STOKE COLLEGE SIXTH FORM

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Are you one of the brightest and best?

We are currently open for applications for the Mark Wang Scholarship programme for both September 2021 and 2022.

This one of a kind scholarship programme includes:

  • Fully funded day or boarding places for a group for 20 exceptional students
  • Additional financial support for uniforms, activities and trips
  • A personal ‘success’ mentor

Additionally, Stoke College Sixth Form offers:

  • A wide range of A-Level options
  • The opportunity to apply for a two-week cultural programme in China
  • Access to EPQ and ECDL Level III qualifications
  • Bespoke careers mentoring programme including support to access the UK’s best universities
  • Commencement at Silver Level on the Duke of Edinburgh awards
  • Continuity of education throughout COVID with our online teaching programme

Stoke College has recently come under new ownership and has a new Head and a new team. We are undergoing a complete transformation and have far reaching ambitions for our school.

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Who is Mark Wang

Mark Wang is a Chinese businessman, lawyer, educationalist and philanthropist. He oversees one of China’s top international schools, UWC Changsu. Mark is a disability rights activist and is deeply committed to inclusion, diversity and access of opportunity. He has his own experience of this: aged 12 he was aboard a plane crash when it crashed. He subsequently lost both of his legs. Mark is Chair of the Board of Directors at Stoke College.

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Academic Programme

Our job as a school is to push each and every student just a little bit further than they thought themselves capable of.

Our aspirational teachers will guide you through your courses to achieve the highest grades possible.

Most of our students sit three A Levels and submit an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

For those aspiring to Oxbridge or Ivy League, we may recommend four A Levels and the EPQ, depending on your area of specialism.

Other students may choose to study two A Levels, the EPQ and also the ECDL, a practical computing qualification, to provide them with enough recognised qualifications to secure a University place.

Which A Level subjects do we offer?

Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Mathematics & Further Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology and Spanish.

We are considering offering Classical Civilisation, Design & Technology, Media Studies, Law and Sociology in 2021, subject to demand.

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Support

The Stoke College pastoral system remains a strong focus in Sixth Form: you will have twice-daily contact with your form tutor, in a small group of up to 15 students. You will build a strong relationship with your tutor as they support your day to day wellbeing, help you to set academic and extra-curricular targets, and guide you through your UCAS applications for UK higher education, or other applications that you are making.

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Boarding

Sixth Form is a natural stepping stone to the full independence of university and adult living. As such, a boarding experience is beneficial in preparing students for life away from home. As part of our close-knit community in our safe rural environment, Sixth Form boarders get all the family feeling that we offer, but with enhanced responsibility. They can manage their own study and social time, under the supportive leadership of the boarding staff, and build up their own social confidence and resilience with a strong support network around them. Sixth Form students will enjoy either a single or a twin bedroom, that they can personalise and make a genuine home from home. With further opportunities for cooking and life skills lessons, as well as evening and weekend activities and trips, boarding offers the best of both worlds for students getting ready to enter the ‘real world’

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Co-curricular

Sixth Form life isn’t all about your academic courses! We offer over one hundred different extra curricular clubs and activities and you can even set up your own clubs and activities for other students to participate in. There is plenty on offer to help you unwind, whether through art, yoga or reading club. Or you can join in with the many sports clubs available from netball and basketball to tennis, running and even river swimming. Budding environmentalists and entrepreneurs can join eco club, debating and Young Enterprise and we haven’t even mentioned the whole school musical, drama, dance, LAMDA or Duke of Edinburgh’s Award yet! The school day is organised with a long lunchtime club session as well as an hour at the end of the day, so you can join up to ten activities a week, changing your choices every half term, and taking a day or two off to catch up on your studies if you need to.

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Progression

We know the question on your mind when you start thinking about Sixth Form is ‘What do I want to do after Sixth Form?’ We know some of you will have set ideas about this and some of you just don’t know yet. Either way, we will do everything we can to help get you there: with a personal careers mentor, help with work experience, and tailoring your Sixth Form experience to help your application stand out you can be confident that you can achieve your goal. Because we know our students so well, our personalised careers and university advice is always 100% bespoke to you: we will help you to hand pick the courses that will keep your options open and suit your strengths, while ensuring you aim high to help you achieve more than you thought possible.
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Admissions

We know that every student is different, and so our admissions criteria are never set in stone, but we do offer guidelines to help you decide on the best pathway for you. We would usually recommend that students joining our Sixth Form have achieved (or are projected to achieve) six GCSE passes at grade 5 or above, and that for Maths and Physics A Levels you have achieved a grade 7 at Maths GCSE or equivalent. If you are considering our 2+2 study programme, then we would recommend that you have five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above. 

Your admission begins with a conversation: talk to us about what subjects you think you might like to study, and what career path you think you might like to follow, if you have any ideas already. We can then work with you to create a stimulating study programme that you can enjoy for two years and that can springboard you on to the next phase of your life and learning.

If you’d like to find our more about our Sixth Form, you can attend one of our evening virtual events, visit us, phone us or fill out an enquiry form.

We love welcoming families to our school, so please do come and visit us if you can.

How to apply

You can apply online here. You’ll need to attach your latest school reports and details of predicted grades. Please also let us know on the form if you are also applying for a Mark Wang scholarship.

If you’re a UK student, we’ll then contact you to set up an interview, either in person or on zoom. You won’t need to sit an exam, but if you need SENCO support, you may need to be assessed by our specialist team.

If you are an international student, you may need to take some standardised tests, an English language test, as well as a Zoom interview.

If you’d like to apply for a Mark Wang Scholarship, you’ll need to sit an online aptitude assessment, with the highest performing students invited to attend an assessment day at Stoke College. Students will also attend an online interview with the Principal before final scholarship awards are offered.

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Stoke College Diploma

The Stoke College Diploma in Global Competencies is a one-of-a-kind diploma which prepares students for an ever changing global world.

This diploma is worth more than 1 whole A-level in terms of UCAS points, when ECDL III* is taken in conjunction with EPQ**.  More importantly, it will equip students with an outstanding, broad set of skills.

This unique diploma consists of core and optional study areas.

In addition, Sixth Form students are strongly encouraged to apply for the two-week’ cultural exchange to China.

Core Elements:

Extended Project Qualification** rated by the supervising teacher: Pass, Merit, Distinction.

Work Experience,

Life Coach: an external coach to ensure student’s success to help plot a course through Sixth Form to University and employment.

Life Skills: in two parts, as follows:

Personal, Social and Health Education, plus Citizenship for Sixth Form – Morrisby careers psychometric test, Examination Technique. UCAS preparation and submission and CV writing. 

6 week rotating study programme which includes: Chinese ab initio, Spanish in the Workplace, UK Politics & Global Politics, Economy and Ethical & Sustainable Leadership; Personal Finance, Savings and Tax Management; Nutrition & Cooking; Healthy Life Plan & Well-Being

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Optional Elements:

Choose two from the following options:

  1. European Computer Driver’s License, Levels I-III*,
  2. One of the following music and speech awards
    LAMDA – acting, public speaking, presentational skills
    ABRSM (as above) – music examinations
    Guildhall School of Music and Drama examinations
    Trinity College of Music and Drama speech and music examinations
    London College Music Theatre examinations
  3. Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: Silver, Gold
  4. Young Enterprise participation
  5. Sport: including coaching qualifications / team representation / individual accomplishments
  6. Dance: Royal Academy of Dance / International Dance Teachers’ Association examinations
  7. Management and leadership of School Debating and Public Speaking Society, including personal performance, judged by Coordinating Teacher at Pass, Merit or Distinction.
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