Director of Sixth Form Welcome
The most important people in Sharnbrook’s Sixth Form are the students themselves! Our focus is to ensure that we provide every opportunity for them to learn and to grow as individuals on their journey through life. As the world beyond education becomes ever more competitive, it is essential that we prepare our students to make the most of their aptitudes and abilities as they move towards higher education and a successful future career. So how do we do that?
First of all, we have to be sure that the teaching and learning they experience while they are here is of very highest standard. Our track record of academic success speaks for itself as evidence of this, but it is not the only mark of excellence. Students have to enjoy their lessons and to feel valued, challenged and fully supported as they work hard with their teachers at getting the best out of every subject. Staff too, work above what is expected and the relationships formed encourage students to develop their independence, whilst providing opportunities beyond the formal curriculum. Of course, choosing the right courses to study in the first place is absolutely key to achieving that goal!At Sharnbrook, we take great care to guide and support every student who applies as they make their choices about what to study. Every prospective student receives targeted one to one support in making decisions about exactly the right combination of courses to help them to achieve their future aspirations. This is crucial for students targeting university courses – another area where every student receives top class one to one support every step of the way – as well as particular careers. Having such a wide range of subjects available in the sixth form certainly makes this easier to achieve. From traditional subjects such as the sciences, English literature and mathematics, through to courses like philosophy, law and applied subjects such as media production and outdoor adventure, there will be a combination that we hope, fits everyone.
One of the reasons why we can offer such a broad range of subjects is the size of the sixth form (c550). Though that might seem a little daunting to some, we have organised our pastoral system so that sixth form students (both years 12 and 13) belong to a vertical tutor group where their specific needs can be catered for and friendships are quickly formed. As so many of our ‘new’ students are quick to point out, Sharnbrook sixth form is a welcoming place. An added benefit to being in a large sixth form means that it is great preparation for moving on to university, or a career.
The right environment is another key factor in preparing our students for success. We are proud of the facilities we have on offer: the sixth form centre, our state of the art science centre, media’s TV studio, the gym and astroturf, Dining One, the sixth form social area and a new study centre, which houses a sixth form specific library and IT suite - these are just a few of the facilities that we think help to support our students in getting the very best from their studies! But it is not just the physical environment that is so important for our students’ learning and growth, there is so much more on offer to enrich the experiences students have while they are here: sports, countless leadership opportunities within the school and the community at large music events, drama activities, Toe-by-Toe (a very successful, sixth form mentored, reading scheme for Y9 students), Duke of Edinburgh Awards, peer mentoring, subject ambassadorship…the list goes on!
We believe that students who choose to study at Sharnbrook’s sixth form are choosing to achieve the very best they can, and we know that they will be given all the support, guidance and encouragement they will need along the way.
Lisa Rattu Operational Director of Sixth Form