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The Charter School

North Dulwich

School Contextual Information

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TCSND Sixth Form qualification provision and rationale 

 

This page is linked to in all UCAS references to help university admissions tutors understand the school context. 

 

TCSND background 

The Charter School North Dulwich (TCSND) is a coeducational, non-selective academy in the London Borough of Southwark. The school's intake is from a diverse range of cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds with a significant proportion from disadvantaged circumstances. 

Approximately two thirds of our students continue into the sixth form at TCSND following their GCSE examinations, whilst one third arrive from a range of schools across South London. 

 

Qualifications 

TCSND offers mainly A levels in the Sixth Form, but also the BTEC National Extended Certificate in three subjects.  Students are encouraged to study three level 3 qualifications.  In addition to three subjects, students can opt to study the Extended Project Qualification. 

A very small number of students are allowed to study an AS or additional A level alongside three A levels in order to maintain breadth in their course of study. AS exams are only offered in mathematics (including further mathematics), the sciences (including psychology) and modern foreign languages. These AS exams are generally sat at the end of Year 12, but some students choose to sit theirs at the end of Year 13 in conjunction with their other level 3 qualifications. 

 

The following information is relevant to the Year 13 cohort who will leave school in summer 2021 

 

COVID-19 impact on teaching  

  • During school lock-down, students accessed their learning remotely, predominantly via asynchronous online lessons. 

  • From May half term onwards, selected students (those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with limited access to IT and WIFI, or no quiet space to work at home) were allowed into school to access their remote lessons.  Please refer to the applicant’s school reference for specific information relating to their lock-down experience. 

  • The only in-person face to face teaching students received were revision sessions lasting four hours per subject in July.  

  • Under normal circumstances, students would have sat internal assessments under exam conditions in June which would have formed part of the information used to determine UCAS predicted grades. These were sat remotely at home in July, submitted electronically and were then moderated and marked by teachers.  They were supplemented by formal internal assessments in November.  

Covid-19 impact on the UCAS process 

Students experienced significant disruption to our usual university application process as we were unable to launch this face-to-face with students and parents.  During lockdown, we did not run tutor time remotely.  Our pastoral support was mainly focused on mental health and wellbeing rather than on the UCAS process.  All information, advice and guidance was sent out electronically and there was less individual, tailored support available to students.  Students have also had less opportunity to complete work experience, attend lectures and other taster courses, or to be involved in any super-curricular opportunities around school. 

 

The following information is relevant to the Year 13 cohort who left in 2020: 

For 2020 leavers, the programme of study was the same as that described for 2021 leavers, although final grades were subject to Ofqual’s revised grading process and students were awarded their centre assessed or calculated grades, whichever were the highest.  A handful of students are re-sitting exams in the Autumn series. These results will be published on 17 December.