FAQs

I didn't attend Turing House, can I still apply for the Sixth Form?

Yes, we welcome applications from students from across the community. You can find out about the admissions process here.

How big is Turing House Sixth Form?

We will take a maximum of 150 students in our sixth form each year. As 2020 is our first year we will be taking a reduced number, a maximum of 100 and it is likely to be fewer. We will have a close-knit sixth form community with small class sizes.

It is likely that the class sizes will be between 8 and 15 though they may be smaller depending on the student choices. Small class sizes enable stronger relationships with teachers and fellow students and ensure that you get the most out of your learning experience.

How many subjects can I study?

Most students will choose 3 A-levels or BTEC qualifications. Three good grades at A-level is the entry requirement for the majority of universities, so for many students the best approach will be to focus on three subjects only.

As an additional option, you can also take an Extended Project Qualification, equivalent to half an A-Level. Find out more here.

Some students may wish take four A-levels, whether to pursue a particular interest, keep their options open or aim for a higher total of UCAS points. In this situation we will support a student continuing with four subjects as long as we consider it to be the best route for that student. Further Mathematics, Mathematics, plus two other subjects is the traditional four-subject combination, but please talk to the school to find out if we can support your specific choices.

If I'm unsure about which subjects I would like to study, can I apply or should I wait?

You should apply now as you will be able to re-consider your choices once the term starts. Subject to timetabling restrictions you can change course within a limited window in the first half term.

What happens if I don't get the GCSE results I need for the course I want to do?

Guidance will be given on GCSE results day and each application will be considered on a case by case basis. All students can have days when exams don’t go too well. We will not reject an application on the GCSE grade result alone.

What is enrollment day?

This is when you guarantee your place by coming to Turing House with your actual GCSE results in hand. We assign students to classes on a first come, first-served basis, as long as they have qualifying entry grades. We do not have a cut off for enrollment after this day, and you are welcome to get in touch afterwards. Enrollment day is on Thursday 20th August 2020.

How will my lessons be different from GCSE?

The lessons will be more relaxed than at GCSE. Classes will be smaller and the atmosphere will be more collaborative. Lesson time will be spent exploring the most significant elements of the subject in greater depth. Often discussions and shared learning will be central to the lessons. There will be an expectation of preparation ahead of the lesson – this may be pre-reading or research.

You will take the lead when it comes to independent study. With small classes and a seminar style classroom environment, preparation is key to enable you to contribute and take an active role in your learning.

Will there be a Sixth Form common room?

Yes! In 2020 we will be located in Teddington and will be rearranging over the summer to create a dedicated Sixth Form social/study area. There isn’t a kitchen area but you will have priority access to the lunch queue and after the first term you will have the opportunity to visit local shops and cafes.

In 2021 we plan to move to our new site with brand new, purpose built, Sixth Form areas. There will be an area for socialising, relaxation and group work; a kitchen for preparing your own drinks and snacks; a state of the art study area with docking stations, printers and all the equipment you need to prepare your work.  You can find out more about our new building here.

Will I have free time during the day?

Yes! In addition to your five 50-minute lessons for each A Level subject, and other timetabled sessions such as tutorial time, you are likely to have between 10 and 12 “non-contact sessions” per week. You may want to use these to complete additional subject reading and/or homework, to relax in the common room, or to go off site.

The Teddington site is fortunate to be next to a great high street with a range of cafes (some of which give discounts to Turing House sixth formers) and open spaces like Bushy Park. After Christmas, provided you are up to date with your learning, you will be able to apply for a pass to use your non-contact time to leave the school building.

Will there be Sixth Form sports?

Yes, the PE department will organise sporting fixtures and events throughout the year.

Can I continue with my Duke of Edinburgh award?

Yes, along with a wide range of additional intra and extra-curricular activities. At Turing House we look at these opportunities as a ‘4th A Level’. You can find out more here.

Can I bring in my laptop or tablet?

Yes. WiFi will be available for sixth form students, and you can bring in your own laptops if you wish (at your own risk).  However school laptops will also be available in the Sixth Form study area.

Can I use my phone?

Yes, and there will be WiFi access. We will ask you to only use your phones in the designated Sixth Form area.

What can I wear?

There is no formal dress code for the Sixth Form, however students should be dressed appropriately for the school environment, in keeping with the adults in the school.   If you would like further guidance, it is available here.

Can I park at Turing House?

No, there is no student parking at the Teddington site and there will be no parking at the planned site in Whitton. Both sites are well served by public transport.