We expect a high standard from all of our students – and this is important to your success. Your time in the sixth form will present you with many opportunities: seize them! Make a contribution, take part, be aware of others and their needs, take pride in the Sixth Form and seek to continue to build up its atmosphere and reputation.
Get involved, don’t sit on the sidelines, set out to make many new friends – and don’t forget to give your work your very best time and effort. Use your time here to the full – and if you do, we are sure it will be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. We wish you all the best
The courses offered cater for a range of interests, strengths and ability. We do however try to ensure that appropriate choices are made, so as to avoid problems later on in the year. In general, students will take 3 or 4 AS level/BTEC Level 3 courses, dependent upon their success at GCSE.
Applications from students from other schools are particularly welcomed.
The Sixth Form Administrator is to be contacted for external applications.
Students are encouraged to take into account their:
- Interest in the subject
- Potential chances of success
- Motivation to succeed
- Current performance in the subject
- A positive attitude to study
- Entry requirements of a particular career
Entry requirements: Circumstances vary from student to student but you will need to have achieved Level 2 (at least 5 higher grade GCSE passes) in order to start Level 3 (AS, BTEC, Applied A Level, OCR National) courses. It is advised that you speak with relevant subject staff before choosing a course. Some A Level courses recommend at least a B Grade at GCSE to allow you to study them so you have the best chance of success.
Course Work and Class Work
All students should recognise that the main purpose of entry to the Sixth Form is to obtain further qualifications. Your academic work must, therefore, receive high priority and you will find working conditions in the Sixth Form very different from your previous situation. You will be concentrating on a smaller number of subjects but studying them in greater depth. For most subjects it is necessary to read widely and outside the specific tasks set by your teacher.
Your success in the Sixth Form will depend on your commitment during lessons, your ability to work with concentration during Private Study periods and your willingness to spend time at home in personal study. It is difficult to set a specific time for how much work at home is expected as this depends very much on your personal combination of courses, but you should be prepared for regular periods of home study most evenings throughout your time in the Sixth Form.
It is important to develop your own method of organising your work so that you keep an accurate record of what has to be done and for what date. A key to meeting deadlines is to keep on top of the work as it progresses by setting yourself lots of short-term targets. Successful students invariably keep their student planner with them to help them plan their time: it’s a good strategy and one well worth developing to suit you.
To succeed on your courses you must complete all work that is set according to the deadlines given. Plan ahead. Get used to organizing your time from the start. Deal with difficulties as they arise – discuss them with your teacher as soon as you can – do not leave them until after a piece of work is expected to be completed. That way you will get the support and understanding of your teacher and find solutions much more easily.
This development of self-discipline will form a vital stage in your personal progress and is essential preparation for those students who will proceed to Higher Education and the greater freedom that this will involve, as well as for exercising responsibility for your own development if you enter employment.
Communicating About Progress
After the first six weeks of study your teachers will discuss your progress with you in your lessons. This will be an important check on your progress. During this process you will have individual targets set to aid your progress. This process will be repeated throughout your course. You will also consult regularly with your form tutor and other key staff about your progress.
Parent/Teacher Consultation Evening
Parents’ Evening occurs once per academic year for all students. This will take place in March for Year 12 students. The purpose of the evening is to let parents know how students’ have progressed and to build the partnership between us. It is vital to involve students in the discussion and you are therefore expected to come along too. We also have a ‘Welcome’ Evening for parents during September of Year 12 to ensure that we can support students to make a successful transition into sixth form life together.
All students will receive a report in April which will frankly but fairly summarise how things are going. These comments need to be received and acted upon constructively. They also form an important input into whether you will be suitable to continue courses in Y13 and for references which we are often asked to write about you. Frequently, it’s not the level of achievement but the way you have worked and your ability to respond to advice that prospective employers or admissions tutors at Higher Education institutions are eager to discover. So again, they form an important part of your overall record and progress.