By the end of Year 13 our students are embarking on their next steps and we want them not only to be academically successful but also well rounded young adults who have much more to offer than just a list of qualifications. We aim for our students to develop their ‘soft skills’ such as teamwork, communication, leadership and presentation skills, which can be the gateway to much success, as well as help to fully prepare them to be a citizen of the world as they move into adulthood.
To support our students in developing favourable and competitive characteristics we offer an extensive PSHE programme. This takes place weekly and we organise sessions focused on various areas.
- The transition from Key Stage 4 to 5 is a difficult one and we support the students in this by offering Learner Attribute sessions which endeavour to get students thinking and working like Sixth Form students.
- A large proportion of our students apply successfully to University and this is due to the extensive UCAS preparation we undertake from Year 12. Alongside this we also offer interview practise, CV preparation and assistance and support for pupils applying for an Apprenticeship.
- We run sessions about Living in the Wider World, which give students the opportunity to explore issues that will directly affect them as they move into their adult lives including (but not limited to): politics, finances, communication, crime and also prejudice and discrimination.
- As part of the programme we deliver Relationship and Sex Education and sessions about Health and Well Being.
An important aspect of our Sixth Form timetable is the ‘Horizons Programme’. Currently this involves various workshops and speakers delivering inspirational messages, leisure activities, exploration of contemporary moral issues and cultural visits. We strongly believe the students should be challenged to go outside of their comfort zone; and should be given the opportunity to engage with a variety of activities as part of their Sixth Form experience. An example of what we offer includes;
- First Aid
- Cultural Visits
- Drive awareness
- Motivational speakers
- Personal well being
- Study of contemporary moral issues
A placement organised by the students themselves, in an industry they are interested in. This gives them the opportunity to develop their skills in a range of areas and get an insight into the world of work.
Extra Curricular Activities
The school has an extensive range of extracurricular activities on offer. There are many successful sporting teams students can be involved in, including rugby and football. The drama and music department’s yearly productions are always excellent, with Sixth Formers often taking lead roles. As well as this, there is also the opportunity to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Award, there are various trips that students can opt to partake in and a range of clubs across subjects which students can engage with.