Transforming Learning, Transforming Lives
Our main aim is for you to leave us in Year 13 with the highest possible grades in the courses you have opted for. You may have been told by a parent, older sibling or friend that A-levels are much harder than GCSEs – and they are! However, to ensure our Sixth Form is accessible by as many students as possible, we do complement the wide range of A-level courses with a number of more vocational courses including BTECs (more information on our Courses page).
You will receive a huge range of support at the Academy to ensure you reach the grades of which you are capable. Staff who will support this process include:
- Assistant Principal of Sixth Form Mr Walsh, who will know what your predicted grades are, what level you are working at, and what you need to do if you are behind or need extra support.
- Pastoral Manager of Sixth Form Ms King, who will look after your wellbeing and support Mr Walsh in ensuring that all Sixth Form students are working at the level they should be.
- UCAS Application & Pathways Coordinator, Mr Owen. He will assist you with your personal statement, ensure you meet application deadlines and help to put together references for university applications and for apprenticships and other career options
- Form Tutor – you will see your form tutor every day for a 25 minute session. We believe it is important to continue this routine from the Secondary Phase to ensure you have a daily opportunity to make contact for support and guidance.
All of these staff will work hard to support you in achieving the results you need for the university or career of your choice, but YOU will need to work hard too! You will be expected to take advantage of free periods by accessing the resources and support on offer in the Sixth Form Centre and we will encourage you to communicate with your class teachers regarding coursework or assignments so that you meet deadlines.
In addition to the support that students receive, we encourage regular communication between staff and parents. There are two Parents Evenings each year, including one in the Autumn term to discuss progress early and we will send you a termly report marking the progress of your child. At the end of Year 12, following your child’s AS examination results, we will liaise with you regarding which subjects should be continued into A2 examinations at the end of Year 13. Students usually take four subjects for Year 12 and drop down to three for Year 13.
In addition to the encouragement and support students receive in relation to their academic studies, we recognise the importance of guiding Sixth Formers toward becoming independent, mature and well-rounded adults. We aim to provide a holistic experience for our students so that they are exposed to a wide range of opportunities and experiences.
Sixth Formers participate in at least one week of Work Experience during Year 12, and also participate in an Activities Week toward the end of the year which, in the past, has included taster driving lessons, Army assault courses, University visits and notable guest speakers from the worlds of business and politics.
Student Leadership is key to the success of our Good Academy, and our Executive consists of students from the Sixth Form including Whole Academy Prefects in Years 12 and 13, their deputies and Senior Prefects. Student Leaders are expected to play a significant role in the running of the Academy, for example they lead our Open Evenings, Academy Awards Night and host visitors. They develop a range of skills along the way including project management, public speaking, and facilitating and chairing meetings, and also build contacts with the wide range of people they are fortunate to meet.
Our Student Union is small but effective and organises a number of trips and social events. Last year they organised a Comedy Evening and a quiz night involving students, parents and staff, raising money for their chosen charity.
As a highly competitive sports school, we have had major successes in the Secondary Phase of the school, notably English Schools’ Football champions and runners up two years in a row. Sport within the Sixth Form remains competitive amongst the boys with Football and Basketball teams which compete in the Croydon borough competitions.
All Sixth Formers are expected to participate in some level of voluntary or community action work either inside or outside of the Academy. Examples of this include a group of students who run our school breakfast club and another group whos assist at our Primary Phase with reading programmes and Christmas and Summer Fetes. Many Sixth Formers participate in their own personal voluntary work for local organisations that are close to their heart and others organise regular fundraising initiatives.