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Following a nomination by Microsoft, The Grammar School proudly announces that it is now recognized as a Microsoft Showcase School for 2014-2015.  The Grammar School has now joined an exclusive group of schools across the world which successfully integrates technology with teaching and learning to deliver more personalized education to ...

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Classes 6-7: Upper School

In Classes 6 and 7 students need to realise that their performance will have a major impact on their future prospects.  Each A Level syllabus has been carefully designed to stretch and stimulate students in that particular subject area.  Therefore it is important to remember that AS and A2 courses are much more demanding than International GCSE level.

Class 6 is the year to:
  • Develop interests and extra activities further to reflect commitment, dedication and motivation. 
  • Enhance global awareness, follow current affairs and pay particular attention to developments in the academic fields/professions of interest. 

    For example: 

  • For Law, what interesting cases are in the media and how are they developing? 
  • For Medicine, what important scientific developments and research projects are currently in the news?
  • For Economics, trace the causes and effects of current financial trends.
  • Begin detailed research into universities and courses that students wish to apply for.  Most students will apply to university in the first semester of Class 7 so it is important to be well prepared ahead of time. 

For example:

  • What are the course entry requirements?
  • What additional skills are needed?
  • How can you prepare a competitive application?
  • Use UCAS as your starting point
  • Gain appropriate work experience.  This is particularly important for certain professions, however ANY work experience leads to the acquisition of SKILLS that are recognized by universities. 
For example:
  • For Law, shadow a lawyer, work in a law office, attend court cases
  • For Medicine, shadow a doctor, assist at a clinic or in a caring environment on a regular basis to show commitment
  • For ANY course remember: part-time work experience leads to a portfolio of transferable skills such as communication, organisation, acting on initiative, being responsible etc
In Classes 6 and 7:
  • Students should be responsible for individual self-directed study and research.
  • It is of utmost importance to attend all lessons regularly; unnecessary absences will hinder progress at this crucial stage.
Study Tips for Students:
  • Be methodical and systematic in your academic work both at school and at home
  • Read over your lessons on a daily basis to ensure that you have understood the material covered.  If you have questions, ask your teacher the following day.  Do not leave questions unanswered
  • Make neat, organised notes and revise regularly.  Accurate note-taking is a VERY important skill to acquire for the future
  • Work on past paper questions so you are well aware of the type and format of questions that may arise in the examinations
  • Read AROUND your subjects.  Do that EXTRA bit of research required to obtain an A* grade
  • PLAN your time effectively so that you have time for leisure as well.  Create a study schedule to build effective time management skills
  • DO NOT DEPEND on retaking examinations as this may affect your performance in the A2 Level examinations which focus on challenging material and require increased study time. It is better to WORK hard and achieve success the first time around.  Re-taking examinations is time-consuming and often unnecessary. Retaking units may be viewed negatively by competitive institutions.

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