Dear Redcliffe 6th Form applicants,

 

The Covid lockdown means that you will be missing a number of important experiences in terms of your readiness to start A Levels next year. You will not be having to revise your GCSE content, which could mean you find it harder to access some of the early A Level material in some subjects, and we will not be able to provide you with an Induction Day at which you could have taster sessions in each of your subjects. We normally provide transition tasks for students to complete following the Induction Day, and this year we have expanded these to give you some more to do over the coming months. In most cases these include a short core task which you will be asked to bring in to lessons with you at the start of the year and which may be marked or discussed. In addition, where the subject has been studied at GCSE it may direct you to revise some aspects of your GCSE material in order to make up for the lack of GCSE exam revision and so ensure that you are confident in the material which forms the foundations of the A Level. Beyond that all subjects will have suggested things you could do or resources you could use in order to fill the coming months, build up your understanding of and enthusiasm for your chosen subjects, and be confident that you have chosen the right ones.

 

If you become unsure whether you have chosen the right subjects then you may want to look at the transition work for some alternatives and should then contact the 6th form to suggest a swap if you wish to do this.

 

In the case of Maths and the Sciences there is a big step from GCSE to A Level and it is very important that the Higher Tier material from GCSE is secure if you are going to cope well with the early A Level material. The transition task therefore provides a way for you to work out where your strengths and weaknesses are and to get on top of this GCSE material. Some students will therefore need to spend longer on it than others. Your GCSE grades will be allocated on the basis of a combination of the assessment of your teachers and a process of moderation by the exam boards to produce what should be a fair and likely grade for you. For those of you are not awarded a sufficiently high grade in Maths or the Sciences to access these particular A Levels we will be providing you with an opportunity to sit a one hour test on our pre-enrolment day on Thursday 3 September, on the basis of which we can decide whether you have the understanding and skills needed for the A Level. The content which may be covered in this test is made clear in the transition task document.

 

Remember that after you receive your GCSE results on Thursday 20 August you also need to enrol online, and, if you need a fuller discussion, you are welcome to come in on Thursday 25 August between 10:00am and 1:00pm as long as it is safe to do so at that point. If it is not safe to come in then we will let you know how to book a phone conversation if this is needed. The online pre-enrolment form cannot be completed until Thursday 20 August because it requires you to enter your GCSE grades.

 

Further information regarding induction, transition and enrolment will be made available in the coming weeks, and we will also be in touch regarding start of term arrangements when we know more about the likely extent of school opening at that point.

 

Below you will find the transition tasks for 2020 entrants. We hope you enjoy them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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