Rising Year 12 start their Sixth Form Journey

It was great to see so many students at OSA for Sixth Form Induction on 18 and 19 June. We’re looking forward to our biggest Year 12 cohort so far from September, and almost all those applying from our Year 11, and many from other schools, came along to take taster A level or Level 3 BTEC lessons during Induction. This will, of course, make them more able to make sensible course choices after GCSE results on 22 August.

Teachers were really impressed by their questions and active learning in the taster lessons, and Sixth Form staff were delighted to see so many sign up at the ‘Freshers’ Fair’ for the events and activities planned for the next academic year. Whether you are interested in our planned African Expedition or want to visit Cerne – or join our Young Interpreters programme, or take LAMDA Drama courses – or help with primary school events, or join in debating – or… The list was very long!

The Sixth Form is a growing and successful part of Spires, and students began to plan at Induction, with Mr Bingham, our careers advisor, how they might work towards university and apprenticeship applications. These decisions come along very quickly once students start in Sixth Form!

Next year we will offer new subjects at A level – Photography, Design Technology, Music/Music Technology, Classical Civilisation and Computing – as there will be a larger number of students. From September we have, to focus our funding most effectively, now ceased to offer Level 2 courses – but on Results Day in August we will guide any students who need this level of course.

Students pick up their results on 22 August at 10am, and from 11am Sixth Form staff will start to interview those staying into Year 12 (students have a time slot in their Induction Handbook). Parents are very welcome to come in with students for this interview.

If there are any questions about entry to Sixth Form next year, please email Dr Watson at jwatson@oxfordspiresacademy.org or ring the Sixth Form Office on 01865 595443.