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Key Academic Information - Lower Sixth

2018 - 2019

Autumn Term

  • Lower Sixth Advice with Sixth Form Choices meeting – Sunday before term starts (Sunday 2 September)
  • Sixth Form choices finalised – first Monday of term (Monday 3 September)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for Higher Education applications to American Universities (entry opportunities in October and December at Millfield; other dates are available nationally)
  • Lower Sixth Social (Saturday 8 September)
  • Start of Year Service (Friday 14 September)
  • Welcome Dinner for all international pupils (Friday 28 September)
  • House Song (Tuesday 23 October)
  • Half-term report
  • Lower Sixth parents’ meeting with group tutors (Wednesday 24 October)
  • Choral Service for Remembrance, Wells Cathedral (Tuesday 13 November)
  • Festival of Languages (Thursday 15 November)
  • Presentation to Lower Sixth parents on 'Higher Education applications' – immediately before the Lower Sixth Parents' Meeting
  • Carol Service (Thursday 6 December)
  • Lower Sixth Parents' Meeting with subject tutors – final Friday of term (Friday 7 December)
  • End of term report

Spring Term

  • Pupil briefing on ‘Higher Education applications’ – UK (including Oxbridge) & American Universities
  • Cambridge Occupational Analysts (COA): Centigrade Assessments amd bespoke follow up report
  • Millfield Careers and University Fair
  • Opportunities to attend university open/taster days
  • Half-term report (grades only)
  • UCAS Higher Education convention
  • End of term report

Summer Term

  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) entry opportunity for Higher Education applications to American Universities – March/May
  • Opportunities to attend university open/taster days
  • Presentations from selected universities (at Millfield)
  • External examinations begin* – pupils will be issued with a personalised examination timetable
  • Pupils may revise at home (see point 2 below)
  • Summer Celebration and Prize-giving – final day of the first half-term (Saturday 25 May)
  • Following the external examination session*, pupils continue their Sixth Form courses
  • OM Careers Convention
  • Higher Education application process begins and advice given to pupils
  • Introduction to writing a personal statment (for university applications)
  • 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/taster days
       - Carry out relevant extension work (e.g. background reading in advance of Oxbridge application)
       - Medics, Vets and other relevant applicants register for UKCAT
       - US University Handbook sent home to all pupils planning to apply
  • Results Day (August) – advice available with any post-result queries


1) Lower Sixth coursework

Coursework will be ongoing throughout the Lower Sixth. Some work may be required during the Christmas, Easter and half-term breaks – please make holiday plans accordingly.

2) External Examinations – May/June

*Millfield’s policy: we will enter all Lower Sixth pupils for all of their AS levels (unreformed & reformed specifications) in the summer exam session at the end of their Lower Sixth year. We will enter Lower Sixth pupils for AS certification in all of their unreformed specifications in the summer exam season at the end of their Lower Sixth year.

  1. Appropriate revision during the Easter and summer half-term breaks is essential please make holiday plans accordingly.
  2. Examination Leave – revision at home and in boarding houses: Detailed arrangements for revision at home and examination leave will be confirmed in a letter sent from the Deputy Head (Academic), available via the Parent Portal.
  3. Art/Photography examinations start in the first half of the spring term.
  4. AS Drama practical examinations take place early in the first half of the spring term.
  5. Language oral examinations typically take place in the second half of the spring term and continue into the first half of the summer term.
  6. AS Physical Education practical moderation will take place in the early part of the summer term.

3) 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.

4) Internal examinations

Academic departments will timetable internal examinations at appropriate points throughout the academic year. These internal examinations will typically take place during normal lesson time and will be scheduled by each Head of Department to best fit with teaching programmes.
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 as fully as possible 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.

5) Reporting

Reports are sent home 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 senior tutors to closely monitor pupil performance and progress. Parents are contacted as appropriate following reporting sessions if a pupil is not meeting academic expectations.