Sixth Form September 2020

Information for students joining Sixth Form in September 2020

Important Dates

To help everyone get to know each other, we will be organising a few special events at the beginning of term. Please check back over the summer as due to the changing COVID-19 guidelines these dates will be confirmed a bit later than usual.

Work to be Completed Over the Summer

Students in certain courses will really benefit from completing a bit of work over the summer. Please see below a list of courses and the relevant work. Not all subjects are shown so don’t worry if you don’t see your course, it just means your tutor has chosen not to ask for any work to be prepared in advance.


Please complete these exercises.

Computer Science

1. Go to http://www.jetbrains.coand request a free student licence (this is not instant, so don’t leave it until the last minute)
2. Install IntelliJ and the appropriate version of Java and a development engine to the laptop that you will use in Computer Science lessons.
3. Learn the basic Java syntax to:
a. Produce an output to console
b. Take an input from the keyboard
c. Declare variables
d. Assign inputs to variables
e. Concatenate outputs to console


Get fit and set yourself some creative goals. Work on your strength, flexibility and stamina. Take dance classes and be physical. Go out and watch live performances and visualise yourself in the performance. Ask yourself, ‘What would it take for me to do that?” Cultivate the mindset of a creative artist and performer.


During your course you will explore a wide variety of live theatrical performances, play texts, practitioners and theatrical genres.

Over the summer, before you begin the course, we would recommend that you see at least one live production and begin to consider how directors, performers and designers work together to produce a show that makes an impact on a live audience.

Your set texts for the course will be MACHINAL by Sophie Treadwell and WOYZECK by Georg Buchner, and we would suggest you familiarise yourself with these either by reading them or watching a film/live theatre version. There is currently a production of Machinal at the Almeida Theatre in London (until July 2018) which would be very helpful to see if you are able.

You will explore a variety of practitioners and other play texts, none of which will be decided until the course is underway and we have had the opportunity to work together. We do not require any specific advance learning but would encourage you to use the reading list below over the summer to begin preparing for your course.



As A level students you are expected to conduct independent study, including research and reading around your subject. Outside your lesson times you are expected to conduct an equal amount of study (so for 5 lessons a week this would be just over 4 ½ hours). There will be plenty of time beyond your set prep for you to access the list below. All of these will give you a greater understanding of the world of theatre and those who work in it. Most of these are available through the Drama department or the Library, and if you would like to borrow a copy you are most welcome. Anything we do not currently have can be ordered for you.

Please note – this is just a selection of the texts we recommend and you may also wish to read others. We would be happy to recommend a further selection once you have exhausted these! It is also not essential that you read the Practitioner texts in their entirety but select chapters to gain a flavour of the methodology.


An Actor Prepares – Stanislavski
Brecht on Theatre – Brecht
The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre– Scott Graham
Games for Actors and NonActors – Augusto Boal
The Empty Space – Peter Brook
Shakespeare on Stage– Julian Curry
The Theatre and its Double– Antonin Artaud
Immersive Theatre– Josh Machamer

Play Texts:

A Doll’s House – Ibsen
Eight – Ella Hickson
Look Back in Anger– John Osborne
4.48 Psychosis– Sarah Kane (WARNING – contains strong language/imagery)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream– Shakespeare


Alison’s Summer Reading List for Year 11 into Year 12:

The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys


All others to read:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronté*
The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar*
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman*
John Crow’s Devil by Marlon James*
Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming
Caribbean by James A. Michener
Dr No by Ian Fleming
Small Island by Andrea Levy
The Lunatic by Anthony C. Winkler
The White Witch of Rosehall by Herbert G. de Lisser
The Long Song by Andrea Levy

*very important

Fine Art

  • Visit at least one art exhibition or museum. If you are unable to due to covid restrictions, visit some online museums or galleries.
  • Complete an account of the experience, both visually (drawings, sketches, photographs, postcards…) and some written thoughts on the work seen (try to talk about specific pieces).
  • Complete at least 4 drawings or paintings made from direct observation (not from photographs) A3 or A4 scale, possible larger is you have the opportunity. Own choice of subject matter, but getting outside for fresh air would be a nice option!

Film Studies

We would like students to watch the films during the holidays that are being studied next term. (film list for Autumn term) 

1.      Watch the Hitchcock film Vertigo and any other Hitchcock from the list 

2.      Watch the Coen film No Country for Old Men and any other Coen films from the list 

3.      Watch any of the complimentary films from the long list. (film list for the summer) 

Autumn Term List

Summer Term List


Year 12 Preparation Work

Please read and complete Bridging the GCSE to A Level Geography Gap and Keep Learning Geography

Graphic Communication

  • Visit at least one exhibition/ museum (V&A, British Museum or Design Museum – Ideally that has a Graphic Design focus, but if you can’t find anything relevant visit an Art or Photography exhibition.
  • Complete an account of the experience, both visually (drawings, sketches, photographs, postcards…) and some written thoughts on the work seen (try to talk about specific pieces).
  • Start a scrap book or collection of pieces of graphic design that interest and inspire you – pages from magazines, packaging, flyers – photograph posters you like.


Revise tenses with Languages Online

Read online newspapers and watch films in your chosen language


Students will be emailed directly with summer preparation work during the first week of the holiday. If they do not receive anything by the second week, please contact [email protected]


Current restrictions have made worldwide exhibitions, talks, news and features more readily available online. Visit at least one photography exhibition.
• Complete an account of the experience, both visually (thumbnail photographs) and some written thoughts on the work seen (try to talk about specific pieces) so you can include them in your coursework at a later date.
• Be prepared to present your visit to the group in September
• Below are suggestions but you can also find your own:

The Photographer’s Gallery


Time Out

Photo London

Masters of Photography

Photography Now

Serpentine Galleries

Southbank Centre

V&A Museum

National Portrait Gallery


Moam Amsterdam


Alison Wright

Netflix Tales by Light

Magnum Photos


IGCSE course
Make sure you are secure in the IGCSE course you have done – in particular the section on motion and motion graphs and properties of matter and Hooke’s law. These are the two topics you will study first.  A revision guide would be a good resource to use.

For the first lesson you should present notes on the seven base units we use in Physics – the name of the base physical quantity and unit. Also five examples of derived units, which are built from the base units again stating the name of the derived  physical quantity and unit

Vectors and scalars
Be able to define each of the above and give five examples of each.

Unit prefixes
Present a table showing a range of these – e.g.milli, micro. kilo, Mega, etc with the unit abbreviation. Eg mega-M

All the above should be written or typed so it can be checked.

If not already signed up, please sign up for SENECA


Tasks will continue to be set on the PRE Team. Please continue to engage with the reading and tasks and keep in touch over the summer.


We would suggest that all psychology students subscribe to the ‘Crash Course Psychology’ Youtube channel and watch a few clips introducing key areas, such as ‘Intro to Psychology’, ‘Remembering and Forgetting’ and ‘Social Influence’.

We also recommend signing up to the British Psychological Society Digest so you can get a feel for current psychological research. You can sign up here.

Finally, we would highly recommend reading The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson and anything by Malcolm Gladwell, in particular, Blink.


We recommend that you put the BBC News and The Guardian apps on your phone, so you can keep up to date on current affairs and social/educational issues.

On BBC Radio 4 there is a brilliant show called Thinking Allowed which you can listen to here.

You could also read The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.