In the Sixth Form each student is assigned to a tutor group for morning and afternoon registration; Year 12 and 13 students who are doing the same or similar A level subjects are arranged in vertical tutor groups to help facilitate discussions about their subjects and their university aspirations. We also aim to help newcomers to the Sixth Form integrate easily by arranging for them to be mentored by other students and encouraging them to join in extra-curricular events.
The Form Tutor is the daily contact for parents. Communication between the tutor and parents on matters of absence is vital; this must be accounted for by e-mail to the Form Tutor on the day and the tutor or the Head of Sixth Form will be in touch with home if there are concerns about attendance, punctuality, work rate and progress. In addition to support from the Form Tutor, students are monitored and guided by their subject teachers, who report back on progress in a formal and informal manner throughout the year.
The Director of Sixth Form is in regular contact with students and parents on matters relating to health and welfare, which are treated in the strictest confidence. Careers advice is provided by Mrs Martine Travers, who is the Careers Co-ordinator for the school and who helps promote work experience opportunities, which are usually undertaken by students in their summer holiday at the end of Year 12. The Sixth Form administrator, Mrs Ann Stern, provides a vital link on matters of general administration and Admissions. The Sixth Form team have an 'open door' policy whereby students are encouraged to chat over their problems or queries in the first instance and then to make a time for more specialist advice should they feel the need. We pride ourselves on being available in person and by e-mail to all students and parents and we have a wide range of contacts who can offer careers advice and personal counselling, tailored to the needs of the particular student. Ms Natalie Lancer, a specialist advisor on university courses, is also available for consultation with parents and students.