A hugely positive evening where we celebrated our students' achievements form last year, have a watch:
Jack Davis (middle).
Maths A*, Further Maths A, Computing A, Physics A.
University of Bath– BSc(Hons) Mathematics.
What do you enjoy about Maths?
“It’s hard. I like a challenge, because when you get something really difficult and you overcome it, it’s good. Nothing feels better than overcoming a difficult problem”
What are your achievements in Maths?
“I took the UKMT Maths challenge every year from year 7 to year 12 and to this day, I would say my greatest achievement is the one time I won bronze!”
What made you choose the university you are going to?
“Bath is a lovely place plus the uni’s Maths course let me pick and choose modules so instead of just doing Maths I get to dabble in computer science and physics.”
What do you think doing a Maths course does for your future?
“Opens a lot of doors, both physically and metaphorically”
What physical doors?
“I’d imagine the doors to the lecture hall”
How often do you reckon you’ll use the Maths you have learnt at school?
“...there was this one time the other day where I needed 200ml of water but did not have a measuring jug, so instead I weighed 200g of water, since we all know water has a density of 1kg/L. I’d like to think A-level Maths helped me with this!”
What would you say to a student considering further Maths?
“Regular Maths is fun, but nothing is more fun than Further Maths; FP1 and FP2, if you don’t take Further Maths you miss out on the best modules. You’ll get a few extra exams but the skills are transferrable between them so it’s not like taking two subjects it’s going deeper into one subject and if you are a fan of Maths or even a fan of Computer Science I’d recommend it”
What advice would you give to yr12s starting Maths/further Maths?
“Work hard, work really hard, A level is a whole different ball game to GCSEs. And it’s not until it’s over and you look back on the year that you’ll realize how hard it is. Study for your exams months in advance, you don’t have to go over the top. In the beginning a past paper a week is good enough and as you get closer increase to a several a week to once a day to several a day in the exam period.”
Interview with Olivier Fischer (LEFT) - C6 Student (2014-2016)
Maths - A*, Further Maths - A, Computing - A, Physics - A.
University of Manchester – BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Industrial Placement.
Can you remember when or why you started to enjoy Maths?
“When I got good at it. In Primary school I was never good at it and I didn’t have amazing teachers but in year 7 at St Josephs I had a really good teacher who taught us stuff beyond the year 7 syllabus (Mr Roberts who now coincidentally teaches at Commonweal!) and for years 10 to 13 I also had really great teachers. It does make a massive difference to have good teachers, I mean, if you’ve got good teachers then you’ll enjoy the lesson a lot more.”
What job are you hoping to get in the end?
“I’d rather not get an office job because I think I would find that boring, so something exciting first, whether that’s a job or maybe doing stuff like travelling, but… I reckon being a pilot would be nice.”
What was your favourite part about A level Maths?
“The lessons, I mean, if you don’t enjoy the lessons you shouldn’t be doing Maths. Maths and Further Maths meant 18 hours of Maths lessons a fortnight at A level.”
What made you pick the university you are going to?
The University of Manchester’s School of Computer Science is both the longest established and one of the largest University Computer Science Faculties in the country with great industry links, which is good because I want an opportunity to do internships during holidays and I have a placement year. Also they offer financial rewards if you get an A* in Maths. As an institution they are also still making huge contributions to new technologies worldwide plus Manchester is a great city!
What made you switch to a joint Computer Science and Maths degree from a plain Computer Science degree?
“I like Maths and I realised looking at the University of Manchester Computer Science course modules that I probably wouldn’t be doing as much of it anymore and would just be doing computer science, and that made me sad because I genuinely like Maths lessons. However, I didn’t want to choose a pure Maths degree as Computer Science is something I have also enjoyed massively at A level. If I had to choose between them, I’d always pick Computer Science.”
Would you recommend taking Maths to the Year 11s coming up next year, or the Year 12s that made the mistake of not choosing it? Why?
“Yes, go for it, providing you can do and enjoy Maths; I would recommend it in a heartbeat. It’s not an easy subject by a long shot, but it is by the far the most rewarding in terms of how many universities and employers recognise it as one of the best A levels that you can do. On average, by taking A level Maths you will earn in a lifetime a quarter of a million more than someone who didn’t … I read that somewhere….”
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENTS!!!!
Commonweal Sixth Form students and staff are celebrating an outstanding first set of A-Level results which demonstrate that the Sixth Form has been successful in achieving its goals of helping students to gain high levels of academic qualification and progress onwards to further academic studies.
Students have responded to the high standards of teaching with enormous commitment and hard work and this is reflected in these results.
Levels of attainment were outstanding with 58% of A-Level grades at A*- B and, a very impressive, 100% at A*-E with 72% of students achieving an A*-B grade. These very pleasing figures should ensure that, in comparison with previous data, the Sixth Form has achieved well above national and local performance figures.
Stand out subject performances included (% A*-C): Anthropology 100%, Biology 88%, Business Studies 100%, Chemistry 71%, Computing 100%, English Lit 100%, Environmental Science 100%, French 100%, Geography 100%, German 100%, History (MEM) 100%, Law 100%, Maths 100%, PE 100%, Philosophy and Ethics 100%, Physics 100% and Psychology 88%.
Notable individual performances included Jack Davis (A*, A, A, A,) who will be study Maths at The University of Bath, Olivier Fischer (A*, A, A, A,) who will be studying Computer Science at The University of Manchester and Kitty Borland, who at AS level, achieved A,A,A.
Keith Defter, Headteacher, said, “We are delighted with the achievement of our students and particularly the number of students achieving the highest grades. Our goal has always been to provide the highest standards of education at 16-18 and make a significant contribution to increasing the number of students from the Swindon area progressing into higher education – these results represent a significant step towards those goals.”
Our Yr 13 students now leave us for the next exciting chapter in their lives and we wish them the very best. Our Yr 12 students have already laid very solid foundations to ensure that they achieve their goals this time next year. As always, our commitment remains to work with a very broad range of students to ensure that they are able to achieve above and beyond their own expectation. We would like to thank all parents and carers for their support during the challenging two years of A-Level and BTEC study.
Mr. Matcham - Head of Sixth Form
Students now meet as the whole of C6 on a Monday morning instead of tutor. They will receive information about the week and students/staff may wish to make announcements about C6. C6 Student Leaders summarise the notes which are then sent out to all staff by Ann (C6 Administrator).
From C6 Leader Bethany Teuten…
Thank you for joining us on our Big Day Out, it will be a lot of fun and a chance for you to meet other students.
Just a reminder that we will be leaving from C6 at 8.45am (meet at the front of the main school building at 8.30am) and will be returning at approximately 6.00pm. During the day you will be free to explore the park.
Students either need to bring a packed lunch or money to purchase refreshments.
We look forward to seeing you all next Thursday!
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Commonweal6 voted - results are in 66% of C6 students took part and 34 staff. A great turnout! 76% voted to remain in the EU, 24% voted to leave.
Year 13 Psychology students, go to: http://psychyogi.org/ocr-a2-psychology-g543/ which has summaries and revision tools for all units you have covered in A2 Psychology. This could be good for testing yourself and making sure you have all the notes you need.
All psychology students can go to:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/mind_brain/psychology/ to find the most recent psychology news. If you are able to link these events to your core studies, research methods, debates and approaches you have done well!!
AS and A2 Ethics students. Please go to http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/philosophy/ethics-bites-podcast-the-full-series
Listen to and read transcripts of podcasts relating to many areas of the course. Listening to others explaining opinions and developing an argument will help you to improve your own ethical language.
This is one works for both Art/Graphics – how to do well in and enjoy your final art/graphics exam:
This one is good for creating exciting sketchbooks:
This one gives 150+ job examples in the arts and has 25 case studies of different artists/designers/makers:
To prepare for your exams make sure you are trying and marking past papers
but you could also try:
For content to practice try:
Good luck chemists
From Miss Ballance...
For US history the Khan Academy has an overview of the period
You will need to sign up but it’s free!
www.dabhub.com/datas/media/Aristotle%E2%80%99s%20Ideas%20About20Tragedy.pdf - A pdf document that will help students understand Aristotle’s view of tragedy.
www.Litcharts.com – A good resource for summaries and analysis of texts.
www.gutenberg.org/ - Primary/secondary source search engine that provides texts to analyse. Will be useful for coursework but also for other subjects as well.
http://www.cliffsnotes.com/ - A good resource for summaries and analysis of texts.
www.litcharts.com – It has superb revision notes on all of the greatest works of Literature.
www.quizlet.com – a good revision tool that allows you to design your own flash cards and quizes for revision.
www.sparknotes.com – A good all-rounder that gives some good analysis texts and suggests other useful web links
www.shmoop.com – An unusual and often informal take on analysing texts, but it helps make some of the more wordy literary texts a lot more accessible.
www.thestudentroom.co.uk – You need to sign up to this site but it’s free and there are lots of excellent resources that are specifically for English Literature A Level – An excellent site for sharing ideas.
Emerging Asia China
Use these websites for up to date facts and figures for the economic, environmental and social state of China:
Use these websites for relevant case study knowledge:
Business students, Unit 4a go to www.newbalance.co.uk/ for the latest information on Responsible Leadership and Strategy.
Unit 3: Go to www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/asia/china for up to date information on the Chinese economy. Remember the more specific case studies you include the more application marks you will get!
Unit 3: Go to www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/asia/india for up to date information on the Indian economy. Remember the more specific case studies you include the more application marks you will get!
Don’t forget the following link has great revision notes and explanations www.tutor2u.net/ just in case your still stuck on any topics such as investment appraisal.
The Guardian newspaper has an excellent ‘Environment’ section with up-to-date news on all aspects of climate change, wildlife, energy and pollution: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/environment
There are some good prepared revision resources on the following website also:
Computer Science students, an excellent revision resource for COMP3 can be found at: