Events in the Autumn Term
There are several important events taking place in the Sixth Form before Christmas:
- Bonding Trip to the Lake District 9th September
- Macmillan Coffee Morning 30th September
- PEAS Project (Promoting Equality in African Schools)
- Year 12 Induction Evening 4th October with presentation by Leeds University
- Pink Day 14th October
- Talk from Student Finance England 19th October
- Safe Drive Stay Alive presentation at Middleton Arena
- Presentation by UCFB 2nd November
- Talk from Edge Hill University on how to choose a degree course 9th November
- Sixth Form Open Evening Wednesday 9th November at 7pm
- Exam week 21st November
- Talk from MMU on degree apprenticeships
- Trip to St Ann’s Hospice to help prepare for their Christmas Fair
- Full reports for all students by end of term
- Talent Show 14th December
Sixth Form Facilities
Following a huge amount of hard work from the Maintenance Team two years ago, the whole of the Sixth Form area has been transformed! The students love their new Common Room complete with leather sofas, vending machines and a wide screen TV and the new teaching and conference rooms, equipped with flat screen TVs are providing a great hit with staff and students alike. Students now have plenty of space to spread out during study periods and many benefit from using the new ‘conference rooms’ for group tasks or choose the Library if they need a silent working space or wish to use the dedicated PCs and printer. The new facilities have had a major impact on day-to-day life in the Sixth Form, both academic and social, and are all being well used.
Monitoring Academic Progress
Parents and students are kept regularly informed of academic progress and receive their first grade card in October, followed by a full report at the end of term. A further grade card and full report follows for each year group.
Throughout the year, all students in Years 12 and 13 complete their Individual Student Records (ISRs) in form time. This allows them to record and discuss their progress with their tutor and is an opportunity for them to set, review and record targets on a regular and individual basis.
All students in Year 12 sit the ALIS adaptive test in the first term which, together with their GCSE scores, will give us a useful set of data on which to base their target grades.
Our Sixth Form has its own special character, deliberately distinct from the rest of the school in style, codes of conduct and approach to learning – but very much a part of the school.
We continue our principle of combining academic and extracurricular activities to provide a well rounded education and the necessary skills to succeed in the 21st century.
Our sixth form teaching is a based on the tutorial system: small classes which ensure that everyone participates and is fully prepared for university life. Our students enjoy strong, personal relationships with their teachers, who are able to share their passion for their subject and give individual attention to each student, including personalised advice regarding careers and Higher Education.
Each year, we are joined by a number of new pupils at the Sixth Form stage. The small, friendly nature of the Sixth Form and the residential ‘Bonding Trip’ which takes place within the first few weeks of term, ensure that everyone is made to feel welcome and settles in very quickly.
Our Sixth Form is a preparation for A levels, university and life itself – but it is also a wonderful experience in its own right. This is a period of major exploration, when students can broaden their perspective, take on new roles and lead the community. All Sixth Form students are role models for the rest of the senior school and the Head Boy and Head Girl, together with their Leadership Team, lead the student body.
Sixth Form students are not required to wear uniform; the dress code is ‘smart casual’ (and must include a jacket) just as it would be in many places of work. Students have their own common room and ample access to facilities which promote independent study, including a new Sixth Form Library, conference rooms and designated IT facilities.