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Bridging Work

Dear Students,

As the summer break approaches and you eagerly anticipate the freedom and relaxation it brings, we would like to take a moment to highlight the importance of completing your A Level bridging work over the summer. These tasks and assignments have been specifically designed to prepare you for the challenges you will face when starting your A Levels in September. While it may be tempting to set aside academic work for a few months, investing time and effort into completing your bridging work can make a significant difference in your success and overall experience during your A Level studies.

The transition from GCSEs to A Levels is a significant step in your academic journey. A Levels demand a higher level of independent thinking, critical analysis, and self-motivation. Completing bridging work over the summer is an excellent opportunity for you to develop and strengthen the necessary skills and knowledge required to excel in your chosen subjects.

Here are a few reasons why completing your A Level bridging work is essential:

Smooth Transition: By engaging with the bridging work, you will familiarize yourself with the subject matter and expectations of your A Level courses. This early exposure will help you transition smoothly into your studies, avoiding any potential shock or feeling overwhelmed by the new academic demands.

Consolidation of Knowledge: A Level courses build upon the foundations laid during your GCSEs. Completing the bridging work will enable you to consolidate your existing knowledge, ensuring a strong base upon which to build advanced concepts and theories.

Bridging Knowledge Gaps: The bridging work is designed to identify and address knowledge gaps or weaknesses you might have. By identifying and addressing these gaps early on, you will feel more confident and better equipped to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.

Time Management and Self-Discipline: Engaging with your bridging work demonstrates your commitment, time management skills, and self-discipline. These are essential qualities for success in your A Levels, where independent study and personal responsibility play a significant role.

Remember, the bridging work is an investment in your future academic success. It will give you a head start, enabling you to hit the ground running when you start your A Levels in September. Additionally, by completing the tasks and assignments, you will demonstrate to yourself and your teachers your dedication, commitment, and readiness for the challenges that lie ahead.

We encourage you to make the most of this summer by engaging with your A Level bridging work. Should you have any questions or require support, our dedicated teachers and staff are available to assist you. Embrace this opportunity, take initiative, and make the most of your summer break to set the stage for a successful and fulfilling A Level journey. Wishing you a productive and enjoyable summer!

Kind regards,

Mr Buckmaster

Head of Sixth Form






Computer Science



1. Either collect from school reception before the end of term, or purchase your own copy of:

"The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams ISBN 978-0-141-19026-6

"Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen ISBN 9-780413-770707

2. Complete pre-reading of both of the texts above










Using the information I have given you (photocopied booklet) you need to create a presentation and hand-out for your peers that informs them how your assigned factor helped lead to the Unification of Germany in 1871.

The factors are:

-Bismarck; 35 Heinemann, 59-77, p.80 UoG 1815-1919,
-Prussian Economic Strength; 28-29 Heinemann, 52-53, 78-80 UoG 1815-1919 handout
-Prussian Military Power-p.35, 56, 78 UoG 1815-1919.
-Decline of Austria. 41 p. 52, p.80 ‘The unification of Germany 1815-1919.’
All the pages are in the booklet handed out to you. If you have not got one, then pop in to see me.


Media Studies


There are 3 key tasks for the Summer:

1. Practice your instrument as much as possible - be ready to perform a piece of music in the first term of Year 12. 

2. Ensure you are confident in reading both Treble and Bass Clef notation. Ensure you are familiar with all rhythmic values. To support you in these use this link to ABRSM Music Theory page and work through the 'Discovery Music theory' grade books and the Sample Papers.

3. Listen to as much music as possible.



Physical Education



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