The Information section provides details about Sixth Form results, destinations, policies and procedures. To find out about admission to sixth form, please visit the admissions section. For other Marling School policies please visit the main school website www.marling.school.
Our school, the same as all the length and breadth of the country, closed our doors in March not knowing what to expect, but mostly expecting to be back in school within a few weeks. Staff and students responded by taking to a distance learning programme underpinned through the use of an online educational platform, EduLink, and sharing of resources and assessment materials on Google Classroom. Lessons were set remotely with some subjects offering live interaction from April onwards. After Easter, all subjects offered lessons with an element of direct interaction during the term. This was supplemented in June when we were able to offer face to face teaching in school again for all students in Yr12; each student receiving a three hour lesson in each of their chosen subjects. The combination of online lessons, live learning via Zoom, Google Meet and face to face learning in school ensure a full programme was taught in school. Vulnerable students were also invited into school to work independently in a structured and well resourced environment. Mock examinations were taken during the summer term in controlled conditions using unseen papers in timed conditions. Results from these assessments, plus those of the student from before and during lockdown activities, as well as assessments undertaken at the start of Yr13, have contributed to the production of predicted grades.
The school will shortly be publishing its contingency plans for a second lockdown, both for bubbles, single cohorts and the entire school. This is an ambitious programme which will see the continuation of the direct interaction begun in the summer made into a key element of every lesson, every day.
After an extraordinary year, which more than confirmed the pride we have in our young people at Marling School, our students received their A Level results on 13th August as planned. This year’s results are the outcome of a lengthy procedure that started with the school submitting Centre Assessed Grades to the examination boards following a process of internal quality assurance. These were then subject to a statistical standardisation model developed by Ofqual and the awarding organisations to ensure the grades awarded this year were consistent with those awarded to other cohorts in other years. According to the exams regulator this was the fairest possible approach available under extreme circumstances presented by Covid-19 restrictions and ensures that the grades awarded this year are as valid as in any other year.
With this process in mind, we are pleased to report the results for our students: 42% of exams at the highest A*-A grades including 16% at A*; well above national figures. The percentage of grades at A*-B was 70% and the pass rate was 99.7%. A large number of students exceeded their predicted grades including 2 students who achieved four A* grades, 24 (21%) achieving three A grade passes or better and nearly a third of students achieving at least one A* grade.Their success means that nearly all students can progress on to their chosen destination whether that be to university, a higher apprenticeship or a foundation course. Most have matched or exceeded their offers from universities, including many of the highly selective universities requiring A* grades such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, Bristol, Manchester and University College London.
Although any comparison with previous years is not valid, these remain a set of results that reflect the hard work and determination shown by our students throughout their time at the school. They worked really hard throughout the course and I am delighted for them and for our staff who supported them so well, both academically and pastorally. We were disappointed that our students were unable to sit their A-Level exams but overall we are pleased with the results. On behalf of the governors and staff I would like to congratulate all of our students on their results and wish them the very best as they go on to the next step in their journey.
From September 2011 Department for Education introduced a 16-19 bursary fund that is designed to help support young people who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education in the Sixth Form.
See the document below for information about eligibility and the application process.
Copies of all our school policies can be found on our Marling Main School website: School policies
Marling Sixth form is part of the Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust which was formed on 1st September 2016. It currently comprises of Marling Grammar School for Boys, Berkeley Primary School and Cam Woodfield Junior School. Further information can also be found on the CBAT website http://www.cbat.academy/cbat
Links to the websites of the three schools are provided below: