You will find life as a Sixth Former to be a time of transition from childhood to adulthood. In many ways, we will treat you like professionals in a working environment and, accordingly, we will expect you to maintain the high standards of someone in a professional environment.
The Sixth Form is open from 8:00am to 4:30pm each day to allow you the chance to get ahead with school work and private study. We provide facilities for making hot drinks, arrange provision of snacks and fruit, and encourage you to maintain a good work-life balance by getting as much work done in school as possible, rather than taking lots of work home.
You will arrive at tutor time from 8:40am for an 8:50am start and spend 25 minutes a day with your form tutor. You will be introduced to ‘Unifrog’ and ‘Net Sixth Form’ as packages that can provide you with the skills and experience to succeed in the Sixth Form and you will also have weekly assemblies on important topics to prepare you for life as an adult. Your tutor will regularly review your progress with you and be your main point of contact at school.
You will study 3 or 4 A Levels (most choose 3) and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
When you’re not in lessons you will have a combination of ‘Silent Study’ lessons (60% of non contact time) in EF15, ‘Super-Curricular’ lessons (20% of non-contact time) where you can do volunteering, work experience, sport or preparation for university / apprenticeship applications and ‘Free’ time (20% of non-contact time) where you will be allowed to sign out.
Provided there are no concerns about your progress, attendance and achievement you will also be allowed to sign out at lunchtimes.
Although your lessons will finish at 3:00pm many students stay daily until 4:30pm knowing then that they will very rarely need to then work late into the night at home, when they could be doing things that promote good physical and mental wellbeing.
In brief, our Sixth Form encourages hard work and dedication whilst giving you the opportunity to develop some independence and the ability to self regulate too.