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Please take some time to peruse our brilliant Summer Term newsletter. Our school community is just incredible.💚https://t.co/8Ml67pGRei


Just want to say a massive thank you to everyone that donated to our teacher bbq today to give our teachers & staff a well deserved thank you for all their hard work & dedication to our kids.Have a great summer everyone💚#ESJFamily

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A brilliant sports day! And gorgeous weather to accompany it. Thank you to the PE department for the excellent organisation. 🎽👟 pic.twitter.com/XT3wTPpMK2


Just been to see Alice in Wonderland at it was a truly spectacular performance! Everyone involved should be so proud of themselves. Well done and thank you for an outstanding production

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Another brilliant Taster Day for Year 5s. We hope you enjoyed your day and got a flavour of what ESJ is like! We look forward to seeing lots of you at our Open Evening on Thursday 12th September. 💚 pic.twitter.com/Wv59d5hOol


Well done to each and every one of you who took part today, it’s an amazing achievement to raise so much for this great cause!! This will go a long way to help those of us with cancer live longer & It means a lot to us all.. so thank you everyone 😊 Jo Hudgell x

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The opening show of Alice in Wonderland was wonder-ful! A super ensemble cast, excellent musical performances, a professional tech crew, and some beautiful artwork brought Lewis Caroll's masterpiece to life! So very impressive! Please do come along on Thursday night! pic.twitter.com/n7OvUJPlLq

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A big thank you to who was the driving force behind today’s . You were an inspiration to our students today. We wanted 5k for 5k and our school community did it! pic.twitter.com/JN2s00npo2

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Now the turn of the runners! Very proud of our students pic.twitter.com/eMp8VkF0LJ

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Ms Perry and I just finished our 12.5 laps walk for Race for Life 👚! Donate, donate https://t.co/xM1u76leSg pic.twitter.com/mOYGcbMk4H


Good luck everyone! We hope you enjoy the Race 💗


Incredible fundraising event! We are so very proud of our walkers and runners! 💚 https://t.co/JNzwN1dsBA


Last push for donations before the big Race for Life! We are so proud of all students that have signed up fornthis brilliant charity event. 💚💗 https://t.co/Ul1EyLXEQk

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Today we're focusing on music in Forest!Come and join us in September on Mondays at our Community Centre at .Includes our FREE vocal group, plus lessons in Piano, Voice and others.Register for next term here: https://t.co/ExXEBsFYHL pic.twitter.com/KbpXdIFTcj

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We had our very own mock General Election today. 6th Form Politics and History Students led the campaigns for the different parties and officiated the polling, which took place throughout the day. The Diamond Party won a marginal victory! 🗳 📣 💎 pic.twitter.com/3Rd1odmNor


Thank you to our wonderful parents/carers for joining us at the last forum of the year. As always, your views are welcomed. Minutes will be on the website tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/s8qHbP5Efp


A brilliant taster of what is to come! Students and staff are buzzing about this production. 💚 https://t.co/LfhADiXCKw

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This Friday our wonderful ESJ students and staff will be running Race for Life. 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ 💚💗 Please donate to this very worthy cause: https://t.co/UzzxyEKoYH

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A beautiful celebration of our students' achievements. A very proud evening for our ESJ community 💚 pic.twitter.com/1IZdtOwCfj

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A brilliant Transition Day for our incoming Year 7s. You behaved impeccably and made us proud. You were committed to new learning and had fun along the way. We are excited to welcome you back in September. pic.twitter.com/TFDuqL5P7n

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Sociology A-Level

What is Sociology all about?

Sociology offers students a challenging and stimulating course that is widely recognised and highly respected by universities as well as employers. The course covers a range of relevant subjects with an emphasis on contemporary society, ranging from youth culture to the exploration of inequalities in society. Whilst there is a strong emphasis on many traditional topics in sociology that continue to be relevant, there is also a range of topics which are the latest and most exciting developments in the discipline. The course  encourages political and social  engagement with contemporary social issues.

Course Content

First Year Course Content

The first component of this course is titled “Socialisation,   culture and identity” where students will gain an understanding of basic concepts and themes in Sociology.

Students will  develop this by studying one of three thematic modules:

  • Families and relationships
  • Youth Subcultures
  • Media

These options develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society and develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

Students will then be introduced to the second component ’Researching and Understanding Social Inequalities’. This   entails a range of methods and sources of data as well as the factors influencing the design of sociological research and the relationship between theory and methods. Students are     encouraged to consider the practical, ethical and theoretical issues arising in sociological research and to apply knowledge of research methods to the particular context of social      inequalities.

Second Year Course Content

The third component of the two year course ’Debates in  Contemporary society’  engages learners in theoretical debates and how these relate to a contemporary global society. The component will develop knowledge and understanding of social processes and social change. It develops links between the topics studied in this component, the nature of sociological thought, contemporary social policy and the core themes.

Contemporary and Global Debates are introduced through a compulsory topic of ‘Globalisation and the Digital Social World’ in Section A, whilst Section B explores them in more depth from a detailed study of one of three options: either Crime and Deviance, Education, or Religion, Belief and Faith.

Assessment Criteria

There are a range of forms of assessment, all exam based.

These range from short answer to longer essay questions. There is no coursework.

Future careers linked to this subject:

A-Level Sociology is very good preparation for university, where strong essay writing skills are very important. Universities   recognise that Sociology A Level provides students with a very good foundation in social, political and policy knowledge.

Sociology is regarded as a demanding and rigorous A Level which combines well with any other combination of subjects. Sociology students go on to a wide range of jobs in policing, research, teaching, medicine, politics and civil service as well as taking jobs in the service sector. Graduates of sociology have higher Levels of employment than many other subjects.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Sociology and/or Grade 6 in GCSE English

Examination Board


Teacher to Contact:

Mr J White


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