This year over 120 students are enrolled on full time Year 12 and Year 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. We welcome students from neighbouring schools and are delighted to be first choice for students from local providers; this year we welcome 10 external students to our school.
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.
We have high expectations of our students and look to develop their independent learning skills whilst also supporting their mental well-being through a tailored pastoral care system. We have a small and inclusive Sixth Form which allows us to support students and parents with students’ transition into further education. 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.