September 2020 Entry FAQ

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

Hayes Students, GCSE Results Day - Thursday 20th August - GCSE results will be available from the Main Hall from 9:00 am - 11:00 am.

If you have met the general and subject specific entry criteria, you must confirm your results and accept your place at Hayes School Sixth Form on your online application by 5:00 pm on Thursday 20th August. 

If you have not met the general and subject specific entry criteria, please report directly to the Multi-Purpose Hall, where the Sixth Form Team will be available to provide advice. 

Any current Hayes student unable to collect examination results because of a holiday, must confirm their results on their online application by 5:00 pm on Thursday 20th August.  Students unable to collect their exam results in person should have already completed the Candidate Permission Form and sent it to examsofficer@hayes.bromley.sch.uk.

Students from other schools - if you have met the general and subject specific entry criteria, you must confirm your results and accept your place at Hayes School Sixth Form on your online application by 5:00 pm on Thursday 20th August.  If we have not heard from you by then, we will assume that you no longer wish to take up a place at Hayes School.

If you have not met the relevant entry criteria, please confirm your results on your online application and come in to the school's Multi-Purpose Hall on Friday 21st August between 9:00 am and 11 am to discuss your application. 

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.