Welcome to the Sixth Form
Welcome to the Sixth Form at The Bishop Wand Church of England School.
We are proud of our growing sixth form community both in terms of the academic achievement of our students and of the contribution they make to the School and the wider community.
- Students are challenged to reach their highest academic performance.
- Learning and teaching at A Level is consistently good and outstanding.
- We value the individual and provide outstanding support and guidance.
- The Sixth Form is an integral part of the School and the wider community.
- Students are valued and are fully prepared for life after Sixth Form.
- Students, staff and parents work together to support each other within the Christian ethos of the School.
Life in the Sixth Form:
Sixth Form students benefit from small classes of between 5 and 18 students. Most choose 4 subjects in Year 12 and drop down to 3 in Year 13. They have 9 lessons per subject over the two week timetable and have on average one free period each day to complete private study. In addition students follow a specific Enrichment period once each week where they cook, learn car maintenance, consider financial matters and current affairs.
The students benefit from dedicated Sixth Form areas which include a study with up to date ICT facilities and a social area with outside space. Students are taught to manage their time independently and are actively encouraged to use their study periods to keep on top of the demands of their studies. They have the freedom to leave the school site during the day and can leave from lunch time if they have no lessons in the afternoon.
We expect our students to take an active role in all aspects of school life. It is this that marks us apart from other providers; the opportunity to be a role-model to younger students and to assist them in their learning is something that many of our students enjoy. They can train to become peer mentors, set up extra-curricular clubs, help run charity days, lead the Student Council and also assist in lower-school lessons and Curriculum Focus Days. The leadership skills developed through these activities are the essential ones that universities and employers are looking for.
On a day to day basis our Sixth Form students are appropriately dressed in line with the code they have agreed with the Senior Leadership Team. For events of a more formal nature students wear the Sixth Form tie or ribbon, a shirt and formal trousers/skirt. We take great pride in the Sixth Formers and the role they play in setting the standard for the rest of our students.
Excellent 'value added' 2013:
Advice and guidance:
The Sixth Form builds on the high standards of pastoral care provided in the lower school. Many students choose the Bishop Wand Sixth Form because of the strong relationships they have established with their teachers in the lower school but also because of the clear passion that our teachers show for supporting students through this important phase of academic and social development.
We treat our students as emerging adults: they are distinctive from the lower school and our relationships with them reflect this. The care and support they receive is characterised by a personal approach where each student is known as an individual and appreciated for their strengths.
Our Sixth Form tutor team are dedicated to providing the best support and guidance and promote effective dialogue between parents and teachers to ensure that each student progresses to their potential and early intervention occurs where there are concerns.
We provide a positive and safe environment for all of our students and keep the strong Christian ethos of the school at the heart of all we do. We have an ongoing drive to provide outstanding learning and teaching and have high expectations of each student. As a result those at the Bishop Wand Sixth Form achieve exceptionally well and develop close, long lasting relationships with one another, progressing on to a range of career and university destinations.