Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Coloma Sixth Form Introduction

Coloma welcomes into its Sixth Form girls from Coloma, from other schools and from a variety of faiths. The School aims to foster a deepening awareness of the Christian faith, alongside an understanding and tolerance of all other creeds and a desire for opportunity and justice for all.

In the Sixth Form we aim to provide a framework for the rounded development of the individual and welcome girls, who at 16, wish to join Coloma at this important stage in their preparation for adult life.

Coloma is situated in extensive grounds, with tennis and netball courts and a lacrosse and athletics field. The school complex includes a new purpose-built Sixth Form block, media suite, a chapel, well equipped science laboratories, an excellent library resourced with computers for independent study, a music studio, a new drama studio, design and technology suite, a hall and stage, art and pottery rooms, two gymnasia, six computer suites with access to the Internet, online communications connections in all teaching areas, and a fully equipped Performing Arts Centre in addition to a brand new Jubilee Arts Centre.

We strive to:

Those wishing to apply for a place at Coloma’s Sixth Form will find the following documentation in the ‘Forms and Downloads’ section of this site.

Sixth Form Prospectus & Admissions Policy

This document contains detailed information about Coloma’s Sixth Form and sets out the policy which will be followed for all admission applications to the school for pupil entry each September. Please note that the prospectus for the 2016 Entry will be available online from 1st October 2015 and will be issued at the Sixth Form Open Evening on the 6th October 2015 7.00-9.00pm.

Sixth Form Online Application

Applications to Coloma Sixth Form are made online for A Level courses. Simply follow the link in the ‘Forms and Downloads’ section for a complete set of instructions and access to the online forms.

Further Information

A wealth of information can be found in our Forms and Downloads section, including subject specifcations

If you would like any further information or have any questions please contact Sue Collins on 0208 654 6228 or scollins@coloma.croydon.sch.uk

A & AS Levels at Coloma

In line with government policy for 16—19 education, students will have the opportunity to follow a flexible programme of learning that may include both vocational and academic subjects.

Students in Year 12 may apply to study AS (Advanced Subsidiary) courses leading in Year 13 to full Advanced Level certification. Students choose four AS courses and normally continue with these to A2.

A full list of courses on offer at Coloma can be found in our 6th Form Prospectus.

Minimum Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for a place in the Sixth Form, all candidates must meet the minimum level of attainment at GCSE for the course of study they propose to follow. This is as follows:

Please note: The four B’s at GCSE must be in four different subjects

Candidates who do not meet the requirements above but who have a minimum average point score of 40 across their “Best 8” GCSE subjects will be able to opt for a more limited range of subjects in line with the individual requirements of the subjects they wish to study, and as the timetable permits.

These should be full GCSE courses taken in Year 11. Note that “Best 8” must include both English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above, 3 EBacc subjects (e.g Sciences, Geography, History, Foreign Languages), and 3 other full GCSE courses.

Private Study

Each A Level subject studied requires a minimum of 5 hours of private study per week. The facilities for private study include a large study base which is supervised, a fully equipped ICT suite, and a spacious library. Silent, independent study is observed in these areas. All facilities are open and available for students from 7.30am until 4.30pm. Each student has her own user access to the Internet.

Course Books and Planners

All students are provided with a diary/planner. Textbooks are usually provided on loan by subject staff for the duration of the course. However, students studying A Level English Literature may be asked to purchase some of the novels and plays being studied, as a personal copy facilitates annotation.

The use of all materials and facilities are subject to Coloma policies.

The 16 — 19 Bursary Fund

Coloma Convent Girls' School 16-19 Bursary Fund Guidelines 2015/2016

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is made available to Coloma through the government’s funding body, the Education Funding Agency. It is designed to help and support any students who face financial barriers to full participation in sixth form education. Students may be eligible for financial support with extra books, equipment, educational visits, transport costs, field trips, university visits, exam re-sit fees etc. Awards in 2014-15 ranged in value from £13 to £1000.

There are two types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

Eligilibity Criteria

Coloma will provide discretionary bursary awards according to the following criteria:

  1. Students who qualify for free school meals.
  2. Students whose families receive income-related benefits.
  3. Students with an annual household income of less than £22,000 per year.
  4. Students who are young carers.
  5. Students whose parents have experienced a redundancy in the last twelve months.
  6. Cases of hardship or difficulty (at the discretion of the Coloma Bursary Panel).

Evidence will be required in all cases

Conditions for Receipt

Students who have been awarded bursaries will be required to sign a written agreement to the following conditions:

  1. Excellent attendance (at least 95%).
  2. Punctuality at all registrations and lessons.
  3. Appropriate behaviour (full observance of the Sixth Form Contract of Commitment)
  4. Consistent achievement of academic targets in all subjects

Payment may be suspended if these conditions are not met.

Applications

The Bursary Application Form for the academic year 2015-16 is available in the Sixth Form Section of the Coloma website or from Mrs Rudduck at the Sixth Form Reception, from 2nd September 2015. This gives further information about the eligibility criteria and the evidence needed by the Panel. Applications should be submitted by Wednesday 30th September 2015. However students are encouraged to apply for a bursary if there is a change in family circumstances during the academic year which is likely to affect a family’s ability to cover financial costs in the sixth form. All requests for financial support in Years 12 and 13 are now dealt with through the bursary scheme. Applications under category 6 may be submitted at any time during the academic year. Please note that the Bursary Fund is limited and will close when the funds allocated have been spent.

All applications will be dealt with in confidence and a member of staff will be available at the beginning of the Autumn term to answer questions and/or provide support with applications.

* Vulnerable bursaries

Most students who receive support from the bursary will receive a tailored award from the discretionary bursary fund. Students in one or more of the groups below need more support and can apply for a vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200. The eligible groups are students who are:

  1. In care or care leavers.
  2. Getting Income Support (IS) or Universal Credit (UC) in place of Income Support in their own right.
  3. Getting Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments in their own right.