Sixth Form Life
In the Sixth Form we offer a bespoke programme of pastoral support to our students
There is a team of dedicated staff to effectively support students throughout their time in the Sixth Form. The Head of Sixth Form is supported by a Sixth Form Co-ordinator, Pastoral Leader, Head of Higher Education and Head of Careers. Students are supported by this team on a daily basis to achieve their full potential during their time in the Sixth Form.
Furthermore, to ensure that the needs of each individual student are met, students are placed in tutor groups. Our Sixth Form tutors have been specifically selected due to their knowledge and experience and are an invaluable part of our Sixth Form Team. Tutors work closely with students over the course of their two years to support them academically, socially and with their next steps in their lives and careers. Tutors play an active role in each student’s Sixth Form journey; they are the first port of call for any concerns and support, and they ensure that each student is achieving their potential in every aspect of Sixth Form life.
There is one tutor session at the start of each day, as well as a weekly Sixth Form assembly. These sessions allow the tutor to check on student wellbeing and progress. They are also a crucial time when key aspects of Sixth Form life are discussed including UCAS applications, study skills and careers guidance.
Parental involvement is key to the progress that students make in the Sixth Form. There is a Sixth Form Information Evening held in the first term of the academic year to prepare parents for what to expect from Sixth Form as well as to provide advice and ideas on how to best support students at home. Furthermore, we hold a Sixth Form parents’ evening, providing an opportunity for students and parents to speak directly with subject specialists and gain personalised guidance on their progress in each subject.
16-19 Bursary Fund
The 16-19 Bursary is a government-run scheme designed to provide funding for students who need financial support to stay on in further education or training. The money can be used for all education-related costs, such as books, stationary, equipment or the cost of educational visits and trips.
To apply for a Discretionary Bursary from the fund, you must be in full-time or part-time further education. Moreover, your parents must receive any of the following:
- Income Support; Employment Support Allowance (Income Related); Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance; Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit; or Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit).
- OR if they have an annual taxable income which, from April 2019, does not exceed £30,000.
- In addition, you may be eligible for the funding in the form of a Vulnerable Student Bursary if you:
- Are currently in, or have recently left, Local Authority Care.
- Receive Income Support or Universal Credit in your own name.
- Are disabled and receive BOTH Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance, OR Personal Independence Payments in your own name.