Sixth Form

We opened our Sixth Form in 2016 to provide a small and supportive learning environment for students in year 12 and 13.  Following our first set of A Level results, our pioneering cohort performed well in their examinations with a 96% pass rate and a third of grades at A*-B. 

Those students who applied to university accepted offers from their first choices and they have embarked on degree courses such as aviation, geography, engineering, art and fashion.  We also had students entering the world of work and beginning apprenticeships.  One student began their Civil Service apprenticeship in London just days after finishing their exams, whilst another embarked on an internship at Rhode Island University.

As well as appealing to our own students, the Sixth Form provides an alternative choice for students currently studying at other schools.  We would strongly encourage prospective students to visit us to find out more about what we can offer them. 

We work closely with our students to ensure that their ideas about their Sixth Form are taken into account.  This is quite unique.  Their input is invaluable; after all, the welfare and education of our students is our main priority. 

We deliberately restrict numbers to our Sixth Form to ensure we maintain a small, family feel, environment.  This allows us to provide a bespoke educational experience for all our students. The Sixth Form Director, Mrs Beattie, knows every student well and all students have a personal tutor. Being a small Sixth Form enables us to build a calm and positive learning environment where students are confident to grow as individuals.

Please click on the links below for details of the subjects we offer:

Art and Design A Level

Biology A Level

Business Studies A Level

Cambridge Technicals, Business

Chemistry A Level

Computer Science A Level

Design Technology (Product Design) A Level

Drama and Theatre A Level

English Literature A Level

Extended Project Qualification

French A Level

Geography A Level

History A Level

Law A Level

Mathematics A Level

PE A level

Photography A Level

Physics A Level

Politics A Level

 

General Entry Requirements 

Minimum entry requirements to our Sixth Form are either 5 9-4 grades at GCSE or equivalent, including Maths and English. Or 7 9-4 grades at GCSE including Maths OR English.  If students did not achieve grade 4 or above in Maths or English Government rules now require them to continue their studies in these subjects, therefore, this will be provided to our Sixth Form students where applicable. Courses may be subject to change.   

 

Moving into Sixth Form 

Sixth Form represents a very significant time in the development of an individual; we aim to make these two years both challenging and fulfilling for each of our students.  We want our students to continue to develop as well-balanced, courteous, contributing members of society.  We encourage them to be responsible, considerate, self-disciplined and socially aware.  Above all we want to instil a real sense of self-worth. 

Education in today’s fast-paced world needs to be continuously developed.  We constantly face new challenges, whether they are economic, technological, social, or personal. We believe in providing an education based on broader conceptions of abilities, focusing on how to motivate our students individually, promoting positive self-esteem, with the emphasis on developing the skills and aptitudes needed in adult life. We have a long history of nurturing the ‘whole person’ by providing an environment where we encourage our students to have high aspirations and then help them to cope with the inevitable pressures.  Developing the individual involves a balance between teaching skills and a genuine understanding of each student. We also recognise that successful Sixth Formers need to have an appetite for learning and a belief that skills can be mastered through purposeful practice. From the outset we endeavour to instil this in every learner through our pastoral and academic support.

 

What to expect from our Sixth Form  

  • Small teaching groups.
  • Individually tailored teaching methods.
  • The expertise of highly qualified staff.
  • A strong system of pastoral care.
  • Personal tutors.         
  • A purpose built Sixth Form facility, designed with the input of students.
  • The opportunity to become actively involved in whole school events.
  • Careers advice targeted at university entry and the workplace, together with support in the application process for life beyond the Sixth Form.
  • A Sixth Form with a separate identity to the main school, but with a strong shared ethos of developing the individual to ensure they reach their potential. 

Our aim is to provide our students with excellent careers guidance and pastoral support so that they can enjoy these important years and be prepared for university life and beyond. We will encourage all students to contribute to our wider community. For example, they can mentor our younger children, run the School Council, plan and organise events and help with fundraising activities. Careers guidance begins in Year 10 and this will continue throughout the Sixth Form years, with individual careers interviews and guidance from external providers. We will also assist with organising work experience placements.  

We have an enrichment programme designed to meet the interests of students and provide the skills that they will need in personal, academic and professional lives. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered, together with opportunities for residential trips, such as the annual ski trip.  We are very willing to explore any suggestions our students come up with to ensure that we are meeting their needs. 

We strive to ensure each student is empowered to make the right decisions in line with their talents, dreams and aspirations so that they can realise their potential.  This will give them access to the appropriate pathways for higher education and employment.

 

Please contact the Admissions Secretary Mrs Abruzzese, to arrange a personal appointment to discuss entry into our Sixth Form.  

Telephone 01234 352031 or email admissions@rushmoorschool.co.uk

 

Bursaries and scholarships are available for 6th form applications. 

 

Cambridge University Press Guide to Sixth Form 

 

 

 

 

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