Sixth Form Life
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New Futures is an opportunity available to Year 12 students where they raise funds to take a group of students from Addington School in Woodley to the Tirabad residential centre in Wales. Throughout the trip, the Sixth Form students assist and help the pupils during activities such as caving, rock climbing, gully scrambling and canoeing. The week-long trip offers a chance for year 12s to build up trust and bond with the students. They develop existing skills and gain entirely new ones. In the past it has acted as a catalyst for future careers in the care world. The whole experience is exhausting, yet incredibly rewarding.
Keeping a balance between school work and social life in Sixth Form is made easy through various social events. Key aspects are the frequent social events that occur outside of the school which help integrate the two years together. They also have various Sixth Form events such as fundraising week, which work on a similar level to integrate students. The social areas of the school create a great atmosphere between the two Sixth Form years.
The annual fundraising week organised by the Year 12 leadership team and supported by the fundraising committee, is an integral part of Sixth Form life. It involves the whole school and everyone participates enthusiastically. The week involves a range of events, all organised by the Sixth Form, and traditionally ends with a staff event. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise large amounts of money for the chosen charity, and have fun at the same time. Last year, the school raised over £2500 for their chosen charity. Participating in the fundraising week is a great way to develop team work and communication skills and also gain experience in planning events.
As an Emmbrook Sixth Form student, you will complete 20 hours of community service over the course of the school year – roughly an hour a week, whether it be helping teachers in lessons, giving tours to parents or working for charities. This doesn’t have to be completed within the school hours or on the school site. These extra-curricular activities enable students to develop a sense of community and are an excellent opportunity for them to be equipped with new, transferable skills. Collectively, this means thousands of hours of help for teachers in school and local voluntary organisations. The hours will be signed off by the form tutor and are a fantastic benefit when it comes to references for University.
Peer mentoring is an excellent opportunity for Sixth Formers to work with students from the lower school who may need that extra bit of support during their studies. All sixth form students are offered this opportunity and are provided with training and support needed in order to be a successful peer mentor. Peer mentoring takes a variety of forms, you could be paired with a student from year 8 through to year 11, support the homework club, or support a safe space for vulnerable students during break times. Peer mentoring enables you to develop a range of skills which are highly valued at university.
During year 12, all students will be offered the opportunity to take on a leadership role within the Sixth Form and wider school. There are a number of sixth form communities, such as the fundraising committee and social and wellbeing committee, which you can join. Being part of a committee provides you with the opportunity to help shape the direction in which the Sixth Form moves forward. In year 12, there is also the opportunity to be a House Captain for one of the four houses at the school. This allows you the opportunity to have a wider impact on school life by working with staff and the lower school to organise a range of extra curricula events for the school. In year 13, all students have the opportunity to apply to be part of the student leadership team and potential take on the role of Head Boy or Head Girl for the school. These are the most senior leadership opportunities available to students and allow you to take on a major role in the running for the school during your final year.
We pride ourselves on offering a range of extra-curricular opportunities to our students in the Sixth Form. All students are taken to a careers fair during year 12 and to a ‘safe drive, stay alive’ event aimed at new drivers. In addition, students are offered the opportunity to sign up to a range of trips, such as Triabad and China, which offer them unique opportunities whilst in Sixth Form. We also work closely with Camps International who offer the Sixth Formers the chance to spend four weeks abroad contributing to a range of local and environmental projects, as well as developing a number skills. The next Camps International trip is to Kenya in 2021.
All students in the Sixth Form are assigned a tutor who supports them throughout their two years studying with ourselves. During year 12, tutorial focuses on the VESPA model as is aimed at developing the skills learners need to be successful at A levels. Tutors support the learners by using our in house 1:1 system and by building a positive relationship between the school, students and home. In year 13, tutorial focuses on progression and exam preparation. Outside of tutorials, all learners are supported by the wider sixth form team, including both staff and learners.