For many years Rushmoor and St Andrew’s Schools have been asked to provide a Sixth Form so that our students can continue their educational path with us up to 18 years of age. We are now delighted that a new co-educational facility has been introduced in partnership with St Andrew;s School.
The new Sixth Form will also provide 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 have been very fortunate to be able to work with our current students during the planning stages to ensure that their ideas about their Sixth Form are taken into account. This is quite unique. We’ve discussed everything from uniform and mobile phones to the types of subjects we will initially provide. The results have been quite surprising and their input has been invaluable; after all, the welfare and education of our students is our main priority.
We will deliberately restrict numbers to our Sixth Form to ensure we maintain a small, family feel, environment. This will allow us to provide a bespoke educational experience for all our students. The Head of Sixth Form, Mr Swannell, will know every student well and all students will have a personal tutor. Being a small Sixth Form will enable us to build a calm and positive learning environment where students are confident to grow as individuals.
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
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 11 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.