The Learning Experience
Garth Hill College’s Sixth Form is growing. Many of our year 11 students choose to stay with us as they graduate to the next stage of their education. Our students tell us that they are looking for an adult orientated, high quality learning experience combined with the care and nurture that they have enjoyed throughout their time in the main college. We are committed to providing an excellent learning experience for the young people in our care.
Students’ outcomes are good. Historically, students make strong progress across their chosen subjects at A level. Current students also make good progress because of effective teaching and high-quality pastoral support. Ofsted 2019
Applicants to the Sixth Form will benefit from bespoke advice and guidance when choosing from the extensive curriculum choice on offer. It is imperative that individual strengths, learning preferences and future plans are fully considered when enrolling onto Level Three courses. The Sixth Form Leadership Team and personal tutors prioritise getting to know all of the students joining the Sixth Form and we pride ourselves on the care, support and service available to all. Your personal tutor will coach and mentor you throughout your time at Garth Hill Sixth Form, supporting you pastorally and academically. Your personal tutor will help you to set targets and goals and will review and report on your progress.
Teaching and Learning
Students in year 12 and year 13 are taught by our most experienced staff. Standards and expectations of both staff and students are high and we monitor and review teaching and learning very closely. The Sixth Form has a track record of very good examination results and we are renowned for celebrating the success of our students.
Leadership of the sixth form is good. Leaders ensure that they monitor and evaluate the provision well. Ofsted 2019
Progress and achievement is tracked at regular intervals throughout the academic year by subject staff and tutors. When necessary, intervention is put in place swiftly, tailored to the student to ensure that they catch up and keep up with their studies. The transition from GCSE to A level can be very challenging. Our pastoral team will guide and support you so that you can flourish.
Academic success is a priority, but we are acutely aware that personal growth is also vital at this stage of a young adult’s life. We offer a wide range of opportunities to help you develop as a confident and independent learner, as well as gain important life skills.
There is an extensive enrichment programme. We want all of our students be inspired, motivated and encouraged throughout their studies.
Students are well informed about the career paths available to them when they leave sixth form because of good-quality careers advice. Leaders invite external speakers from various career paths to speak to students. Ofsted 2019
Student Voice and Student Leadership
All students are encouraged to belong to the Student Leadership Team. Annually, we appoint a Head Boy and a Head Girl who lead the Student Leadership Team and represent the pupil and student body across the College. They lead community initiatives, organise fund raising and have a strong voice and influence around the College. They also take a lead with Sixth Form social life. Social events across the year are enjoyed by all students in the Sixth Form. It is probably best that you ask for further details about the social life from the students themselves when you come to visit!
Enrichment takes place every Wednesday afternoon and all students are required to get involved and participate. There are so many different activities to choose from, but all provide an opportunity to grow in knowledge, skills and confidence.
All students in year 12 will be enrolled in The Edge. This is a programme to develop life attributes in young people within a validated qualification. The Edge programme runs alongside your normal studies and is dedicated to offering practical opportunities to develop personally, as well as academically. There is a leaflet enclosed giving more information about The Edge. We believe certification in the Edge gives students a real advantage when applying to further education providers and employers. Year 13 students follow a UCAS programme or prepare a portfolio for their future plans when leaving the College.
Planning for the Future
We hope that this has given you a sense of what Garth Hill College Sixth Form can offer. Our aim is to help you achieve academically and personally, and prepare well for the next stage in your life, whether that is at university, on an apprenticeship or in the workplace. We are excited about the prospect of helping you to achieve your dreams and goals for the future.
Talk to our teaching staff and students to find out more. If you have any questions or want to meet with us in person individually then please do contact us. We are very happy to help you with subject choices and career paths or with general or personal advice. We look forward to you getting in touch with one of us.