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14/10/19

Best of luck to MS, KA and AI on their applications to study

14/10/19

Retweeted From Caterham High School

We are so proud of Kenny's daredevil dedication to fundraising. https://t.co/zG3A0uOoQ9

13/10/19

Retweeted From Which? University

The application deadline is next week (Tues 15 Oct) 🚨🚨🚨 If you’re applying to either or for 2020, check out our special advice hub for tips to stand out… Oxbridge help ➡️ https://t.co/R4uCXJCYvz https://t.co/jE83LggXqO

11/10/19

Retweeted From Ilford Recorder

Kenny, 14, abseils down one of London's tallest buildings to raise awareness of autism https://t.co/qFIhDNvWrU

10/10/19

Retweeted From Mental Health Fdn

🌍Today is and the theme is . 💚Please post a message of hope in the replies for those who may be struggling & those supporting loved ones through difficult times. https://t.co/gMvt8snpdn

06/10/19

Best of luck to CD and LP who have submitted their TO

04/10/19

students, with support from the school community held a non-uniform day on today for staff and students. This was to support Stand up to Cancer, with has the aim of speeding up life-saving cancer research https://t.co/FiLYZZvdTs

04/10/19

Retweeted From UCAS

When writing your personal statement, remember to work in short bursts, and get a second pair of eyes! 👀 (We see you ) https://t.co/KzQy3DyY3O

03/10/19

Retweeted From Caterham High School

We were delighted to welcome a huge number of families to yesterday's Open Evening where prospective students learned about our massive spike in GCSE results, our focus on academic rigour and our warm, welcoming learning environment. https://t.co/tAF7tU9VCu

30/09/19

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Get ready for a week of hints, tips, and advice, to help you show unis that you’re the ideal student for their course 👨‍🎓👩🏾‍🎓 https://t.co/ZDTqVfVKhT

28/09/19

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Build your with our tool, PLUS get extra tips to refine it into the final polished product 💎 Personal statement tool: https://t.co/rf7fcCxSjF https://t.co/DIkvSmwsxU

27/09/19

Retweeted From Caterham High School

Our aspirational Sixth Formers are looking to their futures by attending the UK University and Apprenticeship search fair at the Emirates stadium. https://t.co/ZMUIGiGTrI

26/09/19

Retweeted From Caterham High School

Looking to get fit and or play a sport? Take a look at our fitness and PE clubs. https://t.co/iC2PnG4HO1

25/09/19

Our students getting experimental during their subject practicals at UEL , https://t.co/m3AA6pvocj

25/09/19

Retweeted From Caterham High Sixth Form

REMINDER - and PARENTS/CARERS' INFORMATION EVENING - THURSDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER AT 7.00PM. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU. https://t.co/2tCBcA2XHG

25/09/19

Our students learned about opportunities to grow and enjoy new experiences with National Citizen Service https://t.co/8bXB8uG2my

23/09/19

Thank you to Ambassadors from for delivering a workshop to students who are studying https://t.co/O6BV5xKfBi

22/09/19

Families of year 5 and 6 students are warmly welcomed to our Open Evening on Wednesday 2nd of October, 6.30pm-8.30pm https://t.co/bYYNk2Zmcj

20/09/19

REMINDER - and PARENTS/CARERS' INFORMATION EVENING - THURSDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER AT 7.00PM. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU. https://t.co/2tCBcA2XHG

19/09/19

Congratulations to Ms Conway and CHS staff who were shortlisted for the Outstanding Progress of the Year Award for progress made towards achieving the for https://t.co/FrSr7mTBmd

19/09/19

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🎉 Yes, good luck to all the nominees at our LEAN awards tonight https://t.co/iatTp3NqXI

18/09/19

Best of luck to CHS who are shortlisted for the Outstanding Progress of the Year Award for progress made towards achieving the for Winners will be announced at an awards event at City Hall on Thursday evening https://t.co/1GICKTLg6J

16/09/19

Retweeted From Caterham High School

As part of their enrichment Sixth Form students have been setting up societies such as art, photography, Spanish, student support, special fx, multicultural food, motivation and chess club. https://t.co/Zx3CZ91p4h

13/09/19

As part of their students have been setting up such as , , , student support, , , and club. https://t.co/PMaUJSil5y

11/09/19

Liam, student has volunteered to help lead lessons with our students. The lesson he taught was based on frozen pictures. Staff were impressed by his confidence and enthusiasm. are proving to be natural leaders or even future teachers! https://t.co/Znoj54ZSW6

10/09/19

Retweeted From Mental Health Fdn

🌍It's . 🤝Prevention is something that we can all play a part in. A short conversation with another person may be enough to make the difference between life and death. 💚‘WAIT’ is a good way to remember how you can support someone who may be suicidal: https://t.co/u4xu4NuTxq

09/09/19

Retweeted From Caterham High School

We are recruiting for a number of teaching and non teaching roles within the school. Please see our vacancies page for more details https://t.co/b0thOS2g7D

05/09/19

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See your degree options based on the A-levels you’re taking: https://t.co/EphVYdC3kd https://t.co/Q8uxZKr1Bt

05/09/19

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We caught up with students who used our tool - this is how they rated it 👇👇👇 Try our personal statement tool now - https://t.co/rf7fcCPtIf https://t.co/jPaWo4dBDP

05/09/19

Retweeted From Caterham High School

Welcome back to students in Year 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13. https://t.co/ArIEs4X71S

05/09/19

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A warm welcome to the Year 7 and 12 students starting today. https://t.co/0Zn0PwjaQD

03/09/19

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‘A-levels are about learning to study independently. Now I use free periods to get my work done, which reduces my stress levels too.’ Moving from GCSEs to A-levels? This is one student’s story...: https://t.co/79lDpVwYVy https://t.co/o1ykDBwodU

02/09/19

Retweeted From Caterham High School

We are incredibly proud of Kenny, who abseiled down Broadgate Tower, raising awareness for . https://t.co/D5alzEPJ6T

02/09/19

Retweeted From Which? University

Five positive study habits to start doing this term: https://t.co/SC8X5T3bz2 Even just one could make a difference! https://t.co/j6EjX4ud2Z

01/09/19

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University entry requirements don't always boil down to three letters…🔤 Entry requirements - what you might not know: https://t.co/HlEkWxyfEv https://t.co/OfU3OLglBy

22/08/19

Retweeted From Redbridge Council

Well done, Kaya! https://t.co/96beJcPLNI

22/08/19

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Congratulations to Yr 11. You are amazing...here’s a little note from the people 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽#GreatAdvice https://t.co/gcXzozBNHW

22/08/19

Retweeted From Caterham High School

Talhah, who is hearing impaired, achieved two 7a, six 6s and two 5s in his GCSEs https://t.co/pJRxvsxDzI

22/08/19

Retweeted From Caterham High School

This year’s highest achiever is Tarek, with four 9a, six 8s and one 7. He hopes to study at Cambridge in the future. https://t.co/QwRqioY3LI

UCAS Clearing and Adjustment 2019

Adjustment– if you’ve done better than expected

Adjustment is a chance for you to reconsider where and what to study. If you've had a firm conditional choice accepted – and therefore made into an unconditional firm choice – you could potentially swap your place for one on another course you prefer.

Clearing– If a student ends up on A level results day with no university place, they can then enter ‘clearing’. There is no stigma about this: tens of thousands of students get a place via clearing every year (almost 60,000 last year!).

If you think you might be in that situation, this is a good guide to clearing: https://university.which.co.uk/advice/clearing-results-day/the-survivors-guide-to-clearing

The alternative to clearing, incidentally, is to withdraw from UCAS, take a gap year and re-apply in the autumn. You would do that through us, by popping in to see our UCAS team in September or October.

Further information can be found by clicking on the following: UCAS Adjustment and Clearing. A hard copy of this will be provided in students' results envelopes. 

 

Clearing 2019 by Rachel Hall, The Guardian August 10th2019 

However confident students feel about A-level predictions and course choices, in this buyers’ market it’s good to know when to check the UCAS website

This year two factors are set to shape the clearing process: a birth rate dip in the early 2000s means there are fewer 18 year-olds in the UK than in previous years; and universities are looking to recruit more students. This means it’s an ideal time for savvy students to shop around, even if they’ve already accepted an offer. Perhaps they feel differently about their course or institution choice now that summer’s rolled around, or maybe they think they could have aimed higher. Either way, the choice is theirs.

Last year, a record 60,000 students entered university via clearing. Lots of universities run open days and start advertising their vacancies well before A-level results day on 15 August, knowing that many students use this as a second application window. This year, clearing opened on 5 July.

“There will be lots of availability in clearing, even on very selective courses at Russell Group institutions, though I do think those top courses will go quite quickly,” says Mary Curnock-Cook, former chief executive of UCAS. “It’s more like universities scrambling for applicants than applicants for places, so applicants can afford to be quite choosy.”

This is particularly the case for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Cambridge has entered clearing for the first time this year, but applications are only open to students from the poorest areas of the country. Edinburgh is also awarding all its places in clearing to students from the most deprived parts of Scotland.

For students who’ve missed out on their grades, there are plenty of quality courses on offer. Hope Clay Belshamgota place at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) through clearing last year to study animal science, after missing out on a place at its neighbour, Nottingham.

“When I spoke to NTU I was greeted with a friendly and helpful staff member who assured me everything would work out,” she recalls.

While she had only considered universities in the research-intensive Russell Group prior to applying, she’s now finding she’s better suited to NTU’s assessment style. “I love that I have assignments rather than loads of exams.”

The secret is to start your preparations early. Emma Leech, director of marketing at Loughborough University, says that in recent years “the speed of folks hitting the phone lines has got quicker”. She advises students to have a list of the unis and courses they meet the grade requirements for, and to start ringing the moment they have their results.

If students are confident about their decisions, Leech says, they’re less likely to fall prey to “aggressive marketing”, such as offers of free laptops from unisl ooking to fill places. “Don’t get pushed by an institution to say yes on the spot.”

Curnock-Cookadds that students who have read about the government’s review of tuition fees might be tempted to wait a year, in the hope of paying £7,500 in fees rather than £9,250. But, she cautions: “The timing has quite a big question mark over it, because of the political shenanigans going on at the moment, so you could be waiting a long time.”

Instead, students should take the opportunity to work out which subjects most inspire them. “Don’t just look at course headlines,” says Curnock-Cook. “Read about all the modules and make sure you feel comfortable with them – you’re going to spend three years studying this subject in depth. If the modules or choices available on a particular course don’t make you feel ‘Yes, I could stay up all night reading that’, then it’s probably not the right one to go for.”

Timeline

15 August
A-level results day. While students without any offers will already have been browsing for courses, today is the day when students who missed their grades are able to enter clearing. Adjustment also opens for students who received better results than expected. To find out which route you’re eligible for, check UCAS Track.

31 August
The deadline for providing extra information on your application, such as other achievements, to enable you to meet offer conditions. Adjustment closes today.

4 September
For students who want to take a gap year and defer entry to 2020 rather than go through clearing, applications open for UCAS courses starting next year.

20 September
All applications to UCAS courses starting in 2019 must be received by 6pm today.

5 October
The deadline for 2020 applications to Oxford and Cambridge, and most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science and dentistry.

22 October
The final date for applications to courses starting in 2019 via clearing. After this date, universities and colleges can no longer accept students via clearing.

15 January
The final deadline for all applications to undergraduate courses starting in 2020.

How to make the process of clearing easier

Before the day

1 Prepare
If you suspect you haven’t made your grades, anything you can do beforehand will ease the rush on results day. Clearing opened on 5 July, although universities can’t make an offer until you have your results. You can check which courses have vacancies – university websites and UCAS give some details before results. Ring around to register your interest in advance.

2 Reflect
Now is a good time to look at the universities and subjects you shortlisted back in your original UCAS application and consider what appealed. Are these the same things you want now? Gather module marks and GCSE results, and reread your personal statement. Then make a list of possible courses – take notes about what appeals.

3 Take notes
Shortlist potential courses and note contacts and names. While you’re thinking clearly, note specific details of what interests you on each course – teaching methods, content, internships etc.

4 Sign up for alerts
The UCAS direct contact service allows universities to get in touch directly about courses from 15 August. It’s open to students without an offer.

5 Consider alternatives
This might be a gap year, a different subject, or the same elsewhere. You can also apply for apprenticeships alongside your UCAS application, although deadlines vary.

6 Explore campuses
Social media, city guides and student portals are great for figuring out what it’s like to live and study somewhere you don’t yet know. Think again about campus versus city sites, accommodation and the relative cost of living.

On the day

1 Seek support
If you’re feeling emotional, remember that’s a normal response. Don’t feel like you have to go through clearing alone – a parent or teacher will be happy to help.

2 Stay calm and follow the steps
At 8am you can check UCAS Track to see if you’ve been accepted by your firm or insurance choice. Some universities accept students even if they are off by a grade and you can ring to check. Track will show whether you are in clearing.

Once you’ve collected your results, which universities will need before they can offer you a place, and you have your UCAS Track login details to hand, you can look at the live list of vacancies on UCAS and individual university websites.

After browsing availability, you can start ringing university hotlines and using social media to ask questions. If possible, have a spare phone for call backs while you ring around. Write down details, names and contacts from calls.

3 Take your time
You can’t formally accept a place until 3pm, and normally you’ll have two or three days to decide. Once you’ve decided, enter your single choice in Track. When a uni has verified your grades, you’re in. 

Don’t feel like you have to accept a place as soon as you’re offered it. Ask how long the university will give you to reflect on your decision and make sure that it’s the right one for you.