Our school has an excellent Sixth Form that is constantly expanding. It offers excellent academic opportunities that lead to access to the top performing universities. We are part of a group of schools called The Link Partnership (TLP) where we work together to offer the most comprehensive range of subjects possible.
The schools in the TLP are Devonport High School for Boys, Eggbuckland Community College, Notre Dame Roman Catholic School and St Boniface Roman Catholic College. Some of our students will find that they wish to study an A level in one of these other schools as it is a subject we are unable to offer. Transport costs for the movement between schools are met by the schools and not the students.
The majority of students study a combination of four AS subjects plus General Studies. The General Studies course provides a series of challenging lessons exploring a wide range of issues from the Arts, Science, Technology, Linguistics, Economics, Politics, and Social Studies. For each programme, at least three subjects should be continued to A Level.
Every effort is made to enable the preferred choice of courses requested by students to be timetabled. All Sixth Formers are expected to choose an extra-curricular activity to which they devote at least an hour each week.
There is also a comprehensive programme of careers advice. A growing number of our students choose to follow the AQA Baccalaureate which is an additional qualification that accredits all voluntary work undertaken alongside the A Level programme followed. As part of the AQA Baccalaureate, students will undertake the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Universities are keen to accept this accreditation.
Sixth Formers are supported in their studies through tutorial advice, access to a well-stocked library and extensive ICT and study facilities. A wide variety of study trips and visits provides help with Higher Education applications including mock interviews.
A student executive of elected Sixth Formers chair a weekly meeting of Student Leaders to hear and promote students’ views. It also organises a number of events including the annual Charity Week. There are many opportunities for extra-curricular activities and taking on roles of responsibility within the school. For example, students can run clubs for younger students and be attached to Year 7 and 8 Forms as mentors.
Sixth Form students have their own Sixth Form Centre which includes a study room equipped with networked computers and a separate social area.