Guidance and Support
Choosing a Sixth Form is an important step but equally important is deciding what to do at the end of your Sixth Form studies. At Oldfield School we provide a thorough programme of support for our students, whether they wish to apply to University or consider other options Post-18. While the vast majority of our students choose to go onto University, we tailor our programme to meet the individual needs of each and every student, regardless of their plans for the future.
Support in Subjects
The most important support any student can receive is from their subject teachers. They need and deserve those one-to-one conversations that deepen knowledge and strengthen skills. They deserve their work to be marked in a timely fashion and in a detailed way. Our efforts to ensure small class sizes with no more than 15 in a class supports this.
Careers and UCAS applications
In collaboration with the University of the West of England, we offer impartial advice to all students through a series of workshop sessions and one-to-one meetings. In addition, throughout the year, we attend events and invite guest speakers into school to cover a range of aspects, from apprenticeships to writing that all important personal statement. Most importantly, our Sixth Form tutors have a wealth of experience in guiding students through the UCAS process.
The school also employs our own dedicated and impartial careers advisor, Mrs Williams. Sixth Form students can book an appointment with her at any point throughout the year or an appointment can be made on their behalf.
As part of our Enrichment Programme we also encourage all students to complete the Embark employability award. This allows students to keep a reflective record of their experiences and skills. The Embark award can also contribute UCAS points to a student’s application if they apply to study at the University of the West of England.
We run a bespoke Oxbridge Programme in order to support students with an aspiration for studying at Oxford or Cambridge that is highly successful: last year nearly 10% of our students achieved places to study at an Oxbridge college. This begins in the first term of Year 12 where students with the appropriate grades (primarily grades 8/9 or A* at GCSE) are invited to attend a residential visit to Trinity College Cambridge. Later in the year, they attend a series of enrichment talks at Kingswood School, aimed at broadening and deepening their subject knowledge. Finally, they receive one-to-one subject-specific guidance on applications and interviews.
Our tutorial programme is designed to cover a wide range of PSHE topics, including student finance. We also run a study skills session for all new Year 12 students throughout their first two terms. The step up to A level is considerable and so knowing how to keep organised, keep effective notes and manage time are important skills all students need to learn.
Sixth Form Bursary
What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
The fund is made available from the Government to provide support towards the most financially disadvantaged 16 – 19 year olds – those that most need help with the costs of staying in further education or training.
Oldfield School will determine the eligibility criteria for discretionary bursaries and the frequency of and conditions of payments for all awards. The 16-19 bursary will only be awarded to a student that is eligible and facing genuine financial barriers to participating in further education or training.
To be eligible to receive the 16-19 Bursary in the 2021-2022 academic year, the student must be aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31 August 2021. Students must also meet the residency criteria as set out in the EFA Funding Guidance. (A person on 1 September who is settled in the UK, and has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the 3 years preceding).
Students following publicly funded learning provision that are subject to inspection by a public body that assures quality e.g Ofsted.
Bursary Fund Levels
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a limited fund and the Academy will prioritise allocation. There will be 3 priority levels, categorised as Level One, Level Two and Level Three.
Students in the following defined vulnerable groups will be eligible for a bursary of £1200 per year:
- Are currently in care (confirmed by Local Authority looking after the student).
- Are leaving or have recently left care (confirmed by Local Authority who look after or previously looked after the student.
- Are in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name (evidenced by letter/document from the Benefits Office).
- Are disabled and in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payment) and Employment Support Allowance.
Payments will be made directly into the Students account or by cheque on a termly basis (i.e. 6 times per year, £200 per term).
Students who are in receipt of free school meals or have a total household income of £16190 or less can apply. Evidence of income can be provided by receipt of benefit and/or P60, Tax Award Credit Notice or evidence of self-employment for the tax year ending 5 April 2017.
The allowance can help with the cost of transport, essential course equipment, trips, materials etc.
Payment is dependent on meeting attendance and behaviour criteria, as set out in Oldfield Sixth Form Agreement and is subject to availability of funds.
Payments will be made directly into the students account or by cheque on a termly basis (i.e. 6 times per year) or ‘in kind’ where the school would achieve greater value for money for if an item was purchased for the student via the school’s purchasing process. Items would belong to the school and be returned by the student at the end of their course.
Students who have a total household income of between £16190 and £25000 can apply for a discretionary bursary. Evidence of income can be provided by receipt of benefit and/or P60, Tax Award Credit Notice or evidence of self-employment for the tax year ending 5 April 2017.
Those in the Level Three category group will be considered for funding based on the Academy allocation and subject to available funding after those in the Level One and Level Two priority groups have been awarded.
Students in this group may get a contribution towards the cost of essential equipment, transport costs.
Payments will be made on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis by the most mutually convenient method or ‘in-kind’ where the school would achieve greater value for money for if an item was purchased for the student via the school’s purchasing process. Items would belong to the school and be returned by the student at the end of their course.
Please collect an application form from the Sixth Form Administrator. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2017. Completed applications must be submitted with supporting documentation. Students who become eligible during the academic year should contact the Sixth Form Administrator and make an application.
Each application and supporting documentation will be assessed in the strictest confidence.
Supporting Each and Every Student
At Oldfield School, we believe in providing each and every one of our students with the pastoral support they need to make a success of their studies. Aside from our highly experienced tutors, Mr Nash has an open-door policy and students with concerns should email or see him in the Sixth Form Office if they have any concerns. The Sixth Form Administrator, is also always on hand to offer advice and guidance. Similarly, we encourage parents and carers to do the same. Most problems can be resolved by prompt and open dialogue.