Planning the Next Steps

Pupils in Year 12 and 13 will have weekly lessons with the Head of Guidance during the year where they will focus on looking at all options available post 18. They will have opportunities to research these options and listen to a variety of visiting speakers. Pupils applying to university will benefit from small group support in completing their applications and choosing courses.

Our aim is to offer impartial advice and give the pupils the skills and the knowledge that they need to plan and take control of their own future. Useful resources are listed below.

Information for Universities

Mount Kelly is a relatively small, independent, co-educational day and boarding school in the heart of Devon. This means that the variety of social backgrounds and the academic ability range in the Year 13 cohort are both very broad. Each year we have several pupils who are academically very able and aim high in their university applications. A significant minority of pupils have special educational needs, typically requiring extra time in examinations, and there is also a section of the year-group which are from overseas.

The Mount Kelly Sixth Form curriculum anticipates pupils taking three A Levels over two years. Following the reforms initiated by Mr Gove, it was decided that each of the new A Levels would require increased study and, therefore, it was appropriate for all but the brightest to study just three full A Levels. Similarly, in the spirit of the linearity underpinning the new A Levels, pupils in Year 12 do not sit any public exams and the AS qualification is not generally available. An exception to this is the Extended Project Qualification, for which many Year 12 pupils study. A small number of pupils may take an AS in Mathematics over two years.

A Levels offered at Mount Kelly: Art & Design; Biology; Chemistry; Design Technology; Economics; English Language; English Literature; French; Geography; Government and Politics; History; Mathematics; Further Mathematics; Music; Photography; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Religious Studies and Spanish.

Forecast grades for pupils applying to university are reached on the basis of their performance in the Year 12 summer exams, and the results from formal assessments undertaken as part of our routine tracking process through the year. The predictions are reviewed early in Year 13 on the basis of current performance.

In addition to A Levels, the school offers a BTEC Extended Diploma qualification in Sports Performance and Excellence.