Although GCSE students have worked hard to gain a place in our Sixth Form, they are often unprepared for the rigours of A Level/Pre-U courses. Academic success at GCSE does not automatically translate into success at post 16, therefore we have several strategies in place to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible.
During Year 11, students have taster sessions taught by subject specialists in the courses they are interested in. We will also run a two day induction programme on 29th and 30th June 2017 prior to students entry into the Sixth Form which not only prepares students for the academic rigour of post 16 study but also gives the opportunity for students joining us to meet each other and existing OPGS students. The second day is held in a university so that students are immediately given a taste of a higher form of academic study.
Following their application each student has an interview with a member of the Sixth Form team to discuss their option choices and after the GCSE results there is an opportunity for an additional interview should the student's choices change in the light of his/her results.
There is a welcome to the Sixth Form evening for parents and students and regular monitoring of progress through an Autumn Assessment. Form tutors and subject teachers also support the transition through the mentoring system and carefully planned preparation tasks for lessons.
Once the academic year begins, we continue to support our students in the transition process. Students are given time in the first term to change a subject should they wish to.