The Sixth Form FAQs
Q. How many A-levels will I study?
A. All students will study 3 A-levels and a few students will do 4. Alongside this, students will choose an enrichment option in each year of Sixth Form.
Q. Which subjects do you offer?
A. We offer a wide range of subjects (23 in total) that will give students access to any university undergraduate course. Alongside the subjects offered by most schools, we are proud to also offer A-levels in Economics, Geology and Film Studies. We allow students to change their subjects in the September of Lower Sixth if necessary.
Q. Which enrichment activities can I choose?
A. In Lower Sixth students have the choice of Financial Studies, Sports Leaders or the Arts Award. In Upper Sixth students could also choose the EPQ or work experience. Alongside these options all students also undertake PE lessons, Careers lessons and Life Skills.
Q. Is there a uniform?
A. Yes – There is a Sixth Form uniform (that is different from the lower years in school). Nationwide School Uniforms is our supplier. They are based in Spilsby but cater for online orders too.
Q. What are the entry requirements?
A. Students will need to get 4 grade 6s and 2 grade 4s (including English Language and Maths). Each individual subject has its own requirements (please check the school website), but the general rule is that you need a grade 6 to study a subject at A-Level.
Q. What support is there for the transition into Sixth Form?
A. All students are invited to an induction week in June. Those students joining from other schools have a tailored programme of transition (including a session in school the day before term begins). All students will benefit from the ‘VESPA’ programme of activities that help students to reach their potential in Sixth Form.
Q. Who should I talk to if I have a problem?
A. We are proud of our inclusive pastoral system. All students will have a form tutor as the first point of contact. Within Sixth Form Mr Randman is the Head of Year and Mrs Darwin is the Sixth Form Administrator – both are based within the Sixth Form Centre. Mrs Divers (Deputy Head) is the designated safeguarding lead.
Q. How much work am I expected to do outside the classroom?
A. The expectation is that students should complete at least 5 hours of work per subject per week outside of lessons. This includes work done at home and work completed in study periods. Sixth Form students have access to quiet study areas and designated computer rooms within school. The VESPA programme helps students to understand how to best use their study time in Sixth Form.
Q. What opportunities exist for leadership roles?
A. We expect all students to act as role models within school. Within Upper Sixth students can apply to be prefects, and within Lower Sixth many students act as form prefects, subject mentors or set up extra-curricular clubs.
Q. What extra-curricular opportunities are there for Sixth Formers?
A. In a normal year, students have the opportunity to represent school in sport (e.g. regular fixtures in football and netball), drama (last year saw a major production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’) and music (with groups ranging from a string quartet to a male voice choir). There are also a range of school trips – from academic fieldwork in Geography and Geology to international expeditions with Operation Wallacea and World Challenge.
Q. Where do Sixth Form students move onto after completing their A-levels?
A. The majority of students go to university, though we have a number of students who take up apprenticeships or places in the armed forces each year. All students are offered support in their future career options through the academic tutoring programme. We also offer students the chance to meet with an external careers advisor.
Q. Can I catch a school bus?
A. Yes – Buses are either run by the County Council or by the School Governors. There is a flat rate for both types of service. It may also be possible, where the household income is low, to apply for the 16-19 Bursary to fund the travel to and from school (see info below).
Q. What is the 16-19 Bursary?
A. This is a fund created to support students from families where the household income is low. The aim is to pay for expenses which might otherwise prove to be barriers to learning, this could include travel to and from school, use of a laptop, uniform, calculator, recommended text books or revision guides.