The Transition Process
We offer a comprehensive and interactive transition programme into Year 12, whether students are joining us from our school or other secondary schools in the area.
For our students, the link with the sixth form is something they will start experiencing from Year 7, as the college shares the site with the school. They will get to know many of the sixth form students as they see them around school, especially those who are student ambassadors and mentors, helping at sporting, performing arts and charity events. Our students also benefit from already knowing the teachers, so have formed relationships with them, making the academic transition to A-Levels a smooth one. In Year 10, our staff speak to our own students and visit students from other secondary schools in the area, to explain what our sixth form has to offer. All Year 10 students are invited to a taster day, packed with experiences across our curriculum.
The Sixth Form Open Evening in October provides opportunities to talk to staff and student ambassadors and to become familiar with the college environment.
There is an easy to complete online application form.
Everyone who applies to the sixth form will be invited to have an interview with a member of the sixth form team in January where they can discuss options and ask any questions. In August, after GCSE results, students who have met the entry requirements enrol and meet with staff to discuss options if necessary.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum comprising of many academic and applied subjects; we are extremely proud of the diversity we are able to offer. This includes subjects which students can continue to study after GCSE as well as new subjects, such as psychology and economics. We can always plan a progression route from GCSEs to sixth form study. Our prospectus offers a comprehensive guide to all of our subjects.
TEACHING AND STUDENT SUPPORT
We are extremely proud of our teaching teams in the sixth form which are made up of highly-qualified teachers with extensive experience of 16-19 study programmes. Our teachers are also passionate about the subjects they teach and this enthusiasm is passed on to the students.
Students joining any sixth form can find the transition from GCSE to A-Level study difficult to cope with. The increase in workload, coupled with the expectation that students do a considerable amount of independent learning, can be a challenge for some. We aim to ease this transition by having a sixth form leadership team who, together with tutors, teachers and our academic mentor, support and guide our students throughout their time at college. The sixth form staff team includes a tutor for every student so that every individual is well known.
We are also very proud of the strong working relationships our staff form with their students which enable them to flourish. These relationships are often commented on by students, parents and other visitors to the college.
Please browse the other sixth form pages to find out more about life at college, with more detailed information in our prospectus.