Admissions

Park House will consider applications from all suitable students provided we have the appropriate courses available. Students will need to meet our entry criteria of five GCSE’s at A*–C grades for entry onto AS-Level courses. There will be specific subject criteria as indicated in each subject entry in the prospectus.
 

All students will be interviewed in school during February or March and an offer of a place may be made subject to achieving the appropriate GCSE grades.

 
Progression from AS to A2
Progression from AS to A2 is normal. However it is not automatic. Performance and attendance at AS will determine whether a student can continue to A2.
 
GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT
Personal Tutors
Every student is in a tutor group which has a combination of Year 12 and 13 students. The tutor group meet every morning for a tutorial session and it is at this time that the tutor gets to know the students and key communications are made. Within these sessions there will be a programme of guidance on careers, enrichment activities and a support programme with time for individual discussion. Tutors will meet with students and parents twice a year on our Focus on Learning days to discuss overall progress and strategies for further improvement.
 
Safeguarding
The Governing Body of Park House School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All agencies, working to agreed local policies and procedures, will take action to address any concerns that may be raised.
 
Study Support
Students in the Sixth Form have independent study time when they are expected to work on their courses and develop their understanding through independent research. Students are supervised for some of this time in the study area which has computer facilities and private study cubicles. Students also have access to a silent study area in the library and less formal common room facilities.
 
Director of Studies and Deputy Director of Studies
The Director of Studies and the Deputy Director of Studies are available to support and advise students and will contact parents if the need arises.
 
Careers Guidance
Students are given a comprehensive programme of guidance which includes:

Information evenings on university application, gap years and job seeking

?A careers week with workshops and talks from outside agencies and professionals?

Comprehensive guidance on the UCAS application process?

Visits to careers conventions as part of the West Berkshire network?Visit to the Higher Education Conference in Reading?

Access to specialised conferences e.g. Medicine, Law, Veterinary etc.

?Oxbridge guidance and visits?Individual careers interviews and group?

Access to comprehensive Careers Library and software

Courses on Offer:
Advanced Level Courses – Level 3
We offer AS and A2 courses (Level 3) in a variety of subjects as listed in this prospectus.You will need at least five grade Cs at GCSE, normally including Mathematics and English Language to qualify for these courses. We normally require a Grade B in the subject you are wishing to take at A-Level where applicable.
 
A Level Access Course
See seperate details.
 
GCSE?Resits in Mathematics and English
Students who have not achieved at least a grade C in English and Mathematics are expected to follow these courses.
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
 
The School Day
School starts at 8.35 a.m. with a tutorial programme. There are 5 one-hour lessons which end at 3.25 p.m. Sometimes lessons for Sixth Form may take place during period 6 ending at 4.30 p.m. Lunch is from 1.40–2.25 p.m.
 
Dress Code
Students are expected to wear smart business dress.
 
16-19 Bursary Fund
If your household income is below £16,190 you may be eligible for a bursary. This is a payment of up to £400 spread over three instalments throughout the year. If you meet the following criteria you may be eligible for a Guaranteed Bursary of £1200 (again three instalments over the year):

currently or previously looked after by the Local Authority, and/or;

in receipt of Income Support in their own right, and/or;?

disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability

Living Allowance
Details and application forms are available from the school
 
Enrichment
There are opportunities for enrichment studies which include:

  • World Challenge?
  • Certificate of Financial Studies?Community
  • Sports Leaders Award?
  • Sports Ambassadors?
  • Sporting activities on Wednesday afternoon?
  • Opportunities for work experience?
  • Community work e.g. PALS

 

Click here to download the Sixth Form Application Form

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