Joining the Sixth Form at Bredon School is an exciting time for any student, both those moving up from our Year 11 and those joining us from another school. The Sixth Form is part of the Senior School at Bredon, but has a strong identity of its own.
The years spent in our Sixth Form are primarily designed to help students make the transition from the tightly structured life of a school child to the freedom and responsibility of life as an adult.
Under the guidance of their tutors, Bredon’s Sixth-Formers enjoy extra privileges, such as no longer having to wear a uniform, access to a separate activity and events programme, as well as a dedicated Sixth Form centre and social areas. They are also actively encouraged to take more responsibility for themselves, planning their own studies, sports, charity projects and social events.
“It is amazing to think given our son’s chequered educational history prior to arriving at Bredon that he has a chance to aim so high – without Bredon this would simply not have been possible – it is a tribute to all teachers past and present that he has this opportunity. I don’t think any other school could have got him in this position……Thank you.”
What to study?
Our range of subjects change each year, according to demand. The potential choice of subjects is very wide – read the Year 12 / KS5 Options booklet here. (PDF) For courses running from September 2017.
Entry to the Sixth Form
All students – both our own Year 11 and external candidates – are required to make a formal application to join the Sixth Form. Places will be granted based on pupils’ ambitions, their predicted grades and by interview.
Sixth Form admissions will primarily be determined during the Spring Term.
In addition to their studies, all Sixth-Formers can take a selection of enhancement programmes designed to help them develop their personal and social skills. These include: Duke of Edinburgh Award; Work Experience; Young Enterprise; community service; School Council; sport; activities; positions of responsibility; academic support; English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Young Enterprise for example, allows individuals and small groups to start their own business, helping them to develop creative thinking, problem solving and organisational skills, as well as team work and customer service skills.
Ready for the next stage
For new Sixth-Formers, the school year begins with a weekend of leadership training designed to enable staff to identify those with the potential to be monitors or prefects.
Bredon’s Sixth-Formers go on to pursue a wide range of further studies at college or university, or take up a work placement, so careers education is also an important aspect of life in the Sixth Form.
‘This year our Year 12 are applying for a variety of courses including International Business, Law, Computing, Marine Biology and Travel and Tourism. The Universities applied for include Kent, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Keele and Oxford Brookes.
All of the students have received offers for their chosen Universities, some of which are unconditional, and many have had all five offers from their five chosen Universities, which is an excellent result’ – Mrs Watson, Careers.
We will offer the students the opportunity to take part in mock interviews with specially invited guests from a wide range of industries in order to meet new people, experience new situations, and fine tune their interviews skills and techniques in a friendly yet realistic environment. Many Sixth-Formers also spend one day or half-a-day a week in a local work placement, or have longer, block placements.
With a wide variety of opportunities to develop as an individual, Bredon School’s Sixth Form is great preparation for the next stage in life.