Y12 September 2023 entry - Sixth Form Open Evening
20 October 2022 5pm- 7pm
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Sixth Form Prospectus 2022 entry
Life in the Sixth Form
Life in the Sixth Form: A typical week
We aim to help you to develop the self-discipline and independence in your studies that will prepare
you for Higher Education and the working life which follows; though University and work are not the
only routes supported. The Sixth Form is a bridge between the highly structured timetable of year 11 and the need for self-discipline and good personal organisation in university life and the working world.
Lessons and Study Periods: Obviously the majority of your time at school will be devoted to the
learning and improving of the skills associated with your chosen subjects. However, you will not be in lessons all of the time. We operate a two-week timetable at the Judd with six fifty minute lessons each day, apart from Mondays when there are five lessons. So overall there are 29 lessons each week but 2 will be set aside for Games. You will be expected to study for 4 A-levels and given that each subject has 5 lessons per week you will be left with 7 lessons each week where you can direct your own learning (at least 1each day). The obvious thing to do with that time is to make sure you are up to date on your homework but as time goes on you will realise that reading ahead and around your subject is just as, if not more, important.
Private Study in School: Students can work individually in two supervised quiet study areas, one in the Sixth Form Study Centre and one in the Library. Working in groups is encouraged in the student study room where quiet discussion is permitted. There are computer facilities available for students to use during private study periods in the Sixth Form Centre, IT rooms and in the school library. After lunch students may sign out to pursue other activities if they have no lessons.
Work outside of School: Our experience is that our most successful students also undertake about four hours per subject each week of serious work at home. Much of this work will be self directed – but it cannot be overemphasised that undertaking wider reading and developing note making skills are essential if you are to do yourself justice at A level.
Taking a Break: Students are not allowed to leave school before lunch time, however, students seeking a rest after a tough morning of three intense lessons can use the 90 seat Café, reserved for the exclusive use of the sixth form. Food and Drinks are available and it is a good place to talk about things outside of your subjects.
Games: In addition to your academic subjects, Games activities are timetabled for you on Wednesday afternoons. The school offers a wide range of activities at all levels and is nationally competitive in many of them. Options include netball, hockey, swimming, gym, rugby, cross-country, athletics, tennis and basketball. Students can also pursue individual sports with permission e.g. golf.
Assembly and PSHE: On alternate Friday’s students either have a year group assembly or a PSHE session (form period). Assemblies are a chance to reflect on wider issues and share relevant notices while the majority of form periods involve external speakers talking about specialist issues and concerns.
Free Afternoon: A standard timetable should have one completely free afternoon in the fortnight. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in volunteering or work experience, arrange driving lessons or organise the acquisition of skills and experiences which will help you in the future.
In this way we believe that every student follows a curriculum that is varied and stimulating and which provides a sound basis from which to apply for university or work.
Life in the Sixth Form: Pastoral support
Every Sixth Former is a member of a tutor group and also a member of one of our six houses (Bryant, Evans, Morgan, Rendall, Starling and Taylor – named after our previous headmasters). The tutor plays a pivotal role in the development of their tutees and is responsible for monitoring their academic progress and providing pastoral support. If you have any problems, please talk to your tutor at an early stage. One of the most important parts of the relationship will be when the tutor writes the reference to support a university application and so it is vital that tutors know how a student is performing in school and that a student lets a tutor know about anything interesting that they are doing.
Students must register each morning and are expected to stay on site until lunch time. If they need some time away from study, then the Sixth Form Café is available with food and hot drinks.
The Sixth Form Team (especially the Pastoral Head of Sixth Form Mrs Andrews) and Sixth Form Tutors are available to talk to students who are encountering difficulties during their Sixth Form, and can also direct students to outside agencies. We also have a Counsellor who visits the school on a weekly basis. Sixth Form student representatives are able to discuss aspects of school life and the running of the Sixth Form Common Room at the Sixth Form Council.
Life in the Sixth Form: Being part of our community
The Sixth Form have a special place in the school community being our senior students and students always want to give something back to the lower school; which is great as they remember what is needed to succeed at that age! This is something we absolutely encourage and student mentors both academic and pastoral (“student listeners”) are a vital part of the school’s success along with our Youth Health Champions.
The Sixth Form are role models to the lower school and so their standards of behaviour and dress should be exemplary. Certain members of the Sixth Form are trusted with extra positions of responsibility and help contribute with organising daily and special events in the school. In Year 13, they are called Prefects and there are Senior Prefects (Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Girl, and House Captains), House Prefects (including specialist roles for Sport, Charity, Culture and Pastoral issues), Subject Prefects and School Prefects. In year 12, students can also participate as “Noble Prefects” (named after a beloved former teacher) and help with the day-to-day duties in the school.
Selection of University Destinations - 2021 & 2020 Leavers
|University Destinations - 2021||Number of Students|
|University of Bristol||18|
|University of Nottingham||14|
|University of Warwick||13|
|University of Cambridge||13|
|University of Bath||11|
|UCL (University College London)||10|
|University of Southampton||10|
|University of Oxford||9|
|University of Exeter||9|
|LSE (London School of Economics & Political Science)||7|
|University of Leeds||7|
|University of Manchester||7|
|The University of Edinburgh||6|
|University of Liverpool||6|
|University of Birmingham||6|
|University of York||5|
|Queen Mary University of London||4|
|St George's University||4|
|Destinations - 2020||Number of Students|
|University of Nottingham||18|
|University of Cambridge||12|
|University of Southampton||11|
|University of Bath||10|
|University of Leeds||10|
|University of Bristol||8|
|University of Exeter||8|
|University of Oxford||6|
|University of Warwick||6|
|University of Manchester||4|
|University of Birmingham||3|
|Kings College London||3|
|University of York||2|