Sixth form life
Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form prides itself on providing the highest-quality teaching and learning. Progress points throughout the year are an opportunity for students to reflect on their progress and identify key areas for improvement.
Our learning spaces have been designed with effective pedagogy in mind. Our labs enable students to become familiar with specialist scientific equipment and procedures in preparation for higher education.
Our sixth form is a full time institution which offers students their full entitlement of guided learning hours. Each subject provides 180 guided learning hours, and sixth form students enjoy regular academic mentoring, sport, supervised study, online learning and library sessions.
Through our house system students are fully supported. A pastoral support team, including form tutors, heads of house, and our academic mentor, is in place to make sure all our students’ needs are met. Our SENDCO also coordinates the support for any students with additional learning needs.
In form time students participate in our Vitae Programme which focuses on UCAS applications, apprenticeships, employability and life after sixth form. Students also participate in our Scholar Programme which focuses on study skills, exam preparation, work experience, and extra qualifications such as FutureLearn. All students also have regular one-to-one meetings with their form tutor to reflect on their academic and personal goals.
Alongside our curriculum we have many extra-curricular and super-curricular opportunities for students. These include our electives, our society programme, and further opportunities.
Electives are an opportunity for students to participate in a wide variety of extra activities. These are as diverse as GCSE astronomy, chess club, glee club, and cooking club.
Students are also encouraged to join societies. Societies are an opportunity for students to meet with like-minded people and discuss the latest developments in their field of interest. The medical society and debating society are two examples of the many on offer. Experts are also invited in regularly to support and guide our students through their discussions. Societies are led and chosen by the students.
In addition to this we encourage our students take part in opportunities to support our community. Opportunities include reading with Year 7 students, singing in the choir at a local care home or supporting with running charity events, as well as many others.
Additional opportunities such as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the FutureLearn programmes are available for students to utilise. These opportunities are designed to enhance all students' study programmes and support their university applications.
Working with employers
We continue to develop our links with local employers, organisations, and higher education institutions. This is a key part of what we do in order to provide valuable work-related opportunities and work experience.
Our external speaker programme is an opportunity for students to attend seminars led by local professionals and industry experts. These sessions provide an insight into STEM careers and are also an opportunity for students to question professionals in the careers they wish to pursue. For those students who are unsure about a career in the STEM industries Jane Austen College also has an external speaker programme, which Sir Isaac Newton students are welcome to attend.
We run a series of Oxbridge seminars, where students and parents can meet staff members and alumni from Oxford and Cambridge universities. In these seminars students focus on the writing their personal statement with Oxbridge in mind, the skills required for university interviews, and what life is like at Oxford and Cambridge.
The Oxbridge society is also a chance for like-minded individuals to get together to discuss their aspirations, share ideas on applications and support each other through the Oxbridge application process.