How many students join Cheney School in Year 12?
In an average year, between 5-15 students join Cheney School. Most of our students stay from Year 11 into Year 12.
How easy is it for students to settle in to Sixth Form?
In the Sixth Form, settling in is made easier by the fact that students stay in their tutor group from Year 11 where possible. For new students, you will always be welcomed by a supportive tutor and a friendly Year 12.
Should my son/daughter take A Levels or BTECs?
This question is asked frequently and the answer is not entirely clear cut. For students aiming at Oxbridge, Russell Group universities, medicine or veterinary studies, we advise against studying BTECs. This does not detract from their merit, but merely reflects the fact these institutions do not view BTECs and A Levels as similar qualifications; in fact, admissions at these universities often discount BTECs.
If this does not apply to you, there are many other universities that do accept BTECs and value them alongside A Levels. If this is the case, then it is down to personal preference. BTEC courses are more structured, with assessment throughout the year. A Levels have a heavy weighting on the end of year exams. If you would rather avoid exams, choose BTEC courses; if you prefer end of year exams, aim for A Level courses. You can also mix BTECs and A Levels.
What do students do if they don’t know what they want to study at university or do for a career?
At Cheney School we have an excellent Careers Advice Service, with a dedicated Careers Advisor, Jason Davis, who advises on all aspects of post-Cheney opportunities. The service also includes a Head of Post-16 Progression and six dedicated Progress Leaders. Through these advisers, students benefit from individual, tailored advice on higher education and careers, based on their interests and abilities.
What support are students given regarding university applications?
At the end of Year 12, students move to a dedicated group, led by their Progress Leader. Their Progress Leader takes on the role of tutor whilst also advising them on their personal statements and wider reading. The Sixth Form also offers interview support; students who are expecting to be interviewed have mock interviews conducted by external interviewees.
How is the Sixth Form different from KS3 and KS4?
Sixth Form is very different to KS3 and KS4, with students allowed more freedom. The vast majority of Sixth Formers have a number of study periods across the week, which offers them the challenge of managing their time and workload effectively. They can spend this time studying and researching in the Sixth Form area, canteen or in the Library. Lessons are different too, with more emphasis placed on discussion and independent research. Most Sixth Formers find the Sixth Form a very different and refreshing environment, providing a bridge between the structure and discipline of school life and the independence of university life.
For more information, please see the Parent Welcome Guide.