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Park High School

Park High School

Sixth Form Open Evening

Welcome from our Headteacher

Thank you for your interest in Park High’s Sixth Form.

Ordinarily we would have been welcoming you onto the school site and giving you the opportunity to meet our staff and our students already in the Sixth Form. You would have had the chance to talk to them about the wide range of courses we offer and to find out why they are proud to be in our Sixth Form and what their aspirations are for the future.

Joining our Sixth Form is much more than academic study. We firmly believe that we have a moral duty to look after all aspects of our student’s wellbeing. We want our students to flourish, to achieve more than they thought possible and to become well rounded young adults when they leave. We have high expectations, we expect students to develop self-discipline, understand the value of self, to have strength of character, to work hard and to be both resilient and hopeful. All important in leading a fulfilled adult life.

The heart of our school is enshrined in the Park High Code.

  • Keep safe and keep others safe
  • Be part of a school that allows people to learn
  • Help others whenever you can
  • Bring credit to Park High and our community

You will have been aware of the impact of school closures on the 2020 examination season. You will also be aware that at present we have had no information on any changes to the 2021 exam season. At Park all Year 11 and Year 13 students enrolled onto the courses they wanted to pursue whether A level, employment, apprenticeship or university. We have an exceptionally strong careers and employability track record, our work in this field has been recognised with a national award and continues to grow in strength ensuring the very best options are made available to our students.

Our students are sent to some of the very best universities in the country to study a wide range of subjects. We have engineers and philosophers at every kind of university. We have dentists, medics, linguists and mathematicians, lawyers and physiotherapists, we have accountants, film makers and criminologists.

In short we have students following their dreams and we are proud at Park High to say we helped them on their journey!

It is appropriate that we work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by not having visitors so instead we welcome you to a film which seeks to share the energy and enthusiasm of life in the Sixth Form at this happy and well regarded school.

Welcome to Park High!

Mrs Colette O’Dwyer
Headteacher

Welcome from your Head of Sixth Form

Dear Prospective Year 12s,

Thank you for your interest in Park High Sixth Form. Whilst present circumstances mean that we cannot invite you to visit our Sixth Form in person we hope that our short film helps to give you a sense of what makes us such an outstanding institution, as judged by Ofsted in our 2013 inspection.

We are a high-achieving, popular post-16 institution which values each and every individual, creating a supportive environment conducive to academic success and the nurturing of young people. This is also reflected in our excellent outcomes. In 2019 our English A Level results from 2018 were demonstrated to be the top in the country in terms of student value added. Our philosophy and ethics A Level results from the same year were number 19 in the entire country. Our value added means our A Level results are in the top quintile nationally. Furthermore, students made progress at least equivalent to the top 25% of students across the country in English literature and PE. We were in the top 10% of providers for Business, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Media, Philosophy & Ethics and Sociology. 

Our school’s ethos of high expectations and individual care and support continues into Sixth Form.  In addition to outstanding teaching and learning, our sixth formers enjoy a wide range of enrichment offers, trips and activities and are expected to carry out leadership roles in the school and local community.  This is reinforced by a pastoral and wellbeing programme, developing further the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of the young people in our care. We aim to ensure that the students who leave our Sixth Form will have developed into well motivated, articulate and courteous young adults, fully prepared for university or working life. Our students will be thoroughly equipped to meet the many challenges ahead with confidence and self-assurance.

We welcome applications to our Sixth Form from January 2021 and hope that you will consider us as your future institution of choice. We look forward to the privilege of supporting you through this next chapter of your academic journey.

Ms N Barker
Head of Sixth Form

 

 

 

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Open Mornings

We hope you will be able to find most of the information you need on our website. You may be interested in signing up to our live open morning session:

Hosted by: The Head of Sixth Form o

Date: Monday 19th October

Time: 9.15am

If you would like to sign up for our open morning please provide your details in the form below and if you have any further questions, please send them in advance in the box provided and will answer them during the session which will be online invitation only:

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What our Sixth Form students say about Park High School 

“Attending and studying at Park High School Sixth Form has taught me many things in such a short space of time. Park High School Sixth Form has helped and continues to help me in growing as an individual, developing my skills in various areas, reaching for new heights out of my comfort zone and becoming more studious. Education is a challenging episode for many, however with the unconditional support of the staff, excellent study resources and facilities, and an abundance of opportunities to excel as a student, means it couldn't be a better environment to spend my studying years." - Ellie 

"Studying at Park High Sixth Form has allowed me to progress and thrive in various ways. The wealth of opportunities handed out every week has meant that I am able to widen my horizons and delve into many new experiences that I thought I would never have been able to do individually. Through the teachers willing to give up their time for studies, or challenging me further with an answer, it has meant that my mind has been opened to numerous thoughts and a way to see the world differently." - Sahil

Induction programme
 

At Park High Sixth Form we want every student to feel safe and supported. We place a high value on gaining a holistic view of our students and developing an understanding of their individual needs. This starts from our induction programme which seeks to help students with the transition to post-16 study. Parent and Carers are also invited to meet the Sixth Form team in the first 2 weeks.

We recognise that post-16 programmes of study are demanding and as such want to ensure that the young people in our care have a range of resources available to draw upon during their time at our Sixth Form. This includes a dedicated pastoral staff team made up of:

  • Ms Barker the Head of Sixth Form.
  • Ms Kothari the Sixth Form Administrator and safeguarding contact.
  • Mr Samuels a pastoral support assistant, who specifically monitors attendance & punctuality.
  • An experienced, specialised Sixth Form tutor team. Every student is a part of a tutor group and will meet their tutor daily.

Summer Bridging Work

Summer Bridging Work is carefully designed to facilitate independent, self-supported progression from GCSE to A Level specification in preparation for A Level teaching in September. Summer Bridging Work is published via the school website in July for completion prior to the start of the academic year.

2021 Sixth Form Team  

 

Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Headteacher

 

Mr N Darby

Deputy Headteacher

 

Ms N Barker

Head of Sixth Form

 

Mr R Samuels

Pastoral Support Assistant

Our pastoral team is key in liaising with home and Sixth Form and is a vital link in ensuring that school and home work together to support each child.

We place great importance on our extensive offer of interventions that are based on the individual needs of each student. This includes mentors, mental-health support, catch-up clubs, study skills sessions and many other activities or programmes that can support our Sixth Formers to develop and grow. We recognise that every student is different, unique and bursting with potential, and at Park High we aim to celebrate and develop this.

One of the most important people you will meet in the Sixth Form is your tutor. Your tutor’s role is to guide you and support you through your A Level programme. Everyone is part of a tutor group and your tutor will be your first line of contact throughout your time in the Sixth Form. During your time here, you will see your tutor once every day, to enable you to  build an important professional relationship. They will get to know you as soon as possible and review your progress on a regular basis. They will maintain clear communication with Parents/Carers and facilitate all aspects of your progression from Park High Sixth Form.

Your Tutors will also deliver our PSHCEe programme, which will help ensure you are developing the mindset, skills and attributes which will enable you to easily move into the next phase of your life once your academic studies are complete.

They will also write your UCAS reference. Do your best to really get to know your tutor, to make the most of the daily contact that you will have with them.

For more information about Sixth Form Pastoral Support:

Entry requirements  

Park High Sixth Form Entry Requirements September 2021

In this table ‘Subject’ means a GCSE grade in that subject. For Science 2 x grade 6 in Combined Science or Separate Science is required. If there is a star, then there is no requirement for subject specific prior attainment. If the subject was taken previously then a 6 is required or Merit in Level 2 BTEC

For A Level programmes: Students are required to have achieved at least 6 x 9-4 grades including English Literature, English Language and Mathematics at GCSE and usually have at least grade 6 in any subject studied at GCSE level which they wish to continue at A level.

For BTEC programmes: Students are required to have achieved at least 6 x 9-4 grades including English Literature, English Language and Mathematics at GCSE and either a Merit or grade 4 in the subject if taken.

We hope to expand our Level 3 Vocational Education offer for September 2021. Any additional courses will be widely publicised in due course

 

 

A Level Courses

Entrance Requirements

English Language

English Literature

 

Maths

 

Subject

Art & Design

5

4

4

6

Applied Science BTEC: 1 A Level equivalent

4

4

4

4

Biology

5

4

5

6,6

Business

5

4

5

5

Chemistry

4

4

5

6,6

Computer Science

5

4

5

6

Drama: co-delivered with Canons High

5

4

4

6

D&T- Product Design

5

5

5

6

Economics

5

4

5

*

English Literature

6

6

4

6

Geography

5

4

5

6

German

5

4

4

6

Government & Politics: delivered by Canons High

5

5

4

*

History

5

4

4

6

Maths

4

4

6

6

Further Maths

5

4

8

8

Media

4

4

4

*

Spanish

5

4

4

6

Philosophy and Ethics

5

4

4

6

Physical Education

5

4

4

6

Physics

4

4

5

6,6

Psychology

5

4

5

*

Sociology

5

4

4

*

Business BTEC: 1 A Level equivalent: delivered by Canons High

4

4

4

Merit

Law BTEC: 1 A Level equivalent: delivered by Canons High

4

4

4

*

School Code and Expectations
 

One of our primary roles as a school Sixth Form is to prepare students for adult life. Park High School maintains the highest possible standards of all Sixth Form students in order to adequately prepare them for qualification examinations and their next steps following the completion of academic studies. We aim to nurture a strong sense of maturity in all our students. Part of this requires that we ask them to practise taking their responsibilities seriously each day as they prepare for their learning. A comprehensive set of standards are applied to the way students conduct their time with us. Although standards are robust, they are in keeping with what is required for A Level success. If students follow instructions from staff without hesitation, students will flourish with the close support on offer at Park.

 

Enrichment 

Clubs, activities, trips and events are currently subject to Government Guidance.

At Park High Sixth Form your experience needs to be much more than just studying the courses you have chosen. We want to provide you with a range of opportunities and experiences that enhance your CV, employability, and overall skill set. To this end we have a range of Enrichment opportunities available. Such opportunities will enable you to develop leadership and mentoring skills, further your specialist interests, give valuable service to our community and can be some of the most enjoyable parts of your time in the Sixth Form.

Extra-curricular activities are divided into those which enrich the mind, the body and the soul. Students are expected to commit and complete one activity from each category per term. Students can select their chosen activities during their induction day and progress is recorded via Unifrog. EPQ is timetabled, all other activities can be completed independently by students during their independent study periods. Curriculum support is organised by students independently and then reported back to the Sixth Form Team, awards are given for community service from 10 hours and above. These include, to name a few:    

  • Duke of Edinburgh silver  
  • Self-defence
  • Sport 
  • Yoga
  • MOOCS: Debating Society 
  • Young Enterprise
  • Reading Mentors    
  • Maths Makers
  • Curriculum support    

AQA EPQ 

We offer all Year 12 students the opportunity to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) on a topic of their choice. This is a research-based qualification which takes the form of either a 5000-word essay or an artefact and 2000-word essay.  It is promoted by many of the top universities and is equivalent in UCAS points to an AS Level thus operating essentially as a ‘fourth’ option choice.

Brilliant Club Scholars Programme

Park High Sixth Form is fortunate to work with the award-winning Brilliant Club charity and to participate in its Scholars Programme which recruits, trains and places doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in state schools to deliver programmes of academic enrichment to small groups of pupils. Through a combination of university trips, in-school tutorials and online resources, our Sixth Formers who participate develop the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to progress to highly selective universities. It culminates in an essay submission and graduation ceremony at either Oxford or Cambridge.

School Leaders and Head Boy & Head Girl

We want to empower our students to become leaders and thus to have the opportunity to participate in the running of the Sixth Form and to organise events across the school. They work with the Sixth Form team to organise social events such as the Prom, breakfasts, quizzes and assemblies, in addition to leading on clubs and a mentorship scheme with younger years.

Prom

At the end of Year 13, post-exams, our students enjoy ‘graduation’ from the Sixth Form through the Prom. This is an exciting evening where students celebrate finishing their programme of study, enjoy an evening in each other’s company and of course have a chance to get dressed up! 

Trips

Subject specific, career focused, or an enrichment opportunity, we aim to enable all students to attend educational visits during their time here, and there are lots to choose from including:

  • Old Bailey    
  • Plymouth University
  • London Zoo    
  • Geography field trip to Dorset or the Lake District  
  • Wellcome Collection    
  • Biology field trip
  • Tate Modern    
  • Athens
  • Imperial College    
  • Berlin
  • Kings College London    
     

Guidance and Careers & Employability Programme
 

PSHCEe

All students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning and preparing for their futures.  Our programme of personal, social, health and citizenship education helps our young people prepare for adult life.

We have a full programme of careers education which will help students to develop the knowledge and skills to understand themselves, research the opportunities available, make decisions and move successfully on to the next stage.  The programme is delivered through PSHCEe, UCAS week, special events, enrichment programmes, visits, trips and assemblies and also within individual departments and form time. 

We are very proud of our extensive and strong links with employers and further and higher education providers who work closely with students through work experience placements, talks, visits, interview preparation, careers fairs and work-related learning events.  In addition, we offer a comprehensive programme of support for those students applying to competitive courses and universities. This includes providing students with access to an extensive research and recording platform called ‘Unifrog’.

Find out more about our award winning personal, social, health and citizenship education programme:

 

Careers & Employability

We have a full time careers and employability coordinator, a professional careers adviser and a programme of education, information, advice and guidance for all. We believe Park High students will consequently be well prepared for their futures.  Park High School is proud to have been awarded the prestigious Quality in Careers Standard, accredited by Investor in Careers since December 2018, in recognition of our outstanding CEIAG - Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance provision. 

Mrs Foster is our Careers & Employability Lead who provides exceptional support to students, parents and carers, and implements our careers programme.  The Careers & Employability room is based in the Park Block and students and their parents may consult our specialist careers staff at any time, or to use our extensive careers library.  Specific help and advice is given to students in the Sixth Form, about how best to proceed to the next stage of education, training or employment.

Find out more about our Careers & Employability programme:

Worries and concerns 

Who can I talk to if I am worried about something?

If you are worried about something, there are lots of people you could talk to both in and out of school. Your form tutor and Head of Sixth Form will talk through lots of these worries and hopefully assure you that we are here to help- and remember that lots of other students will be feeling the same way. You may find talking to a teacher or member of support staff could help. Most importantly, remember that talking through your worry can really help.

We also have a school counsellor in school every Friday. There is a  lunch time drop in service for all students in school, called “The Space” or students are able to book appointments directly to speak with the school counsellor. This is an opportunity to be heard, and to have a safe, quiet and private space to talk about anything that may be worrying or concerning you. Some students will want to come alone and others may wish to come with a friend or in a group; the choice is completely up to you. “The Space” will be held in the Acorn Room.

For more information about some other concerns you may have:

If you have any further questions please ask them here.

Getting to here 

By Tube

Canons Park on the Jubilee Line is the nearest tube station with a 20 minute walk to the school

By Bus

  • 79 bus to Honeypot Lane (Wigton Gardens)
  • 324 bus (Hail & Ride) to Culver Grove
  • 114 bus to Streatfield Road (Kenmore Road)
  • 186 bus to Wemborough Road (Abercorn Road)

Advice

Work out your route, whether you’re walking or taking public transport. Practise until you’re confident and time yourself. Also, make sure you have an alternative route in case of problems with transport or people you want to avoid. 

Work out what time do you need to get up at so you can have breakfast, get ready and be on time for school. Buy an alarm clock rather than use your phone if possible. Always eat some breakfast, even if you feel nervous. It’s a long time until lunch.

If you’ll need to use an Oyster card or travel pass,  make sure there’s money on it if you need it.

Check out our travel plan page to help work out your route to school:

Applications will be open from January until the end of February. 

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

Map of Park High School Location
  • SSAT Leading Edge
  •  Variety of teaching approaches
  • Teacher Development Trust
  • Arts Council
  • The Quality in Careers Standard
  • Healthy School
  • Stonewall
  • CSW
  • Ofsted
  • 4Stars SchoolGuide.co.uk