Sixth Form Life
Every member of the Sixth Form is part of a tutor group, and the tutorial system is an integral part of our offer at KCC. Each week, 2 hours and 40 minutes are devoted to it through Registration 8.50–9.10am daily, and Period 3 (Year 12) or Period 4 (Year 13) every Friday. Friday tutorials are delivered by a combination of the Sixth Form team and frequent external speakers. There are three main strands to the tutorial programme: Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Study Skills, and Next Steps.
Through the first strand, students have the opportunity to learn about and discuss a wide range of topics such as sleep and nutrition, mental health and wellbeing, drug and alcohol use, finances, relationships and safer driving.
Well-developed independent Study Skills are crucial to success in Sixth Form because of the demanding nature of the courses. The second strand of tutorial provision supports students to learn about, practise and embed excellent working habits including effective evidence-based revision strategies, sensible decisions around mobile phone use when studying, and time management. These skills are further supported by Fiona Bennett, our full-time Study Supervisor.
As students settle into Sixth Form life, we start to introduce our Next Steps programme, which encourages students to consider a wide range of options for life after KCC Sixth Form before making their decisions. Through this strand, they are able to learn about and research universities (in the UK, Europe and US), apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships, school leavers’ schemes, and direct routes to employment. All Year 12s complete at least a week of Work Experience, but many choose to do far more by committing to regular volunteering and work experience opportunities throughout their two years with us. We want students to leave us with a sense of pride for what they have achieved and optimism for what lies ahead of them. For more information see our Next Steps page.
Extra-curricular activities, super-curricular learning and ongoing work experience are an important part of our students’ experience at KCC Sixth Form. All students are expected to develop themselves outside of the classroom by taking on new challenges or developing more advanced knowledge and skills through our enrichment programme. Sixth Formers commit to one or two of a wide range of enrichment choices on offer for at least an hour every week – but if they are keen to do something that is not yet available then they are warmly encouraged to create their own opportunities! Recent enrichment activities have included volunteering with local charities; supporting younger students with reading and maths; helping in lower school lessons; training as personal mentors to work with younger students; taking learning beyond the classroom with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), and a range of sports.
Our experience and evidence indicates that students who fully participate in both tutorial and enrichment programmes are far more likely to achieve academic success in Sixth Form.