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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 09:40

Student Support

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Student Support

The programme in the Sixth Form is designed to provide students with the academic and pastoral support they need. There are a number of different components.

1. The form teacher

Each student is allocated to a form teacher who will have personal responsibility for the progress of each student. Each form teacher has time built into his or her timetable specifically for student contact. In this way, the service we provide to our students is individualised and personal.

Year 13 Form Staff 2011 – Profiles

R_Gillespie

Mrs R Gillespie (RG) has been a Sixth Form tutor for ten years and is also Head of Mathematics at Drumragh Integrated College. Her perspective as an academic subject head and experienced post-16 form tutor make her ideally placed to guide and advise her students.

C_McConnell

Mr C McConnell (CMc) has also been a Sixth Form tutor for ten years. He is Head of Technology and Design so again sees students from both an academic and pastoral vantage point.

 (Q) What qualities make a successful A-Level student in your experience?

RG – “There are many, but the three that stand out and have made a difference to my students over the years are focus, independence and above all determination.”

CMc – “The ability to take charge of your own learning is important. Reading around topics, not being totally reliant on your single textbook or other source of information demonstrates this.”

 

(Q) Why is it considered difficult to make the transition to A-Level?

RG – “The work is simply more difficult. Problems are more complex and require development of new skills. Students that work hard to develop these skills make the transition more smoothly.”

CMc – “GCSE’s no longer prepare a student for Advanced level. At A-level there is much more of an emphasis on reading and expanding on what you have learned in the class room. Students who take responsibility for their own learning are the ones that step up to A-Level successfully.”

 

(Q) What qualities do you look for and foster in your form group?

RG – “A-Level students are young adults. They must communicate with me effectively and to help this along we try to engender a team spirit approach. This requires trust which comes in time.”

CMc – “An A-Level student must be independent. They should be approachable and very importantly, they should be reliable. Our Sixth Form is based on mutual respect between staff and students.”

 

(Q) If you could give one piece of advice to an A-Level student, what would it be?

RG – “Be prepared to work hard but work differently to the way you have in the past.”

CMc – “Start coursework assignments early! Aim to be finished by Christmas and realise the year is shorter than you think.”

 

2. Miss E McCallan – Head of Careers profile 2011

E_McCallen

Miss McCallan (EMc) has been involved at Sixth Form level for eight years. Two of these were spent as form tutor and careers advisor, and for the past four years she has been Head of the Careers Department. Her expertise has allowed students to broaden their horizon and find their own pathway to success.

 

(Q) From a careers perspective, why is it difficult to adjust to A-Level?

“Not only do students need new levels of drive and determination to succeed at A-Level, they now need to have one eye on the future. What is the next step for me? How do I get to the next stage of my career? Students have to make decisions for themselves, this is exciting but a little scary too.”

 

(Q) How does a student overcome these difficulties?

“Use independent study time wisely! If a student has a break in subject work then they should start thinking about how they get to the next stage. University courses and employment opportunities are well documented in the careers department and the more time devoted to the future the better it will be.”

(Q) How can a student increase the chance of having a career that is happy and fulfilling?

“Do the research and use the expertise of staff that are on hand to help. Always have a plan. If the plan changes that’s okay, but having no plan will reduce motivation to work hard and so ultimately the number of career opportunities.”

 

(Q) What resources are available when the time comes?

“The time is now! Don’t put off researching your future till tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. Start early and make it an ongoing process. We have vast resources available. Everything from software to books, from prospectuses to organised trips to institutions in Northern Ireland. You can do whatever you aspire to do – but you have to decide to do it first.”

 

3. Study Supervisors

In addition to brand new Sixth form Facilities, we have Mrs Rosemary Loughrey, our study supervisors. Mrs Loughrey is responsible for our dedicated study room and the students that use them. Whenever timetabled for study, this provides a base, and contains the facilities for students to further reinforce class room learning, an integral part of being a sixth form student.

 

4. Personal Development programme (PD)

The Personal Development programme (PD) has been designed to provide each student with the skills and awareness they will need to progress through Sixth Form and into university or employment.

The year 13 programme is based on a variety of topics including study skills, preparation for work experience and revision techniques. An important feature of PD at Sixth Form is the opportunity for students to have discussion time with their form teacher and with numerous visiting speakers. Presentations are arranged on issues such as drugs and alcohol awareness, road safety, finance and community volunteer opportunities.

The year 14 programme focuses on the skills necessary to progress beyond Drumragh Integrated College. Focus falls upon UCAS applications, interview skills, managing finance and writing letters of application and CV’s.

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 09:39

Post-16 Admission Criteria 2011-12

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Post-16 Admission Criteria 2011-12 

  1. Students wishing to transfer from the college’s own year 12 into the Sixth Form, will be admitted in preference to external applicants.
  2. Applicants will only be admitted to the Sixth Form where they meet the basic entry requirements of:
    (i) 6 A* - C grades (including GCSE Maths or English) in order to study 3 AS subjects (or equivalent) or more.
    (ii) 5 A* - C grades (including GCSE Maths or English) in order to study 2 AS subjects (or equivalent).
  3. Please note that individual subject criteria apply in addition to these; see the subject pages at the back of this prospectus for these subject specific details.
  4. Applicants must have demonstrated, through their preparation for their Key Stage 4 assessments, their commitment to achieving their best. This will include attendance, punctuality, the meeting of deadlines and behaviour. In the case of attendance, the college’s expectation is at least 90% except where there are documented extenuating circumstances. To assess the meeting of deadlines, the student’s record of submitting coursework on time will be consulted.
  5. External applicants who have previously attended the college and wish to return, and who satisfy the above criteria, will normally be given priority over other external candidates.
  6. Where previous criteria cannot resolve the order of priority, external applicants will be prioritised according to their GCSE results, with the highest being placed first.
  7. Where the college is fully subscribed in any of the above criterion groupings, and applicants satisfy the other entry requirements, the Department of Education is the decision-making body.

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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 09:38

Head girl statement

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Head girl statement

Hello, my name is Sonia Benhassine and I am Head Girl at Drumragh Integrated College. I have been at Drumragh for seven years and being Head Girl is a great opportunity to give back to a school which has given me so much over the years. The time I have spent here has allowed me to develop not only in an academic sense, but has given me confidence and other personal skills which I will take on when I leave school.

I am currently studying History, Politics and English Literature at advanced level and I am hoping to study law with politics at university from September 2011. Drumragh Integrated College has always encouraged my interests through its different clubs such as Amnesty International and different events such as our mock election last year.

I would recommend Drumragh Integrated college to any student looking for a unique learning experience and a friendly environment to study in. Truly, a school with better student-staff relationships will be impossible to find!

 

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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 09:37

Head boy statement

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Head boy statement

My name is Art Cook and I am the current Head Boy at Drumragh. I have been in integrated education throughout my life and am now studying A-Levels in English, Geography, Maths and Moving Image Arts. I am aiming to achieve grades that will allow me to study English Literature at university next year.

I really do believe that Drumragh is the best school in Omagh, both in terms of the atmosphere and obtaining the best education. The reason for this has always been the staff’s dedication to providing the best for the students, and now we have these amazing facilities to further enhance the experience. The College is a diverse and exciting community, and everyone is provided with a safe and friendly environment in which to learn and grow to reach their full potential.

Our school provides a wide range of activities and clubs to suit various interests. Students can join our many sports teams – soccer, rugby, Gaelic football and hockey to name a few – in enjoying the new pitches we have and competing across Northern Ireland. There are also lunch-time and after-school clubs in our Learning Resource Centre and throughout different departments where pupils can get help with homework, play some chess, or settle down with an interesting book to read.

Another aspect which makes our school stand out is the enrichment programme, which provides us with a chance to enhance our education with extra-curricular activities. I have undertaken a first aid course and am currently doing Duke of Edinburgh as part of the scheme, but there are other options including Top Link and ICT skills courses which students can avail of.

I feel honoured to have been nominated Head Boy and greatly appreciate the chance to be a representative for the school which has provided me with some of my best years. I would strongly recommend Drumragh Integrated College to any prospective pupils or parents; it is a choice I would find it hard to believe anyone could regret.

  

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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 09:35

Welcoming New Students

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Welcoming New Students

Drumragh Integrated College is particularly pleased to welcome new students. We appreciate that it is a difficult decision to change schools at 16 and that the prospect of making new friends can seem daunting. We have worked hard to try and make this transition as smooth as possible and it is a feature of our service of which we are very proud. Much of what we do has been suggested by students who were themselves new to Drumragh Integrated College.

This year alone, we had more than 20 applications from new students to start at Drumragh at post-16 level.

Some of the things which have been suggested, and which we now do as standard include:-

  • Our induction conference is designed to help new students settle in. There are, for example, games and sessions designed to help students get to know each other.
  • At the start of the year all students are allocated to a form teacher. If possible, a new student will be allowed to change form group, so they will have friends in the same group.
  • All new students meet with the Head of Sixth Form informally soon after starting in September then again just before October half term. This provides them with the opportunity to raise issues or concerns, in an informal manner.

If you are thinking of applying to Drumragh Integrated College for the first time, please be assured that we will do everything we can to ensure you feel welcome and that the start of your new career is focused on the most important issue – your personal success.

 

The Student Voice

We take what our students have to say very seriously. They help us to improve our service to young people year after year. The Student Council, led by Sixth Form students, has made great strides in communicating the needs of students from across the subject spectrum. In the Sixth Form, we sample the opinions and feelings of our students using questionnaires at the end of both Year 13 and Year 14. This is what some of our newly arriving students are saying about their experience of the Sixth Form so far:

My experience has been an enjoyable one. I am studying Government & Politics, History and Health & Social Care. The work load is a lot more than the GCSE and AS years but I manage to get a lot done in my study periods. This year I have also developed more mature relationships with my subject teachers so I know the support & help is always there when I need it. I would advise that people join our sixth form as it is a really enjoyable experience.

Shannon Magee 14JG

Since I joined 6th form I have found the work a lot harder than that of GCSE because it is a lot more time consuming. However, you get even more help from the teachers and have a more one-to-one relationship with them, being treated more maturely. I now have settled into A2 and with my teachers help, find the workload enjoyable and manageable.

Sonia Benhassine 14RG

Since my transition from GCSE through AS and onto A-level, I have found I have a lot more independence in my own work, and some study time in which to do it. Although the amount of work has increased, more help is given individually by teachers.

Mark McDermott 14CC

The transition from GCSE to Sixth form was huge but it has also been enjoyable and worthwhile. You might think there is a lot of work in it? There is - I can’t deny that, but it is rewarding and worth the time and effort in order to attend a sixth form where you are valued.

Conor Tester 14JG

The changeover from GCSE to A-Level was difficult yet rewarding. The new challenges and experience being offered means that greater responsibility is needed for sixth form life.

Shane McLaughlin 14JG

We are treated more like adults than children, our relationships with staff are at a more mature level, but! In 6th Form you study because you want to, not because you have to.

Pamela Sawyers 13DO

During my time in sixth form I have noticed that teachers expect a lot more but also that they give even more in return. I am going to have to try my best to ensure I achieve the grades of which I am capable but with the support we are given I am confident in my ability.

Demi Coyle 13TR

My transition into sixth form has been challenging but enjoyable and the teachers have been very supportive while I made this progression. I know that I can look forward to the rest of the year knowing my teachers will support me along the way.

Jessica Dougherty 13BK

My transfer from St Johns to Drumragh Integrated College was made easy by the warm welcome I received from both students and teachers. The step up to A-level from GCSE is extremely challenging however I have found it a rewarding experience.

Niamh McConnell 13DO


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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 09:27

Welcome from head of sixth form

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Welcome from the Head of Sixth Form

Welcome to the Sixth Form at Drumragh Integrated College. Please dowload our Sixth Form Prospectus to gain a flavour of the vibrancy and diversity that makes our College such a unique and exciting place to study. We are a student centred college in that we believe academic success requires both the expert teacher guidance you would associate with demanding advanced level courses, and a large emphasis on emotional health and wellbeing. At Drumragh we believe that to be truly successful at Advanced Level it is necessary to cater for all student needs including those that exist outside of the classroom. We work hard to get to know our students, to develop positive and honest relationships based on mutual trust and respect. We maintain that academic success in the long term is dependant on high standards and expectations in the short term and so we have very clear structures in which staff and students cooperate to achieve common objectives.

The Sixth Form at Drumragh Integrated College leads by example. We are role models to our younger pupils and this is a responsibility that we take very seriously. Yet, we are very much part of the whole school. We conduct ourselves according to the principles of integration – to respect ourselves, to respect each other, to respect our environment and always to learn to the best of our ability.

These values have played a central role in the Sixth Form’s success. A very high proportion of our students apply to university every year, most gaining access to their first choice institutions and courses. Not only this, when our students leave at eighteen they are mature and thoughtful and have an appreciation of how to be a caring and productive member of their communities.

The sixth form at Drumragh Integrated College is a happy, thriving environment and a place of real learning. We have now begun to settle into our brand new, state of the art building where our facilities are second to none. Our future is bright and you are welcome to be a part of that future. If you have any questions or would like more information do feel free to contact me directly.

D Lilleker

Head of Sixth Form

 

 

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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 09:26

6th Form

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6th Form Information

Click on the links below to find out more.

Welcome from head of sixth form

 

Welcome new students and student voice

 

Head boy statement

 

Head girl statement

 

Post 16 entry requirements

 

Student support and staff profiling

                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 31 January 2011 15:54

Welcome

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Welcoming New Students

Drumragh Integrated College is particularly pleased to welcome new students. We appreciate that it is a difficult decision to change schools at 16 and that the prospect of making new friends can seem daunting. We have worked hard to try and make this transition as smooth as possible and it is a feature of our service of which we are very proud. Much of what we do has been suggested by students who were themselves new to Drumragh Integrated College.

 This year alone, we had more than 20 applications from new students to start at Drumragh at post-16 level.

Some of the things which have been suggested, and which we now do as standard include:-

  • Our induction conference is designed to help new students settle in. There are, for example, games and sessions designed to help students get to know each other.
  • At the start of the year all students are allocated to a form teacher. If possible, a new student will be allowed to change form group, so they will have friends in the same group.
  • All new students meet with the Head of Sixth Form informally soon after starting in September then again just before October half term. This provides them with the opportunity to raise issues or concerns, in an informal manner.

If you are thinking of applying to Drumragh Integrated College for the first time, please be assured that we will do everything we can to ensure you feel welcome and that the start of your new career is focused on the most important issue – your personal success.

The Student Voice

 

We take what our students have to say very seriously. They help us to improve our service to young people year after year. The Student Council, led by Sixth Form students, has made great strides in communicating the needs of students from across the subject spectrum. In the Sixth Form, we sample the opinions and feelings of our students using questionnaires at the end of both Year 13 and Year 14. This is what some of our newly arriving students are saying about their experience of the Sixth Form so far:

My experience has been an enjoyable one. I am studying Government & Politics, History and Health & Social Care. The work load is a lot more than the GCSE and AS years but I manage to get a lot done in my study periods. This year I have also developed more mature relationships with my subject teachers so I know the support & help is always there when I need it. I would advise that people join our sixth form as it is a really enjoyable experience.

Shannon Magee 14JG

Since I joined 6th form I have found the work a lot harder than that of GCSE because it is a lot more time consuming. However, you get even more help from the teachers and have a more one-to-one relationship with them, being treated more maturely. I now have settled into A2 and with my teachers help, find the workload enjoyable and manageable.

Sonia Benhassine 14RG

Since my transition from GCSE through AS and onto A-level, I have found I have a lot more independence in my own work, and some study time in which to do it. Although the amount of work has increased, more help is given individually by teachers.

Mark McDermott 14CC

The transition from GCSE to Sixth form was huge but it has also been enjoyable and worthwhile. You might think there is a lot of work in it? There is - I can’t deny that, but it is rewarding and worth the time and effort in order to attend a sixth form where you are valued.

Conor Tester 14JG

The changeover from GCSE to A-Level was difficult yet rewarding. The new challenges and experience being offered means that greater responsibility is needed for sixth form life.

Shane McLaughlin 14JG

We are treated more like adults than children, our relationships with staff are at a more mature level, but! In 6th Form you study because you want to, not because you have to.

Pamela Sawyers 13DO

During my time in sixth form I have noticed that teachers expect a lot more but also that they give even more in return. I am going to have to try my best to ensure I achieve the grades of which I am capable but with the support we are given I am confident in my ability.

Demi Coyle 13TR

My transition into sixth form has been challenging but enjoyable and the teachers have been very supportive while I made this progression. I know that I can look forward to the rest of the year knowing my teachers will support me along the way.

Jessica Dougherty 13BK

My transfer from St Johns to Drumragh Integrated College was made easy by the warm welcome I received from both students and teachers. The step up to A-level from GCSE is extremely challenging however I have found it a rewarding experience.

Niamh McConnell 13DO

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010 13:30

Exam Results

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Exam Results

Key Stage 3

Subject Level 5+ Level 6+ Level 7+
English 63 16 2
Maths 79 35 17
Science 69 40 8

GCSE 2010

 

No. of
Students

%
A*

%
A

%
B

%
C

%
D

%
E
 

%
F

%
G

%
U

%
X

%
A* - C

%
A* - G

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Mathematics

3

0

67

33

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

100

Art and Design

22

9

36

32

9

14

0

0

0

0

0

86

100

Business Studies

10

0

10

20

40

30

0

0

0

0

0

70

100

Child Development

21

5

10

10

62

13

0

0

0

0

0

87

100

Construction

15

0

0

7

60

33

0

0

0

0

0

67

100

Drama

9

0

11

33

45

0

11

0

0

0

0

89

100

Engineering

26

4

12

42

35

7

0

0

0

0

0

93

100

English Language

85

2

9

18

44

19

8

0

0

0

0

73

100

English Literature

24

13

50

20

17

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

100

French

6

17

17

0

50

16

0

0

0

0

0

84

100

Geography

28

4

11

36

29

10

0

7

3

0

0

80

100

History

21

5

14

29

29

19

0

0

4

0

0

77

100

Home Economics

10

10

0

10

70

10

0

0

0

0

0

90

100

ICT

42

7

19

7

48

12

2

0

5

0

0

81

100

Learning for Life & Work

63

5

19

40

24

11

1

0

0

0

0

88

100

Mathematics

87

3

8

14

38

17

13

6

1

0

0

63

100

Music

6

17

17

0

50

0

16

0

0

0

0

84

100

RE

73

10

17

29

22

12

4

4

2

0

0

78

100

Science (DA)

62

0

7

29

58

6

0

0

0

0

0

94

100

Science (SA)

53

2

8

59

23

8

0

0

0

0

0

92

100

Spanish

4

25

25

0

0

50

0

0

0

0

0

50

100

Sports

7

0

0

0

15

57

14

0

14

0

0

15

100

 A Level 2010

Subject

Number of
Students

%A*

% A

% B

% C

% D

% E

% U

% X

%A* - E

Art

4

50

0

0

25

25

0

0

0

100

Biology

6

0

17

17

17

32

17

0

0

100

Chemistry

4

0

25

0

50

0

25

0

0

100

D&T Product Design

8

O

0

38

38

13

0

12

0

87

Drama

2

0

0

0

50

50

0

0

0

100

English Literature

17

0

6

24

18

41

6

5

0

94

Geography

6

0

0

33

0

67

0

0

0

100

Health & Social Care

4

0

0

0

75

25

0

0

0

100

History

4

0

0

75

0

25

0

0

0

100

Home Economics

2

0

0

50

0

50

0

0

0

100

ICT

7

0

17

33

33

17

0

0

0

100

Mathematics

8

13

25

37

0

0

25

0

0

100

Moving Image. Art

12

8

17

25

42

8

0

0

0

100

Physics

5

0

20

0

40

20

20

0

0

100

Politics

6

0

0

0

50

33

0

17

0

83

Physics

5

0

20

0

40

20

20

0

0

100

Polish

1

0

100

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

Psychology

10

0

0

30

30

10

20

10

0

90

Religious Studies

11

0

18

27

55

0

0

0

0

100

Sports Studies

0

0

100

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

 

Tuesday, 21 December 2010 13:30

Student Voices

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Student Voices

 

"Drumragh College is an excellent school.  The teachers are really helpful and the students in Drumragh are too… In class if you do a good piece of work or a good homework the teacher will give you a merit for it.  When you get enough merits you get a certificate and get to go on a reward trip.  Drumragh is a great school to go to."

Emma

"I loved my first day at Drumragh, it was really fun and I made lots of new friends and the teachers are really nice."

Oran

"I think Drumragh is a great school.  It is very friendly and the teachers are so kind.  I felt part of the school in the first week."

Ciara

"I think Drumragh Integrated College is the best school to be at because you are accepted by everyone no matter who you are or where you come from.  The staff are friendly and I have made lots of new friends since I came here."

Kellie

"Drumragh is the coolest school ever, the teachers are all really nice too.  I love Drumragh and I am glad I chose to come here."

Sophie

"Drumragh has been amazing so far. The building is unreal, it has all the latest equipment.  Drumragh is the best."

Luke

"I chose Drumragh College because it is integrated, you are allowed to be different."

Thomas

"I like Drumragh because it’s not boring. I never get bored here."

Adrianne

"Drumragh is the best craic."

Eva

"I love Drumragh because the teachers are fair but firm and my friends are all so good.  We are all different religions but we treat each other like equals.  There really is no difference in us all."

Clare

"I love Drumragh because it is great fun.  I picked Drumragh because it is an integrated school."

Chloe

"I love Drumragh because they make learning fun."

Laura

"I chose Drumragh because it is integrated.  So far I love it.  You think you will get lost but you don’t as there are signs and you have the teachers.  Remember you will always do your best."

Chelsey

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