Why Study Post 16
We believe that the overwhelming majority of young people will benefit greatly from continuing their education to 18 in Sixth Form.
Academic progress monitoring
At the heart of our learning community is monitoring the academic progress of sixth form students.
The academy has six formal reporting times where parents will be notified about students’ academic performance and attitude to learning. We have a rigorous system of academic support if a student is struggling in a particular subject. Through a series of measures we strive to enable these students to get back on track with their learning. Academic guidance measures include; progress reports, tutor and teacher mentoring, supervised study sessions, and parental meetings. We place a high value on supporting students to fulfil their academic potential.
The Sixth Form Centre provides two independent learning spaces to support students with their learning when they are not in formal lessons.
The main sixth form area provides space for collaborative learning where students can work together, while the ‘quiet study’ is a room for silent independent learning. In addition, sixth form students have the opportunity to use a laptop, provided free of charge by the academy, to support with learning for the duration of their time in the Sixth Form.
We offer a bespoke programme of tutorials, assemblies and mentoring to enable students to enhance and develop independent learning skills.
These skills are crucial in facilitating academic success. Topics will cover personal organisation, time management, preparing for exams and effective revision strategies.
Careers guidance is tailored to the different aspirations of our students which range from preparing students for university to offer important information and guidance about apprenticeships and further training or education alternatives.
Strong pastoral support is at the heart of our sixth form community.
Tutors act as the first point of contact regarding personal or academic issues. A programme of personal and economic development is delivered in two weekly tutorial sessions to help students with the development of essential life skills. The tutor mentoring programme facilitates a regular one to one meetings between student and tutor. This offers opportunities for individualised learning guidance. In addition, the Sixth Form Pastoral Manager, Ms Barford, is available for students to discuss any social or emotional issues which may affect their personal wellbeing. Any serious concerns are passed to the Director of Sixth Form for further action if required.