General Information

Dress Code

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.

Please click here for details of the dress code for Sixth Form.

Events in the Spring / Summer Terms

There are several important events taking place in the Sixth Form in the coming months:

  • Mock Exam week
  • Talk on careers in Accountancy
  • Talk on ‘Choosing a Degree Course’ delivered by Leeds University
  • Talks from various sectors of industry and The Royal Navy
  • Talks from various universities including Bangor, Leeds and Edge Hill
  • Talk on ‘Degree Apprenticeships’
  • Visit to UCAS Higher Education Exhibition in Manchester
  • Talk on Mental Health and Positive Mind Set
  • Individual students attending local university ‘Taster Days’
  • Full reports for all students
  • Sixth Form Parents’ Evening
  • Continued fundraising for Expedition to Borneo in 2020
  • Workshop on ‘Writing Personal Statements’ delivered bu Edge Hill University
  • Year 13 Final Assembly
  • Year 13 Leavers’ Prom
  • Year 12 Students Personal Statement creation (2 days off timetable)

Sixth Form Facilities

Following a huge amount of hard work from the Maintenance Team, the whole of the Sixth Form area has been transformed! The students love their new Common Room complete with 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.

 

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