Greene’s is non-selective and accepts students of all ages and abilities. Admission to our sixth form is based on an assessment of each student’s aptitude to benefit from the tutorial method of learning, whatever his or her capability; and each student has a course of study that is both individual and specific. Thus, the success of each student is best measured against his or her own stated objectives.
For the 2016-2017 academic year of over 300 students in total, there were 52 full-time students, of which 26 students finished or retook their A levels and applied to university. Of these, 19 (73%) obtained a place at their first choice of university. A further five (19%) obtained a place at their second choice university. 24 out of the 26 students applying to university obtained a place at either their first or second choice university.
University destinations for 2017 include: Cambridge, UCL (University College London), KCL (King’s College London), St. Mary’s (London), Bath, Bristol, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds, Liverpool (Medicine), Loughborough, Oxford Brookes, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Sussex and York.
A level examination grades
As a non-selective college we expect our A level examination results to track the national average of the number and proportion of students achieving particular A level grades for the UK.
Of the full-time students who successfully sat a range of A level examinations during the 2016-17 academic year over 68% of grades were A* to B – compared to a national average for England of 53%. Just over 82% of grades were A* to C – compared to a national average for England of 77%.
Mathematics continues to be our most popular subject (21% of all A level grades) and over 85% of students taking this A level achieved A* to B grades. Other popular subjects include the sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Economics, Geography, History and Modern Languages. Two students achieved three A* grades each.
A significant proportion of sixth form students – typically over 50% each year – are retaking A levels. These students have achieved an average increase over the last three years of one to three grade points in at least one of their subjects. Students who are retaking their A levels have a 80% chance of increasing their result by at least one grade; and a 40% chance of increasing it by at least two grades. No students went down a grade.
GCSE examination grades
In addition to our sixth form students, we also accept a small number of GCSE students each year. Selection is likewise based on an assessment of each student’s aptitude to benefit from the tutorial method of learning, whatever his or her ability.
Approximately 15,000 tutorial reports are submitted by our tutors each academic year. Over many years Greene’s has provided courses of individual tuition using selected tutors who give feedback to students by way of a written report after each tutorial. These tutorial reports – named ‘slips’ as they were originally small slips of paper – are the main way in which students are able to measure their progress.
Via our online reporting software called Greene’s Online, these reports are available to students and their parents and include an assessment of progress towards targeted examination grades and the student’s performance during the tutorial. Students can follow their progress tutorial by tutorial.
Students on short courses are asked to provide formal academic feedback after their course. During 2013-14 just over 20 responses were received showing that for most categories over 90% of students were either satisfied or very satisfied by their short course experience.
Planning and testing
Sixth form students are now able to use Greene’s Online to view study plans for each one of their courses so as to measure their progress towards completing their course on schedule. They are also able to see the marked scripts and results for all of their practice or mock examinations: a sixth form student at Greene’s can take up to five mock exams in each subject over the course of the year.
The combination of detailed study plans and mock examination results are key elements for students to understand whether or not they are on track to both complete their courses and achieve their targeted examination grades.
Linked to each tutorial report is an assessment of all homework assignments. This includes an estimate of the number of hours that a student has spent on his or her homework, and we use this to measure the extent of independent learning the student is doing, which we call the Index of Independence or IOI.
The IOI is is calculated from the information provided in tutorial reports and takes into account the relationship between the amount of independent study that has been completed and the number of hours of tuition that have been taken; a figure of 2-4 is appropriate for A level study and 1-3 for GCSE study. As well as being important for successful study at university, we think that developing each student’s independent study skills should be one of the main benefits of studying at Greene’s, and the IOI has shown itself to be a clear predictor of university entrance success. Among our A level students in the 2011-12 academic year, no student with an IOI of less than one went on to take a place at their first choice of university. Independent study counts.
IOI Data 2010-2012
|IOI (Index of Independence)||Number of students||Students obtaining their first choice university (%)||Average tutorial hours per subject||Students with all A level grades at A* - C (%)|
|> 2.0||12||10 (83%)||44||10 (83%)|
|1.5 - 2.00||14||14 (100%)||58||11 (79%)|
|1.0 - 1.49||12||9 (75%)||69||8 (67%)|
|< 1.0||7||1 (14%)||85||2 (29%)|
1. An IOI of less than 1.0 severely reduces your changes of getting good A level grades and getting a place at your first choice university.
2. An IOI of greater than 1.5 gives you a good chance of obtaining good A level grades and in obtaining a place at your first choice university.
3. There is no correlation between the number of hours of tuition you have per subject and your chances of obtaining either good A level grades or obtaining a place at your first choice university. Indeed there is an inverse correlation between obtaining good results and substituting additional tutorial hours for independent study.