The Sixth Form also provides an alternative choice for students currently studying at other schools. We would strongly encourage prospective students to visit us to find out more about what we can offer them.
We work closely with our students to ensure that their ideas about their Sixth Form are taken into account. This is quite unique. We’ve discussed everything from uniform and mobile phones to the types of subjects we provide. Their input is invaluable; after all, the welfare and education of our students is our main priority.
We deliberately restrict numbers to our Sixth Form to ensure we maintain a small, family feel, environment. This allows us to provide a bespoke educational experience for all our students. The Sixth Form Director, Mrs Beattie, knows every student well and all students have a personal tutor. Being a small Sixth Form enables us to build a calm and positive learning environment where students are confident to grow as individuals.
Sixth Form represents a very significant time in the development of an individual; we aim to make these two years both challenging and fulfilling for each of our students. We want our students to continue to develop as well-balanced, courteous, contributing members of society. We encourage them to be responsible, considerate, self-disciplined and socially aware. Above all we want to instil a real sense of self-worth.
Education in today’s fast-paced world needs to be continuously developed. We constantly face new challenges, whether they are economic, technological, social, or personal. We believe in providing an education based on broader conceptions of abilities, focusing on how to motivate our students individually, promoting positive self-esteem, with the emphasis on developing the skills and aptitudes needed in adult life. We have a long history of nurturing the ‘whole person’ by providing an environment where we encourage our students to have high aspirations and then help them to cope with the inevitable pressures. Developing the individual involves a balance between teaching skills and a genuine understanding of each student. We also recognise that successful Sixth Formers need to have an appetite for learning and a belief that skills can be mastered through purposeful practice. From the outset we endeavour to instil this in every learner through our pastoral and academic support.
Our aim is to provide our students with excellent careers guidance and pastoral support so that they can enjoy these important years and be prepared for university life and beyond. We will encourage all students to contribute to our wider community. For example, they can mentor our younger children, run the School Council, plan and organise events and help with fundraising activities. Careers guidance begins in Year 10 and this will continue throughout the Sixth Form years, with individual careers interviews and guidance from external providers. We will also assist with organising work experience placements.
We have an enrichment programme designed to meet the interests of students and provide the skills that they will need in personal, academic and professional lives. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered, together with opportunities for residential trips, such as the annual ski trip. We are very willing to explore any suggestions our students come up with to ensure that we are meeting their needs.
We strive to ensure each student is empowered to make the right decisions in line with their talents, dreams and aspirations so that they can realise their potential. This will give them access to the appropriate pathways for higher education and employment.
Please contact the Admissions Secretary. Mrs Heaney, to arrange a personal appointment to discuss entry into our Sixth Form.
|Art and Design||Biology||Business Studies|
|Chemistry||Computer Science/I.C.T.||Design Technology (3D Product Design)|
|Drama and Theatre Studies||English (Literature & Language)||French|
|Geography||Government & Politics||History|
|Applied General Qualification in Food Science and Nutrition|
All courses may be subject to change
We will also be offering the AQA EPQ course
Maths and English GCSE retakes will be available
Minimum entry requirements to our Sixth Form are either 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent (9-4 new style), including Maths and English. Or 7 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent (9-4 new style), including Maths or English. If students did not attain grade C or above in Maths or English (grade 9-4 new style), Government rules now require them to continue their studies in these subjects, therefore, this will be provided to our Sixth Form students where applicable.