UCAS - Contextual Information

1) Qualification Offering:

i) What is our Current offering:

We have a broadly traditional academic A Level offer. For the 2018-2020 cohort we offer nine different A Level subjects including English Literature , core Sciences, French, Philosophy, Maths and Humanities subjects. 

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Health and Social Care, no other BTEC subjects offered. 

We do not offer Politics or Economics A Level. 

ii) Why did we choose to offer the courses we do?:

We wanted to offer subjects that best allow our young people to be able to go on and live lives of choice and opportunity: therefore opted to deliver relatively traditional A Levels. The quality of provision is also very important to us, so we only wanted to introduce A Levels in subjects where we are confident that we have the staffing and capacity to deliver them to an excellent standard. 

As a small school and with a new sixth form, we are not yet able to run all the subjects that we would want. As we have a small cohort all teaching groups are small (generally less than 10) which means that lessons are very ‘seminar style’ and we have lots of discussion based activities. Key pedagogical features of Sixth Form teaching at Reach include: pre-reading, regular low stakes testing, spaced practice, modelling and redrafting for mastery. 


2) Courses Delivered by Non-Subject Specialists or in Alternative Locations: 

  • A Level Maths Statistics and Mechanics units are taught at another local school

  • BTEC Health and Social Care co-taught entirely by Non-Subject Specialists, Sociology and History graduates.  

3) Determination of Predicted Grades: 

We use ALPS to set student Minimum Expected Grades and support us to track student progress throughout Year 12 and 13 across assessment points every 8 weeks. Predicted grades of Reach Academy students are based on professional assessment of data collected from 5 formal assessment points between the beginning of Year 12 in September 2018, and the submission of applications in October 2019. Every assessment point assesses cumulative learning for the entirety of the course studied up to that point. In particular, these grades mirror the results achieved in the assessment point at the end of Year 12, as these assessments were externally moderated by practitioners in other schools.

Where students achieved a significant uplift in grades in the September 2018 assessment point, or in rare circumstances where staff believe in their professional judgement that students are likely to achieve a different grade than that achieved in their internal assessments due to extenuating circumstances in that student’s education, this is reflected in their grades.