Dear students, parents & carers,

I hope this finds you and your families well.  I am delighted that you have applied to Wallingford 6th Form and look forward to welcoming you all in September.  We have been working hard to create option boxes and timetables that will facilitate your choices, and to prepare work to help you to make the transition from Year 11 to Year 12.  In the next few days, you will receive a formal offer letter and from Monday 4th May you will be able to access the transition work for the subjects you intend to study, via our school website.

The aim of transition work

We set transition work for a few reasons:

1. It allows you to get a taste for the subjects you have chosen, to begin to gauge the level of work and to develop the skills that you will need.

2. It keeps you working over a period of time when you do not have any studying to do, in order to maintain the knowledge and skills that you have developed over the past few years.

3. If you are a little unsure about your choices, you are able to look at the work for your reserve subjects to help you understand the subject a little more. 

4. It gives the teacher an early indication of how you work independently so that they can support you better when the academic year starts in September.

5. It enables an immediate start to the course, with some of the key terms learned or some of the first unit covered, etc.

It is important that you complete the work for all three subjects you have chosen.  Take time to do this well and ensure that you meet the deadlines - it will help you to start the course well, which will be important in the post results clinic in August and in the first few weeks when we ensure that all students are on the right courses.

Adaptations for 2020

This year, this transition work is even more important because of the school closures before Easter.  It will allow you to get back into good habits and enjoy learning again, to remember some of the techniques you developed to study independently and it will challenge you.  For this reason, we have extended what is normally summer work - we are giving it to you earlier and many subjects are setting staggered deadlines to help you to structure your work and complete the tasks at a steady pace.  We recommend that you complete an hour or two of work every week day.

Accessing work

1.  The work can be found from Monday 4th May by visiting our website www.wallingfordschool.com and clicking on the first tab on the bottom left - VLE.

2.  Students currently at Wallingford School will have logins, students joining us from other schools have been sent a log in.

Submitting work

Work should be submitted according to the instructions in the work.  There is probably an email for you to send work to, either digitally or photographs of your written work.  Some subjects will ask you to bring in work for the first lesson.  You should therefore have this work with you when term starts on Thursday 3rd September 2020.

Problem solving

If you have problems accessing the VLE, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will help you.

If you have problems accessing the work set, perhaps because of technical issues, not having access to a computer, or not understanding the work set, contact the teacher who has set the work.  If you are unable to do that, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do try to keep to the deadlines - they are set to help you to structure your work and to help teachers with their workload.  However, if you are unable to meet a deadline, please contact the teacher and let them know.

We cannot stress enough the importance of super-curricular engagement (work that is in addition to specifications, work that is pursued for personal interest and fulfilment).  This can be in the form of listening to podcasts (eg. BBC Sounds), watching documentaries  (eg. TedTalks, YouTube, BBC iPlayer), MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses - eg. Future Learn, reading books (non-fiction and - importantly - fiction), reading articles in online publications or magazine subscriptions. Students in our Sixth Form have a real desire for learning and that is what enables them to develop their interests and secure exceptional outcomes on their courses.

I will be in touch again soon with the offer letters, but if you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In the meantime, enjoy the work and the beginning of the next phase of your education!

Best wishes

Ms A Mummery

Assistant Headteacher - Head of Sixth Form