LASWAP ADMISSIONS and ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
LaSWAP is open to all sixth form students who meet the specified entry requirements for the courses on offer. These are outlined on the LaSWAP website under “How to apply“.
Entry requirements for each level of course, together with any variations relating to each specific course, are published annually on the website in October, with final updates in the March of the admissions year. All students must have passed English or maths GCSE at grade 4 or above, or be enrolled on an appropriate course leading to this. There are no exceptions to this.
Where we have more applicants meeting the entry requirements than places, places will be allocated according to the criteria shown in our Admissions Policy.
A student who has been permanently excluded from one of the 4 LaSWAP schools cannot be enrolled at LaSWAP, unless a risk assessment concludes that this will be safe.
Students with International Qualifications
You must provide official evidence that your qualifications are an equivalent level to GCSE before you can enrol at LaSWAP. Please note that this may take several weeks.
NARIC is the National Agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on academic qualifications from overseas. We require such information from NARIC in order to establish equivalency of overseas qualifications. It is the responsibility of students applying to provide this information. Please visit their website www.naric.org.uk as soon as possible for further information.
Converting a LaSWAP Offer to a LaSWAP Enrolment
Final offers of a place at LaSWAP for all students will be conditional on attendance at Taster Day in the Summer Term (or prior notification of justifiable absence), satisfactory completion of summer assignment(s) where appropriate, actual GCSE results, attendance at pre-course interview in late August/early September, and signing up to the LaSWAP Learner’s Agreement.
Following receipt of GCSE results, students holding conditional offers will be invited to enrolment for further discussion with a teacher/tutor and places on specific courses confirmed or otherwise. Students will be allocated to sets on each course with a view to achieving balanced sets.
All enrolled students will have to show the right level of commitment to sixth form study to successfully pass our induction period held during September. All students will sign their Learner Agreement at enrolment. Students and parents will be kept fully informed where there is evidence for concern.
Transition from Year 12 to Year 13
Where students are accepted onto two year courses, teaching for the length of the course will be provided in LaSWAP, however, teaching groups may be re-timetabled between schools to ensure specialist teaching is always provided. Transition across years is not automatic and is dependent on meeting the entry criteria relevant to the student’s study programme as below. Support and guidance will be available for any student who does not qualify to return for a second year of study.
For all programmes, a satisfactory level of attendance to achieve success in the next year, taking into account a student’s personal circumstance, must have been achieved. The procedures for a student with below satisfactory attendance are attached to the LaSWAP Attendance Policy.
Entry Criteria at the end of Year 12
i. Level 2 BTEC to Level 3 BTECs – a Distinction in the relevant vocational course, plus GCSE English or maths.
ii. Year 12 A level to Year 13 A level
Automatically qualified – please see the minimum year 12 requirements to automatically qualify.
Not automatically qualified – students who achieve the minimum UCAS points over two passes will be invited for an interview with their Head of Sixth to explore options to achieve a full programme and to ensure an onward progression route is possible.
iii. Level 3 BTEC/Cambridge Technical Yr1 to Yr 2 – passes in all of the year 1 units.
iv. In addition, all students must have passed English or maths GCSE at grade 4 or above, or be enrolled on an appropriate course leading to this. There are no exceptions to this.
Support with alternatives to LaSWAP will be provided to those students who do not qualify for the next year.
Requests to Repeat an Academic Year
We do not offer places for re-sit and re-take years. Re-sit and re-take years are not funded by the ESFA. As a comprehensive and inclusive Sixth Form, we have always sought to support vulnerable students and we will consider requests for exceptions to this where we have evidence of genuine extenuating circumstances which have affected a student’s ability to achieve – these are described by the ESFA as “exceptional circumstances outside the control of the student or institution”. Provided that the exceptional circumstances no longer persist, such requests will be referred to the Director of Sixth Form, whose decision will be final. Where requests are granted, an application should be made following the same process as all applicants.
Requests to Join at Year 13
Applications to join year 13 from year 12 students who are attending other institutions will be considered, subject to assessment by the receiving LaSWAP school and a portfolio of work.
This policy was drawn up prior to publication of the specifications and assessment requirements for the new A Levels beginning 2015-17 and the new GCSEs 2017-18, and therefore may be subject to change.
Admissions Policy 2018.pdf
Your kids just spent all day at school. And now you’re asking them to do what? Homework? Hey, that’s kind of like having school at home. After an entire day of paper, pencils, and books, it’s entirely possible that your child will resist (and that’s putting it politely) getting down to business in the after-school hours. Don’t stress out. Whether your child has to study a vocab list, do a few zillion math equations or finish a few extra assignments, we’re sharing eight tips that can magically transform homework from a super-struggle to some serious fun! Scroll down to see them all.
photo: GSCSNJ via Flickr
1. Work Together
Why not be hands off when it comes to your kid’s homework, while still working beside one another? Return emails, answer your co-worker’s texts or work on the PTA fundraiser, modeling focused work to your child as the two of you spend QT together. If you think this seems like you’re not paying attention to your child or you’re slacking when it comes to parenting—it’s not and you aren’t. Instead, you’re creating a shared workspace where the two of you can get business done—together.
2. Get Creative
Sitting like a statue and calculating problem after problem on a math worksheet isn’t exactly exciting, so consider turning a study session into an all out artsy adventure! As your kid reads a chapter from the assigned text, use the opportunity as a chance to put on a play. If acting isn’t what your little learner is all about, paint out math problems, sculpt letters or turn American history into a song.
Other ideas (perfect for older kiddos) include more sophisticated setups, such as creating a series of paintings that explain a text the child is trying to interpret or interpreting a poem by using their own musical notes. The kinder set can get back to basics and finger paint letters, make clay characters from a story or bang on pots and pans to learn about patterns or counting.
3. Make It a Group Effort
Start your own study group. Have your kiddo invite classmates to read, write and do math equations together. If your student is old enough to handle organizing and delegating, take a step back and let your kid take on a leadership role. Younger kids may need more help—think of this as a mini-educational play date for them.
photo: Simply Southern Sunshine
4. Engage the Senses
There’s a reason those darned fidget spinners were suddenly in every kids’ little hands. While engaging your kids’ sense of touch, smell or sight might seem to be a distraction, it can actually help them to focus. Simply Southern Sunshine’s awesomely energizing “wake up” play dough recipe is perfect for keeping the kids awake as they play with shapes, letters and much, much more. You can also engage other senses: Stash a stress ball in the homework area to engage the sense of touch or play white noise to break the crazy-quiet that’s actually distracting to your child.
photo: Danny Piassick via Ellen Grasso & Sons, LLC
5. Design an Awesome Workspace
Take a page from some of the coolest places on Earth to work. Google, Apple and other tech giants all have fab workspaces for their employees. Why? To increase productivity. Create a communal workspace that all your kids (or all your family) can share instead of sending your little learners off to their room alone. Mix it up with a tall desk (by using a shelf) so your child can stand and work, or swap out desk chairs for a yoga ball or a twisty-turny stool. You can see all of our favorite workspace ideas by clicking here!
photo credit: A Beautiful Mess
6. Snack Smart
Let’s face it: A hungry child is an unfocused, unmotivated and unhappy child. Theme it up and create a snack menu that matches the subject at hand. Use letter cookie cutters to create word sandwiches or use fruit and veggie slices to create number shapes or equations. Or try a once in a while special treat, such as these pretzel pizza bites from A Beautiful Mess.
photo: WBEZ via Flickr
7. Office hours
Your child needs some homework help. Instead of hovering (no helicopters here) or taking over and writing your very own book report, set up office hours—just like your college professors did. Make the living room couch or the dining room table into your “office.” The kids can schedule a time to ask questions or can come to your “open hours.” This lets you help your child, without actually doing the work yourself
photo: Delightful Order
8. Fight Bored with a Board
If this board by Delightful Order did anymore, you’d have to start calling it Mom. Visual kids will get a kick out of seeing where they are in the week, posting important assignments, getting special encouraging messages (or silly jokes) from you, and crossing off of tasks as they’re completed. Post your kids’ A papers as inspiration to show them how doing their homework translates into school success.
What ideas do you have to add to our list? Tell us below!
— Erica Loop & Shannon Guyton
Featured photo: Carissa Rogers via Flickr
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