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A SEN student did not get required grades to get into A-levels

Discussion in 'Welcome lounge and forum help' started by wahiduzzaman, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. wahiduzzaman

    wahiduzzaman New commenter

    A student with SEN did not get the grades required to get into A-levels in a grammar school. Can he/she be denied to enroll to study A levels in the same school?
     
  2. TrueFaith

    TrueFaith New commenter

    That would all depend on conversations with the school in question. They set entrance requirements in the hope that only those that are able to cope with the demands of A level qualifications enrol.

    If this student has fallen short with their grades, they may well not be able to cope with A levels, and a different post-16 path may well be better suited.
     
  3. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Senior commenter

    Nobody has any automatic right to study A levels. They have to make the entrance requirements.

    There are other courses available. How about level 2 BTEC? or a GCSE resit year? or vocational training?
     
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  4. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Presumably they've had whatever help, support and special exam arrangements were deemed necessary. If they couldn't get the GCSE grades, then as TrueFaith says, it seems that they may not succeed with the A-levels. Now, the local FE college may disagree with the grammar on this, as the grammar may not really see lower-grade A-levels as success. But the same would apply to a student without SEN, so it's not really discriminatory. The FE college may focus its teaching differently, so may do better by a students coming in from a lower starting point and perhaps not expecting to come out with A* grades.

    However it does depend a bit on what they fell down on. If they are dyslexic, and didn't make the grade on English, but are planning to study maths and science at A-level, then there might be an argument to be had. There, I guess the problem might be that the school doesn't normally have provision for the compulsory English retake.
     
  5. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Yes he can be denied a place in the 6th Form. Admissions criteria to grammar/selective schools wouldn't give any priority to SEN children. They either meet the selection criteria or they don't. If they don't it matters not that the reason they didn't meet the criteria was because of SEN.

    He could appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel.
     
  6. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    What about FE college?
     
  7. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Incidentally @wahiduzzaman , you have not posted in the best place in the forum for this question. The "forum help" part of the title here refers to help in working the forum itself. Have a look at the other parts of the forum to see if there is a more relevent area to post in. One place would be "Personal" which irrespective of its name has wide ranging topics and probably the most traffic in the forum. Though be prepared for some rudeness or aggression which sadly goes on there. I would quickly add that it is much nicer than it used to be though.

    All the best.
     
  8. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide


    Sorry, no idea. I know nothing about FE college admission procedures :( OP was asking about grammar school 6th form.
     
  9. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Accepted.
     
  10. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Are A-levels the right path for this student? The grades required can be looked at in two ways, a barrier for the student to overcome or a minimum level of achievement that would ensure a student gets the most from their two years of A-level study. If weaker students are accepted on A-level courses and they leave with mediocre grades then that has effectively been a waste of their time when they could have gone down a more suitable route.
     
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