Sixth Form Parent & Student Letters
Please see a link below to electronic copies of recent letters sent to sixth form students:
What makes KAA the best choice for me?
KAA Sixth Form offers an experience that is totally unique in the state sector. No other school can boast the incredible facilities, elite partnerships, and expert teaching which we have here at KAA.
The benefits of studying at KAA Sixth Form include:
KAA is part of a consortium with two elite independent schools: Godolphin & Latymer and Charterhouse. These two institutions are amoung the best private schools in the UK, with a rich history in educating this country’s future leaders. Fees are more than £30,000 per year, but KAA students receive access for free. No other academy has such prestigious partnerships to offer. Specific benefits of the consortium include:
– The opportunity to study A-Levels in certain courses at Godolphin.
– Regular subject seminars and lectures at both Godolphin and Charterhouse for all KAA students, to extend their sixth form education and enhance their CVs.
– Support with university applications for all KAA Sixth Formers at Godolphin and Charterhouse: help selecting courses, completing UCAS forms, and writing personal statements.
– Mock interviews for all Oxbridge candidates at Godolphin & Charterhouse.
– Extensive enrichment opportunities in music, sport, drama, art and debating at both schools.
KAA is an entrepreneurial academy and in Sir Rod Aldridge, our namesake and a founding governor at KAA, we have one of the most famous entrepreneurs in the world to helps us.
A recurring complaint from UK employers is that school and university graduates are not “work ready”. Some interesting statistics on this from a 2015 YouGov survey:
– Over 50% of employers say almost all graduate recruits start work without vital attributes such as team work, communication, and the ability to cope under pressure.
– Just 17% of employers focus mainly on academic qualifications when hiring new recruits.
– The skills top employers want are: commercial awareness; business acumen; an entrepreneurial approach; excellent communication skills (spoken as well as written); teamwork; negotiation and persuasion
Employers will certainly never be making these complaints about KAA alumni! Our extensive entrepreneurial programme means all sixth formers will spend directed time each week working in Creates, embedded with different businesses to work alongside our entrepreneurs, thereby learning essential life and work skills. This is far more than just a work placement – this is a continuous programme of entrepreneurial training, which culminates in a formal qualification in entrepreneurship. All students will derive valuable learning from their time in Creates, whether they go into business or not, but we fully expect some students who show real talent and passion for entrepreneurship to be running their own businesses from Creates in time.
National Citizen Service
KAA is home to the National Citizen Service (NCS), an inspiring personal development programme for sixth formers in the UK. NCS currently work with 100,000 young people in the UK each year. We are very proud to host NCS within the KAA Campus, and of course this gives us excellent links which we put to the service of our students. Benefits of NCS includes:
– All KAA students will be assigned a mentor from within NCS. This is a professional adult and trained mentor who is experienced in working with young people. NCS mentors will check in with their mentee on a regular basis to discuss how their studies, homework, organisation and preparation for examinations are going.
– All KAA students will take part in, free of charge, an NCS programme in the summer of Year 12. This is an outward bound course which develops essential skills in citizenship, resilience and teamwork and results in an accredited NCS qualification which carries UCAS points and will certainly enhance our students CVs.
KAA is a performing and creative arts academy, partnered with LAMDA and the Royal Academy of Dance. This means we have world class facilities and expert teaching for music, drama, art, dance and design technology. We harness the expertise of our partners LAMDA and the Royal Academy of Dance to give students opportunities that you would rarely find in a state school.
Whether or not you are studying courses in these subjects, or just participating in the school production or a dance enrichment class, you will benefit so much from the fact that KAA has creative and performing arts weaved into the fabric of the school.
Our sixth form students have the chance to spend two years studying in one of the greatest parts of London. KAA is just minutes from Portobello Road, Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park – three areas which are world famous for their shopping, parks, restaurants and culture. North Kensington is a vibrant, buzzing, creative community and we are proud to be right at its heart.
Distinctive features of our building include:
– A high-spec, dedicated Sixth Form Centre and library for students to relax in and engage in independent study
– A professional theatre, built to a West End standard
– Our own sports hall and dance studio
– A safe, enclosed rooftop football/sports pitch
– Specialist performing and creative arts classrooms for drama, art and performing arts
– Multiple music classrooms and practice rooms and a professional recording studio
-State of the art design technology rooms, including Graphics, Resistant Materials, Food Technology and Textiles
– Flexible IT spaces for independent work
– The Kensington Creates Entrepreneurial Centre
Sixth Form Curriculum
At KAA we offer our students a traditional, academic curriculum, with a modern, creative twist. The vast majority of KAA Sixth Formers will study 4 AS Levels in Y12 and 3 A-Levels in Y13. We are aware that some schools are moving away from AS, but are conscious that universities currently still prefer students to have them. For example:
“We strongly encourage potential applicants to take AS-Level examinations in at least three subjects. These will provide us with a strong measure of applicants’ recent academic progress, will assist us and the students in judging whether an application to Cambridge is likely to be competitive, and will provide reassurance that grade predictions are not relied upon too heavily in a new system.” Dr Mike Sewell, Director of Admissions for the Cambridge Colleges, Summer 2015
The following AS & A-Level courses are available to study at KAA Sixth Form from Sept 2017. This list is provisional and may change slightly.
In addition, the following AS & A Level courses are available to study at our partner school Godolphin & Latymer from Sept 2017. Students will have to travel between KAA and Godolphin for these lessons (just three tube stops – a 20 minute journey which will be built into their timetables). These subjects are only available to female students, as Godolphin is a girls’ school.
Whilst all KAA sixth formers benefit greatly from our partnership with Godolphin & Latymer, only a very small number will be able to actually study an A-level there. The option is only open to female students and only in courses where Godolphin have availability once their own students have made their choices. If there is a space, applicants will need to meet the entry criteria for Godolphin, which is seven A*- B grades at GCSE, with an A or above in the subject you wish to study. Applicants will also have to pass an interview at Godolphin.
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