Weekly dedicated enrichment sessions provide valuable support, and external speakers, including representatives from Higher Education, Apprenticeship Schemes and key professions deliver a series of talks on a variety of subjects including:
- Life as an undergraduate (former Year 13 students)
- How to choose a degree course (Edge Hill University)
- The benefits of Higher Education – (Bangor University)
- Applying for a Student Loan – (Student Finance England)
- A career in Law – (School Governor)
- Degree Apprenticeships (MMU)
Extra-curricular activities provide opportunities for initiative and leadership and are an invaluable part of life in the Sixth Form. Activities may include helping in the Prep School, Duke of Edinburgh awards, leading assemblies, organising fundraising / charity events and joining the Young Enterprise Scheme.
In addition to following their three or four main academic subjects, students will also be encouraged to develop their key skills through taking part in:
• Life Skills (a series of presentations in form time, delivered by outside speakers, tutors or group debates.) Life Skills will include topics such as Study Skills, Safe Driving, Personal Finance, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Environmental issues, Social Issues, Sexual Health and Communication Skills.
• Independent Learning Project – All students will be required to complete an Independent Learning project in the Spring term of Year 12. The students will need to think and work independently and to use a range of resources in order to complete their research. They will then present their findings (via a PowerPoint presentation) to an audience of their peers and adults from the local community) (Some students may decide to continue their research on a more formal basis and be entered for the AQA ‘Extended Project’ qualification in Year 13.
• Current Affairs – All students will be encouraged to take an active interest in current affairs and to develop an awareness of the world around them. This may take the form of a Sixth Form debate, a visit from the local MP or simply sitting down to read the daily newspapers in form time.
• Work Experience – Students are encouraged to secure at least one placement during the summer holidays, particularly if it relates to their chosen career and might therefore help with their UCAS application.