The Heart of England School is a popular mixed 11-18 comprehensive school of 1200 pupils with a current Sixth Form of 181 students. The school serves pupils from a wide geographical catchment area, a high proportion of whom enjoy considerable success at GCSE. The school believes in ‘creating futures’ and works hard to ensure that students are prepared for life beyond the school gates.
Students select from a broad range of A Level courses on enrolment, exceeding national averages for the level of progress they make by the end of their time in the sixth form.
Students are able to select from the following subjects:
At Heart of England Sixth form students have 9 hours of teaching time per subject across a two week timetable. Students typically study three subjects, although those with a higher grade point average on entry have the option to study four.
All year 13 students are assigned to a form tutor who they see at least twice a week. During these times, tutors will have one to one learning conversations with their tutees, focusing on study skills, current working at grades and revision. During tutor time, students also explore the world outside of school, looking at topics such as mortgage payments, Tax, how to read and understand a payslip and identify fraud. Students also explore a wealth of other topics using TED talks as a basis for this.
All students in the current Year 13 cohort enrolled for a two year course, with the decision being made not to enter them for AS. This decision was made so that high quality learning and teaching and looking at the demands and content of the courses, took precedence over the false proxy of an AS examination that hampered pedagogical needs.
Due to government guidelines, Heart of England School closed on March 23rd 2020.
At the start of lockdown, staff were required to upload work and resources for the students using either email or Microsoft Teams. As staff confidence and training increased, more lessons moved to Microsoft teams, with the majority being pre-recorded or live lessons. From 1st May 2020 staff were required to deliver live or pre-recorded lessons where possible for the students.
The school remained open for the children of key workers and vulnerable students. The sixth for was open for the vulnerable students in year 12 who were struggling to access the work remotely.
On July 3rd 2020 Year 12 students returned to the school for 3 consecutive Fridays. They were offered a total of 3 hours per subject of face-to-face support in all lessons except for Law and Health and Social Care. The lessons provided by each subject continued to follow the subject specifications as much as possible.
Predicted grades have been calculated using summative assessment data from year 12 and a year 13 assessment when the students returned from lockdown. Subject teachers have also allowed for a further year of study, with the knowledge that students missed 3 months of face to face support and their Year 12 mock examinations which would normally form a large part of their predicted grade.
All year 13 students had arranged external work experience for the week beginning 6th July 2020 for one week. Due to COVID 19 and the national lockdown, this week could not take place. Some students have gone on to do a virtual work experience in its place.