‘Find for yourself a teacher, acquire for yourself a friend, greet everyone in a positive way’ (Ethics of the Fathers 1:6)
Our sixth form pastoral care system aims to support students so they feel safe, happy and motivated in school.
The sixth form team includes the Head of Sixth Form, two Deputies, the Sixth Form Administrator and mentors.
All students are assigned a Sixth Form Mentor who will meet with mentees each week during morning registration and will always be their first point of contact for information sharing, answering queries and dealing with issues that may arise.
Throughout the academic year each student will also have a minimum of three mentor meetings to discuss the following with their mentor: Attendance, progress, issues and action points. Along with this, the mentor will discuss Post A-level and extra-curricular options, study skills, revision issues and any other important matters.
The whole sixth form team will play a part in monitoring student welfare and progress and may intervene where necessary. Monitoring takes place through academic performance, attendance and punctuality, data and teacher feedback. If intervention is required, students will often meet with the Head of Sixth Form and a plan or support be put in place.
We value the support that parents play in their child’s education and we involve parents where appropriate.
We also have the services of a school counsellor that can be used by sixth form students.
Students will be able to access our school SENCO if they have special educational needs or special exam access arrangements.
During the first term of Year 12, students will have transition period, where we will be supporting and training them to adapt a more independent sixth form learning style. All students will become familiar with the VESPA mindset and will have session in mindfulness. This will be complemented by guidance on note taking, revision strategies and time management. Students will also be encouraged to try out new things such as classroom attachment or volunteering in the community and primarily to adopt good habits.
Students will attend six private study sessions that are allocated on their timetable; here they make use of our excellent silent study room, with computers and workspaces at their disposal. Along with these, students will have a number of non- timetabled study periods. During these times, students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and complete any work that will support them in their A level courses.