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Silverdale Sixth Form: contextual statement

Silverdale is an oversubscribed, multicultural comprehensive with an academic sixth form of 400 students that reflects this diversity. The school was judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted in 2014. 24% of students first language is not English and 17% of students have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years.

The Post-16 offer is predominantly A levels (20 subjects) plus 2 BTEC options. Most students will take 3 or 4 A-level subjects, depending on their average GCSE score; the majority subsequently progress to Higher Education.

Some students choose to complete an EPQ or Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) as part of an enrichment programme.

Transition exams are usually held at the end of Y12. However, in 2020 these have been taken in September for students to carry on into Y13 in each subject. Students are expected to achieve a minimum of a grade E to successfully progress. The transition exams are also used to make predictions on A-level outcomes. 

During the 'lockdown' caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, students were set work through Google Classroom. A limited number of subjects carried out virtual teaching and students were invited into school for one week of face-to-face teaching prior to the summer holiday.