Impact of Covid 19 on Y13 University Applicants

Students were on lockdown from Fri 20 March 2020 and were set work remotely by their teachers. At that time the Academy did not do any live online lessons for 14 weeks, the work was set via email or platforms like Google Classroom. Students were able to start having a 1 hour Zoom lesson per week per subject from 29 June 2020, which meant they had 3 ‘live’ lessons in each subject before the summer holidays. The impact of this has varied amongst students depending on their access to suitable IT equipment. Individual circumstances will be mentioned in student references.

This has disrupted usual assessment schedules and for predicted grades in UCAS teachers will also be taking students’ target grades into account as well as current progress to create an aspirational grade. Currently students are also being affected by the need to self-isolate when positive cases have been confirmed in their ‘bubble’. Again, individual circumstances will be mentioned in student references.

Nunthorpe Academy is a comprehensive state school with approximately 1600 students situated on the edge of Middlesbrough. The Sixth Form has been established since September 2008 and usually has about 200 students in total. Students study at least 3 A level / BTEC subjects in Yr 12 and some choose to initially study 4 subjects. The Academy policy has been to allow students to sit AS exams in subjects where there is a possibility they may not continue with that subject into Y13.

At Nunthorpe the majority of our students apply to university therefore we make every effort to ensure they receive high quality advice and guidance. Every year we have Y12 students who apply successfully to the summer schools available such as Oxford University’s UNIQ summer school; Newcastle University Bitesize; Northumbria University summer school; and Sutton Trust summer schools. Year on year a healthy number of Y12 students have been accepted onto Durham University’s Supported progression scheme as well as Y13s attending Newcastle University’s PARTNERS summer school. Throughout the terms we have regular contacts with universities and speakers coming in from a wide range of universities (Cambridge, Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, York, Leeds, Teesside and even Dundee).

Students are guided through the pastoral programme to help support their university application and we also hold a Higher Education evening for parents to enable them to become familiar with the application process and student finance.



Please see the University Information resources that are in the resources section:

UCAS Clearing

Clearing is how unis and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. It’s an ideal way for you to find another course. You find courses (with vacancies) that interest you, and contact universities or colleges directly, to see if they will offer you a place.

You can find out more information about UCAS Clearing here: No uni offers? Learn how clearing works & find a new place.

Student Finance Information

Applying to university can be quite daunting, especially if you are unsure about how to fund yourself. In Year 13 we spend some time giving support to students to help with finance enquiries and we also put on a Student Finance talk for Year 12 parents in May / June each year.

Please see the Student Finance Information resources that are in the resources section: