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.
Silverdale School closed to students on 23rd March 2020, following government guidance.
During the 'lockdown' caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, students were set work through Google classroom. No live teaching took place from March - July. A very small number of teachers, and therefore subjects, carried out virtual teaching from June and students who had found it difficult to engage with learning during the closure, were invited into school for one week of face-to-face teaching prior to the summer holiday.
We were unable to provide hardware to students who did not have access to IT during 'lockdown. These students received paper copies of the work.