September 2019 Entry FAQ

HOW DO I APPLY TO HAYES SIXTH FORM?

Please complete our online application form that is available via the Sixth Form section of the school website. The application window opens on Friday 30th November and closes on Friday 14th December. 

I HAVEN’T RECEIVED CONFIRMATION OF MY APPLICATION

An automatic email confirmation is directed to the email address that was inputted 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 in late February / Early March as to the next stage of the application process and as to whether we can offer you a Conditional Offer and Guidance Meeting.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR CONFIRMING YOUR PLACE

When you receive your GCSE results, please check that you have met the general entry requirements plus the subject specific requirements.

Hayes students - you MUST confirm your place when you collect your results in school. An enrolment pack will be available for collection; this must be completed and returned on the first day of term.
Any current Hayes student unable to confirm examination results by noon on the 22nd August, e.g. because of a holiday, must ensure that their results are emailed to 6thAdmissions@hayes.bromley.sch.uk by noon on Friday 23rd August in order to confirm their place. 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 - email your GCSE results to 6thAdmissions@hayes.bromley.sch.uk. by noon on Friday 23rd 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 wish to discuss course choices in the light of your results, please come in to the school on Friday 23rd August between 9.00am and 11.00am.
HSSS Students - all HSSS students (from Hayes and other schools) MUST contact Mr Healey on Thursday 22nd August.

TIMETABLE

Thursday 22nd August Hayes students – GCSE results available from the Main Hall in school between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Members of the Sixth Form team will be in school to help students and discuss any problems. If you have met the entry criteria, you MUST go to the Sports Hall to confirm your place in the Sixth Form once you have collected your results.

If you have not met the relevant entry criteria, please report to the Multi-Purpose Hall where the Sixth Form Team will provide advice.
Students from other schools – email all of your GCSE results to: 6thAdmissions@hayes.bromley.sch.uk if you definitely have all the required grades and wish to confirm your place. Please note that it may take some time to respond to your email, however we will endeavour to reply as soon as possible.

Friday 23rd August Students from other schools who DID NOT achieve the results required to study their chosen subjects should come to the Hayes School Multi-Purpose Hall from 9.00am-11.00am to discuss any problems.

HOW MANY SUBJECTS CAN I CHOOSE FOR A 2018 START?

We expect that the vast majority of students will select 3 subjects, regardless of the pathway they select. We have decided to offer 3 subjects because:

* It will not affect a student’s next step, unless they are considering reading Medicine at University, or if they consider applying to Oxford or Cambridge University. In these instances, we would consider offering a fourth A level, but we would require that an applicant attains an average of straight 7-9s in their GCSEs in order to access the 4 subject pathway.

* We have also put an additional hour of teaching into every subject, each fortnight, as we believe this will support students in attaining even better grades.

* This will also allow us to increase participation in wider activities, or qualifications. These include; student leadership roles, mentoring, sport, Hayes drama productions, any of the plethora of musical societies, participation in external schemes such as Duke of Edinburgh, or NCS "The Challenge", or even the completion of an Extended Project Qualification.

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 Maths and AL Government & Politics. Generally speaking, 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 (late February / early March 2019). Please be aware of the subject-specific entry requirements when selecting subjects.

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 2019. Of course, these students could also choose to stay on 4 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 former. 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 teambuilding 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.