The Student Experience
Our sixth form students are regarded as young adults and they are terrific role models for the younger community. Sixth formers act as ambassadors, committee members and, if successful, become Senior Student Leaders. We have a holistic approach in the sixth form and students benefit from a wide variety of experiences.
Competing in national competitions such as Young Enterprise or the Bar National Mock Trial
Mentoring younger students with learning difficulties
Participating in expeditions and international visits
Completing voluntary work in the community
Visiting university libraries to conduct independent research
Visiting careers fairs and university open days to ensure career progression
What Students say…
Students enjoy their own sixth form centre where they have the opportunity to use a suite of desktop computers or study quietly in the learning hub. We have a designated study-support coordinator who can assist with study skills and personal learning tastes. The learning hub also houses a range of journals and textbooks and our university and careers library where students can plan their futures.
The sixth form centre is also home to the common room where students relax during breaks and the kitchenette where students refine their culinary skills by boiling the kettle and making a cup of tea.
Preparation for University:
As an academic sixth form we recognise the importance of a university education and to this end we take our students to open days and UCAS conventions. Recent open days have included Cardiff, Bath and Surrey and we take students to Exeter University to develop independent study skills for their EPQs. Students also benefit from residential trips to Cambridge University. Additionally, university outreach staff visit the sixth form to assist students with personal statements and university applications. We hold a university information evening every September for students and their parents/carers.
Our sixth form has very much an international focus and perspective and we try and prepare our students to thrive in a changing world. To that end we take our students on a range of overseas visits: Morocco and the Atlas Mountains, the United States, Italy and Germany are all examples of recent destinations. We have also linked up with a university and school in Japan with a view to forming an exchange.
For those students who would rather travel and develop their transferable skills further before going up to university we work with a range of gap year providers who help place students on interesting environmental and humanitarian projects across the world.
As a very supportive sixth form with a holistic and nurturing approach we endeavour to offer a range of student services so all our students feel safe and can flourish in their two years with us. On entry into the sixth form, students automatically become members of the NUS (National Union of Students), a membership paid for by the school, which allows students access to a range of products and venues at a reduced cost.
Our student careers service offers independent advice and guidance; students can book an appointment at any time. Additionally, the learning hub houses a range of university prospectuses, books and careers magazines. Students also receive one-to-one mentoring from their tutors that cover careers, academic progress and health and wellbeing.
We have a particular focus on student health and wellbeing with an emphasis on building resilience in our young people. Our PSHE programme covers healthy eating and healthy lifestyles, dealing with stress and nurturing resilience. We also have a free counselling service, access to a student personal advisor and a weekly drop-in for students to discuss any personal issues.
The sixth form runs a bursary programme that prioritises students from low income households and we also subsidise a netbook/tablet scheme so all our students have access to their own personal IT device that facilitates their independent learning.
Finally, we have a full-time study-support coordinator who offers personal tutorials on study skills.