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Sixth form life

The move to sixth form is all about you starting to take more responsibility for your own studies, your choices, and your future. We will encourage you to be more independent – but we’ll also be on hand to support you when you need it.

You will still get detailed expert teaching, but increasingly you’ll be expected to research and study for yourself. Sixth formers are expected to be on site for the whole academy day, with a mix of teaching sessions, independent study, and extracurricular activities.

We also expect you to come to school smartly dressed, in business-style clothes. We want younger students to see you as role models and aspire to be like you. 

There are a variety of opportunities for you to run clubs, help out in classes, and mentor students, giving you the opportunity to support the lower school community.

You’ll spend less time in classes than at GCSE, instead having study periods where you’ll be expected to carry out work set by your subject teachers. You will need to be disciplined and self-motivated. We appreciate that some students find this harder to adapt to than others, and so we look to support you with additional lessons in study skills and pastoral support so that you stay on the right track.

We closely monitor your progress during the course, so that we can give you extra support if needed and ensure that you get the most out of your sixth form years.

We also offer a range of life skills courses that give you experience in managing your finances and the world of work, and the chance to take part in a varied programme of trips and events. 

Attendance

Sixth form is full time. We expect you to be on site for the whole day, either in lessons or in independent study.

You can leave campus for lunch and for medical appointments and driving lessons booked outside of taught periods, but you must sign in every morning and afternoon.

It's important you have regular attendance. Minimum attendance of 95% is required; attendance falling below this in Year 12 can result in your sixth form place being lost, whilst in Year 13 students whose attendance drops will become external candidates and have to pay their own exam entry fees.

Dress code

We don't have a uniform, but we do ask you to wear smart dress, as would be expected in a formal working environment, for example suits, smart jumpers, dresses, skirts, smart tops, blouses, shirts, ties, formal trousers.

Examples of items not allowed include: jeans, leggings, trainers, T-shirts, items with logos and slogans, low-cut or revealing tops, very short skirts/dresses, very high heels, flip-flops.

Our study buddy programme

Students are asked to support in one lesson per week in the main academy. You have a free choice of subject and year group – although you are asked to stick with a group for a while once you have chosen!

The programme develops confidence and a sense of responsibility, is useful on your CV, and gives something back to the school community.

When you're not in lessons

Some non-contact periods will be timetabled in the study room, while some will be left blank for you to decide how to use them. There is an expectation about behaviour that stands throughout sixth form - for example, mobile phone usage is less restricted and we trust you to behave appropriately.

Although it may vary there are usually 5 hours per subject per week of lessons, which will be complemented by at least 5 hours of independent study per subject; a total of 30 hours minimum study time in a week.

There are 28 hours in the school week, but 2 of these will be allocated to study buddy and study skills, so you are likely to have some work for home.

Work experience

We encourage students to take up this exciting opportunity to gain experience in a place of work each July.  It's an opportunity to develop communication skills, look at how teams work, complete a research project, find out more about a specific role.

Start thinking about where you might want to go or what sort of role you might be interested in investigating; our award-winning careers staff can also advise.

Financial help

Additional funding is available for students from families on limited funding or in receipt of certain benefits. These bursaries are intended to support students to ensure you have all you need whilst studying.

Just ask us if you would like more details.