The Sixth Form curriculum is designed to accommodate a wide variety of students’ needs. The aim is that all students should select a course of study that will enable them to progress onto their chosen avenues. Access to the appropriate Sixth Form courses is based on grades gained at GCSE and on individual departmental entry criteria. The curriculum is designed to develop students’ abilities to the full.
Students may embark on A Level or Level 3 BTEC courses, or a combination of both, in up to three subjects over the two years. In some circumstances, to facilitate our Gifted and Talented students, some students may follow four A Levels.
In the Sixth Form students are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their own work and learning in the technology rich Learning Centre specially designed for the Sixth Form students. They are encouraged to organise their own time in order to meet deadlines. An element of independent study time is built into every student’s timetable. During this time students are expected to work in the newly refurbished leadership centre or Humanities study area, specifically designed for Sixth Formers.
Personal, Social and Health Education Work from the main school programme is extended, developing themes to include Higher Education applications and careers education. In essence, the focus of the programme is about the development of personal and social effectiveness.
Students are encouraged to become involved in a variety of ways in supporting both the school and wider community, undertaking enrichment time or a qualification, supporting individual students, departments or undertaking external volunteering through community outreach such as primary schools and care homes.