Aylesford School is located in Aylesford village. With easy transport links, Aylesford School is a popular 11-18 mixed comprehensive school in contemporary buildings, and with a caring ethos among its small community.
We have approximately 70 students in the Sixth Form which allows us to foster a community ethos and to be able to provide bespoke 1:1 learning and careers support. We currently offer a wide range of challenging BTEC qualifications (Level 3) and IB diploma courses. Our aim is for students to study subjects they enjoy and will therefore thrive in. It is important for students to be confident, take responsibility and have an established future pathway after Year 13.
Another additional aspect to our Sixth Form is our Student Leadership Programme in which students can apply for the role of Head Boy/Girl and Senior Prefects. Student Voice is very important here at Aylesford School and we welcome your views on what you would like the Sixth Form to be.
How to Apply:
Our application window is from November 2019 to August 2020. If you wish to make an application after this date, please make contact Aylesford School as soon as possible.
Aylesford School Post 16 Pathways
To join the Level 3 Advanced Courses students usually require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4, including Maths and English.
The IBCP is the International Baccalaureate Career Programme and provides students with the subject knowledge and qualifications required by employers and universities as well as a range of professional skills. The blend of academic subjects and career-related courses is suitable for students with a particular career or university interest, and for those who have not yet decided on a particular career path. Applicants choose 2 IB diploma subjects and 2 career-related subjects.
Students studying the IBCP will:
· grow in self-confidence and awareness
· develop the skills and qualities employers seek (flexibility, resilience, and the ability to communicate clearly)
· become effective learners, who can work both independently and in a collaborative environment
· be internationally-minded and globally-aware
If you are not eligible to apply for Pathway 1 you may wish to apply to join Pathway 2 in which students normally require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4, including Maths and English.
Course Advice Meeting:
All applicants will be asked to attend a course advice meeting during the Spring term. Please note, appointments will be e-mailed to you with the date and time of your course advice meeting and your options will then be discussed with you at this time.
External Student Applications:
If you are an external student then we will require sight of your last school report and birth certificate when you come for your course advice meeting and we will apply to your school for an academic reference.
Following your course advice meeting in the Spring term, if a conditional offer has been made, the details of this will be e-mailed to you via www.kentchoices.com.
All applicants will be required to attend our induction programme in July 2020.
Post GCSE Results:
If you have met the requirements of your conditional offer, a letter confirming your place at Aylesford School will be provided. This letter will provide enrollment information about when you need to attend school to obtain your timetable.
If you have not met the conditional offer requirements, additional guidance interviews will be offered to enable discussions regarding alternative course options.
What makes us different?
· Sixth Form Centre - Community Room
· Dedicated ICT Facilities for 6th Form
· Learning Resource Centre and Seminar Rooms
· Private Study Areas and Community Room Facilities
· Sports Hall
· Dance/Gym Studios
· Climbing Wall
· BYO Wireless Access Points
Aylesford School aims to offer excellent careers provision by embedding into our curriculum an employability programme that equips each and every student with the skills to successfully progress into the world of work. The aim is for each student to advance being self-aware, having learnt about the world of work and able to develop and manage a successful career.
One-to-one career guidance is available to all of our students from our careers team, led by our qualified careers adviser, as well as outside employers. We build on student’s prior attainment and enable them to develop clear and realistic plans for the future. In all conversations with students we seek to raise aspirations and ambitions.
Aylesford School has created a network of employers and employees who’ll give personal guidance to students who show an interest in their area of expertise. To achieve this, the school has become part of the Enterprise Adviser Network giving us access to a wealth of employers and advice. Our network also includes parents as we place a high value on parent engagement.
We work with a number of employers and organisations to ensure that pupils are given not just impartial CEIAG, but also placements for work experience and opportunities for taster days. Each student is supported in finding a week long work experience placement in Year 12. These placements will be specifically selected to be relevant to the student’s career ambitions.
Workshops and presentations are given to highlight different career path options. Experts visit the school to give group guidance on topics such as applying for apprenticeships. We also facilitate organisations that provide support with CV writing, interview skills and work place disciplines. These sessions give a wide range of high quality non-qualification activities designed to develop personal, social and employability skills.
Our annual careers week and careers event spotlight the available opportunities for future progression. External companies, educators and organisations promote a variety of further education, employment and training options for students to explore.
Throughout the year we offer a variety of trips in order to increase the students’ knowledge of the availability of and pathways into various careers. Year 12 and 13 students attend both an apprenticeship event and a university showcase.
Students have a dedicated mentor to support them through their 6th Form journey. In addition, students have access to advice and guidance within school.
If you need financial support and meet the relevant criteria, we may be able to help with the cost of travel, equipment, books or trip costs through the Post 16 Bursary Fund. All students are welcome to apply.
Kent County Council have a Post 16 Travel Card. Please see the 6th Form Section of our school website www.aylesford.kent.sch.uk for further details or go to www.kent.gov.uk/post16travel