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Bridging the Gap: Supporting You

The third module in our 'Bridging the Gap' programme, which is designed to help students make a strong start within the Sixth Form at Barnwell School, explains the academic and pastoral support offered and how to access it.

Pastoral Support

At Barnwell School, we pride ourselves on providing a high level of pastoral support for students. Each student joining us in Year 12 will have a personal tutor / mentor who will support them throughout their learning journey with us. This tutor will be available to them every day and each half term, students will have a one-to-one mentoring meeting to discuss their progress. We are also fortunate to have the support of Mrs Chapman, our highly experienced sixth form Manager.

All students will benefit from a carefully planned induction and support programme in each of their chosen courses with the support of their subject-specialist teachers.
All students have the support of an experienced Head of Sixth Form (Mrs Johnson) who will provide support with University, Apprenticeship and Employment next steps provision (including Russell Group applications).

Should you have any pastoral concerns prior to the new academic year commencing, please click here and Mrs Chapman or Mrs Johnson will respond to help in whichever way they can.

Academic Support

It is important that students choose the right courses to enable them to be successful and to progress to their career of choice after college. We provide support materials and reading that will help students who are unsure about their courses to reflect on the choices they have made. The materials provided are intended to help guide students to choose courses to support their interests and next career steps.

The support provided includes website access to an online platform, Unifrog. This package helps students consider their future by bringing all the available information into one single, impartial, user-friendly platform that helps students to make the best choices, and at the end of their two years, to submit the strongest possible applications to university, the world of work or to embark upon an apprenticeship. Students will use this resource regularly during their time within the sixth form at Barnwell School. Unifrog is one of the many resources we use with our more able students to support applications to the most competitive Universities, school leaver programmes and apprenticeships. Russell Group students are encouraged to demonstrate their interest and passion for their subjects by engaging in the “geek out” activities in the Unifrog subjects' library (search by school subjects), accessing the reading lists provided by the Oxbridge applications site, and studying a University short course (Future learn) or an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as one of our enrichment activities. We do urge you to consider undertaking all of these activities as part of your transition.

Activities to Check and Evaluate Subject Choices

Resource Link:

Article: What A Levels should I choose? (Website article with video to watch) Click Here 


Booklet: What A Levels should I choose?  (Accompanies the article above) Click Here 


Unifrog Powerpoint on A Level Choices (PowerPoint from Unifrog) Click Here 


Unifrog Mind Map (Mind Map that can be used alongside the PowerPoint above) Click Here 


Unifrog Subjects Library "Geek Out" (Go to Unifrog site, sign in and look for 'Geek Out') Click Here 


Oxbridge Subject Reading Lists (You will need to register) Click Here


University Online Short Courses Click Here 


Extended Project Qualification Specification Summary Click Here 









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