What should you look for when choosing a Sixth Form?
Choosing a Sixth Form is a big decision, for many teenagers it represents their first steps into independent learning and pursuing future careers.
But what should you look for in your search for the perfect Sixth Form for your teenagers development and success?
These six questions may hold the answers.
Does it get results? Check the Sixth Form’s results from previous years. Are they steadily improving? Are students achieving their target grades? What are the achievement rates in the subjects your teenager wants to study?
How does it prepare students for university? Ask how the Sixth Form supports students through the application process and prepares them to cope with the demands of independent learning. Does it have a proven track record of students securing top places at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities? Is there a strong calendar of guest speakers from universities to help students understand the possibilities beyond Sixth Form?
Is there outstanding pastoral care? The move from school to Sixth Form is a big one. While teenagers are likely to enjoy their new found independence, it is also important they continue to be supported. Ask what systems are in place to help them grow in confidence and experiences. Is there a Sixth Form student care team to offer support and guidance?
Are there excellent facilities? Make sure the facilities on offer match your teenager’s interests. If they are athletic, is there a gym and outstanding sporting facilities? If they are of a literary persuasion is there a well-stocked library and study areas?
Will it help them pursue their dreams? Careers advice is crucial for teenagers, who will soon be deciding whether to go to university, pursue another path like a higher apprenticeship or enter the world of work. Find out now whether there are dedicated careers advisors who will be able to guide your teenager to the most appropriate courses, apprenticeships or further training. Again, is there an active calendar of guest speakers who will inspire your teenager and will they be supported to get work experience in their chosen field?
When is the open day? This is one of the most important questions you can ask when choosing a sixth-form. It is an opportunity to get answers to all of the questions above. However, it is also an opportunity to get a real sense of the atmosphere of the school or college and whether it will be the right fit for your teenager.
Brooke Weston Academy Sixth Form works hard to develop a love of learning, resilience and kindness in its students. It helps ease the transition from year 11 to Sixth Form so teenagers can develop the skills they need to achieve their target grades and broaden their experiences. Want to know more? Brooke Weston is holding an open evening from 18:00 to 20:00 on Thursday, 1st February, with information on subject choice and option blockings. Principal presentations will be throughout the evening.