Information on A-levels

Essex County Standard: Information on A-levels Information on A-levels

AN information evening about a new sixth form centre in Colchester will take place on Wednesday, January 29, at 6.30pm.

Colchester High School in Wellesley Road is to open the facility for students in September.

It will be the first fee-paying school in the borough to offer A-Level courses.

The independent school is to convert its study centre in Oxford Road into the sixth form centre.

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9:40am Thu 2 Jan 14

Mr Jon A Vencarto says...

This is a welcome facility for the community and one can only wish that more schools and colleges were offering this facility than what is currently on offer.
The system currently in situ is somewhat difficult and strained. If this option was available 3 years ago I would have taken it for my son's.
There has to be a need for teaching at this level in the private sector, otherwise why would such a prestigious academy be opening its doors and offering the facility?
We desperately need a system in place and similar to the London Academy in the East End of London, which opened its doors some time ago.

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There is a clear need in the borough for a more Pastoral and Religious ethos based 6th Form Academies:
The transition between Secondary GCSE Education and 6th Form A Level education is relatively robust and quite harsh, it can be a culture shock, of quite alarming proportions.
I also have the opinion that as the Universities are becoming increasingly selective and as one vice principal put it to me "Don a more elitist ethos": The state should increase the 6th From requirement, to be spread over 3 years of study.
The goal posts have been widened by the government on A Level studies, therefore the need to increase teaching curriculum over a 3 year cycle will be a requirement for students.
My only concern is that if students all apply with high grade A Levels ie A's and above to Universities, how will the education establishments assess who's who in the selection process?
The private sector would do well in considering investment in a major 6th academy offering this type of 6th Form facility in an opt out style academy basis, away from the local authority.
This is similar to what some secondary schools have actioned and achieved in the last 3 years. (Please do not quote those academies that have failed in the process we have all heard the stories):
Any collective can open a school it is a right of law. I look forward to the day when a collective in Colchester gets together and opens more academies of this kind and ilk in the borough, to service the needs of our children in the community.
This is a welcome facility for the community and one can only wish that more schools and colleges were offering this facility than what is currently on offer. The system currently in situ is somewhat difficult and strained. If this option was available 3 years ago I would have taken it for my son's. There has to be a need for teaching at this level in the private sector, otherwise why would such a prestigious academy be opening its doors and offering the facility? We desperately need a system in place and similar to the London Academy in the East End of London, which opened its doors some time ago. http://www.theguardi an.com/education/201 2/mar/05/free-sixth- form-college-over-su bscribed There is a clear need in the borough for a more Pastoral and Religious ethos based 6th Form Academies: The transition between Secondary GCSE Education and 6th Form A Level education is relatively robust and quite harsh, it can be a culture shock, of quite alarming proportions. I also have the opinion that as the Universities are becoming increasingly selective and as one vice principal put it to me "Don a more elitist ethos": The state should increase the 6th From requirement, to be spread over 3 years of study. The goal posts have been widened by the government on A Level studies, therefore the need to increase teaching curriculum over a 3 year cycle will be a requirement for students. My only concern is that if students all apply with high grade A Levels ie A's and above to Universities, how will the education establishments assess who's who in the selection process? The private sector would do well in considering investment in a major 6th academy offering this type of 6th Form facility in an opt out style academy basis, away from the local authority. This is similar to what some secondary schools have actioned and achieved in the last 3 years. (Please do not quote those academies that have failed in the process we have all heard the stories): Any collective can open a school it is a right of law. I look forward to the day when a collective in Colchester gets together and opens more academies of this kind and ilk in the borough, to service the needs of our children in the community. Mr Jon A Vencarto

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