employment, give some consideration to what we are offering here at Caldicot School. We know you, and you know us.
To enter the Sixth Form, you will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs, or equivalent, including English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Before deciding on subject choices, read the information contained in this prospectus and discuss each of your preferred options with the Subject Leader concerned. Think about which are your best subjects at GCSE as we strongly recommend B grades or above at GCSE to cope with the increased demands of AS and A Level courses.
Your choice of subjects may have a direct influence on the range of Higher Education courses and employment prospects open to you in one or two years’ time. Some courses and occupations require specific qualifications and specific grades. Minimum pass grades will not guarantee entry into Higher Education. For Medicine, Chemistry A Level will be essential; for teaching, a minimum of a B grade in GCSE English Language and Mathematics will be required, irrespective of which subjects you wish to follow at AS/A Level.
Hard work and study every evening are required now to achieve the GCSEs necessary to access the Sixth Form, or any other post-16 route you wish to follow. The options process should be finalised by Easter. Following this, in the summer term, Mr Bryant will issue you with details of the Sixth Form enrolment procedure. These will also be available on the school website.
In the meantime, I wish you all every success in your examinations. Hard work now will reap rewards and open more doors to you in the future!
Mr M Sexton
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