Presentation on theme: "Gifted and Talented Evening Wednesday 25th September 2013"— Presentation transcript:
1Gifted and Talented Evening Wednesday 25th September 2013 Graham Taylor - Principal
2Agenda for the evening Overview of New College Graham Taylor, PrincipalOxbridge and top university supportDavid Stephenson, Oxbridge Co-ordinatorThe Oxbridge Process from a student perspectiveHigh Flyers SchemeMick Dams, Section Leader, MathsVilliers Park scheme from a student perspectiveQuestions & Answers
3An overview of New College Over studentsQueen’s Drive Campus opened Jan 2003New £10 million Annexe open Sept 2011Great facilities include:-2 x dance, recording, art & design, photography studios; beauty & body treatments areaLibrary, Open Learning Centre, VLE, PC/Macbooks and BYOD schemeAll areas graded as “Outstanding” or “Good” in OFSTED inspection 2009
4Providing the best academic quality 98.2% pass rate for A Levels in Summer 2013100% pass rate in 39 subjects41% A* - B rate on A LevelsHighest percentage of students achieve 3 or more A Levels/equivalences in Swindon or Cirencester*(*Source:DfES 2012 School Performance tables KS5)
5Progression after New College 500+ students went to universities/HEIs this autumnUniversities included: Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Warwick, Southampton, Nottingham, Birmingham, Exeter, BathFor those going straight to jobsGreat links with Intel, Nationwide, BarclaysEmployability offer: Job Club, Job Shop, mentoring/placements
6A few of our High Flyers... Samra Yasin (Churchfields) A* in Biology; As in Chemistry and MathsMedicine at UniversityCharlotte Brett (Nova Hreod)Distinction in BTEC Health and Social CareAs in English Language & Literature; Communication& CultureUniversity of Reading – English Language & Literature(Commonweal)
7A few of our High Flyers... Maxime Perrott (The Ridgeway) A*s in History and Sociology; B in PoliticsUniversity of Southampton: HistoryDaniel Simpson (Dorcan)As in Sociology, Politics; B in Law; C in PsychologyUniversity of Birmingham: Law(Commonweal).
8Recent Student/Alumni Success Student Star Awards – monthly and termlyLeaver’s Ceremony Summer 2013: 93 awards68 Y11s/current students involved in NCS summer programmeLaura Halford became British Rhythmic Gymnastic ChampionJahmene Douglas - No.1 debut album; nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBOsFour Olympians since 1984 and 1 Paralympian in 2012
9A few Y11 initiatives Open Day, Saturday October 12th, 10am-2pm Meet subject tutors, take a tour of the campusFind out about “life support” systemsA Levels Open Evening, Wednesday Jan 29th, 5-7pmVocational Courses Open Evening, Tuesday March 25th, 5-7pmNCS summer programme4 week programme starting July 21st 2014
10Why choose New College? Unrivalled choice of programmes High quality teaching and learningGreat student results and achievementsOutstanding support for studentsFantastic all-round student experienceBridge between school and university/work
11Oxbridge and top university support David StephensonMaths Lecturer andOxbridge Co-ordinator
12Why Oxbridge? Can be a fantastic opportunity Different in many ways Not necessarily the best courses for you
13Oxbridge CoordinatorSubject teachers and personal tutors provide guidanceMost of the help is the same for other top universitiesMay not have applicants on a regular basisCollect and disseminate information
14What they are looking for ACADEMIC POTENTIALGood GCSE resultsIn context (CSAS /national contextual data)Outstanding A level performanceAcademic interest(Outside interests may be relevant)
15How we can help No barrier Encourage Have a go Don’t worry: many superb students don’t get inPoint in right directionSubject supportPreparation for testsPreparation for Interviews
16Websites Used to be lots of special information Now it’s all online No longer special formsthough Cambridge sends a questionnaire after students applyEarly application still requiredTests: BMAT, TSA, ELAT, LNAT, STEP, HAT, PAT, ...Some of these are used by other universities
17Two of our 2013 successful Oxbridge applicants... Rhys Clyne (Commonweal)A* in Biology; As in History, Maths, Politics &English LiteratureHistory at Merton College at OxfordSabah Afzal (The Ridgeway)A* grades in Maths, Biology & Chemistry;A in PhysicsMedicine at New College, University of Oxford(Commonweal).
18Series of Meetings February of 1st year introduction Anyone interestedInvitations to those with best GCSE resultsApril: application process and how to prepare (outside speaker)June: open days, summer schools, choosing and starting applicationSept: Applying, everything on trackNov: interview workshop (outside speaker)Individual help and advice
19Example emails from students David,This isn't specifically about Oxbridge but any information would be useful.With universities that offer conditional offers in a range, i.e. A*AA-AAB, what is the logic of which offer you are given? Is it the stronger the candidate, the lower the offer, as the university desire the student more? So say a stronger candidate would receive the AAB offer and a candidate that looks less may get A*AA? Or is it the other way around?Many thanks.Hi,I am seeing my subject teachers on Monday to check my personal statement, and was wondering if I could come see you after Tuesday to give it a final check, as aiming on sending it early next week.Sorry to keep hassling you! Thank you.David, I am sorry for not coming to see you yesterday - after attending the open day at Lady Margaret's Hall on Friday, as well as speaking with tutors, I have come to the conclusion that Oxford University isn't for me, and I have chosen not to apply. Thank you for your earlier information, and I apologise for not getting back to you sooner. Thanks.
20The Oxbridge process from a Student’s Perspective Alistair Senior5 A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Electronics & Chemistry.Engineering, University of Cambridge
22Your question...“I am a Year 11 with lots of academic potential……. How can I best achieve it?”
23Our answer….. Choose a relevant but challenging academic programme Enrich your CV with something to help you stand out
24What support and opportunities can I expect from New College? Widest range of A levels in the countyMaths AS linkA variety of other academic coursesMany enrichment opportunitiesFinancial benefitsProgramme of presentations and initiatives
25Am I a High Flyer? Minimum of 4 A grades at GCSE Being identified at interviewApply for the High Flyers ScholarshipMaximise your potential
26Two of our new High Flyer students... Benjamin White (Lydiard Park Academy)Fine Art; EPQ; Maths; Physics; Physics DynamicsRachel Caron (Isambard)Graphic Design & Illustration; Eng Lit & Lang;Maths; Chemistry; Physics; Physics Dynamics(Commonweal).
27Academic options Vast range of AS and A Levels Opportunity for 5 AS in Year One30+ Express A LevelsAQA Baccalaureate
28AQA Baccalaureate Supplements a programme of AS/A levels Broadens the range of StudyFocus on particular relevant enrichment activitiesLevel 3 extended project
29Enrichments that can make a difference! Villiers Park scholars programmeMedical PackageVoluntary service programmeDebating mattersSports teams/ gymTutorial support
30Courses to give you an edge Courses that universities look for- AQA Baccalaureate; Extended Project- Critical Thinking; General StudiesMaximising your potential programmes- Short quals to enhance your life and PSE skills- Includes: Personal Finance, Employability, Volunteering, Internet SafetyExtras: optional activities and courses- College Production; Football Academy; Debating Matters; Choral Group
31Financial benefits High Flyer Scholarships Villiers Park Scholars Programme …(continued and new)Access to Villiers Park courses/ Oxfizz
32Villiers Park from a Student’s Perspective Harry Jones, current New College student
33High Flyers Evening Wednesday 25th September 2013 Any questions?