We have at present 340 Sixth Formers.
The majority of Year 11 students elect to stay on in our 6th Form and each year approximately 30 new students join the Sixth Form, some of them from overseas.
Few jobs with prospects are available for young people who want to leave school at 17. Young people and their families are ambitious and realise the value of qualifications. Last year 73% of our Sixth Formers went on to Higher or Further Education.
Most of our 6th Formers enjoy their time in the 6th Form for its own sake. They gain in maturity and confidence and make a very good impression on local employers and alumni who come in to give them practice interviews. Where students do feel unhappy about some aspect of their course we are very willing to give advice and help them to choose an alternative way forward, contacting outside agencies such as the Careers Service or an employer if appropriate.
A Level Subjects
Despite significant funding cuts to 6th Form budgets, we offer an exceptionally wide range of A Levels including Psychology, Business Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies, Music, Music Technology, Design Technology and Film Studies, as well as more traditional subjects . Additional courses including a range of applied (vocational) A Levels are available through our consortium arrangement with The Howard School.
Students are given a free choice of subjects, with plenty of guidance from careers and subject staff. Almost any combination of subjects is possible. All students will opt to study three A Levels; in Year 13 they might add an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) to their programme of study.
Students also have a wide range of opportunities in the Sixth Form including: organising charity fund raising events; working with children in local primary schools; taking part in work experience with local firms; Young Enterprise Scheme; the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme; and running clubs for younger students. Recreational activities are extensive, with students increasingly taking responsibility for the running of clubs and events. All students have the opportunity to take part in a varied sports programme during curriculum time. We have an expectation that students will undertake some voluntary work in their free time; a programme will be in place to support this vital development of so-called 'soft-skills'.
In addition, students have the chance to be elected as prefects, or to apply to become a senior student. These students work closely with lower school forms or with particular departments within the school, and gain valuable experience and confidence from increased responsibility.
Who's Who in the Sixth Form
Mrs Horstrup is Head of Sixth Form
Mr O'Neill is Deputy Head of Sixth Form
Mr Price is Head of Careers. Consult him about subject choices, other post-16 routes and career paths.
Mr Moore is Deputy Head and Head of Curriculum. Consult him about subject availability and timetabling problems.