Independence Year 11 & KS5

The Independence icollege is located at Richmond House, Bath Road, Newbury RG14 1QY and provides learners with a complete a curriculum. We are able to provide a balanced curriculum for the majority of learners in small groups and are also able to work with learners who require a more 1:1 support.

Qualification options include:

· GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Art or Photography

· BTech Food level 1 and Level 2

· Functional Skills Level 1 and Level 2 English, Mathematics and ICT

· Entry Level Curriculum (ELC) Art, Science and PE

· Level 1 and 2 Certificate Personal and Social Education

Icollege also offers; Careers support, PE and Outdoor Academy sessions such as Kayaking, Climbing, Canoeing, Archery, Bushcraft activities and other Personal and Social Skill enhancing options, including Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Icollege can also offer alternative education activities according to learner need and interest. Including; Functional Skills, a reduced timetable, extra curricular activities such as 1:1 Outdoor Academy sessions, English Literature studies, Music, Spanish, French, First Aid, Life skills and Needlework. Learners’ Emotional Health, is supported, by our Lead Teacher, Pastoral Team, Mentors, Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA), Counsellor and Emotional Health Academy worker (EHA).

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Our in-house careers teacher works closely with our students and supports careers development through liaison with colleges,  universities, apprenticeship providers and employers; organising work experience placements and arranging 1:1 Adviza sessions to meet students' needs.

Important dates

Autumn term 1
London trip Tuesday 22nd October 2019
British Values celebrations 24 th October 2019.
Last day of term 24th October 2019
Teacher INSET day 25th October 2019

Autumn term 2
GCSE re-sit exams 4th - 11th November 2019.
Last day of term Thursday 19th December 2019
Teacher INSET day Friday 20th December 2019

Exam dates

Year 11 and KS5
Maths Functional skills exams
Thursday 7th November 2019 9.00 am

English Functional Skills Exams
Friday  8th November 2019 9.00 am and 1.00pm

English GCSE re-sit
Paper 1
Monday 4th November 2019 9.00 am

Maths GCSE re-sit
Paper 1
Tuesday 5th November 2019 9.00 am

English GCSE re-sit
Paper 2
Wednesday 6th November 2019 9.00 am

Maths GCSE re-sit
Paper 2
Thursday 7th November 2019 9.00 am

Maths GCSE re-sit
Paper 3
Monday 11th November 2019 9.00 am
New Year 11 students - timetable

If attending all lessons and activities
Monday: 9.00 - 1.35  (2.10 PE)
Tuesday: 9.00 - 12.45  (2.45 DofE)
Wednesday: 9.00 - 12.45  (2.10 PE)
Thursday: 9.00 - 1.35
Friday: 9.00 - 1.35   (2.45 DofE)

Yr 11 Students more than 3 miles from Independence may be helped with transport in the form of a bus or train pass or a taxi if far from a main public route. Transported pupils will need to be ready for 8am and drivers will only wait for 5 mins before leaving to avoid other students in the same vehicle being late for school. The West Berkshire Home to School transport policy and appeals information can be found on

KS5 timetables

KS5 students have very individual timetables that are agreed at the start of term. We try to accommodate most combinations of subjects and qualifications as well as re-sits and work experience opportunities.
KS5 students have lessons most afternoons and those that are able to, attend lessons in the mornings when more Yr 11 students are in the building. Rooms are available for students to spend break and lunch with other KS5 students and Tutor Group sessions are held on a Monday and Wednesday for more supported lunch sessions.

SEN KS5 students may apply for transport if more than 3 miles away but currently contribute £744 a year to the scheme. More information can be found on the West Berkshire Council- School Transport website.
CONTACT DETAILS: Richmond House, Bath Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1QY  |  01635 48872
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Independence Year 11 & KS5
Richmond House Bath Road Newbury Berkshire RG14 1QY

T: 01635 48872
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