FAQ

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How many A-Level courses will I be able to study?

One of the benefits of attending RPA 6th form is the personalised learning programme that we will offer students alongside excellent careers advice. As part of the application process you will have the opportunity to discuss with staff the best route for you, taking into account your academic strengths, interests, learning styles and aspirations. Many students take four AS courses and then continue with three into A2 Level. University courses require a certain number of UCAS points and most courses will accept three A Levels. Rest assured that these questions will be thoroughly discussed at interview as part of our commitment to ensuring you receive the best possible preparation for the next stage on your career. 

Will my timetable be full?

One of the differences you will notice between 6th form life and the rest of the school will be the school day. Lessons will run during both morning and afternoon sessions, which you are expected to attend. There will however be greater responsibility given to students to make use of study time and to take part in enrichment activities that will enhance your skills and personal development. 

Will we have independent study time?

As stated above, there will be independent study time as this is a vital element of Post-16 study. Brand new facilities will ensure that you are provided with an ideal learning environment in which to work. Staff will be able to offer guidance and there will be a 6th Form Resource Centre tailored to your needs. As part of the RPA 6th Form Induction Programme you will receive training in study skills to help you maximise your Independent Study Time as this is one area that students new to Post-16 study often find challenging. 

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Will there be trips?

RPA strongly believes that cultural enrichment, travel and simply broadening horizons should be a key element of a 6th form that strives to provide its students with the most rewarding and exciting learning experience. Over the past two years students in RPA have enjoyed highly successful visits to Athens and Barcelona. It is part of our commitment that RPA 6th formers will continue to be provided opportunities for exploration and adventure as well as enrichment opportunities that will directly support their study. Currently, a residential trip is being planned for July to help prepare new students for 6th form life. 

Will we have opportunities to meet new people?

Most definitely! We are very fortunate to be working as part of a wider consortium with other new Richmond 6th forms which will allow for exciting collaborations between the staff and students of partner schools. We envisage that these will include the use of social media for discussing issues that relate to specific courses as well as 6th form study in general; clubs and societies; debating competitions and social events. Part of the role of the existing 6th Form Council will be to explore these links and to develop them further. 

Will the teaching be excellent?

The short answer to this is ‘Yes’. A significantly high proportion of RPA teachers were graded ’Outstanding’ during our recent Ofsted inspection and quality of teaching is a strength of the school as a whole. All staff selected to deliver Post-16 courses will be highly qualified, skilled and experienced. To build upon these existing strengths, the 6th Form Teaching Team are undertaking training to ensure they are fully abreast of current developments in 6th form teaching and proficient in the most effective Post-16 pedagogical practice. 

Will current RPA students be guaranteed a place?

Students who applied before 8th January 2016 will have the greatest opportunity of a place, though this will of course be subject to references and attainment in GCSE’s. We anticipate interest from applicants within and outside of the existing student body and all will be considered so there is no guarantee available for current RPA students. It is suggested that prospective applicants ensure that they pay attention to the published dates for the application deadlines and begin preparing for the selection process. 

Will there be a uniform?

There will not be a school uniform for RPA 6th form students. This is one area that the 6th Form Council have had significant input and it has been decided that a ‘smart casual’ dress code will be adopted to reflect the increasing maturity of students. However, students dressing inappropriately will be challenged.