Student Support

Pastoral Care

Your Progress Tutor will oversee all your progress and achievements; work closely with your teachers, parents or guardians and help to support you to manage your academic progress. Tutor group sessions take place throughout the year and are an important and compulsory part of your timetable. You will meet regularly with your Progress Tutor for one to one meetings to review your progress and to agree performance targets. Learning mentor support is available to help you develop advanced level study skills and provides access to specialist advice from external support agencies. The Sixth Form is committed to your safety and wellbeing; The Sixth Form’s Counsellor, Chaplaincy and BSafe team are also part of the Pastoral Team.

Hear more from some of our Progress Tutors here. 

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

The LRC provides a breadth of support for your learning. The online resource library, student intranet and ‘Moodle’ virtual learning environment (VLE) complement the traditional range of books, journals and learning resources. Practical help is available to assist with researching for homework, coursework or assignments.

Specific Learning Needs or Disabilities

If you have a specific learning difficulty or a disability requiring learning support, please ensure that you tell us about your needs when you apply. Early applications by December prior to entry are needed to enable us to liaise directly with you, the staff in your school and your parents/guardians. This helps us to have a clear understanding of your support needs when we apply for specific high needs support funding, where appropriate. Transition visits to The Sixth Form start whilst you are still in Year 11.

Hear more from Karen Hampson – Senior Leader & Learning Services Manager here.

Religious Festivals

As a diverse, multi-faith community, The Sixth Form recognises that students and their families will want to celebrate religious festivals when they occur. A day’s holiday is allowed if these festivals occur during the week in term time.

Student and Parent Portals

The Student Portal can be accessed anywhere through The Sixth Form intranet or website and provides information and regular updates about your attendance, exams, and performance reviews as well as your current timetable. The Parent Portal is available through the website and in addition to the information on your attendance and progress provides regular news updates and all your reviews for the year. A Parents’ Welcome Evening takes place in September where help is provided to register and log on to the Parents’ Portal in addition to the Parents’ Guide to The Sixth Form.