Every student will be supported by their tutor throughout the sixth form – Your tutor is the first person you should go to if there are any issues that are causing you anxiety or preventing you from learning. Over the course of the year, your tutor is someone you should seek to form a good relationship with; they will be able to support you in a variety of ways and will make time to work through any difficulties with you.
The Pastoral Programme
Our tutor system
We have experienced personal tutors who work alongside the Directors of Sixth Form to help support you throughout your time with us.
Tutor seminars take place from 8.45 – 9.05am Monday to Friday. You will work closely with both Year 12 and Year 13 students in these sessions, developing skills outside of academia that will help you flourish both in Sixth Form and in life beyond. Typically, we would look to develop your employability skills such as team working and communication, combining this with work experience and the wider study programme you will be enrolled into. This is taken further in our Year 12 transition programme in Term 1, where we work with you to develop the skills you need to make a successful transition from Year 11 into Year 12.
As soon as you begin Sixth Form, you will complete an audit of your strengths and areas for development, and start to build a record of your achievements. You will record your employability skills and academic progress throughout the year, as well as all of your other achievements both here and outside of school. This is used to help you and us understand and maximise your strengths and address areas for development to ensure that when you need a reference for university or the world of work, we can provide information that is accurate, informed and individual.
Support with study
We run a variety of support programmes throughout the year including:
Developmentand seminar sessions to help broaden your horizons and develop invaluable study and employability skills
Subject study groups
Our Careers Advisory Service helps you with decisions about apprenticeships, gap years and work
Our UCAS programme provides extensive help and advice to help you access university
Our Challenge FuturesProgramme runs bespoke support for those targeting Oxbridge/Medicine or other highly competitive courses.
The Apprenticeship and Employment Support Group to help prepare you for life beyond Sixth Form
Spaces to study, and relax in
The Sixth Form Learning Centres provide spaces where you can work individually in study pods, in small quiet groups or individually on computers. These areas are also equipped with data points where you can plug in your laptop/tablet, and has free Wi-Fi.
The Common Rooms are dedicated Sixth Form spaces where you can relax or study in as you wish. Food and drink is available from the Sixth Form cafes.