Stage 1 Referee Questions

Please note, this page is designed for use by referees of applicants for the Tuckwell Scholarship Program.

This year there are two parts to the Stage 1 reference: the Head of Year and the Teacher.

Depending on what capacity you have been asked to provide a reference, you will be asked a different set of questions:

Head of Year: You will be asked questions relating to the academic standing of the candidate within the context of the full Year 12 cohort, as well as observations of the candidate from a Head of Year’s perspective.

Teacher: You will be invited to reflect on the candidate’s suitability to the scholarship based on your experience of them as a member of your class and your school community.

Head of Year and Teacher: You will be asked a combination of questions from both the Head of Year and Teacher referee question set.

Referees should also note that the following two questions will either appear in the Teacher or Head of Year Reference question set depending on which teacher the candidate feels is best placed to answer them:

  • Significant achievements to date, of any type
  • Demonstration of Tuckwell scholar attributes

A question list for each referee is included below:

 

Questions asked of HEAD OF YEAR

  • Please review the student form for the areas you have knowledge of and let us know of any corrections that you think are necessary
  • Do you have any reservations in recommending this student for this program? (max. 200 words)

Academic Ranking

  • Has this student completed Year 12? (A teacher would only select yes to this if the student completed Year 12 in 2016, but is continuing further studies at the School in 2017 whilst taking on a school leadership role)
  • How many students are in Year 12?
  • Based on academic ability, where would you place this student within their cohort? (Top x%)
  • Based on your knowledge of this cohort and the results from previous years, what percentage of student do you predict will get an ATAR >95 this year excluding any EAS points?
  • Based on the information given above and assuming a linear distribution of results, this suggests that the predicted ATAR (excluding EAS points) for this student will be:
  • If you don’t agree with this prediction, please enter your prediction and explain why
  • In which subjects is this student particularly outstanding? (Clearly ranked first in school)
  • I confirm that whilst in year 11 this student studied both English and Maths and achieved the equivalent of a B- or higher for both subjects at any level (5 or higher for IB students).
  • If previous answer is No - Please explain why and let us know what Maths and English they have studied.

Candidate Connection

  • For how many years have you known this student?

Academic potential and achievements

  • How often do you see a candidate of this academic ability? (max. 100 words)
  • Please select the option which best fits this student:-
    • Our first ever applicant
    • Truly exceptional applicant
    • Best applicant in the last 5 years
    • Best applicant this year
    • In top 3 of applicants this year
    • Below top 3 of applicants this year

* Significant achievements to date, of any type

  • Please tell us about this student’s achievements and activities in and around school and how they make them stand out. Your examples need not be academic or leadership based, but could be examples of how this applicant has motivated others in the class to perform better, made positive suggestions for change to class or wider school policy, or has generated interest in the school from the local community or vice versa. (max. 100 words)          

* Demonstration of Tuckwell scholar attributes

  • Please describe the extent to which you think this student evidences the character attributes of a Tuckwell Scholar. You may wish to identify the attributes that you personally feel are most evident in this student, giving examples to support your view. (max. 100 words)

Additional information

  • Has this student faced any serious and unforeseen difficulties that may have resulted in prolonged absence from school? (max. 100 words)
  • Are you aware of this student applying for a university place overseas? If so, where? If you become aware please note that you are required to let us know. (max. 100 words)
  • If you wish to add clarification or any further details to any of the information provided in this form, please do so briefly here. You may also tell us anything further about the candidate that you feel should be brought to the attention of the Selection Panel. (max. 300 words)

 

* The candidate chooses whether they wish the Head of Year or Teacher referee to answer these questions.

 

 

Questions asked of TEACHER

  • Please review the student form for the areas you have knowledge of and let us know of any corrections that you think are necessary
  • Do you have any reservations in recommending this student for this program? (max. 200 words)

Candidate Connection

  • What is your connection to the candidate? As expressed to the applicant, our strong preference is for a referee who taught them an academic subject for the whole of Year 11. If you did not, please explain why you are the chosen referee. (max. 250 words)
  • For how many years have you known this student?

Tuckwell criteria questions

Academic potential and achievements to date

  • How often do you see a candidate of this academic ability? (max. 100 words)

* Other significant achievements to date, of any type

  • Please tell us about this student’s achievements and activities in and around school and how they make them stand out. Your examples need not be academic or leadership based, but could be examples of how this applicant has motivated others in the class to perform better, made positive suggestions for change to class or wider school policy , or has generated interest in the school from the local community or vice versa. (max. 100 words)           

* Demonstration of Tuckwell Scholar attributes

  • Please describe the extent to which you think this student evidences the character attributes of a Tuckwell Scholar. You may wish to identify the attributes that you personally feel are most evident in this student, giving examples to support your view. (max. 100 words)

Additional information

  • Are you aware of this student applying for a university place overseas? If so, where? If you become aware please note that you are required to let us know. (max. 100 words)
  • If you wish to add clarification or any further details to any of the information provided in this form, please do so briefly here. You may also tell us anything further about the candidate that you feel should be brought to the attention of the Selection Panel. (max. 300 words)

* The candidate chooses whether they wish the Head of Year or Teacher referee to answer these questions.

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