Sixth Form

Sixth Form

Personal Development

Curriculum Aim

Our philosophy of inclusivity is based on the belief that education provides the key to social mobility and successful life outcomes. The curriculum at APS has been designed therefore to build a strong foundation in all aspects of the knowledge, understanding and skills that, in combination, optimise the likelihood of academic and personal success. Importantly, we want our students to enjoy the challenges that learning offers whilst encouraging them to remain motivated and engaged. Throughout their time at APS, we help them to recognise and understand British values and how to build and maintain positive and safe relationships and we work towards ensuring every individual student develops a strong belief and level of confidence in their own abilities. As a result, working hard, displaying resilience, showing tolerance and mutual respect for peers and others are perceived as the norm throughout the school.


Effective PHSE provision is an essential part of this process. The Year 12-13 Personal Development and Progression Pathways Curriculum continues and builds on the outstanding programmes delivered in the lower school. The upper school curriculum was reviewed in 2019 and subsequently updated and shaped through consultation with students and by careful reference to all relevant statutory legislation, including the 2020 government guidance on the delivery of RSE in secondary schools. Whilst implementation of aspects of the new programme suffered initially through Covid restrictions it is now well embedded and has been received positively and enthusiastically by students. Building as it does on the sound and solid foundation already established in earlier years, APS aims to consolidate ongoing PHSE learning for its post-16 students via its revised programme. Our key objective is to ensure these students are fully equipped with the necessary skills for life beyond school and enable them to take their place as successful, confident, responsible and respectful citizens.


The curriculum includes formal teaching through the Sixth Form courses, assemblies, briefings, tutorials, enrichment and extracurricular activities all of which are reviewed regularly to ensure APS continues to meet its curriculum aims.

The Personal Development and Careers curriculum in particular has been designed and planned to develop the skills, abilities and traits that produce tolerant and rounded individuals and it does this by ensuring access to a wide range of formal and additional learning opportunities delivered primarily through the following:

  • Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)
  • Living in the Wider World
  • Progression Pathways

Beyond the Curriculum Throughout our programmes of study, every attempt is made to imbue in students the traits and habits that we believe give them the best opportunities for successful progression outside school whether this is to work or future study.

These include:

  • Aiming high, staying positive and resilience
  • Communication skills (listening, speaking, presenting)
  • Teamwork and problem solving,
  • Creativity and thinking skills
  • Self-management and leadership

The British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect of those with different faiths and beliefs are the focus of explicit teaching which is then reinforced in the way in which the Sixth Form operates. Sequence and structure All students attend Tutorials and have one formal Enrichment lesson on their timetable which is led by a team of specialist teachers. In addition, there are a number of extra opportunities to engage in the subject throughout the year, including presentations from external providers.


Relationships, Sex Education & Health
Living in the Wider World
Progression Pathways
Year 12 & 13  

Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy relationships


Mental Health


British Values & Politics

Online Safety



Post-18 careers & progression routes


Early Entry

Preparing for the workplace

Tutorial Programme
Personal Development Curriculum Doc

Higher Education Evening

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Higher Education Evening

Higher Education Evening Welcome Booklet

Competitive University Guidance - Mr. Short

Opportunities in Science - Mr. Hill

Choosing the Right Course - University of Exeter

Writing a Personal Statement - University of Hertfordshire

Degree Apprenticeships - University of Hertfordshire

Financing Higher Education - University of Exeter

Official Guide for an Oxford Applicant pt.1 - Oxford University

Official Guide for an Oxford Applicant pt.2 - Oxford University

The Undergraduate Application Process at Cambridge University


Useful Documents & Links

Sixth Form Facilities

Sixth Form Centre

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Sixth Form Study Centre

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Sixth Form Private Study

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Sixth Form Lounge

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Sixth Form Gardens

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Hudson Library and Sixth Form Study Area

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Student Welfare and Support

At Alexandra Park Sixth Form we strongly believe that every student matters and we provide outstanding support, both in and outside the classroom

Director of Studies

Each cohort is led by a Director of Studies who is responsible for the academic progress and pastoral care.


Each student has their own Tutor. Through individual target setting and action planning, the Tutor will help student to reach your full academic and personal potential by

  • advising students on study skills and how to get the highest grades through regular reviews of academic progress;
  • providing personal advice and support;
  • arranging and monitoring any extra learning support students may need;
  • supporting with career progression and applications for university or employment.

Health & Welfare

We are fully committed to promoting the health and welfare of all our students and take our legal duty of care very seriously. We will take any and all reasonable actions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards any behaviour that causes anxiety or distress to others. All staff receive regular safeguarding training and you can be assured they will respond quickly and professionally to any concerns you raise with them.

Learning Support

We have a dedicated and specialist Learning Support team to help all Sixth Form students achieve their personal and academic goals. The team has a wealth of experience in supporting students with the full range of special educational needs, disabilities and other health needs. They will continue to provide the support students may have received at school, as well as support students who experience difficulties while in the Sixth Form.

Counselling Service

Every Sixth Form student has access to a confidential counselling service with our two full-time in-house professional counsellors. This helps ensure that you enjoy your time in the Sixth Form and achieve personal and academic success.

Careers Guidance

We have specialist advisers in the Sixth Form who are always available to provide students with informed and impartial advice.

Working with Parents

We absolutely believe that students will achieve more when we all work together: student, parent/carer and teachers. In the Sixth Form, students need some independence and responsibility for their own learning in order to prepare them for their next steps onto university or employment. We provide this freedom in a very supportive context with close monitoring and guidance.

We endeavour to keep parents/carers informed and up to date about their son/daughter’s progress. We do this through a variety of methods including Student Progress Evenings to discuss academic progress with subject teachers and Progress Tutors and regular progress and attendance reports

Tutorial Programme


More information to follow on EPQ.

Watch this space.

Out of school Enrichment

Students should independently be reading around their subject.  Using the school library, subscribing to journals and Universities will provide students with a wealth of resources.  In addition, there are numerous free online courses for a range of subjects and careers:


Open Learn by Open University

We encourage departments to pursue opportunities for their Sixth Form students outside of the classroom. In recent years this has included international trips to New York (Product Design), Iceland (Geography), The Alps (Skiing), Switzerland (Hadron Collider –Physics) and Athens (Classics).

Also view the Independent Study Guides

Important Information

Please find important information in the menu on the right, including our attendance and coursework policies, as well as information on available bursaries and progression into year 13.