The transition from Year 11 into the Sixth Form is challenging as it requires a significant ‘step-up’ in terms of the academic skills and knowledge demanded by Level 3 courses in Key Stage 5. Sixth Form is a bridge between the highly structured learning environment of GCSE and the independence of university and the world of work. We are committed to providing a supportive learning community so that all students can achieve their potential, not only for the duration of their time in Sixth Form, but in the world beyond.
Academic progress monitoring At the heart of our learning community is monitoring the academic progress of Sixth Form students. The academy has five formal reporting times where parents will be notified about students’ academic performance and attitude to learning. We have a rigorous system of academic support if a student is struggling in a particular subject. Through a series of measures we strive to enable these students to get back on track with their learning. Academic guidance measures include progress reports, tutor and teacher mentoring and parental meetings. We place a high value on working with parents to support students to fulfil their academic potential. There is also a bespoke ‘RG+ programme’ for students aiming for the most competitive universities. Learning resources Students in the Sixth Form have their own area for independent learning when they are not in classrooms. Students can sit alone or together for collaborative learning or alternatively work in the library. In addition, Sixth Form students have the opportunity to use a laptop, provided free of charge by the academy, to support their learning for the duration of their time in Sixth Form.