Key Academic Information - Lower Sixth

2019 - 2020

Autumn Term

  • Lower Sixth Advice with Sixth Form Choices meeting – Sunday before term starts (Sunday 1 September)
  • Sixth Form choices finalised – first Monday of term (Monday 2 September)
  • Literacy screening for all Lower Sixth
  • Review of AEN/exam arrangements
  • Linguists' Welcome (Friday 13 September)
  • Start of Year Service (Friday 13 September)
  • Lower Sixth Social (Saturday 14 September)
  • International Pupils' Association Welcome Dinner (Tuesday 17 September)
  • House Song (Tuesday 22 October)
  • Half-term report
  • Parents’ Carol Service/Year 9 Annual Service (Tuesday 26 November)
  • Festival of Languages (Thursday 14 November)
  • Presentation to Lower Sixth parents on 'Higher Education applications' – immediately before the Lower Sixth Parents' Meeting
  • Carol Service (Thursday 5 December)
  • Lower Sixth Parents' Meeting with subject tutors – final Friday of term (Friday 6 December)
  • End of term report

Spring Term

  • Pupil briefing on ‘Higher Education applications’ – UK (including Oxbridge) & American Universities
  • MyUniChoices assessment, follow up report and optional guidance interviews by My Future Choice (MFC)
  • Languages Oscars Night (Friday 7 February)
  • Half-term report (grades only)
  • Millfield Careers and University Fair (Monday 9 March)
  • Opportunities to attend university open/taster days
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) entry opportunity for Higher Education applications to American Universities (Saturday 14 March)
  • UCAS Higher Education Exhibition (March, date to be confirmed)
  • End of term report

Summer Term

  • Linguists Farewell (Friday 1 May)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) entry opportunity for Higher Education applications to American Universities (Saturday 2 May)
  • Opportunities to attend university open/taster days
  • Presentations from selected universities and employers
  • Summer Celebration and Prize-giving – final day of the first half-term (Saturday 23 May)
  • OM Careers Convention seminars and presentations (Saturday 13 June)
  • Higher Education application process begins, with guidance on the UCAS process
  • Introduction to writing a personal statment (for university applications)
  • OM Careers Convention seminars and presentations (Saturday 13 June) 
  • End of term report

Summer Vacation

  • Preparations for Higher Education applications:
       - Undertake relevant work experience
       - Research suitable courses and universities
       - Draft personal statement
       - Visit university open and taster days
       - Carry out relevant extension work (e.g. background reading in advance of Oxbridge application)
       - Medics, Vets and other relevant applicants register for UCAT
       - US University Handbooks published (UCAS, Oxbridge and USA)
  • Results Day (August) – advice available with any post-result queries


1) Academic Trips, Visits, Exchanges and Fieldwork

A number of trips, visits, exchanges and fieldwork activities take place throughout the Lower Sixth which support pupils’ academic studies. Where necessary, parents will be given as much notification as possible of the precise dates of these activities. In some subjects, participation is regarded as an essential part of the course.

2) Internal Examinations

Academic departments will timetable internal examinations at appropriate points throughout the academic year.
Internal examinations are an important opportunity for pupils and teachers to gauge levels of progress and they should be regarded as an important stepping stone in preparation for the examinations in May/June. Pupils are strongly advised to prepare for these internal examinations to ensure that they are in a position to perform to their potential.
Appropriate revision during the period of time preceding these internal examinations is strongly advised. Experience shows that lack of preparation for internal examinations is an indicator for likely under-performance in the real thing. The outcomes from internal examinations help us to build the pupil profile from which we will ultimately make grade predictions, both for the examination boards and for Higher Education applications.

3) Reporting

Reports are provided at the end of each term and at half-term in the autumn and spring terms. The reports at the end of the autumn and summer terms are A4 summary sheets. The spring half-term summary report will list grades and may include some subject tutor comments. The report at the end of the spring term is a full booklet. Reporting sessions are used by group tutors and Housemasters/Housemistresses to closely monitor pupil performance and progress. Parents are contacted as appropriate following reporting sessions if a pupil is not meeting academic expectations.