Curriculum

Our Sixth Form aims to encourage high aspiration and high expectations and we offer a a very wide range of subjects that are offered on the basis of demand.
 
The Sixth Form Curriculum allows a flexible approach to study a range of subjects to A Level, including many subjects that are only offered in the Sixth Form. Students may choose between three and five subjects and, depending on the options chosen, there may also be the possibility of taking the Extended Project Qualification.
The right A level subject choice strategy will vary from student to student, and it is the School's wish for every student to experience a Sixth Form course that is suited to their needs.
 
Mrs B Godridge
Assistant Head (Head of Sixth Form)

Art & Design

The Art Department offers A Level Art and Design in the disciplines of Fine Art, Textiles and Three Dimensional Design. 

Subject

Content

Overview
 
The syllabus is intended for students who wish to pursue and develop their studies in any of the disciplines on offer to a higher level.
Assessment
 
As a department we have always sought to preserve the originality and candidates work. The type of work undertaken is largely developmental placing the emphasis on the candidate to define the areas in which they are interested in.
 
The A Level course consists of two components:
  • A portfolio of work 
  • An externally set assessment

Further Information 

Delivery

Students are required to utilise the techniques developed at GCSE. With an emphasis on sketchbook work students are encouraged to keep their ideas moving forward in a relevant and truly personal fashion.

Staff

Who we are

 

Mrs M Peck
Head of Department
Miss L Herian 
Teacher
Mrs B W Jones
Teacher
Miss F E Jones
Teacher

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Art and Design Department is on the Victoria Site based within the Barratt Centre.
 

Beyond the Classroom

Co-curricular and Trips

Exhibition work/ Trips
 

Biology

Biology strongly influences our everyday lives in many ways. Enzymes have led to groundbreaking applications in industry and medicine. Gene codes have led to the synthesis of specific proteins, important in forensic investigations and biotechnology.

Biology A level enables students to develop and hone an essential knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Biology.

Subject

Content

Overview
Students will develop an understanding of scientific methods and heighten awareness of advances in technology relevant to Biology.
Current issues such as gene technology and biotechnology are studied thus enabling students to recognize the value and responsible use of Biology in society.
 
Assessment
Students are assessed across 8 subject areas:
  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment.
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms.
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments.
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.
  • The control of gene expression

 

Delivery

Students carry out compulsory practicals involving the collection of quantitative data from habitats during fieldwork trips.
 
During the autumn half-term Upper Sixth students visit a Field Studies Centre in South West Wales in order to carry out the above studies.
 
The course is delivered through a variety of ways including practical work, essay writing, research and problem solving tasks.
 

Staff

Who we are

 

Mr N J Simms
Head of Department
Miss J Galvin
Teacher
Ms A Martin
Teacher
Dr D R Pepper
Teacher
Mrs L Dale
Department Technician
Mrs P Hurst
Department Technician 

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

Where we are: The Biology department is located in the state of the art Stinton block which acts as the science centre for the Senior school. There are four new Biology labs.
 

Beyond the Classroom

Orielton Field Studies Centre, Pembrokeshire

An integral part of the course, students must undertake a series of compulsory practical investigations. The fieldwork itself involves the collection of quantitative data from habitats.
 
The trip takes place during the Autumn half-term in Year 13.
Field trip - Pembrokeshire
Field Trip - Pembrokeshire
Swansea field trip

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Biology can take you

As a subject, Biology acts as an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue careers in Medicine, Physiotherapy, other healthcare professions, Biotechnology, Genetics, Forensic Science, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science to name but a few!

Chemistry

Chemistry has played a major role in improving living standards across the world and is one of the most successful industries in the UK.

Sixth Form Chemistry students are taught a wide and varied range of lessons and activities which include experimental work, discussions, practical demonstrations and student presentations. 

Subject

Content

Overview
A Level Chemistry is designed to foster independent study of the subject and build up the desired skills set for further study at university level.
 
Assessment
Paper 1
1.Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.12)
2. Inorganic chemistry (section 3.2)
3. Relevant practical skills
Written exam: 2 hours, worth 105 marks , worth 35% of A-level. Mixture of short and long answer questions.
 
Paper 2
1.Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9)
2.Organic chemistry (section 3.3)
3.Relevant practical skills
Written exam: 2 hours, worth 105 marks, worth 35% of A-level. Mixture of short and long answer questions.
 
Paper 3
1.Any content
2.Any practical skills
Written exam: 2 hours, worth 90 marks, worth 30% of A-level. 40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis. 20 marks of questions testing across the specification. 30 marks of multiple choice questions.
 
Practical endorsement
Non-exam assessment: Assessment of practical competency and is reported separately and not part of the final grade.

Delivery

During the first year of the course students will expand their knowledge on topics such as atomic structure and energy changes during chemical reactions. Students also carry out in-depth study in the field of Organic Chemistry.
 
Our lessons involve a wide range of teaching styles including, debates, ICT work and presentations.
A Level Chemistry is a two year course that falls under the AQA examination board. Practical skills will be assessed by teachers. 

Staff

Who we are

 

Dr P Thomson
Head of Department
Mrs V A Aspinall-O'Dea
Teacher
Mr M S Lunt
Teacher
Dr G J Moore
Teacher
Mr G Moore
Department Technician
Mrs L Field
Department Technician
 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Chemistry Department is located in the recently redeveloped Stinton Block which acts as the main science centre for the whole school.

Beyond the Classroom

Co-curricular Activities

The Department regularly runs or partakes in a number of competitions and events throughout the year:
 
  • STEAM Career talks
  • The Chemistry Olympiad
  • C3L6 Cambridge Chemistry Challenge
  • RSC Young Analysts' Competition 
  • GSK Pharmacy day
  • Keele University Spectroscopy day
  • Chemistry Live
Sixth Form Enrichment Trips to Keele University
 
Year 12 trip to Keele Pharmacy Department, 'Pharmacy Day' 
 
Year 13 trip to Keele Chemistry Department, 'Spectroscopy Day'
 
 

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Chemistry can take you

Chemistry A Level students have gone on to further study in a diverse array of fields such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering disciplines and the Chemical Sciences.

Business

Business Studies addresses how modern businesses carry out their various functions including marketing, finance, operations management and human resources within the national and global economy.

Subject

Content

Overview:
Business gives students the chance to learn about how firms operate. The course begins by examining how to start up a business, then progresses to look at the different areas within a business.
 
Assessment:
Component 1: Marketing, People and Global Businesses:
  • meeting customer needs
  • the market
  • marketing mix and strategy
  • managing people
  • entrepreneurs and leaders
Component 3: Business decisions and strategy:
  • business objectives and strategy 
  • business growth
  • decision-making techniques 
  • influences on business decisions 
  • assessing competitiveness
  • managing change
 
Component 2: Managing business activities:
  • raising finance 
  • financial planning
  • managing finance 
  • resource management 
  • external influences 
Component 4: Global business:
  • globalisation 
  • global markets and business expansion 
  • global marketing 
  • global industries and companies (MNCs)

Delivery

Students receive 4/6 periods of Business Studies each week from a dedicated subject specialist.
 
 
 

Staff

Who we are

 

Mrs L E Barton
Head of Department
Mr A R Sparks
Teacher

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Business department is located on the Lancaster site, it has two dedicated teaching rooms with a staff office and a quiet work room.  The teaching rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards to enable collaborative learning.  The work room is used for break-out teaching to facilitate group work, often using tablets to access current Business issues from a local, national and global perspective.
 
The Department subscribes to The Economist, Fortune Magazine, The Financial Times and The IEA Economic Affairs journals, all of which are available for students to read.

Beyond the Classroom

Competitions 

Throughout the year the department takes part in a number of nation wide competitions:
 
  • The ICAEW Business Game
  • IFS Young Business Writer of the Year
  • RES Economist of the Year
  • IEA Student Essay Challenge 
  • IFS Young Investor Challenge
BASE - Competition Winners
BASE - Competition Winners

Trips

The Department has regularly organised trips to the Trafford Centre, SCA Products and JCB for Sixth Form Students.

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Business Studies can take you

Business Studies can lead to opportunities in both the the public and private sector. Today, there are numerous degree and sandwich courses which combine Business Studies or Management Studies with languages.
 
Undergraduates often choose to specialise in a particular business discipline such as Marketing or Finance, with many more options available.

Design Technology

The Product Design course seeks to develop students' knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products.

Product design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products.

Subject

Content

Overview
The Product Design course emphasises four key areas: investigate, design, manufacture and evaluate. This structure therefore allows students to develop a range of skills and outcomes which demonstrate their creativity, students then apply these skills to design and develop a prototype product.
 
Assessment
Component 1:Written Examination - 2.5 hours and worth 50% of total marks.
Component 2: Design Portfolio aspect - leads to the manufacturing of a prototype product and worth 50% of total marks.
 

 

Delivery

We place a great emphasis on students exploring and developing their own originality throughout the Product Design course.
Designers of today have to consider issues of sustainability in designing and manufacturing new products.
Good design is crucial for the world and economy of tomorrow, therefore it is vital that we enthuse future designers with a passion for design that takes into account matters of sustainability for future generations. 

 

 

Staff

Who we are

 

Mr J S Meredith 
Head of Department
Mr P E Finney
Teacher
Mr S Thomas
Department Technician (Part-time)
Mr S Dobson
Department Technician (Part-time)

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Design and Technology is located on the basement floor of the Lancaster building boasting two large purpose built workshops with cutting edge 3D Printing and Laser Cutter facilities. There are also two dedicated classrooms for the study of electronics, design and with each having dedicated PC’s for the use of subject specific software such as Spaceclaim 3D design software.
 
All students are encouraged to use the latest technology in the design and manufacture of their prototypes. They will also experience, and gain the skills, in the use of the workshop power tools in preparation for the future such as University, Apprenticeship, the world of work etc. We endeavour to aid the learning process through the use of practical demonstrations and students carrying out the tasks themselves.
 

Beyond the Classroom

Extra Product Design 

Greenpower Electric Car Racing
We are currently in the process of developing a race team which competes in the Greenpower Electric Car race series. 
We currently compete in the F24 category, which is for Year 7-11 pupils. We are looking to expand this to compete in the F24+ series which allows for Sixth Form students to compete.

Trips

Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin
We also organise a visit to the Jaguar Land Rover education facility which is based at the engine manufacturing plant near Wolverhampton. This is for all Design and Technology pupils in Year 12 and allows them to see first-hand one of the most modern and advanced manufacturing facilities in Europe.
We have recently visited the Aston Martin car assembly plant at Gaydon where we toured the factory seeing the luxury cars being assembled.
 
Design Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum
During the summer term the students will visit the Design Museum in London and also any relevant exhibitions which have an interest such as at Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

Greenpower race car series
Jaguar LandRover Trip (Wolverhampton)
Aston Martin Trip (Gaydon)

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Design Technology can take you

Students have gone onto pursue successful careers in Engineering, Graphic Design, Architecture and Teaching to name but a few.
With our location in the Midlands there is a fantastic opportunity for Design and Engineering with the majority of Car manufacturing located in the West Midlands. Rolls Royce with the Aero engine development. One of the world’s leading companies.
 
The onset of the HS2 rail link is being developed over the next ten years. Also the UK is the world leader for design and often companies from other countries will often employ Design studios from the UK for their reputation. 

Economics

Economics, at its the core, is about gaining a clear understanding of the financial mechanisms that govern the real world.

At the heart of the subject is the question of how we divide up our resources and how decisions resulting from this affect us all - in other words who gets what and why?

Subject

Content

Overview
Economics is concerned with real world issues which affect the world as a whole. As a subject, it teaches students to think logically and to use theories to understand how economies operate.
 
Assessment
Component 1: Competitive Markets - How They Work and Why They Fail
-Introduction to the nature of economics and analyses the nature of market failure, its causes and possible remedies. There is an emphasis on information problems in markets and factors influencing the demand and supply of labour.
 
 
 
Component 3: Business Economics and Economic Efficiency
- Examines how the pricing and nature of competition between firms is affected by the number and size of market participants. It includes barriers to market entry and exit, economics of scale and game theory.
Component 2: Managing the Economy
- Introduces key measures of economic performance and the main objectives of economic policy. Also includes the factors influencing the components of Aggregate Demand such as the wealth effect on consumption and the causes and costs of growth for developed and emerging economies.
 
Component 4: The Global Economy
- Includes: use of policies by governments to achieve their macro/micro-economic objectives; international trade and globalisation, competitiveness of different countries, poverty and inequality in countries and what can be done to encourage growth and development.

Delivery

A variety of teaching methods are used throughout, visits to local businesses are organised and various speakers come into the department to reinforce the applied nature of the subject to the students.

 

 

 

Staff

Who we are

 

Miss L E Barton
Head of Department
Mr A R Sparks
Teacher

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Economics department is located on the top floor of A block on the Lancaster site.

Beyond the Classroom

Trips

Visits to local businesses are organised and various speakers come into the department to reinforce the applied nature of the subject to the students.

 

Speakers

STEAM workshops: Mr Elsby-Smith gave a presentation to GCSE and A-Level students on different routes into careers in Finance.
STEAM Finance Talk

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Economics can take you

If you are interested in current affairs, economic news and publications and would like to study a subject held in high regard by employers and universities alike then Economics may be the subject for you!

English Language

A Level English Language makes no distinction between a bus ticket and King Lear: they both use English, in different ways and for different purposes. The job for students is to articulate and explore these differences.

Studying English Language can involve studying almost any use of words. You will not just be looking at language on the page but language in use, in particular contexts, by speakers with motives, expectations and cultural knowledge.

Subject

Content

Overview
Students will focus on knowledge and understanding of the language levels and application of critical analysis skills.
 
Assessment 
Part 1: Exploring Language - The course offers students the opportunity to analyse the ways in which a wide variety of texts are constructed, and to compare different types of communication.
Part 2: Exploring Contexts - The course asks students to produce an original piece of writing for a real-world purpose, and to analyse how language is affected by gender and power.
Part 3: Coursework Unit - This section prepares students for university study; here, students produce an academic poster and conduct an independent research investigation.

Delivery

Students are typically invited to explore unseen texts from the real world in small groups. Independent ideas and personal engagement are encouraged because so much of the course involves an awareness of contemporary culture.
 
The course is divided into three sections, taught by two or three teachers.

Staff

Who we are

 

Mrs A A Keay
Head of Department
Mrs J Betts-Nicholson
Teacher
Mrs B Godridge
Teacher
Mr R M Lench
Teacher
Mrs L Marrable-Griffiths
Teacher
Miss K Saunders
Teacher
Mr A R Sparks
Teacher
Mr S S Yu 
(Drama)

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The English department is located on the second floor of the Kitchener Building on the Lancaster site.
 

Beyond the Classroom

Extra

The Debating Society covers many cultural issues which would be considered useful by an English Language student.
Images of 6th Form debating to follow..

English Literature

"I want people with experience of how to read all sorts of things (not just novels) with care, people who can communicate with curiosity, and who are concerned to develop this." Rick Rylance - Director of English Studies (UoL)

The English Literature course develops students' ability to construct their own critical responses as they engage with the wide and expansive variety of texts on offer.

Subject

Content

Overview
The course is challenging and academic but students will be fully supported in lessons which provide them with the chance to express their views.
 
Assessment
Shakespeare and Poetry pre-1900 - This year, the texts studied are Hamlet and the poems of Christina Rossetti.
Drama and Prose post-1900 - In the first year, the texts studied are Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. These are texts that are absolutely relevant to students and our times.
During the second year we include a modern coursework module and a topic paper on The Immigrant Experience. Students can be both creative and analytical in their responses according to their individual skills.

Delivery

A Level classes are typically much smaller than that at IGCSE level thus allowing for a seminar style of teaching. This means that students have far greater opportunities for personal input into class discussions.
Each class is taught by at least two teachers with a view to to encourage diversity of thinking and discussion.
Mrs Keay (Head of Department) is a Senior Examiner for the new specification. 

Staff

Who we are

 

Mrs A A Keay
Head of Department
Mrs J Betts-Nicholson
Teacher
Mrs B Godridge
Teacher
Mr R M Lench
Teacher
Mrs L Marrable-Griffiths
Teacher
Miss K Saunders
Teacher
Mr A R Sparks
Teacher
Mr S S Yu
(Drama)

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The English department is located on the second floor of the Kitchener Building on the Lancaster site.
 

 

Beyond the Classroom

Extra

Co-curricular opportunities include: theatre trips, particularly for set texts; sessions for studying English at university; creative writing club.
 

Beyond Sixth Form

Where English Literature can take you

English Literature students develop a wide range of academic and analytical skills which are highly valued by employers and universities. 
 
English graduates have pursued numerous career paths including: journalism, education, theatre and acting, NHS, P.R and advertising, financial sectors, charity and NGOs, tourism and leisure.

Geography

A level Geographers are encouraged to develop a range of essential skills for Higher Education and beyond through content which is relevant to any citizen of the planet in the 21st century.

Through the study of exciting and relevant topics, students will understand the nature of physical and human geography whilst unpicking the debates surrounding the major challenges facing the world today.

Subject

Content

Overview
If your career path is to be varied you will need to develop transferable skills and you will need to be flexible and willing to adapt to the changing face of work. Geography fosters these qualities and provides a form base for life-long learning.
 
Assessment
Components within the OCR A Level in Geography will consist of:
-Physical Systems 01 (66 marks in total, worth 22% of A Level marks)
-Human Interactions 02 (66 marks in total, worth 22% of A Level marks)
-Geographical debates 03 (108 marks in total, worth 36% of A Level marks)
-Investigative Geography 04/05 (60 marks in total, worth 20% of A Level marks)
 

 

Delivery

The Geography Department is staffed by three expert and dedicated teachers who know their subject inside out.
As a department, we are continually looking for ways to develop our learning environment.
Our aim is to provide all our students with a firm knowledge base whilst at the same time developing their own ability to apply and adapt that knowledge to new situations.

Staff

Who we are

 

Mr T P Jowitt
Head of Department
Mrs N J Mackintosh
Teacher
Mr D P Sherratt
Teacher

 

Beyond the Classroom

Where we go

A crucial part of the Geography A Level course is the fieldwork aspect. There are several field trip days planned throughout the academic year:
 
Lower Sixth
-Machynleth ATC and Snowdonia, Liverpool Centre and Coast, Goyt Valley.
Field trips give students first-hand experience of important case studies in both human and physical geography.
 
Upper Sixth
-Preston Montford:
Compulsory: 4 day residential trip. Resident in Preston Montford field studies centre.
Liverpool coast
Preston Mountford

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Geography can take you

Statistics show that, compared with other subjects, Geographers are among the most employable. Many of those leaving university with a Geography degree enter three fields of employment: administration and management, marketing or financial work.
 
This is because Geographers possess both the numeric and literacy skills that employers look for. Geographers with their eclectic skills make very good managers.
 
Here are just a few examples of possible careers for Geographers: Medicine, Law, Academia, Environmental Analyst.

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Geography department is located on the first floor of the Kitchener Building on the Lancaster site.
 
Geography Classroom

Government and Politics

Politics is about people and power and few academic subjects are more central to our everyday lives and interactions.

Studying Politics means studying the real world and developing the skills to make sense of that world. A-level Politics students are recognised as flexible individuals with a plethora of skills to suit a variety of positions in modern life.

Subject

Content

Overview
Studying politics means studying the real world, it helps you understand how our society is run and  develops research, written communication and debate skills.
 
Assessment
AQA Government and Politics course provides students with the opportunity to engage in high level analysis and evaluation of both the UK and US political models.
Course consists of 3 component areas of study - each section is worth 33.3% of the A level;
-Government and Politics of the UK
-Government and Politics of the USA and comparative politics
- Political Ideas

 

 

 

Staff

Who we are

 

Mrs S J Stockdale
Teacher I/C
Mrs J A Simms
Teacher

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Politics department is located on the Victoria Site in the Powell building. 

Beyond the Classroom

Trips

Model United Nations
In recent years staff and students have set up a Model United Nations (MUN) society and attended MUN conferences, most recently at Stockport Grammar in March.
In an MUN simulation, students take on the role of diplomats representing state and non-state actors whereby they debate political issues with the aim of producing a resolution agreed by the entire committee/assembly.

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Politics can take you

 
Politics can open a whole host of employment opportunities. Past students have successfully gone on to forge careers with the following:
 
  • Law, Management, Retail, Accountancy and Banking
  • Civil Service: across various government departments
  • Media and Publishing industries
  • Pressure groups
  • Political Consultants
  • Political Activity: working for elected politicians at all levels

History

AQA History gives students the opportunity to broaden and enhance their existing knowledge of Modern World European History whilst introducing new topics such as aspects of Fifteenth Century British and Tudor History.

The course provides an ideal combination of modern 20th Century material and more traditional "Kings and Queens" early modern history.

Subject

Content

Overview
Though the course is relatively new, students will be taught by History teachers who are specialists in their respective fields.
 
Assessment 
Component 1: (Breadth Paper) Germany, 1871-1929. Essay paper worth 50% of the AS Level.
Component 2: (Depth Paper) The Wars of the Roses, 1450-1471. Essay paper worth 50% of the AS Level.
Component 3: (Breadth Paper) Germany. 1871-1991. Essay paper worth 40% of the A Level.
Component 4: (Depth paper) The Wars of the Roses, 1450-1499. Essay paper worth 40% of A Level. 
Coursework element: Tudor Rebellions, 1485 - 1603. 3000-3500 word essay worth 20% of A Level.

Delivery

The course is carefully constructed to combine written examinations and coursework, enabling students to balance their workload and revision across the two years.
A Level History, by nature, encourages pro-active debate and discussion  as well as to question and to challenge because that is precisely what History is all about. 

Staff

Who we are

 

Dr D Dunlop
Head of Department
Mr D A Cawdron
Teacher
Mrs J A Simms
Teacher
Mrs S Stockdale
Teacher

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The History department is located in on the Victoria site in the Powell building.

Beyond the Classroom

Extra History

Co-curricular opportunities are numerous and include: lecture courses in Birmingham and Manchester.

 

Trips

In addition to our annual battlefields tours for Year 10, recent visits have included Moscow and St Petersburg, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, Berlin, Rome and Krakow.
 
Forthcoming tours include Berlin and Krakow/Auschwitz. 
Auschwitz
Berlin

Beyond Sixth Form

Where History can take you

Given the flexibility afforded by the AQA course we believe that we are offering students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and interest and to develop key skills concerning research, analysis and communication which are so sought after in the modern job market.

Latin

A Level Latin provides students with a detailed understanding of some of the elements of Classical Civilisation, specifically areas concerning literature and language which have had an enormous impact on our own culture and society.

Subject

Content

Overview
The A Level course is designed to foster students' understanding of some of the key elements of Classical Civilisation. The specification is designed to enable students to:
  • acquire an understanding of the linguistics structures of Latin.
  • gain an awareness of the influence of classical languages on today's language practices.
  • read and make an informed personal response to Latin Literature.
Assessment
The course consists of two assessment units, one language, one literature. The language is tested by both unseen translation and prose composition or comprehension.
The set texts are examined by questions set on two extracts. 

Delivery

The course builds on the grammatical knowledge and skills of literary appreciation developed at GCSE level. 
Small teaching groups at A Level allow for friendly and detailed discussion thus allowing students to gain a great deal of individual attention. 

Staff

Who we are

 

Ms T A Thomas
Head of Department
Mrs E Scullion
Teacher

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Latin department is located on the first floor of the Powell building on the Victoria site with teaching spaces in the Sixth Form Centre.

Beyond the Classroom

Extra

 

Trips

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Latin can take you 

Latin A-Level can lead to a highly regarded qualification at degree level. The Latin student will develop an excellent grasp of language as well as a critical approach to literature and to the civilisation  which produced it.
 
Classicists go on to roles in marketing, retail, management, banking, accountancy, law, publishing, journalism, advertising and teaching. It is also possible to combine the subject successfully with a variety of others.
 
Past A-Level Latin students have gone on to  read Mathematics, Law and Physics, while many others have gained placed to read Classics at good universities.

 

Mathematics

A Level Mathematics is a challenging and incredibly interesting course. It builds on work you will have met at GCSE, but also involves new ideas produced by some of the greatest minds of the last millennium.

Subject

Content

Overview
The course is split into three components: Pure Mathematics; Mechanics and Statistics.
 
Assessment
Component 1 : Pure Maths - proof, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, numerical methods and vectors. 
2 x 2 hour exams worth 100 marks (each) 
Component 2 : Statistics and Mechanics - statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and statistical hypothesis; and quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.
1 x 2 hour exam worth 100 marks 

Delivery

Students are timetabled for eight lessons a week in the L6th and nine lessons a week in the U6th. Maths at Newcastle under Lyme School will be taught by two members of staff who are experts in their subject.
 
Our lessons involve a wide and varied range of activities.
 
Logical thinking, problem solving and statistical analysis are skills we teach, which are often very desirable in the future workplace.

 

Staff

Who we are

 

Miss J M Griffiths
Head of Department
Mrs J A Cryer
Teacher
Ms M C Dawson 
Teacher
Mr A Dyer
Teacher
Dr O Exley
Teacher
Mrs E J Griffiths
Teacher
Mr R Smith
Teacher

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Maths department is located on the Victoria site in the Martin building which is the dedicated teaching space for Mathematics in the Senior School and Sixth Form.

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Mathematics can take you 

Those who study Maths are keen problem solvers, eager to make sense of even the most advanced equations. Academia tends to be a common career path but so to are careers in business, economics and banking.

Beyond the Classroom

 

 
 

Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics can only be undertaken by students who have already chosen Mathematics as one of their subjects. Mathematics and Further Mathematics counts as two of a student's A Level subject choices.

Subject

Content

Overview
Further Maths must be studied in addition to single maths. This is an excellent course for students who particularly enjoy mathematics and wish to study the subject at University level. 
 
Assessment
The course is composed of four examinations: two compulsory examinations in further pure mathematics and two other examinations from options of further pure mathematics, statistics or mechanics. The option decision will be made by the mathematics department, not the individual pupil.
Each paper is 1.5 hours long and are marked out of 75.
 
Compulsory Pure Mathematics: covers proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and differential equations.
Content for the remaining two examinations will be released once the decision has been made as to which components we will cover. These will be chosen from the two further pure mathematics, two statistics and two mechanics options available.  
 

Delivery 

Students are timetabled for sixteen lessons in the L6th and eighteen lessons in the U6th.
 
The groups will be taught by two members of staff.

Staff

Who we are

 

Miss J M Griffiths
Head of Department
Mrs J A Cryer
Teacher
Ms M C Dawson
Teacher
Mr A Dyer
Teacher
Dr O Exley
Teacher
Mrs E J Griffiths
Teacher
Mr R Smith
Teacher

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Maths department is located on the Victoria site in the Martin building which is the dedicated teaching space for Mathematics in the Senior School and Sixth Form.
 

Beyond the Classroom

 

 

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Further Mathematics can take you

Those who study Maths are keen problem solvers, eager to make sense of even the most advanced equations. Academia tends to be a common career path but so to are careers in business, economics and banking.

Modern Foreign Languages - French, German, Spanish

In an ever increasingly globalised workplace both universities and employers continue to look favourably on linguists who tend to have greater analytical skills, superior retentive memories and above all have the ability to work independently with considerable initiative.

Subject

Content

Overview
The new AQA A-Level French, German and Spanish specifications are studied and these build on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE.
 
Assessment 
Examinations - Cover content from Social Issues & Trends, Political & Artistic Culture, Grammar, Works (Literacy Texts &Films) and an Individual Research Project.
  • Listening, Reading and Writing paper = 50%
  • Speaking Assessment = 30%
  • Writing paper = 20%

 

Delivery

Work during the course revolves around active use of the foreign language and the approach tends to be topic-based, dealing with the above-mentioned themes around which linguistic skills are practised and developed.
 
Besides course books, authentic listening, reading and written materials from news broadcasts, newspapers and the internet are used extensively. DVDs are shown from time to time and visits to see plays and films are arranged where appropriate.
 
The self contained language laboratory is used weekly and there is also a compulsory conversation class with a foreign language assistant once a week.

Staff

Who we are

 

Mrs M T Holmes
Head of Department
Ms I M Alcazar Prieto
Teacher
Miss M I Barnes
Teacher
Mrs S Graham
Teacher
Mrs M Isherwood
Teacher I/C of Spanish
Ms E L Kozloswki
Teacher I/C of French
Mrs S Thomas
Teacher
Mrs D Oldham
Foreign Languages Assistant (French)
Mrs C Conlin
Foreign Languages Assistant (German)
Mrs C Spooner
Foreign Languages Assistant (Spanish)

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

 
The Modern Foreign Languages Department is located within the recently redeveloped Stinton Block on the Lancaster Site.
The faculty is made up of a suite of 6 specialist classrooms, an assistants’ room and literature library, a well-equipped staff room and a 26-station multimedia Sanako language lab.
We have a range of listening and recording devices including iPads and there are computers and interactive whiteboards in every room.
 

 

Beyond the Classroom

Extra MFL

During the course, it is strongly recommended that Sixth Formers spend a period of time abroad. Study trips, exchanges and work experience are organised by the department.
 
There are co-curricular clubs to further engage in and enjoy the languages and cultures such as our European Film club, Spanish Dancing group and Linguistics Society.
Bilbao
Bilbao
French Trip

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Modern Foreign Languages can take you

Languages can be combined effectively with most subjects. Any student wishing to enter the broad field of industry or commerce can happily combine Economics/ Business Studies or Maths with a language, in the knowledge that combined courses of this nature are burgeoning at universities and hold excellent career prospects.
 
There is also a demand for engineers with a knowledge of German. In addition, the more traditional combinations of languages with English, History or Law offer plenty of opportunities.

 

Music

Music is a challenging academic and practical subject. Prospective students should enjoy performing, have experience of composing and be keen to explore music across all genres and periods.

Music also develops a range of transferable skills including: aural discrimination, collaboration and time management.

Subject

Content

Overview
It is not essential to have taken GCSE Music, but students should be able to perform to approximately Grade 6 standard on entering the Sixth Form.
 
Assessment
The course consists of three distinct components:
 
-Performing: worth 30% of A Level marks
Culminates in an assessed 8 minute recital in March/April of Year 13. Students are free to perform on any instrument and in any style/genre.
-Composing: worth 30% of A Level marks
Leads to the submission of two pieces with a combined min. duration of 6 minutes. Composition 1 can either a free composition or a composition written to fulfil a brief set by Edexcel. Composition 2 must be from a list of briefs set by Edexcel.
-Listening and Appraising: worth 40% of A Level marks
Students will study set works and wider listening from within six Areas of Study. Students will then be tested in a 2 hour exam at the end of Year 13, including both listening and essay questions.

 

 

Staff

Who we are

 

Mr T Sagar
Director of Music
Mrs J Perkin
Teacher

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Music department is located within the self-contained music centre on the Victoria site. The 19th century building houses a well sized Music hall with a staged area, large teaching spaces and numerous one to one tuition rooms.

 

Beyond the Classroom

Extra

The Music Department runs a wide variety of co-curricular choirs and ensembles and organises a wide range of concerts and workshop.
These opportunities are invaluable in helping A Level students extend their performing skills and cultural experience.
Lessons are offered in all orchestral instruments, and in voice, guitar, piano and drums taught by 16 visiting teachers, with pupils receiving around 220 weekly individual lessons.
Events
Rock and Jazz Evening
St Pauls Concert
Rock and Jazz Evening
Tea Time Concert

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Music can take you 

A Level Music acts as essential preparation for higher education  courses in music but is also a highly regarded academic subject which can offer a broad and satisfying experience before undertaking a wide range of university courses.

Psychology

Ever wondered if Prison really can change an individual's behaviour? Or perhaps if your childhood experiences really shape the adult you will become?

Psychology looks at questions like these and more. It is a fascinating science with cutting edge research that has real world applications that effect each and everyone of us on a daily basis.

Subject

Content

Overview
A Level students follow the new AQA specification which covers topics such as  social influence, memory, attachment, relationships and more.
 
Assessment 
As students progress through the course they will be taught how to design their won experiments and will learn how to conduct research that is ethically sound and scientific.
 
Psychology is assessed through a series of written exams taken at the end of the course.
 
Students will also discover how early psychologists such as Freud have shaped discipline, and able to make up their own mind about controversial topics in psychology. 
Topics include:
  • Memory
  • Social Influence
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Attachment
  • Psychopthology
  • Research Methods

Delivery

Psychology is taught using a variety of different methods to encourage pupils to engage with the different ideas that are covered. 
There are opportunities for pupils to conduct their own research in order to appreciate how psychologists gain their evidence.

Staff

Who we are

 

Mr N Browne
Head of Department

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

Psychology is  located in the Martin Building with its own designated teaching classroom.
As Sixth Form pupils, those studying Psychology have access to the Sixth Form ICT room when they need to conduct their own independent research.

Beyond the Classroom

Extra

The department regularly organises trips to take pupils to Psychology conferences in order to listen to psychology researchers and examiners speak.
 

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Philosophy can take you

Possible career options include: Marketing, Accountancy, Forensic and Clinical Psychology, Teaching, Business, Human Resources, Occupational Therapy and Nursing.
 

Physical Education

Physical Education plays a prominent role in the life of the school. The department aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to participate in a physical activity, whilst also promoting a competitive and healthy interest in sport. 

Many universities now demand students have A-Level PE as a basis for pursuing sport related courses.

Subject

Content

Overview
Students will be able to apply their understanding gained in the theoretical study to support the improvement in their own practical performance. The practical analysis of performance enables students to build upon their expertise in extra-curricular sporting activities.
 
Assessment
 
Theory Paper 1: Physiological Factors worth 30% of A Level marks
Students study anatomy and physiology with detail on the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and some Biomechanical principles. Exercise Physiology focuses on how this is applied to the principles and methods of training, diet and nutrition.
Theory paper 2: Psychological Factors worth 20% of A Level marks
Students investigate how skills are learnt and taught, how practice affects performance and information processing related to skill acquisition. Sports Psychology concentrates upon individual differences in personality and stress management. A section on group dynamics studies teamwork and leadership.
Theory Paper 3: Socio-Cultural Issues worth 20% of A Level marks
Students investigate the historical and cultural origins of sport in the UK and some global sporting events. The Contemporary Issues in PE section covers ethics, media, technology and developing excellence.
Practical Performance: worth 30% of A Level marks
Students select one activity of their choice for practical performance. Assessment will be concerned with the student’s ability to perform in structured practices and competitive situations. Analysis of performance requires knowledge of the rules, tactics and training in a sport and video analysis of a student’s performance.

Delivery

The two year A-level course encompasses three units of theoretical study delivered by Sports Science and Sports Psychology specialists. The practical performance and analysis of a sporting activity is internally assessed by P.E staff and externally moderated.

Games Lessons

Sixth Form students have a two hour games lesson on Wednesday afternoons, with a wide variety of on-site and off-site options available to them.  
 
Sixth Formers also have the unique option of getting involved with the Community Service Programme on Wednesday afternoons as well. 

Staff

Who we are

 

Mr G M Chesterman
Director of Sport
Mr G M Breen
Teacher i/c Cricket
Mrs R C Lea
Head of Girls' Games (Netball)
Mr S A Robson
Teacher i/c Rugby
Miss L J Shackleton
Teacher i/c Swimming
Miss E M Stubbs
Teacher (Hockey)
Miss E Thornberry
Teacher (Hockey)

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Department is exceptionally equipped boasting various indoor and outdoor facilities, with two major refurbishments of the main Sports Centre and Swimming Pool areas having taken place over the past few years.
 
The Sports Centre consists of a 4-lane 25 metre Swimming Pool, a Fitness Suite and a Sports Hall that can be configured for a variety of sporting events. There is also a teaching classroom for GCSE and A-Level P.E courses. Furthermore, the department also has a separate gymnasium and changing room block. 
 

Beyond the Classroom

Extra

As part of the co-curricular programme there is a thriving inter-house system through which maximum pupil participation is encouraged in a wide range of activities e.g. Tug of War, Cross Country, Rowing , Athletics, Badminton, Table Tennis and Swimming.
 
The Department runs a regular competitive programme in major team sports (rugby, boys' hockey, girls' hockey, netball, rounders, tennis and cricket) with fixtures against schools from a wide area taking place during the week and on Saturday mornings. All age groups are included in local leagues and tournaments as well as in District, County and National competitions. 
 
A programme of team practices runs during lunch time and after school most days. Teams consistently reach a high level of success, with many pupils involved at academy level or representing their county - some having gained regional or national honours.

Recent Sports Tours

Rugby Tour to Hong Kong and Australia 2016
 
After what had been two years of intense fundraising, in collaboration with our sponsors at Kinghts BMW, HDI Engineering and the Jack Dulson Memorial Fund, a party of 52 players, 6 staff and 1 mascot set off for the trip of a lifetime.
The tour began with a 3 day stint training in Hong Kong we were fortunate to meet up with former pupil Ollie Pointon who gave us a guided tour of the city and district. From there on we travelled to Sydney and travelled up through the East Coast playing matches at Port Maqaurie, Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, The Sunshine Coast and culminating at Cairns with a trip to one of the natural wonders of the world 'The Great Barrier Reef'.
Our thanks go out to the dedicated team of not just students but also staff - without whom this trip would not have been made possible.
Rugby Tour (2016)

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Physical Education can take you

In the last few years several students who have studied A Level PE have gone on to take Sports Science and Sports Development degree courses at University.
 

Physics

Physicists are constantly discovering new ideas and as a subject it deals with major scientific questions such as whether or not there are parallel universes to the feasibility of time travel.

Only recently, Physicists have measured gravitational waves - who knows how such a discovery will shape our understanding of the universe in the years to come?

Subject

Content

Overview
Physics is more than a subject – it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries. For many science and engineering courses, both A Level physics and maths are required. A Level physics relies a lot on mathematics at times.
 
Assessment
-Lower Sixth:
  1. Measurements and their errors, including use of SI units and their prefixes, limitations of physical measurement, estimation of physical quantities
  2. Particles and radiation, including constituents of the atom, particle interactions, collisions of electrons with atoms
  3. Waves, including progressive waves, interference, diffraction
  4. Mechanics and energy, including projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion
  5. Electricity, including circuits, electromotive force and internal resistance
-Upper Sixth:
  1. Further mechanics and thermal physics, including periodic motion, thermal energy transfer, molecular kinetic theory model
  2. Fields, including Newton’s law of gravitation, orbits of planets and satellites, magnetic flux density
  3. Nuclear physics, including evidence for the nucleus, radioactive decay, nuclear instability.
  4. Turning points in physics, including discovery of the electron, Einstein’s theory of special relativity.

Delivery

You will have two teachers teaching two different topics at the same time; this will maintain your interest and you will benefit from different teaching styles.
 
Lessons will be a mixture of theory and practical demonstrations and class experiments.
There is no extended course work but the exam board specify twelve practical activities that students must carry out. 
 
Students are assessed by their teacher on their practical skills and ability to analyse data. At the end of the course, some of the exam questions will be based on these practicals.

Staff

Who we are

 

Mr N P Migallo
Head of Department
Dr J L Klein
Teacher
Mrs K Rigby
Teacher
Mr S Danby
Department Technician

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

The Physics department is located in the recently redeveloped Stinton Block which acts as the main Science Centre for the whole school.
 
The Department is comprised of three modern science labs that have been refurbished in recent years.
 
 

Beyond the Classroom

Extra Physics

In the last year, Physics students have visited CERN in Switzerland and Manchester University for a one day school.
 

Philosophy

Philosophy, or 'the love of wisdom', is an exciting course of study that involves the analysis of a number of fundamental questions central to human existence and everyday life. 

Philosophy introduces students to number of philosophical theories put forward by key thinkers, yet also encourages students to develop their own ideas.

Subject

Content

Overview
Students who enjoy thinking, reading, debating, and who are prepared to have their own ideas challenged, will enjoy this subject.
 
Assessment
The course is comprised of the following study units:
  • Epistemology
  • Moral Philosophy 
  • Metaphysics of God
  • Metaphysics of Mind
There are no prior learning requirements, although students may have been introduced to some of the features of the course when studying Religious Studies at Key Stages 3 and 4.

Delivery

It is a challenging course, needing attention to detail, and will be a test of ability at all academic levels. 
Students will be required to demonstrate a detailed understanding of the core concepts and methods of philosophy identified in the specification, and show that they can argue in a clear, logical, consistent, and decisive manner employing precision and economy.

Staff

Who we are

 

Mr A Poole
Head of Department
Mr J Preston 
Teacher
Mrs S Stockdale
Teacher

 

Learning Environment

Where we are

Philosophy is part of the Religious Studies and Philosophy department which is located on the Victoria site in specialised classrooms that are conducive to the specific demands of the academic discipline.
Displays and other visual stimuli are designed to encourage pupils to think at a deep level about the key philosophical questions that they are being encouraged to explore.

Beyond the Classroom

Extra

Revision courses are accessed on annual basis, either ‘in house’ or by visiting other schools and venues. In 2017, pupils attended a national revision conference in London.

Beyond Sixth Form

Where Philosophy can take you 

Philosophy is the ultimate "transferable work skill."  With its emphasis on reason and argument, philosophy is an excellent preparation for a career in law, religion, business, international diplomacy, social work, medical management or writing as well as post-graduate education.
 
Philosophy students have gone on to pursue careers in: Law, Banking, Politics and Journalism to name but a few.

 

Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) offers Sixth Form students the opportunity to study and research a topic in depth, of their own choosing, and to produce a final project report that can take the form of either a 5,000 word dissertation, a report with findings from an investigation, an artefact, a performance or a design. 

Subject

Content

Overview
The A Level course is designed to foster students' understanding of some of the key elements of Classical Civilisation. The specification is designed to enable students to:
  • acquire an understanding of the linguistics structures of Latin.
  • gain an awareness of the influence of classical languages on today's language practices.
  • read and make an informed personal response to Latin Literature.
Assessment
The course consists of two assessment units, one language, one literature. The language is tested by both unseen translation and prose composition or comprehension.
The set texts are examined by questions set on two extracts. 

 

Delivery

The course builds on the grammatical knowledge and skills of literary appreciation developed at GCSE level. 
Small teaching groups at A Level allow for friendly and detailed discussion thus allowing students to gain a great deal of individual attention. 

 

 

 

Staff

Who we are

 

Dr D Pepper
EPQ Coordinator

 

Subject

Content

Overview
The EPQ is a free standing Level 3 qualification and its purpose is to add an extra dimension to Sixth Form study.
 
Assessment
All projects will conclude with a presentation to, and answering questions from, an audience.
 

 

Delivery

Students attend an introductory set of lessons that prepare them to choose a topic and carry out research. 
For much of the course they will work independently - however progress will be monitored by a supervisor who will offer guidance and support. The supervisor will also keep a log of student's plans and activities.

Learning Environment

Where we are

EPQ candidates deliver their presentations in the Lecture Theatre in the Stinton Block.
 
 

Beyond Sixth Form

Benefits of undertaking an EPQ

The ability to refer to an EPQ in a UCAS application or a university interview should not be underestimated.
 
Universities are very positive in their attitude towards the EPQ as they recognise it provides excellent preparation for university study.