Reflective Project at The Abbey School

The reflective project provides students with the opportunity to explore an issue which particularly interests them, and to develop skills which will be of value to them in the future.

It is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period and submitted towards the end of the CP. The reflective project is one of the CP’s four core components.

The reflective project is designed to draw together key elements of students’ wider scheme of study:

  1. their career-related study
  2. the other components of the CP core (language development, service learning, personal and professional skills)
  3. their Diploma Programme courses.

Students are required to identify and explore an ethical dilemma associated with an issue that arises from their career-related studies and then develop a well-reasoned argument based on appropriate supporting evidence.

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Goals of the Reflective Project:

  • Produce an extended piece of work.
  • Engage in personal inquiry, action and reflection (PLAN, DO, REFLECT) on a specific ethical issue.
  • Develop research and communication skills.
  • Develop the skills of critical and creative thinking.

Process of the Reflective Project:

Uses your career-related studies as a focus for the chosen issue.

Utilises the skills you develop in Personal and Professional Skills such as the ability to create a reasoned argument, to understand ethical dilemmas and to prepare the structure and format of the project itself.

Uses the skills and knowledge you develop in your Service Learning project.

Format of the reflective project

Students can choose to present their reflective project in two different ways:

Option 1
A written essay (maximum 3,000 words) plus reflections (maximum 1000 words) on the Reflections on planning and progress form.

Option 2
A written essay (1,500-2,000 words) accompanied by an additional format (film, oral presentation, interview, play, or display), plus reflections (maximum 1000 words) on the Reflections on planning and progress form.


You must consider an ethical dilemma within your career-related study (BTEC, or other vocational courses). But first, we need to consider what ethics are.

There are lots of useful ideas about ethics on the BBC website here:

Academic Honesty

It is crucial that all work you submit is your own, and that any references you make are appropriately cited. You will spend some time learning how to do this at the start of your reflective project course.

Our Academic Honesty policy can be found here: In development

The IB has produced a useful guide on effective citing and referencing which can be found here:

Timetable for The Reflective Project

The reflective project course you will follow is linked with your PPS course to ensure they complement one another. For example, you will be studying ethical issues within PPS at the same time you are devising an ethical dilemma question for your reflective project.

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 12 - PPS Project Management Intercultural Communication Ethical Issues Debating Skills E-Safety Unifrog / Careers
Year 12 - RP Taught element (e.g research skills) Forming a question Research/ first reflection meetings Data analysis/ structure and planning Interim Reflections
Year 13 - PPS Rights and Liberation Current Affairs Financial Awareness Revision Skills (inc stress and anxiety) Revision Skills  
Year 13 - RP Peer coaching/ refining/ referencing Final reflections Moderation Final Submission EXAMS  

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

AO1: Focus and method – 6 marks

  • select and explore an ethical dilemma embedded in an issue linked to a career-related context,
  • select and apply appropriate research methods and collect and select relevant information from a variety of sources, showing an understanding of bias and validity.

AO2: Knowledge and understanding in context – 9 marks

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the issue,
  • contextualise the ethical dilemma and analyse different perspectives on it through the use of a local/global example of the issue in which the dilemma is embedded,
  • demonstrate awareness and understanding of the impact of the ethical dilemma on a local/global community and the cultural influences on, and perceptions of, the ethical dilemma.

AO3: Critical thinking – 12 marks

  • demonstrate logical reasoning processes and the ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate material,
  • develop the ability to synthesise information, making connections and linking ideas and evidence.

AO4: Communication – 3 marks

  • present a structured and coherent project, use appropriate terminology accurately and consistently, and communicate ideas and concepts clearly.

AO5: Engagement and reflections on planning and progress – 6 marks

  • reflect on and refine the research process, and react to insights gained through exploration of the ethical dilemma,
  • critique decisions made throughout the research process and suggest improvements to their own working practices.

In total, there are 36 marks available.

Useful Links and Handouts

The Abbey School Reflective Project Student Guide
Reflective Project Guide - IB Document
Google scholar:

Private Study

Private Study 1Private Study is supported independent study. It is recognised that the jump from GCSE to A Level is large and to achieve results study outside of lessons is needed.

Private Study is shown on students' timetables and takes place in the Private Study area, where it is supervised, students should also complete unsupervised study in their subjects outside of timetabled lessons.

Private Study 2The Private Study area provides computer and quiet study facilities where students can develop their independent study skills invaluable for Sixth Form study, preparation for university, for employment and throughout their chosen careers. Students are encouraged to manage their time effectively giving each of their subjects allocated study time in which to not only complete work given to them by their subject teachers but also to research the subject in greater depth. This allows them to develop their understanding of the subjects to a greater depth and achieves stronger exam results.

Individual study desks are available for those students who do not need to access the computers. These are made use of by students completing Past Papers, one of the most valuable study aids, reviewing Mark Schemes and Examiners Reports, completing revision both of topics covered in the preceding weeks and for exams and for reading the subject material.

16 – 19 Bursary applications (from September 2017)



To receive a bursary the student must be aged over 16 and younger than 19 on 1st September in the academic year in which they start their programme of study and must satisfy EFA residency criteria.


Evidence requirement: 

Evidence of household income by way of a Tax Credit Form (TC602), evidence of income from self-employment, P60, Receipt of Benefit Notification or 3 to 6 months of bank statements. Notification must be provided to the school Finance Office along with the completed application form.


Level One: 

A Young Person in Care; A Care Leaver; a young person in receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right; in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right.


Level Two A:

Students who are eligible for free school meals or whose household income is less than £16,190.00 per year.


Level Two B:

Students whose household income lies between £16,191 and £20,816


Level Two C:

Students whose household income lies between £20,817 and £25,521.


Paying Bursaries to eligible students

Payments to students will, in the first instance, be put towards travel costs for the 16-19 Travel Card or any other support that the school identifies as necessary to enable them to participate in education.

If the school and student agree that these elements are already in place, then the school will pay cheques, directly to the student.



Level One: £1200 per year payable in termly instalments of £200, which are paid in the last week of each term.


Level Two A: £510 per year payable in termly instalments of £85, which are paid in the last week of each term.


Level Two B: £400 per year payable in termly instalments of 5 * £70 and a final payment of £50 in the last week of each term.


Level Two C: £200 per year. These payments are made exclusively towards the cost of a Kent 16+ Travel Card which the school pays directly to Kent County Council and are only for students who live more than two miles from the school. 


As per Kent County Council guidelines, any student in receipt of a Kent 16+ Travel Card will have their bursary used by the school to reduce their Travel Card cost. The Travel Card costs £400, so a Level 1 student will receive £800 plus a Travel Card, a Level Two A student will receive £110 plus a Travel Card and a Level Two B student would receive the Travel Card for free


A Level Two C student will have to contribute £200 towards the cost of their Travel Card. The school will require payments in this case to be split £67, £67 and £66 and given to the school in October, January and April.


Discretionary Fund

The Abbey School will operate a discretionary payment system to any students in the Football Academy who do not live within a seven mile radius of the school. This discretionary allowance is for £240 and will be paid directly towards travel costs. As with the Bursary payment, this will be paid in six instalments, by cheque, in the last week of each term.


Non-payment of the bursary

This payment is based upon attendance. Authorised attendance falling below 95% or lateness over 5% (more than 5 minutes late to any timetabled period) will mean the next instalment will not be paid.


The school will examine attendance levels and targets may well be set for the next term; if these are achieved, the school will in all likelihood reimburse the student with a pre-agreed sum.


Payment of the bursary will cease if a student has missed four consecutive weeks of the school year for any reason.


Application Process and Payments

All Bursary Fund applications are ideally to be made to the Finance Office by the end of September 2017, along with the required evidence.


The Abbey School will then process the information by the end of September and will advise students, in writing, of the outcome.  All eligible bursary payments will be attendance related and back-dated to the start of the courses the student has enrolled upon.


All bursary payments will be paid by cheque and will be subject to the conditions laid down in the 16–19 Bursary Contract. These includie attendance, behaviour, completion of coursework and completion of courses enrolled upon.


Once entitlement is approved, a separate 16-19 Bursary Contract will be signed by the claimant and witnessed by the Assistant Headteacher for KS5 or the Deputy Head of 6th Form.

IBCP LogoIBCP at the Abbey School

The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is a two-year qualification package designed for students aged 16-19. It is a holistic framework which focuses on developing students’ skills by engaging them in career-related education that still has a strong academic focus.

The programme leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

As well as the information below, you can find out more about the IBCP here:

The CP curriculum

Vocational Career Related Courses, equivalent to 2 A-Levels

Business Diploma Sport Diploma Health and Social Care Diploma Performing Arts
Media Criminology ICT Financial Studies Production Arts

Two of the following Diploma Subjects

Business and Management Film Global Politics History IT in a Global Society Language and Literature
Maths Studies Psychology Social and Cultural Anthropology Theatre World Religion

Plus a core – please click on the subject to find out more

Reflective Project (carries UCAS points) Personal and Professional Development (in form time) Service Learning (work experience) Language Development (non-examined)


IBCP students study two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, a core consisting of four components and a BTEC Diploma subject.

For IBCP students, DP courses provide the academic rigour of the programme but still allows students to develop and utilise the key skills employers are seeking. The career-related study in the form of the BTEC Diploma courses we offer further supports the programme’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning. The IBCP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.

Who is the CP for?

The CP was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.

Assessment and exams

Students take written examinations at the end of their IB Diploma Programme courses which are marked by external IB examiners. Diploma subjects do contain coursework, with the weighting dependent on the subject being studied.

The components of the CP core are assessed by the school.

If you have any questions regarding the assessment procedures for a diploma or BTEC subjects please contact the Head of Department for that subject which you can find through the curriculum section of the website.

If you have any questions regarding the assessment of the core, or any other questions about the IBCP, please contact Ms. Haran, the Deputy Head of 6th Form and International Coordinator.

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Sixth Form Dress Code

The Leadership Team have consulted Mr Clarke and Mrs Woodend and the dress code for the school Sixth Form is based on a ‘smart casual’ policy. This includes:


  • Polo shirt/shirt/blouse for everyone; these can be long or short sleeved – these should be modest. Please see below for tops that students cannot wear. If in doubt check the day before if you are unsure.
  • Jumper or cardigan can be worn
  • Trousers (can include smart jeans - no rips), ¾ length trousers, skirts or dresses. Smart chino shorts in the appropriate weather
  • T-shirts can be worn with no inappropriate slogans (check the day before if you’re not sure!)
  • Smart flat shoes or ankle boots – black or brown. Clean trainers are acceptable
  • Leggings may be worn in place of tights (e.g. with a dress or long tunic top), but must not be worn in place of trousers (e.g. with a short top that does not cover to above the knee)
  • When taking part in school public events (Open Evenings & Mornings, Parents evenings, press opportunities etc) students are to wear business dress; jeans are not permitted.
  • ID cards should be worn and clearly visible.

It has been agreed that the following do not represent The Abbey School Sixth Form and are not allowed:


  • Caps – other headgear can be worn to the school, but not inside
  • Tracksuits
  • Crop tops, vest tops, low cut tops
  • Jeans with rips or tears in
  • Football tops.

Hair must be a natural colour.


Those students who take Performing Arts must wear the appropriate items as outlined by the Performing Arts department.


Football Academy students are expected to dress as above except for match days when part of the playing squads on the day.


Students will be asked to remove any items which are not deemed acceptable dress; where this is not possible students will be sent to the Deputy Head of Sixth Form/Assistant Head for KS5 who will send them home to change. If plausible, they will then be expected to return to the school for the remainder of the school day.


Sixth Form Options

We would love you to join our growing and increasingly successful Sixth Form. We have 30 A-Level/BTEC National subjects you can choose at The Abbey Sixth Form and we also offer a wide range of GCSEs and BTEC Level 2 courses for students who are looking to improve their range of GCSE type qualifications before moving on to Level 3 qualifications.

Please have a look through all of our Level 2 and Level 3 subjects shown in the prospectus below.

Please contact Mr R Clarke (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) OR Ms R Haran (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about joining The Abbey Sixth Form.

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Sixth Form Staff...


Mr R Clarke

Mr R Clarke

Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 5

Mr. Clarke is the member of the Senior Leadership Team responsible for The Abbey Sixth Form. His responsibilities include the overall strategic development of Key Stage 5, the key stage 5 curriculum and academic monitoring and outcomes.

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Ms R Haran

Deputy Head of 6th Form

Ms. Haran is responsible for the pastoral care of sixth form students. Her main responsibilities include the monitoring of attendance, student welfare and student personal and professional development. She also coordinates the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP).

Mrs S Philpott

Mrs S Philpott

Raising Standards Leader

Mrs Philpott is the Raising Standards Leader for Key Stage 5. She is responsible for the development of high achievers who enter the Sixth Form and the whole Sixth Form and wider school Mindset programme. It is her role to identify and support students with their work practices, effort, vision, systems and attitude to ensure that they are clear on the goals needed and the steps to take them to achieve outstanding results. She is also focused on ensuring that best practice towards those goals is being delivered by teaching staff both in the Sixth Form and increasingly through the Upper and Lower School.

Mrs M Woodfine

Mrs M Woodfine

Key Stage 5 Support Manager

Mrs. Woodfine is often the first point of contact for students with a query along with the 6th form tutors. Amongst her responsibilities Mrs. Woodfine supports students with their applications to university, apprenticeships or other pathyways for their next step after 6th form. Mrs. Woodfine also heads up the private study area, supporting students to become more independent and responsible lifelong learners.

Mrs S Priestley

Mrs S Priestley

Work Experience Coordinator

Mrs. Priestley supports students in obtaining work experience placements which helps our students to stand out when applying for jobs, apprenticeships and university places. In addition to this, Mrs. Priestley is developing our business mentor links to allow us to offer additional sources of advice and guidance to our students from experts in the career sector they are interested in.

Welcome Evening

We had the pleasure of hosting our Welcome Evening on Tuesday 26th September, with well over a hundred students and parents attending. Whether you were able to come or not, please find below the presentation for the evening and if you do have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.


Kind regards


Mr R Clarke
Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 5

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A message from the Headteacher

Welcome to The Abbey Sixth Form. Everything we do here is designed to create an atmosphere where you can be the best you can be.

Our Sixth Form provides a nurturing, friendly and adult environment in which you can develop a sense of independence and take responsibility for your study.

Your sixth form years are vital in shaping your educational attainment, personal development and your future career. That’s why we place an equal emphasis on academic achievement, increasing your self-confidence and giving you a sense of community and responsibility.

Our Sixth Form is fully integrated within The Abbey School enabling you to be a positive role model for all of our younger pupils and students.

We offer a wide variety of courses both academic and vocational at Level 2 and Level 3, including the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Careers Programme). Many of the vocational courses can also be taken in combination with our traditional ‘A’ level courses. What’s more, we are unique in that we host a popular and successful Football Academy in partnership with Dover Athletic FC.

To encourage your personal and social development, you will also take careers lessons to help you with university, college and job applications. Not surprisingly, a large number of our Sixth Form students successfully move on to university or higher education.

We also provide you with many enrichment opportunities including a structured PSHE programme, leadership opportunities, independent careers guidance and coaching and fitness instruction qualifications. You are encouraged to take part in a variety of extra-curricular activities including sport, performing arts, dance and horticulture. In addition, you have the opportunity to visit a variety of European countries through our Comenius project.

Above all, the Sixth Form is about helping you to achieve your potential, whatever it is. We want you to be successful and happy, whether this is at university, in your chosen career or in developing your wider potential.

We hope that you are looking forward to the challenge and are ready to take advantage of everything that The Abbey Sixth Form has to offer. We are equally excited about sharing these opportunities with you.

Mrs Catrin Woodend


Sixth Form Aims and Objectives

The Abbey School Sixth Form is a stimulating and supportive community in which there is a commitment to these aims:

  • To promote a passion for learning and the achievement of excellence through challenge and excitement
  • To encourage integrity, hard work, self-discipline and teamwork
  • To develop each person’s intellectual, physical, creative and leadership potential
  • To value each individual and promote mutual respect, showing tolerance, understanding and sensitivity.

Whilst academic achievement is our priority and every encouragement and effort is made to realise each student’s potential, the Sixth Form has much to offer in terms of personal and social development.

Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities including sport, drama and music. Students are also expected to play a leadership role, to take the initiative and to organise activities in which they have an interest or talent and which they think will also be of interest to others.

In order to gain the most from Sixth Form life, it is important to have an enthusiastic and positive approach. As students move from Year 11 to Year 12, opportunities to develop their sense of responsibility and leadership are offered through the prefect system and Sixth Form Leadership Team, led by the Head Boy and Head Girl.

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