September 2020 Entry FAQ

I HAVEN’T RECEIVED CONFIRMATION OF MY APPLICATION

An email confirmation is sent to the email address that was submitted on your application. Our advice is to check your relevant ‘Junk’ mail folder to see whether the email has been directed there.  Should you still not find our confirmation email, please contact us at 6thAdmissions@hayes.bromley.sch.uk

WHEN WILL I HEAR BACK ABOUT MY APPLICATION?

We will contact all applicants by the end of February regarding the next stage of the application process, confirming whether we can offer you a Guidance Meeting.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR CONFIRMING YOUR PLACE

Arrangements for GCSE Results Day

Results will be available for collection from 9.00am until 10.00am on Thursday 20th August. Collection will be from different areas at designated staggered times (arranged by tutor group). Further arrangements and collection times will be communicated to students and parents/carers via email at least one week in advance of results day.

Should students not wish to travel into school, results will be emailed to all students via their school email account at 9.30am. Results that have not been collected from school will be sent via first class post.

Students who have applied to Hayes School Sixth Form will be emailed at 9.40am with details on the next steps to completing their application and enrolment process.

Staff members will be available to provide support in school on Thursday 20th August between 9.00am – 12.00pm.

Applicants who have met the general entry requirements and subject specific requirements need to login to their online account and complete the enrolment form. We will be in contact to confirm your place within 48 hours.

Applicants who have not met the general entry requirements and subject specific requirements are welcome to attend a drop in session at Hayes School on Friday 21st August from 9.00am – 12.00pm.

If you have met the general entry requirements and subject specific requirements please email 6thAdmissions@hayes.bromley.sch.uk with your chosen subject choices and attach a copy of your results slip.

Applicants who have received a conditional offer will be contacted via email, detailing the next steps of our application process on results day (Thursday 20th August).

HSSS Students - all HSSS students (from Hayes and other schools) MUST contact Mr Healey by 5:00 pm on Thursday 20th August.

HOW MANY SUBJECTS CAN I CHOOSE?

We expect that the vast majority of students will select three subjects, regardless of the pathway they select.  If a student attains an average of straight 7-9 grades in their GCSE subjects, they may consider selecting four A levels.  We will offer advice  on a case-by-case basis.

CAN I COMBINE SUBJECTS ACROSS BOTH PATHWAYS?

This is what we refer to as a ‘Mixed Programme’ and an example could be where a student is studying BTEC Science, Al evel Maths and A level Government & Politics.  It is not something we encourage, largely because some students tend to struggle with the difference in the learning styles within a BTEC, or Cambridge Technical, and a traditional A level.  However, we would view each applicant on a case-by-case basis, therefore please select the subjects you wish to study as part of your application. This can then be discussed as part of our guidance meeting process.

DO I SIT ANY AS LEVELS IN MY SUBJECTS IN SUMMER 2020?

We have determined that no courses will sit an AS exam at the end of Year 12.  Instead, students will sit an internally-set end of year exam, which will determine whether they are suitable for continuation into Year 13.

There are some circumstances where it is appropriate to enter a student for an AS exam at the end of Year 12.

* Where the student has informed us that they will not be continuing into Year 13.

* Where, in our professional opinion, it is more appropriate for a student to enter an AS exam, rather than the full A-level.

* Students who are taking four A-Levels (having attained an average of straight 7-9 in their GCSEs) would work with departments in deciding which qualification they wish to sit at AS level and therefore relinquish at the end of Year 12.  Ideally this decision would be made by early February 2021. Of course, these students could also choose to stay on four A-Levels for the full two year period.

HAVE BTECS & CAMBRIDGE TECHNICALS CHANGED?

Yes, these awards were formerly almost entirely comprised of internal assessment, or coursework. However, prospective students should now be aware that most of these qualifications include at least 25% external examinations. The popularity of these qualifications has grown dramatically over the last five years and the number of undergraduates who hold a Level 3 BTEC, or Cambridge Technical has also risen sharply.

For more information on our range of BTECs and Cambridge Technical qualifications, please view the subject specific information within our prospectus, which is available on our website. In addition, please contact the subject departments if you have an enquiry of a more specific nature.

HOW DO WE AID THE TRANSITION OF STUDENTS INTO KS5?

A comment from a recent Year 13 survey stated; "A great GCSE student does not automatically make a great A level student!"  We know that the transition from GCSE to A level is a tough one, even tougher potentially for students who choose to join us from another school.  As such, we ensure that a number of strategies have been developed to ease the move into Sixth Form life:

Our Induction Days are designed to give students a taste of a day in the life of a Sixth Form student.  Each subject has developed a Bridging Unit, issued as part of Induction Day, designed to develop key skills and knowledge prior to starting in September.  This knowledge will be assessed as part of our Bridging Assessment week (late September) in order to set a clear starting point for all learners.  Tutor groups will take part in a number of initial team building activities and buddying activities to help students bond in their early weeks.  We host a Team Building Day run by an external company to help generate a sense of community straight away.  We arrange opportunities for the Year 12 and 13 cohort to socialise and share in their experience of the sixth form.

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY QUERIES ABOUT HAYES SIXTH FORM?

If you have any queries about the application process, subject offer, curriculum information or anything else Sixth Form related please email 6thAdmissions@hayes.bromley.sch.uk where one of our team will handle your enquiry.