Enrichment

Sixth Form

Sixth Form

Sixth Form Facilities

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.

Tutors

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

EPQ

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:

EdX

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

Sixth Form Progression

Background

We arrange information, advice and guidance appointments for internal and external students applying to year 12 at Alexandra Park School. The main purpose of these meetings is to make sure that each student is applying for courses on which they are able to succeed and which are appropriate to their educational and career goals.

A few students realise quite quickly that they are on courses that are inappropriate for them at the start of year 12 and we make every effort to change their courses within the first three weeks of term.

Progression from year 12 to 13

In the summer term of year 12 students take exams in all subjects. In order to progress on a particular course of study to year 13 students will need at least a grade D or equivalent or a Pass in vocational subjects.

If a student has not fulfilled the requirements of a particular course at the end of Year 12, alternative pathways and courses will be discussed and offered.

Coursework Policy

Departments will:

  • Ensure parents / students and Sixth Form staff are informed of deadlines as early as possible in the Autumn Term. Deadlines should also be published on the school website (subject and sixth form pages).
  • Adhere to the internal final deadline for coursework - Friday 23rd March. Departments can set final deadlines earlier in the academic year but none can be later than this for A level courses. (This does not apply to BTEC courses).
  • Stagger deadlines to ensure large pieces of coursework are broken down with interim deadlines used to ensure students do not fall too far behind.
  • Identify students likely to miss deadlines at an early stage. This information should be passed to Tutors and the Sixth Form Office as soon as possible.

Determine and follow clear Department procedures for coursework and missed deadlines. Parents / carers must be informed of concerns and there should be evidence of this (e.g. letters home, signatures from parents to confirm aware of deadlines and consequences, referral to Sixth Form Staff at an early stage – not just SIMS logs).

Sixth Form Staff will:

  • Assist with the publishing of deadlines where possible.
  • Check deadlines across subjects to help ensure all aware of requirements and possible clashes.
  • Help identify students likely to cause concern.
  • Provide exemplar materials for Departmental procedures.
  • Provide support for Departments in dealing with students causing concern.
    • In the first instance this will be provided by Tutors.
    • Students who continue to cause concern should be referred to the DoS who will consider appropriate action. Sanctions will include use of free lessons to complete coursework, required attendance to DoS afterschool sessions, possible use of enrichment time (for Y13s).

Take and communicate final decisions regarding students who fail to complete coursework.