Curriculum

The key to making choices about what to study in the Sixth Form is deciding what your future pathway in life is. Wherever you want to go in the future, we have a pathway for you. Whether you are aiming for university, a higher-level apprenticeship, a particular career or training for a job, we have courses that will suit you. When choosing your subjects you should consider the following points:

  • The future pathway you have in mind and the qualifications required;
  • Your likely GCSE/BTEC grades;
  • Subjects you enjoy and have an interest in;
  • Subjects in which you can achieve good grades.

If you decide to apply to our sixth form, your application will be for a programme of full-time, academic study – including choices of specific academic courses that have been well considered and fit in with your talents, interests and future goals. In addition to the information provided in our Prospectus, our website and the Sixth Form Open Evening will provide valuable information and perspective. All ORA applicants will be helped in their considerations, including through a one to one interview and advisory meeting.

The Sixth Form offers Level 3 pathway options for students.  Therefore, students will need at least one grade 4 in either English or Mathematics to successfully gain a place at Sixth form to study. Students who have not yet gained a grade 4 in English or Mathematics are required to study the appropriate course and resit their examination alongside their Level 3 courses.

The Sixth Form blocking model changes every year to try to accommodate as many students’ requests as possible. As part of this, we have blocked popular course pathways to allow you to study a themed route of courses that complement one another. These include:

Business Pathway (Choose 3 or 4 from) – Business, Financial studies, Digital Media (Single) and  IT

Fitness Pathway (Choose 3 or 4 from) – Biology, Sport, Chemistry and Business

Media Pathway (Choose 3 or 4 from) – Digital Media (Single), Digital Media (Double), IT and Business

Creative Pathway (Choose 3 or 4 from) – Art (Photography), Art (Fine Art), Digital Media (Single), Digital Media (Double)

Medicine/Veterinary/Science Pathway (Choose 3 or 4 from)  – Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths

However, other personalised routes are available too and students can shape their pathway from the available blockings once published. 

For further information about the subjects available please see our prospectus below.

16-19 Tuition Fund 2021-22

To enable schools to address the impact of Covid-19, and to revisit, strengthen and consolidate student’s learning, the government has provided extra funding for the current academic year to support students whose education has been disrupted by the pandemic. Some of the funding has been ringfenced to support tuition for 16-19 students and is referred to as the 16-19 Tuition Fund.  The Fund is designed to support students in Sixth Form who have not yet achieved a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or Mathematics GCSE.

Ormiston Rivers Academy will utilise the funding to support students who have not yet achieved grade 4 or 5 in English and/or Mathematics at GCSE and whose education has been disrupted by the pandemic.  The funding will be ringfenced for the purpose of small group tuition which will be provided to students in addition to their normal programme of resit study. Tuition will take place in small groups of between 2 and 5 students.  Tuition will take place either during the school day or during the school holidays.

Tuition will take place at the Academy, in person, and be delivered by subject specific intervention tutors in Mathematics or English.  Additionally, some class teachers may offer tuition during school holidays.  In addition to English and Mathematics GCSE, the fund will also be used to support identified students with additional tuition in study and revision skills to aid them in their approach to their studies.

The table below details how the Tuition Fund will be used during 2021/22:

AimAction
Provide additional hours of tuition to GCSE English resit students with subject specific intervention coachesGCSE resit students in Year 12 and 13 yet to achieve a Grade 4 in English to be provided with a programme of small group tuition Tutoring sessions led by a subject specialist coachEach student to receive at least 8 hours of additional tutoring over the Autumn termTeaching staff to signpost key topic area knowledge/skills gaps to form the focus of the intervention sessionsTutor feedback to be collated and disseminated to Academy teaching staff to help further inform lesson delivery
Provide additional hours of tuition to GCSE English resit students with subject specific intervention coachesGCSE resit students in Year 12 and 13 yet to achieve a Grade 4 in Mathematics to be provided with a programme of small group tuition Tutoring sessions led by a subject specialist coachEach student to receive at least 8 hours of additional tutoring over the Autumn termTeaching staff to signpost key topic area knowledge/skills gaps to form the focus of the intervention sessionsTutor feedback to be collated and disseminated to Academy teaching staff to help further inform lesson delivery
Provide all students in Year 12 that did not achieve a Grade 5 or above in either English or Mathematics GCSE with study skills tuitionAll students  in Year 12  yet to achieve a Grade 5 in either Mathematics or English to be provided with a programme of small group tuition sessions on revision and study skillsTutoring sessions led by a qualified teacherEach student to receive at least 2 hours of additional tutoring over the Autumn termTechniques covered to be disseminated to teaching staff to be included in subject delivery to support effective revision/study.