Head of Sixth Form Autumn 1
'Welcome back! It's what you do next that really matters.' These are the sentiments we have been focused on this week as our new Year 12 students and seasoned Year 13 campaigners have started this new academic year. The students breathe life into our Sixth Form Centre and it has been thrilling to welcome new faces as they begin their studies and old, or rather familiar faces, as they return to complete theirs. Hearing stories of globetrotting adventures, NCS experiences and work placements reminds me of the rich and varied individuals which make up our student body.
Year 12 began the week by registering for their subjects and participating in a series of workshops designed to help them navigate the transition from GCSE to A Level and Level 3 BTEC work. Students have impressed with their readiness to make new friends and to adopt the focused and mature work ethic which is fundamental to success. Staff have commented on their positive attitude to learning and their respect for and inclusion of those in their class and tutor group.
Year 13 have already demonstrated an industrious and determined start to what will be a formative period in their education. With the first and sometimes second, draft of their personal statement already in my possession, I am optimistic their UCAS applications will prove irresistible to admissions tutors. Many have gained invaluable work experience this summer which they can weave into their statement and with numerous university visits already made, finalising details and polishing up their final offering should be straightforward.
Subject teachers, the Sixth Form Team and all staff associated with the Sixth Form are eager to stretch, challenge, encourage and support the students. I am confident this will be a fruitful and enjoyable year.
I look forward to continuing the strong partnership forged already with you as parents as we share the same goals and aspirations. Be assured we will continue to ensure each student 'aims high, believes in themself and makes a difference.'