Due to Covid19, The Thomas Aveling School was closed to all Sixth Form students from 18th March 2020 until September 2nd 2020.
During this time students had access to online learning via Microsoft TEAMs. Staff were directed to offer a minimum of at least one lesson a fortnight per subject as a LIVE lesson. Other work was set as independent and content driven tasks. This is in contrast to the normal 10 hours per fortnight of teaching time that students would normally receive in school for each subject. In July 2020, every student was offered the chance to return to school for a two hour taught session in each of their subject areas. No formal assessments in controlled conditions were able to take place during this time including the planned End of Year 12 exams.
They were also offered a two hour session on the UCAS Application process. This would normally have been delivered in fortnightly lessons throughout the entirety of Year 12. Since returning to full time education in September, the Sixth Form has adopted a blended learning approach to enable students, who have been forced to isolate for additional time, remote access to their work.
Thomas Aveling is a mixed converter academy for student's aged 11-18 years. It is situated in the Medway unitary authority, an area that operates a selective education system, with 25% of students selected for grammar school at 11.
There are students from a wide range of backgrounds, but the proportion from disadvantages background is much higher than average. 14.8% of our school's students are eligible for Free School Meals, 6.9% of students speak English as an Additional Language, 26.46 % are Pupil Premium and 24.88% of students have SEN needs.
There are 1100 students on the school roll with a sixth form of 200 students. Due to our cohort of students we offer both academic and vocational subjects. Students may embark on a wholly academic choice of subjects, wholly vocational or a mixture of both, dependent upon their results at GCSE. Thomas Aveling use internal assessment to make grade predictions. The majority of students will be first generation graduates.