A Level Courses
At Wren Academy Sixth Form we follow an A Level based curriculum, normally focussing on three subjects in both Year 12 and Year 13. Universities will make offers based upon three subjects, so in most cases taking three subjects will give you the best chance of achieving the highest possible grades in Year 13 and winning a place on the course and university of your choice.
Service and Leadership Programme
The Service and Leadership Programme is a key part of the curriculum in the Sixth Form; it will extend and broaden student studies to help strengthen applications to university as well as provide some key skills and experiences to aid students make a fuller contribution to society, after leaving Wren. All Year 12s are required to attend the weekly Service and Leadership Hour, in the Assembly Hall on Wednesday Period 3.
Enrichment and Supra-curriculum
As part of the same programme, all students are expected to take part in at least one further hour per week of enrichment activities. These can take place inside or outside the academy but will be monitored by the Sixth Form team. Many of these activities will be arranged for Tuesday Period 6 when Years 7 – 11 have their enrichment.
Students are also encouraged to broaden their knowledge around their subjects by taking advantage of academic lectures and events running in London throughout the year. Many universities run outreach and widening participation programs that some students may be eligible for, which can help students decide on their subject of choice at university and have a wider range of academic experiences to write about in their personal statements. Information about university masterclasses, careers experience programmes and summer schools will made available to students via the Sixth Form Sharepoint site and Edmodo.
Students have the option of taking one period of sports or fitness a week. This will be part of their timetabled day should they choose to take part, on a Monday during Period 6. Students will be given a choice of sports activities, and will also have the opportunity to organise and coach new sports teams if there is interest at sixth form level. There may also be opportunities to use the gym before or after school, but this needs to be authorised by a member of the PE staff.
Students may choose their own sports kit but it must be appropriate for physical exercise. All students taking part in sport should have a pair of trainers, socks, shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a sports t-shirt. Students who represent the Academy at sporting fixtures will be asked to ensure they have the appropriate team kit.
If students are below target and struggling with their studies, they may be expected to attend intervention sessions. These may focus on a particular subject or may be aimed at helping with more general study skills. These may be scheduled before or after the normal school day.
Focus Days and Activities Week
During the year there are five Focus Days, which cover key elements of the curriculum not taught during the normal timetable. These cover IAG and PSHE including: applying for university, sexual and emotional health and team building. All of these are compulsory, and attendance may be noted in your UCAS application.
The penultimate week of the summer term is activities week. This is a key week for Year 12. Students will have the opportunity to do work experience related to their chosen degree course, attend university taster days and open days or experience life at university.