Our Sixth Form welcomes students who are committed to learning and achievement and who will make a positive contribution to the life of our school, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by an 11-18 community and benefiting from these. We believe the Sixth Form experience should be enjoyable and stimulating, providing opportunities for students to gain the qualifications, skills and attitudes which will enable them to shape their futures positively and will equip them to be life-long learners. We offer opportunities to gain qualifications and employment skills which are matched to the needs of individual students and which prepare them for their future lives.
We are committed to becoming Good / Outstanding by:• Ensuring that every student is able to realise, fulfil and exceed their potential in their academic and pastoral lives; • Guaranteeing that teaching and learning challenges and equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for Higher Education, employment and life-long learning; • Providing personalised information, advice and guidance (IAG), and offering support whenever it is needed; • Cultivating a positive atmosphere of mutual respect and success.
Advice, Guidance and Support. This begins with the transition from Year 11 to the Sixth Form and continues right through to the provision of care and support offered in Year 13 to ensure each of our students in Year 13 progresses to Higher Education or employment. Shortly after joining the Sixth Form, Year 12 students and their parents are invited to a Sixth Form Information Evening to ensure they have all the information they require for an effective transition into the Sixth Form and a clear overview of our expectations of students through Years 12 and 13. This time in the Sixth Form will be vital to their future lives. They will not only be facing the challenge of passing their A Levels, but also making decisions about the future direction of their careers whilst facing many personal challenges as they move towards adulthood. As a result, we will ensure that they receive a great deal of guidance and support and will try to ensure their individual needs are met.
Access to Careers and Higher Education Information. We aim to enable our students to make good choices. We do this by organising visits to Universities. Students are given full support through the UCAS process with a dedicated planning day, and individual counseling by the Director of Sixth Form. Students seeking employment or apprenticeships are supported and have access to an CEIAG advisor. We also raise awareness of other opportunities students may wish to consider through assemblies, mentoring time and displays around the Sixth Form Centre in Woodlands.
Social and Cultural Activities. One of the strengths of the school is the opportunity it provides for our students to involve themselves in a wide range of school and House activities which broadens their education beyond A Level study.
Lesley Timson – Assistant Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form