Admissions department

Post 16

Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6)

The Post 16 community is an integral part of the school and you will have many opportunities to play a full part in School life. As an older member of a community you have a lot to offer the younger members of the school - your experience, your abilities, your example and your time. How you decide to get involved and to what extent will depend upon you, but simply by establishing a mature presence in the school you influence the attitudes and expectations of younger students.

There is a very distinctive ethos of respect for the maturity of Post 16 students. We aim to respect the choice which has been made to continue studying and to forge a new relationship between students and teachers based on partnership in learning. We give considerable responsibility to our students and in return expect of them an adult approach to their work and environment. There are also considerable opportunities for broadening your experience and developing important skills and qualities through the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities which you will find described in our handbooks.

Here are some important features of our Post 16 provision:

- quality teaching and results
- excellent links with Higher Education establishments around the World. The school has an annual careers fair that gives students and universities the opportunity to speak about future plans.
- a Community Service programme

The Gulf English School gives you an opportunity to choose the course that you want to study whether as a preparation for further education or to gain qualifications

needed before you embark on the employment of your choice. It also gives you time to investigate more individual methods of study both in school and out of school, as you will be studying few subjects Post 16. Your timetable will include SATs, ILETS and Community Service time.

Study at AS-level and IB is demanding but also satisfying as it proves an opportunity to explore your own interest within subject areas as well as meeting the requirements of public examinations. It is expected that for each hour of instruction in class time you devote another hour out of class time to reviewing the subject matter. There is a marked difference to studying at Post 16. You are required to show a mature attitude to your studies and extra opportunities open to you. Getting involved will ensure that you leave the school with the skills required for Higher Education or employment.

You will be allocated a Learning Manager who will help in guiding you through your time with us. Their work is coordinated by the Head of the Post 16 community. Learning Managers advise on the arrangement of work and the use of study time but the motivation must come from the student. Post 16 students play an important part in the life of the school and through your presence.

You are required to adhere to the Post 16 dress code and respect the need for rules and responsibilities. Doing so will ensure that the Post 16 community maintain the high status that it has within and outside of the school.

The Post 16 community is about achieving - both in personal and social development in addition to academic success. Teaching is even more of a partnership between students and staff. Community Service is a compulsory part of the programme and is a very important aspect of school life.

As you enter Post 16 education you will be interviewed by the Post 16 Team to ensure that the course you choose to pursue is in your best interest.

Attendance and punctuality are taken very seriously. Whilst you study within the Post 16 community your teachers and the Post 16 team will develop a picture of you. This picture will be developed by observing your progress, attitude and the relationships that you develop with staff and peers. We are often asked for references for onward study or employment and will be asked to comment on all of the above including attendance and punctuality. We therefore urge you to attend regularly and be on time for the school day and all lessons.

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