Sixth Form Aims
The sixth form at Bourne Academy is a rewarding place to study. You have the option of studying either A levels or vocational qualifications, both of which have excellent outcomes. Our enrichment programmes of study aim to equip you with the skills and qualities to ensure you are a rounded individual and allow you to achieve your personal and career goals. Throughout the year we track the students’ progress to identify intervention needs. We also track our sixth form leavers future plans, whether that be university, employment or apprenticeships.
Our Priorities are:
- To offer you a curriculum designed to accommodate different career paths and allow maximum flexibility and choice;
- To engage you with high standards of teaching and support;
- To challenge you to achieve the highest grades possible in your studies;.
- To encourage you to engage with enrichment opportunities to support your personal development;
- To support you to develop responsibility and maturity, encouraging you to contribute positively to the life of the school;
- To help you develop skills and self-discipline required for adult life;
- To guide you to make informed choices about your future.
The Working Week
All students at the school are full time. Each student’s final programme of study is a combination of examination classes and timetabled and non-timetabled independent study lessons (ISLs). Independent study, in school and at home, will be necessary to complete all courses satisfactorily. Students have time in the week without classes so that they may use the Library, ICT facilities in the Sixth Form Study Room and other resources within the school.
Many students take a part-time job whilst in the Sixth Form. It is recommended that they work for no more than 8-12 hours per week. Research has shown that students who work more than 12 hours per week can underachieve.
The Pastoral System
Each student will be part of our vertical tutoring system, where their Form Tutor will be responsible for the welfare of that student throughout his/her progress through the Sixth Form. Tutors are supported by Head of Sixth Form, Miss Double, Sixth Form Manager, Mrs Pickering and Student Progression Manager, Mrs Barber. A full tutorial programme is delivered through PSHE days that introduces and develops:
- Life in the sixth form moving toward independent study
- Personal development
- Study skills and learning styles
- Current affairs
- Challenges in modern society: substance abuse, health, citizenship and responsibilities
- Careers education and planning
- University, college and beyond