A great deal of careful planning has gone into developing our inclusive Sixth Form since its opening in September 2008. We are confident that everyone associated with the Academy will be proud of the Sixth Form and that being a member of the Sixth Form will be an aspiration and an inspiration for all students.
Over the last seven years, the Sixth Form has grown and developed in both its size and offer, catering for students who have progressed through the main school at NOA, as well as an increasing number of external applicants. In 2014/15 the Sixth form offers a range of programmes comprising of over 30 different individual courses, ranging from A’ levels in the arts, sciences and humanities to vocational courses in engineering, sport and youth work.
This year over 140 students are enrolled on full time year 12 and 13 courses. Despite the steady increase in student numbers, class sizes are relatively small (15 students on average), and this is central to our commitment to a relentless focus on high quality student learning.
Another integral part of the Sixth Form ethos is the understanding that all young people have different skills, abilities and aspirations; with this in mind, whilst one of our clear goals is securing our students places at the UK’s top universities, we also work hard to support and develop those who are pursuing more vocational pathways and careers. Last year, 32 of our year 13 students gained places on university courses, while another 25 successfully progressed into full time employment or apprenticeships. All of these students benefitted from our career support programme which offers a range of services including training and guidance from our full time UCAS Co-ordinator, one to one career guidance with our Business, Enterprise and Careers Development Co-ordinator, access to our well established academic mentoring programme and participation in the nationally recognised Career Academy scheme.
In both our curriculum and the support we give our students around their learning, our main concern has been, and always will be, to create a stimulating, supportive and challenging environment giving young people the opportunity to pursue qualifications, skills and life changing experiences.