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St Clement's

High School

Virtual masterclasses to help our students make the right A Level choices

Springwood Sixth Form - where many of our students go to after their GCSEs - has relaunched its masterclass programme to help potential students get a taste of A Level tuition at the school's Sixth Form.

In years gone by, Springwood have hosted Saturday morning sessions to help potential A Level pupils rule in and out various subject options to help them find the ones that suit them best.  

But this year, these have been replaced by online sessions introducing teaching staff and focusing more on linking up current study with A Level options, so youngsters can imagine their future at Springwood.  
These sessions come after a record 11 pupils from Springwood, some of whom only joined the school for A Levels, made it to the interview stage for Oxford and Cambridge universities, with each university offering places to two students.  

“The aim is to provide students with an opportunity to meet our fantastic specialist teachers, consolidate and finesse their learning at GCSE and begin to introduce some A Level content,” said Springwood’s deputy head, Jamie Warner-Lynn.  

“Online learning has been helpful during lockdown but it’s no substitute for face-to-face interaction with a teacher, and all the uncertainty around exams will definitely have taken its toll on the motivation and confidence of some students.  

“We hope the masterclasses will enable them to focus on the medium term, and the next step they might be able to take, rather than looking at what’s directly in front of them, which in the current climate could be a source of anxiety.  

"We’re not putting bells and whistles on it, we just want to show the quality of the teaching Springwood offers, and to encourage students to think how they can fit into that picture.”