The Sixth Form at Adcote provides the bridge between school and the world beyond school, whether that’s university or employment. It is a time for girls to develop their interests and challenge themselves as young adults as they approach the next important stage of their lives.
Success in their academic courses naturally forms a central focus of students’ time in the Sixth Form.
Our small size tutorial classes not only offer a taste of the teaching style at university but also mean that as in other areas of the school, personal attention is high. This becomes increasingly important as girls make their plans for their futures.
Almost all of our girls choose to go onto university but the application route can be tricky to navigate. However, our girls receive individualised UCAS & Careers support, including Oxbridge and USA Universities guidance and preparation. Our Personal Statement workshops are followed by one to one advice and support from experienced practitioners so that applications made by students are the very strongest they can be.
Work-related learning is important to us here and we are proud to say that we are the only all-girls school in England to offer the Chartered Management Institute Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management to our students in Year 12.
The CMI have been very supportive of our pioneering work in this area and we are thrilled to have received two nominations for national excellence for our work.
In addition to the CMI qualification, should students choose to take three A Levels, they will also be offered the chance to complete the Extended Project Qualification. This offers girls the opportunity to complete studies on a topic that is of particular interest to them and again, is popular with universities as it can give them a valuable insight into the student’s academic interest.
As the oldest girls in the school, our Sixth Form are leaders of the school and they organise many House Events. They are admired by our younger students, who see them as positive role models and our Sixth Formers respond by providing sympathetic support to them in a range of areas, including giving examination advice.
In Sixth Form, we also offer the girls the opportunity to gain their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, as well as a week’s work experience. This employment brings an array of benefits, as the girls apply their learning to the world of work. Their personal statement begins to fall into place for the University course they have in mind. For many of the girls, this will be the first time that they write a formal application, which is why we offer support and guidance. We encourage our students to be confident, responsible and independent in their journey to higher education and the world of work. The best part of our roles as teachers, is allowing the girls the freedom to have an idea and supporting them to make it happen.
Thus, our Sixth Formers play an important part in making our school the warm and inclusive school that it is. They are valued and cared for. This promotes excellent emotional well-being in them and this, together with their academic excellence, means that Adcote Graduates leave us as well educated and balanced young women who have all that they need to be happy in their futures.