In Britain, and in Kuwait, compulsory education ends after Year 11. However, many students who have performed sufficiently well at I/GCSE choose to follow AS Level and A Level qualifications in Years 12 and 13. The transition from Year 11 into Year 12 requires careful management.
Towards the beginning of the Term 2 of Year 11, the Sixth Form Coordinator liaises closely with the Upper Department Coordinator and Year 11 Class Tutors to identify prospective Sixth Form applicants from within BSK.
Following initial expressions of interest, a Sixth Form Information Meeting is held in the Sixth Form Centre, during which Year 11 students receive further information about life in the Sixth Form at BSK and are able to ask any questions they may have. This session is also used to collate the provisional data on subject preferences that will inform the creation of the subject option blocks.
In Term 3, all Year 11 students meet individually with a member of the Secondary Leadership Team. These intentions meetings are intended to:
Throughout Terms 4 and 5, the Sixth Form Coordinator liaises directly with those Year 11 students who are unsure about their future choices, or for whom it is uncertain that they will meet the Sixth Form entrance requirements.
In order to build relationships with the current Sixth Form cohort, Year 11 students who meet certain criteria are invited to attend a selection of the social events organised by the Sixth Form Social Committee, such as games evenings and barbecues. In addition, existing Sixth Form students who are involved in the running of their various committees often enlist the support of Year 11 students, strengthening these connections further.
Managing the jump up from I/GCSE to AS Level study can be a daunting prospect. There is a considerable step up in the way that students need to study and what teachers and examiners expect. However, with the right attitude to learning, Sixth Form students at BSK should be able to bridge the gap successfully. In order to assist them in doing so the Subject Coordinators of each of our AS Level courses have prepared short ‘Pre-Year 12’ VLE courses that students are expected to complete over the course of the summer before starting Year 12. The aim of these courses is to provide students with opportunities to develop their understanding of the differences between I/GCSE and AS Level study in their chosen courses.
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