Admissions Policy Trinity Sixth Form 2015-17

Mission Statement
"Succeeding Together”
The Trinity Sixth Form is dedicated to the education and development of the whole person, so that all students can realise their full potential.
To achieve this as a community we will:
  • Provide the highest standards of teaching and learning;
  • Expect students to show commitment to their studies and respect the Christian values of the partners within Trinity Sixth Form;
  • Expect all members of Trinity Sixth Form to show respect for the views of others;
  • Provide equality of opportunity, with mutual respect and positive encouragement;
  • Build and further develop a partnership with parents, schools, parishes and religious communities, higher education and the local community.
  • Value staff and support their professional development.
Introduction and context
St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy (part of Newman Multi Academy Company) and St Thomas More Catholic Academy (part of All Saints Multi Academy Company) have joined together to create a shared sixth form provision under the name of Trinity Sixth Form.
Trinity Sixth Form is a 16-19 partnership based in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme in North Staffordshire. These three local academies with a tradition of previous sixth form experience have joined together to form this partnership. Their shared ethos of care, support and ambition for their students finds expression in the collaboration of the Trinity Sixth Form. The distinctive identity of Trinity is that we seek to provide a school-based ethos with students feeling known and supported while offering a wide range of level 3 courses, similar to what a large sixth form college can offer. We also maintain close links with parents during this time.
The academies are themselves part of multi-academy companies providing a Catholic faith-based education from reception year to the end of sixth form. They seek at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ.
This means that we aim to succeed together as Trinity Sixth Form. We achieve this by placing the learning and well-being of each student at the centre of every action we take and every decision we make.
Within a framework of equality and diversity Trinity Sixth Form encourages applications from students regardless of race, belief system and gender and welcomes applications from students with disabilities. For students with disabilities we will endeavour to ensure that the offer we make allows equality of opportunity, including making parents and carers aware of physical provision and subject support. All students who are at a school outside the Trinity partnership are welcome to visit one or more of the Trinity sites with their parents or carers in accompaniment. All students on roll at a partner academy are welcome to visit other Trinity sites both prior to and following application.
Every student applying will indicate the preferred home academy where they will be mainly based. The benefit of the Trinity is that students can travel to other centres to study whichever subjects they wish (subject to entry criteria) or they may choose to stay within the chosen home academy. Free minibus transport is provided to ensure that students can attend the other centres for the lessons.
Admission to the Trinity Sixth Form
Admission to the Trinity Sixth Form in Year 12 will be in the following order of priority:
a) Students in Year 11 at the three partner academies, who meet the entry criteria;
b) Students in Year 11 from schools in the UK not a partner school, who meet the entry criteria;
c) Students from outside of the four partner schools looking to re-sit courses and eligible for funding from the Educational Funding Authority (EFA);
d) Overseas students with valid permission/visa status to study in the UK and eligible for funding. These are referred to as personal entry criteria.
Students on roll at one of the four partner academies who will meet the entry criteria are required to apply for a place in the Trinity Sixth Form as are students from other schools.
The entry requirements for admission to the Sixth Form shall be the same for students on roll in Year 11 at the academies and external applicants.
We accept both traditional paper applications and also online applications through the UCAS Progress website.
Students will be enrolled into the Trinity Sixth Form prior to the start of the Autumn Term in each school year although there may be some occasions when students transfer during the school year.
Entry requirements
All those seeking admission to the Trinity Sixth Form must achieve the necessary grades for access onto the courses they have chosen. Refer to the subject specific entry requirements in the annual prospectus or at the website under the admissions category. (See also Appendix 1 to this document.)
In addition, we have a policy of ensuring that independent careers advice and guidance is available for students.
Courses may not be available if there are too many applicants or if there are too few. Each academy will handle the applications in the order submitted.
Trinity Sixth Form Year 12
Admissions – A-level Courses
Five or more A*-C grade passes in GCSE subjects, including both English and Maths.
Any additional requirements for the specific entry criteria to particular subject/courses are listed in the prospectus. (See Appendix 1)
• GCSE Maths and English
Students will be required to retake Mathematics or English GCSE qualifications if they have not been achieved at GCSE Grade C or above. Students will need to have achieved a grade D to access the resit GCSE Mathematics and English courses.
We will not accept students who have achieved a level 2 qualification in neither mathematics nor English as this will place a severe burden on them if they are studying a range of level 3 courses available. Exceptional cases to be considered under the appeal process.
Any student refused the offer of a place in the Trinity Sixth Form or a place on a chosen course has the right of appeal to the chosen home academy.
  • In the first instance, this appeal is to the Trinity Progress Manager and a senior member of staff in the home academy.
  • A further appeal can be made in writing to the Director of Trinity Sixth Form. He will make a final decision in consultation with the head teacher/principal of the home academy.
  • Ultimately the directors of each academy are responsible for admissions so the head teacher/principal is their representative and will advise the Director of Trinity accordingly.
  • Any decision made is binding across the four academies in the partnership.
  • Students and parents will be contacted on the final decision within ten working days.
Special consideration
A student may be able to claim special consideration if a medical condition exists (supported by a doctor’s note) that has significantly influenced GCSE results in comparison to the predicted outcomes. Such cases will be considered on their individual merits.
False Information
Where the academy has made the offer of a place in the Trinity Sixth Form on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.
Late Applications
We will accept applications after the submission date on the basis that:
  1. These applications will be dealt with after those submitted by the advertised date.
  2. Some courses may well be full.
  3. We may have made alterations to the option blocks to accommodate the subject choices for the majority of applicants. Trinity Sixth Form reserves the right to alter, substitute or withdraw courses/programmes as appropriate.
  4. Some courses may have to be removed from the offer, e.g. if insufficient students wish to access a course. Offers of places on all courses are made subject to availability and the constraints of timetabling all of the various combinations requested.
Late applications will be considered up to the end of the third full week of the Autumn Term in Year 12. Option blocks are locked in place in the final term of the previous academic year meaning that all options may no longer be freely available to choose. Any offers or conditional offers may be subject to the size or projected size of classes. This could affect students wishing to transfer from other providers.
Exceptions will be made for students moving into the North Staffordshire area from other areas of the UK or from other countries. However, these cases will be dependent on the availability of places in chosen subjects, meeting the published entry requirements – academic and personal - and how much of the course has been missed which could impact on the likelihood of the student making progress and achieving well.
Oversubscription Criteria for Trinity Sixth Form
The circumstances of the Trinity Sixth Form partnership mean that we can be flexible as to our student numbers but the key determining factor will be the size of groups for each course.
It is our policy to have groups less than 27 in number for level 3 courses with a preference for smaller group sizes than this where possible, but above a minimum of 12 students in most cases. For a small number of courses we make exception to ensure that provision is available or to encourage the growth of new subjects offered. These groups are allowed to run with single figure group sizes. These include Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Classical Civilisation and Politics & Government. Any additions to this list will be advertised to parents and students.
The fact that many subjects are offered at more than one Trinity site means that as long as a student is prepared to travel between academies we can offer more opportunities to meet the subject choice required. The flexibility of the option block system allows this course of action.
However, if we are dealing with a subject that is only offered at one site and is full then we will allocate places in order of date of application. If there are two or more students who apply at the same time, we will use the following methods:
1.         by GCSE grade in the particular oversubscribed subjects,
2.         by average GCSE points score.
N.B. All of the above refers to GCSE only, not equivalences such as BTEC.
Progression into Year 13
Places in the sixth form in Year 13 will be allocated to all students who successfully complete Y12 courses.
  • This will be determined by passing either AS Level examinations or, in the case of reformed A levels, end of year examinations.
  • Students taking examined subjects will have achieved at least a minimum of three AS levels at grade E to guarantee progress from AS Level to A2 in unreformed A levels.
  • Students taking BTEC or vocational subjects must have finished all work targeted for completion during Year 12.
Students who do not meet these criteria will have the right to the process of appeal as outlined in the section on appeals above.
In exceptional circumstances students by going through the same appeals process may be allocated a place in Year 12, rather than Y13 so that they can repeat the year with new qualifications.
Students will not be allowed to repeat Year 12 by retaking subjects chosen on entry to the Trinity Sixth Form, unless there are special considerations to take into account in the student’s circumstances. This too will require accessing the appeals process.
Applications to transfer to the Trinity Sixth Form for A2 courses
Applications to transfer to the Trinity Sixth Form for A2 courses will be considered on an individual basis but are not recommended. Students will only be accepted onto such a programme in exceptional circumstances.
Learning agreement (see Appendix 2)
All students entering Trinity Sixth Form will be expected to read and sign a learning agreement which outlines the commitment required to be successful in post 16 study and the support that students can expect to receive from staff at all the partner academies. In addition, Sixth Form students must recognise that they are part of a large community and have a responsibility to abide by our dress code and conduct themselves in a manner that supports the Trinity Sixth Form ethos.
Trinity Sixth Form commits itself to a partnership with parents at this key time in a young person’s life. Any concerns or issues will be discussed with parents as well as with students. Students and parents have a right to appeal to the Director of Trinity Sixth Form over any decision concerning conduct. A further final appeal to the head teacher/principal of the home academy and the appropriate academy directors will be available.
If ever it was needed, the head teacher/principal of another academy who had concerns about a student would be invited to attend any such meeting at the home academy. The Director of Trinity Sixth Form will act as representative if attendance is not possible.
All four academies are committed to rewarding and celebrating success, therefore it is possible that parents and students would be invited to another Trinity site for a celebratory event. Students studying in an academy are eligible to receive subject prizes and certificates.
Timetable for Admission
  1. Students complete application in Autumn Term of Year 11 (21st November for 2015 entry) Applications processed December of Year 11.
  2. Following the submission of application forms students will be invited for interview. The purpose of the interview will be to discuss the courses applied for and the reasons for seeking a place at the Trinity Sixth Form. As the Trinity Sixth Form places great emphasis on the partnership between academy and home, parents will be invited to attend the interview.
  3. School makes a conditional offer and this is communicated to parents between December and March of Year 11 depending on the timing of a student’s application. Successful applicants will be made an offer of a place in order to study specified courses. These will be the courses agreed at the interview. The offer will be subject to meeting the entry criteria for the course. Trinity Sixth Form will endeavour to support subsequent requests for subject changes but this cannot be guaranteed.
  4. Option blocks are fixed based on applications.
  5. Students will be required to enrol at the Trinity Sixth Form on a specified date, following the publication of GCSE results. Failure to attend enrolment will result in the offer of a place being withdrawn, except where we have received prior notification in writing.
  6. GCSE results published August 2015
  7. Admission confirmed or refused August 2015
  8. Appeals September 2015
To ensure that the quality of provision for the students is maintained, the directors of each partner academy have jointly adopted this admissions policy. They wish to re-affirm the Trinity Sixth Form’s mission to serve the community of Stoke, Newcastle, Kidsgrove and the surrounding North Staffordshire area as a distinguished provider of education of the highest quality for the 16-19 sector.
Person Responsible for this policy:         Director of Trinity Sixth Form
Reviewed by:                                        Trinity Joint Steering Group
Next Review Academic Year:                 2016-17
Appendix 1
Courses and Entry Requirements 2015 -2016
Applied Science
Grade B pass in any Science subject at GCSE
Grade B pass in Art at GCSE
Business Studies
Grade B pass in English at GCSE
Grade B pass in Biology or Grade B in Additional Science at GCSE
Grade B pass in Chemistry or B in Additional Science at GCSE
Classical Civilisation
Grade C pass in English at GCSE
Computer Science
Grade B pass in Mathematics at GCSE
 5 A*-C grades in GCSE, including Maths  & English. A passion for Dance and performing is essential
Grade B pass in English at GCSE
AQA Eng Lang/Eng Lit Spec B
Grade B pass in English at GCSE
English Language
Grade B pass in English at GCSE
English Literature
Grade B pass in English at GCSE
Grade B pass in French at GCSE
Grade B pass in Geography at GCSE
Grade B pass in German at GCSE
Health & Social Care
Grade C pass in English at GCSE
Grade B pass in History or English at GCSE
I.T Single
Grade C pass in English at GCSE
Maths & Further Maths
Grade A pass in Mathematics at GCSE (Preferred A* for Further Maths)
Media Studies
Grade C pass in English at GCSE
Grade B pass in Music at GCSE
Physical Education
Grade B pass in Science at GCSE and two sports played to high
Standard (having played for a school team would be desirable)
A passion for the subject is preferable
Grade B pass in Physics or Grade B in Additional Science at GCSE
Politics & Government
Grade C pass or above in English GCSE
Product Design
Grade B pass in Art or Design subjects at GCSE
Grade B pass in Science at GCSE
Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics
Grade B in Religious Studies or Grade B in English Literature or History (essay writing subject) is acceptable
Grade C pass or above in English at GCSE
Grade B pass in Spanish at GCSE
Business Studies
Grade C pass in English at GCSE
Health & Social Care
Grade C pass in English at GCSE
Information Technology/I.T (Double)
Grade C pass in English at GCSE
Performing Arts
Grade C or above in any Arts Subject at GCSE is desirable but as this course is vocational it is more important to have experience or an enthusiasm for the Arts and a desire to perform.
Grade D pass at PE at GCSE and two sports played to a high
standard.-To have at least played for a team is desirable.
Appendix 2
The Trinity Sixth Form Learner Agreement-September 2014
 You have chosen to join the Trinity Sixth Form.  You have chosen to join the Trinity Sixth form at a particular home academy.  You will receive high quality teaching, personal support and guidance with your future choices.  You should expect high standards of teaching and learning from all the Trinity academies and staff should have equally high expectations of you.    You will be treated differently than in key stages 3 and 4 and you will be expected to work closely with the staff and the academy in order to ensure that your time in the sixth form is successful.
By signing this document you are agreeing to work in partnership with all the Trinity academies to ensure that your time in the sixth form is successful:
The Trinity Sixth Form academies should:
  1. Offer a safe and friendly environment in which to work. All staff will work hard to provide an effective learning environment for students from all academies. It is important that students feel safe and understand the correct procedures for registration, signing-in and safety drills.
  2. Provide high quality lessons taught by subject specialists. All lessons are taught by members of staff trained to teach to advanced level in that subject. Lessons across the Trinity academies are monitored to ensure a consistently high standard of delivery.
  3. Use a variety of methods to ensure that you fulfil your potential. Your progress will be assessed on a regular basis and you will be given help if you are struggling to meet your targets in any subject. Class teachers, the Trinity Progress Manager (known as TPM) and the Student Support Worker (known as SSW) will work with you to offer different strategies to improve your performance in your chosen subjects.
  4. Ensure effective pastoral care. Each student will have a form tutor who will be the initial contact for any concerns regarding student welfare. Pastoral care will also be provided by the Sixth Form Students Support Worker.
  5. Provide comprehensive advice and support in applications to Higher Education. Every student will be guided and assisted to ensure that they make appropriate decisions about the direction they take when they complete their courses at the Trinity Sixth Form.
  6. The Trinity Sixth Form enters into partnership with you and your parents. Therefore we will be in regular contact with parents as well as yourself over matters to do with progress, rewards, success, attendance concerns and any discipline matters.
  7. The Trinity Sixth Form academies engage in a proactive collaboration to monitor and support you through other agencies such as independent careers advice and guidance (known as IAG).
    The Trinity Sixth Form students should:
  8. Attend all lessons, study periods, enrichment, assembly, and form periods. Absence will negatively impact your chances of achieving the highest grade. If your attendance falls below 90% (unless for illness backed by a doctor’s note), it will be subject to an attendance review which could lead to your place at the Sixth Form being withdrawn. You must inform your home academy if you are absent so that information can be shared with the other Trinity academies if appropriate. Punctuality to registration and lessons is essential – you will be challenged if you are late and there will be consequences for students who are persistently late.
  9. You should report any reason why you are late whereby the Trinity organisation has contributed to your lateness, so that issues can be addressed.
  10. Follow the guidelines for the Trinity dress code. You will be challenged by form teachers, class teachers and the Trinity Progress Manager if you don’t follow the agreed dress code.
  11. Ensure appropriate conduct around any of the Trinity academies. Students must behave in a manner befitting a member of the Sixth Form at any of the Trinity Sixth Form academies. Students in the sixth form should be role models for younger students in the academy and this should be evident in their conduct and attitude. Serious misbehaviour can lead to instant dismissal from the Trinity Sixth Form.
  12. Follow safeguarding procedures. It is essential that all students follow the signing-in and out procedures that are in place in each academy – failure to do this could lead to a formal warning. Students need to wear their Trinity ID card and lanyard at all times.
  13. Follow academy rules regarding correct use of resources and technology (including mobile phones) across all Trinity academies. It is essential that students are aware of how to use technology appropriately – failure to do so could lead to a formal warning or even dismissal from the sixth form. Furthermore, students need to use study areas, classrooms, common rooms, and other areas in any of the academies with care and respect – following the rules of the academy as appropriate.
  14. Ensure that efforts are made to achieve your target grades in each of your subjects. Completion of all work (including homework) is required and failure to apply yourself diligently may result in your place in the sixth form being reviewed. Any academic underperformance is a serious issue and will result in intervention measures being put in place.
  15. It is important not to commit to too many hours of paid work. You are a full-time student, and advanced study requires a greater amount of self-study than you have been previously used to. You should not be doing paid work during school hours, and too much out of school hours paid work will significantly impact on your future academic success. It is expected that all Trinity students prioritise academic work over jobs out of school time.
  16. Please share information openly with your parents, so that if they attend meetings they are properly prepared for any issues discussed.
    In Summary
    We will ensure:
  17. You have a safe and appropriate environment in which to work;
  18. You have high quality lessons taught by subject specialists;
  19. Your progress is monitored regularly and discussed with you in a meeting with your personal tutor;
  20. You have effective pastoral care in all matters;
  21. You have comprehensive advice and support in applications to Higher Education
  22. Your parents will be informed of your progress;
  23. You receive wider educational experiences through visits and visitors in school.
    You must agree to:
  24. Attend all lessons, enrichment sessions, form periods and study periods.Punctuality is essential.
  25. Make every effort to achieve your target grades in every lesson. This includes class work, homework and independent study.
  26. Follow the guidelines of the Trinity dress code. Smart dress is encouraged.
  27. Act as an adult and as a role model to younger students.Serious misbehaviour will lead to instant dismissal from the Sixth form.
  28. Follow safeguarding procedures – you will need to wear your ID badge at all times
  29. Use technology responsibly.
  30. Ensure that academic work is your priority.It is recommended that if you have a paid job outside of school you should not work more than 12 hours per week.
    I have read and understand the terms of the ‘Learner Agreement’
    Student Name_______________________________________ (Block Capitals)
    Staff Name ____________________________________________ (Block capitals)
    Signed ____________________________________________________________
    Date ________________