Five Questions With... Mr Metson


Sixth Form Open Evening - 14 October 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm

Sm image   Five Questions With... Mr Metson - Head of Year 12

1. What makes Charters Sixth Form special?

The positive atmosphere and the mutual respect and trust that I see between our incredible students and staff. A special highlight each year is the Presentation evening where our Sixth Formers return to celebrate their time in the Sixth Form and I hear about the amazing and varied paths that our students have taken. The Sixth Form Centre and especially the Sixth Form Common room always has a buzz and a sense of purpose, filled every day with ambitious and interesting young people who are highly valued role models to the rest of the school


2. How do staff support the Sixth Form students?

In many ways both academically and pastorally. Although Independent Learning is really important, staff are always on hand to support and challenge students to be successful in their studies. The Charters 7 Learning and Teaching principles are key to making sure that every student has the opportunity to shine and all the Sixth Form teachers and the Support Staff are on hand to help in any way we can


3. What opportunities are there in addition to the academic ones?

In short - there are lots of extra-curricular activities available and life in the Sixth Form is more than just studying for qualifications (although this in itself is of course important!) Wednesday Afternoon Enrichment activities, Learning Leaders, The PiXL Edge programme, Duke of Edinburgh programme, the Student leadership opportunities and the annual Christmas party students run for older people in the community are just some of the many things our Sixth Formers can get involved in. I am always impressed with the way that students engage with the wider life of the Sixth Form and how their actions benefit both themselves and others inside and outside of school


4. What support is offered in terms of preparing for ‘Life After Charters’?

I think this is a real strength of our Sixth Form. Straight away in Year 12 students use the Unifrog destinations platform and we have an experienced team of tutors and Sixth Form support staff to give Post 18 pathway support. Visits to a UCAS and Careers fair as well as bespoke one to one support and guidance for UCAS, Apprenticeship and work applications is provided to all students. Furthermore, Personal Development lessons help support the Sixth Formers to navigate life in the present and also once they have left Charters


5. What do you enjoy most about being Head of Year 12?

The opportunity to meet with and support such an array of amazing young people who have chosen to study here in the Sixth Form. Seeing the students gain in confidence and as they learn and adopt the ‘Sixth Form Mindset’ is a real privilege