Minutes Parent Council – Meeting #2 – February 2019

Parent Council Meeting – Mrs Rayner – Sixth Form Provision

Mrs Rayner – Head of 6th Form and Assistant Headteacher – spoke to the parent council

  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the vision and ethos of the 6th
  • She spoke about the vocational and traditional A level routes for the 6th form and how these are sometimes combined with a number of students doing a combination of facilitating and vocational subjects.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the new subjects that the 6th form is offering
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the ‘facilitating subjects’ and how they are preferred by Russell group universities.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the Russell group universities and how these are defined.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the OCR technical and how they have more coursework elements.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the student leadership structures in the 6th
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the supportive tutor system and how students who are teaching a subject often have students who take that subject in their tutor groups.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the enrichment activities, such as first aid opportunities, working with ‘kwik fit’ on car maintenance, and visits to Rwanda.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the future careers support for students and Independent careers advisors, mock interviews, gap year workshops and summer schools.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the 6th Form results and how the progress indicator is strong for the 6th
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the Alps process for tracking student and the grading systems for ALPS.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the 6th form progress scores across Dorset and how The Purbeck School was performing across the county.
  • There were questions asked about the number of external students that entered The Purbeck School 6th
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the resit opportunities for students that did not manage to get their English or Maths GCSE.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the potential changes to future careers and how skills are potentially as important as qualifications for getting forward in careers.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the Gatsby benchmarks and how all schools need to address the Gatsby benchmarks.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the five star award for Dorset County Council for careers guidance for students.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the school careers fair, external speakers, trips and visits and assemblies.
  • Mrs Rayner showed snapshots of the 6th form tutor programme and how it ties in with delivering presentation skills or teamwork or problem solving.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the 6th form mentoring of year 11 students.
  • Mrs Rayner spoke about the bifurcation strategy for careers and enrichment as how it is simultaneously embedded into every school day, whilst also there are some specific ‘one off’ events for students to flag the importance for students.
  • Questions were asked about the popular subjects in the school.
  • It was also asked about the number of students that should make a 6th form classes financially viable.
  • It was asked what percentage of students from Y11 come to The Purbeck School 6th
  • Bus prices from Swanage were discussed and the issues with the transport for young people.
  • The column structure for options was discussed and explained to parents and how subjects were grouped to allow for effective combinations for students.