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Water Orton Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. B36 9HF

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Sixth Form - Virtual Taster Day

Park Hall Sixth Form – Virtual Taster Day

Welcome to our Sixth Form Virtual Taster Day.

This page enables you to access a wide range of information and guidance about the Sixth Form at Park Hall and find out what you can be doing this summer to make sure you are as well-prepared as possible for the start of the new school year in September.

Use the links below to access the films, slide shows, activities and resources that you need to make the most of today – and get yourself ready for life as a Park Hall Sixth Form student.

Please take the time to watch the films and go through the slides as there is a wide range of useful advice about how to prepare as fully as possible for a good start in September.

Welcome from Dr Close (Associate Headteacher)

Dr Close welcomes internal and external applicants to the new year 12.

Virtual Taster Day Film (Slides with Commentary)

Mr Cornell provides an audio commentary to the slides that you would have seen during a ‘normal’ taster day. As well as discussing the practicalities of Sixth Form study (including finalising subject choices, the Academy Colours award programme and the Business Dress Code) we examine the ‘purpose’ of level 3 qualifications and the importance of an ‘Aspirational’ mindset.


Virtual Taster Day (slides with no commentary)

These are the same slides – but without the audio commentary, for you to go through at your own speed.

Student Film: Life in the Sixth Form


Six of our current 6th form students discuss their experiences of the Sixth Form. They highlight how sixth form study is different to GCSE, what they have learned from the experience and share advice on how to get the most out of Sixth Form Study.

Subject Information and Preparation Activities

Explore a wide range of ‘preparatory’ activities in every subject ahead of your start in September. This is a great chance to ‘try before you buy’ and find out whether a course is really for you.

Subject taster sessions and Q&A

On Tuesday 29th June please attend our ‘Live’ Sixth Form Subject Presentations via the ‘6th Form Offer Holders’ teams on Microsoft Teams. The schedule for these sessions is given below. Simply log on to Teams at the allotted time and opt to join a ‘meeting’ as it goes live. Please note. There are 3 ‘Offers Holders Teams on Microsoft Teams. You need to join the appropriate team for the subject(s) you are interested in. All presentations will be recorded and will remain available on that Team’s Posts. Unfortunately, external applicants will not be able to join  these live sessions as you are not yet enrolled at Park Hall. As an alternative, please view our subject information and preparation activities linked above.

6th Form Subject Question & Answer Schedule


Subject / Teacher



Sixth Form Offer Holders

Team 1

Sixth Form Offer Holders

Team 2

Sixth Form Offer Holders

Team 3

9.00 – 9.30

Art & Photography

Ms Kennedy / Mrs Carlin

Health & Social Care

Miss Mills / Mrs Todd


9.30 – 10.00


Mrs Harnett



10.00 – 10.30


Mr Rowland


Dr Williams


10.30 – 11.00

Btec Media

Mr Edwards



11.00 – 11.30




11.30 – 12.00

Applied Psychology

Miss Vaughan


Miss Parker


Miss Bartlett

12.00 – 12.30


Mr Cornell


Mr Goodridge


12.30 – 1.00

English Literature

Mrs Davies / Mr East

Btec Enterprise

Mr Bellingham

Btec CPLD (Childcare)

Ms Bartlett



Mr Cornell


Mr Hughes


1.30 – 2.00




2.00 -2.30


Mr Sanghera


Mr Cresswell / Mr Smith




Miss Lal

Btec Sport

Mrs Churchill



Park Hall Sixth Form Bursary Policy

Park Hall Sixth Form students with household incomes below £28,000 are strongly encouraged to apply for the ‘Sixth Form Bursary’. This is additional funding that you may be able to claim towards the cost of your education. If you qualify – this means you will receive an £80 contribution towards the cost of Business Dress at the start of the year and will be able to ‘claim back’ the costs of the following up to an annual total cost of around £400. (£1200 in the case of students in care or recent care leavers).

  • Curricular School trips
  • School related travel expenses (such as a bus pass)
  • School Stationery (Folders, plastic wallets, pens, calculators)
  • Text Books
  • Revision Guides and Materials
  • UCAS Application Costs

Park Hall Sixth Form Bursary Application Form

If you qualify for the Sixth Form bursary please complete the form above and submit it with the required evidence to our Sixth Form Administrator Mrs Dann. Applications can be emailed or posted using the details provided.

What Happens Next?
The Dfe have confirmed that GCSE results will be announced on Thursday 12th August and will be available to you on that day.  Enrolment into the Sixth Form will take place on Monday16th August.  Further information about what will happen on these days will be provided shortly in light of the latest government guidance regarding Covid-19. We strongly recommend that, where possible, you keep yourself free on Monday 16th August. This will enable you to complete the enrolment process, confirm your subjects and be allocated to a tutor group ahead of September.

I hope you enjoy your ‘Virtual Taster day’ and look forward to seeing you soon to confirm your options for Sixth Form study.

Yours sincerely
Mr I Cornell, Senior Assistant Head: Post 16

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