Please find listed on the left a number of pages to help you through the application process for the Sixth Form 2017
OUR ADMISSIONS POLICY
Caterham High School is fully committed to equal opportunities. We welcome applications from all students whatever their background and whatever their needs. All applications will be treated in a fair and positive manner. We encourage our students to believe in themselves as individuals, each different, each developing towards their own chosen ideals and targets.
The Sixth Form at Caterham High School has grown steadily in recent years as members of the local community have become aware of the outstanding levels of success enjoyed by our A Level students, and the excellent reports made by inspectors and awarding bodies.
The school is situated in a pleasant residential district and the sixth-form block is constantly supervised by teachers to ensure a safe and pleasant working environment for students. Small classes and good student-teacher relationships provide the basis for high levels of academic success.
OUR ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Those who wish to commence Advanced level courses should normally have obtained at least seven GCSE passes at grade C or above; due to the academic requirements of A level courses, GCSE equivalent courses such as BTEC qualifications are not normally accepted as entry qualifications; exceptions apply for our Vocational qualifications. In addition some subjects require their students to have GCSE grade B in relevant subjects.
Please check the individual GCSE requirements for each course you wish to take.
Students must have at least three D grades at AS Level to progress onto their A2 courses.
CHOOSING YOUR COURSES
You will want to choose subjects that interest you and that you can do well in. If you have a particular career aim make sure that you research which subjects are required at Sixth Form level. If you are thinking about going to University, particularly those in the Russell group (considered to be in the top 20 Universities in the UK) certain subjects are recommended: more information may be found at www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices.aspx.
Art/Drama colleges and Music conservatoires have their own special requirements: please seek advice from the relevant Head of Subject Area.
HOW TO APPLY
Please complete the online application form. You can access our application form from the menu on the left, or by clicking /370/application-form-2016
If you are a student from another school please complete the online application form. When we have all of your paperwork we will invite you to visit the school. We will give you a clear decision as soon as possible after your visit.
OUR PROMISE TO NEW STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Some schools seem to use long waiting list and complicated systems to limit the number of new students who can enter. We promise you that we are different. We will give students every encouragement to obtain their school place, and we will make decisions quickly so that families are not left worrying as they approach their exams.
HIGH LEVELS OF UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE
Caterham students have enjoyed high levels of success in applying for Higher Education. University applications are now made entirely on-line. We provide excellent up to date advice, one to one careers support and first class references to help our students make the most of their opportunities.
Our success rate for university entrance is virtually 100%. Those who do not go on to higher education have usually chosen to go straight into work. Our extra-curricular activities and support and resulted in a significant number of our students receiving Unconditional Offers from their Universities of choice.
ACTIVITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities for education in the Sixth-Form go far beyond the classroom so that students can broaden their understanding of the world and learn important interpersonal skills.
In recent years individual students have undertaken a huge range of activities, including an Operation Raleigh expedition to Malaysia, the Young Musician of the year competition, work experience placements in France, hospital radio ‘broadcasting, teaching information technology to local adults, teaching in nursery schools and one group even went to live in a monastery as part of a research project.
General activities which have involved the whole sixth-form have included visits to Parliament, theatre trips, and participating the annual debate organised by the Children’s Society. Our mock election was featured on national television.
Caterham High was the only school in the country to be involved in the Artists for Romania project organised by the European Arts Conservation Trust. Work done by Caterham students helped to rescue priceless Art treasures and our students were thanked in person by the Romanian Ambassador.
There are also a range of field trips in many of the A Level subjects, enabling students to broaden their understanding of the topics studied.
CULTURE AND THE ARTS
Caterham High School is well known for its excellent Musical and Cultural events which have led to frequent appearances on television and in the press. repeatedly featured in the local and national press for successes in many areas.
Our musicians have played in the Royal Albert Hall, our Drama groups have performed at the Edinburgh Festival. We currently hold the "Arts Mark" gold award.
SPORT AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
As a specialist “Sports College” Caterham High School is a centre of excellence in Sport and Physical Education. The school enjoys the most modern sports facilities in the London Borough of Redbridge including a refurbished swimming pool, extensive playing fields, a large multi-purpose sports hall, a dance studio and high quality all-weather pitches so that activities and competitions can continue throughout the year.
We benefit from links with local community groups and leading sports clubs enabling our students to compete up to national level.
All Sixth Form students are given free access to the fitness suite every day of the week, enabling them to save money while keeping fit.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND CHARITY WORK
Many students are given positions of responsibility, such as Head Boy and Head Girl, Senior Prefects and Chair of the School Council.
There is a Sixth-Form Student Leadership team which meets every week to discuss a wide range of affairs: social events, charity fund raising and common room facilities.
New sixth-formers quickly find themselves enjoying the wide range of opportunities which sixth-form life has to offer. Sixth-Formers also take on responsibilities, such as helping younger children to develop their reading.