Contextual UCAS information

East Leake Academy (ELA) is a medium size semi-rural comprehensive academy. Students come to ELA from a wide range of backgrounds, including a proportion with no family experience of higher education. We have a small sixth form (120 students) offering 20 A level subjects plus core mathematics and BTEC music.

Sixth form students normally study three A levels and do not sit external AS exams in Year 12. Further mathematics is usually timetabled as a fourth subject. EPQ is offered as an enrichment activity.

Information for university and college admissions teams

Coronavirus has had an impact on our current Year 13 students in a number of ways…

  • The academy was closed from March 18th 2020 and did not fully reopen until September 2nd. During this period, students had no formal lessons in school until the end of June when a limited programme of lessons took place on one day per week until the end of term in late July.
  • A timetable of remote provision was provided during the lockdown period using Microsoft Teams. For the first half of lockdown this was based on the uploading of written work and materials. After the summer half term there was a blended programme of ‘live’ lessons on Microsoft Teams and uploaded written work. ’Live’ weekly assemblies and enrichment sessions also took place.
  • The summer term Year 12 mock exams did not take place.
  • Students were not able to carry out visits to Open Days and UCAS fairs in person. We were not able to host speakers that would normally support our UCAS programme. Instead we provided this support online where possible.
  • We were conscious of the impact of lockdown on our students’ wellbeing, motivation, confidence in their academic progress, and awareness of their post A level options. We were also conscious of the variety of different contexts which our students were facing in lockdown. Post-16 tutors kept in contact with their groups and enrichment sessions had a focus on wellbeing.
  • There has been an impact on our usual process of determining predicted grades. Year 12 students took mock exams in January 2020 but the summer Year 12 mock exams did not take place. The disruption of teaching and learning time, assessments and contact have also been challenging in the context of predicting grades and in their potential impact on expected student progress.