The Priory Academy LSST is a state funded, co-educational, partially selective (24 students in Y7 each year) 11-18 Academy, which is part of a growing Federation of Academies. There are over 1850 students currently on roll taken from a large geographical area. The Academy is situated near the urban centre of the city of Lincoln, which has a population of approximately 130,000. Lincolnshire is predominately agricultural and rural with lower than average wages and progression to Higher Education.
There are over 500 students in the Sixth Form. Since 2016, students have overwhelmingly taken three rather than four A Levels, and have the option of studying for an EPQ as well. A very small number of students take four subjects at A Level, which usually involves students who are taking Further Mathematics. The Academy offers around 30 A level courses, 6 BTEC courses and 2 Tech level courses, and no AS Level examinations are taken.
Predicted grades are determined through a combination of teacher assessment, mock examination and professional judgment. Each year approximately 80% of our Year 13 students progress to university or Further Education.
It is the expectation at The Priory Academy LSST that the overwhelming majority of our Sixth Form students will leave the Sixth Form to follow a course at university.
In order to support the students with this aim, we provide a range of activities to enable the students to be as successful as possible with this endeavour. There is the opportunity to do voluntary work through VInvolve, to pursue Duke of Edinburgh Awards as well as guidance with completing an Extended Project.There is also a Sixth Form debating club. We encourage students to pursue relevant work experience and will try to guide students towards the options in conjunction with our work experience co-ordinators
Throughout Year 12 & 13 the Sixth Form team work with the students to guide them in their reading and research on the subjects they wish to study at university. There are many courses at universities to provide the students with valuable information such as MEDLINK, MEDSIM & VETLINK; we guide the students towards the relevant opportunities for them. Many opportunities occur during Year 12 & 13 when students can apply for Summer Schools and attend University Open Days.
Throughout the two years we provide guidance for the potential early entry students on how to strengthen their application through additional reading and research. They have access to advice on completing courses such as BMAT (The Biomedical Science Admissions Test), UK CAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test), STEP, AEA (Advanced Extension Award), LNAT (Law Aptitude Test), etc. As the number of these courses which some students have to complete grows we work to provide them with the support they require.
In March of Year 12 we run an Oxbridge Conference for students across Lincolnshire to become informed on the opportunities presented by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. All the potential applicants at The Priory Academy will attend this prestigious conference. Lecturers from these universities run sessions as well as schools’ liaison officers and undergraduates, many of whom attended the The Priory Academy. On the same day the rest of Year 12 will attend specially arranged Open Days at a range of universities such as Loughborough and Nottingham Universities.
The process of completing a personal statement for a university application is taken very seriously and considerable advice and support is given. There are considerable opportunities to gain interview experience with a range of staff who specialise in different subject interviews.
The ethos of the Sixth Form is about supporting the student to be able to develop both academically and extra-curricularly with the aim of taking each student to their goal of a university place in their chosen field. However if a student does not wish to go to university they will also receive support to achieve their chosen goal beyond Sixth Form. If a student does not wish to apply for university we will arrange an interview with Connexions who can guide a student through their options. We will also supply advice on how to produce a good CV and they will receive interview practice.