Charters Sixth Form offers A Level and Applied General qualifications including Level 3 BTECs. If you don’t hold either a GCSE at A*- C or equivalent qualification in Mathematics or English, you will be required to continue to study the subject as part of your study programme in each academic year or until you have secured a pass grade.
Whilst in the Sixth Form your goals become more focused and you are looking for opportunities to develop as an adult Charters Sixth Form provides a welcoming and open atmosphere in which you can do just that. To help you meet the many demands of Sixth Form life, we have a team of experienced Sixth Form Tutors. Small tutor groups usually led by one of your A level/BTEC subject teachers, allow your tutor to get to know you well, providing you with effective support, advice and encouragement. You will enjoy a more interactive relationship with teaching staff who share your commitment to academic achievement. Communication with your parents is equally important and there is an opportunity for parents to meet the Form Tutors early in your first term to establish links which will be maintained throughout your time in our Sixth Form.
The Common Room is the hub of Sixth Form Life. You will also have access to the Durning Room which is a supervised silent study area that is open from 8am -5.45pm in the evening. As a sixth former you are encouraged to attend timetabled Durning room study periods. These ‘assignment workshops’ support and develop your independent learning skills in readiness for university life and other post 18 pathways.
To keep you going throughout the school day the Sixth Form has their very own Pronto Café which is open from 8am -2pm every day.
Taking the Lead
Throughout your two years in the Sixth Form, those who are keen to take on an active leadership role can find opportunities in both the House system and as Senior Student Leaders and Prefects. There are a host of other activities in which we can look to you to assist in playing a major part in shaping the life of the Charters community.
You will take part in Community Service. We offer many opportunities from helping at local Primary Schools to assisting Year 7 with their numeracy and literacy. Sixth Form students run extra-curricular clubs for our KS3 pupils as well as raising funds for local and national charities.
You will be encouraged to be proactive and get involved in leading various societies. At present we have the following societies: Medic, Jurisprudence, History and Geography. Is there a society that we don’t have that you would like to start? We have a great relationship with Royal Holloway University London and Sixth Form students take every opportunity to get involved whether they enrol as: RHUL Community Action volunteers; become DJs on their Insanity radio station or just using their library facilities when working on Extended Projects.
This year we have the launch of the PiXL Edge Masters Award. This award develops your leadership, organisational and communicative skills. It is a recognised NCFE qualification.
You will benefit from one week of work experience in Year 12. As a school we firmly believe work experience helps to inform career choices; develop the relevant skills; attitudes and behaviours expected in the world of work. You are also encouraged to attend work placements in the holidays as well as summer schools to support your post 18 pathway. As a Sixth Form student you will have access to the ‘Adviza’ Partnership who provide impartial advice and guidance regarding the various options available to you post 18
Students have been extremely successful in completing their Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. We also run a World Challenge Expedition every other year to help our students to develop important life skills. This year our students are travelling to Malawi, Africa.
We are extremely proud of being part of the Speakers4Schools Scheme and regularly receive speakers to our Sixth Form. Over the last two years we have had many guest speakers including David Dein the former Arsenal Football Club Chairman and Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith the CEO of Mitie Group PLC.
Our Social Events Committee run by and for the students organise many trips and social functions including: West End Theatre; Alton Towers and also the Christmas Market in Bruges. They also help to organise our Local Pensioners’ Christmas Party, Sixth Form Fun Sports Day and a very successful May Ball at the Berystede Hotel. There is plenty to get involved in.
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