Information on Sixth Form
Studying in Sixth Form
The Sixth Form Induction Programme
The nature of Sixth Form study and life is different from any other year group and the transition from Year 11 to Year 12 is well planned by the school. Every student who decides to take on the challenges of further study beyond compulsory education must be prepared to be a thinker, an organiser and a team member. Our Induction Programme is divided between study-based activities and activities to develop group dynamics, to encourage team building, leadership & communication skills.
Working as an effective team member in the Sixth Form is essential for the good of the whole Sixth Form and for the individuals within it. It also makes many of our students aware of their own potential but more importantly it will make them aware of other students' potential. This experience aims to present our students with physical and mental challenges, which can only be overcome by team efforts.
In January Year 11 students will take part in a sixth form taster day, to help them discover for themselves the subjects that have the most appeal at A Level.
Our Induction Programme starts in the first two days of Term One. Every student wishing to enter Year 12 is expected to attend the Induction Programme.
Expectations of minimum hours of study
To be successful in your studies, you need to balance your time carefully. Most students will have part time jobs or be involved with other activities outside school. Although we encourage this, it is essential that you get the balance right. Therefore we would expect:
- Non-Contact periods being used appropriately
- A minimum of 5 hours studying per week at home for each of your subjects at advanced level.
- A maximum of 8 hours part time work per week.
Private Study - Non Contact Lessons
- You are expected to use these periods wisely and productively. Remember that background reading is important in all subjects and a key to remembering information is to read the main facts again after the lesson
- Whatever course you are studying, you should be spending five hours at least on private study in addition to your lessons. Good students will usually spend a lot more time than this.
- You must not play football or other games in your non-contact lessons, this time must be used for private study only