Life in the Sixth Form

How is it organised?

The sixth form timetable is made up of five blocks.  In Year 12 four of these are used for AS courses.  In Year 13 most students use three blocks for A2 courses and the other two for enrichment and additional private study.

Your Personal Timetable

All students have a personal timetable, you lay the foundation for your personal timetable when you make your initial decision about AS subjects.

We know that students may want to change subjects at any time in the first few weeks of Year 12.  We will provide abundant support and encouragement to students – but we will also be honest and realistic.  We want to make sure all sixth formers use these crucial two years wisely.

Monitoring Progress

Subject teachers and the pastoral team monitor the progress of each sixth former, particularly during the first probationary term.  We interview any student not achieving a pass grade after each set of exams and those where we have concerns over effort, deadlines, independent study or other issues.  Teachers and students then agree on an action plan.  This may involve extra work to reinforce weak areas, changing a subject, dropping a subject or even repeating the year.  We do not support students continuing to study subjects in which success is unlikely; it is better to concentrate attention on other subjects.  Our high pass rate proves the success of this policy.  The average drop-out and failure rate at A-level nationally approaches 30%.  At Christ the King College it is usually much less than this.

Broader Aspects of Life

Sixth Form students play a leading role both as performers and as leaders in many extra-curricular activities such as music, debating, drama and sport.  The Sixth Form Committee consists of the Head Girl and Head Boy team and representatives of other aspects including social, sporting and study areas.  It is the main discussion and organising body for student activities.

Community Service is a key part of the Sixth Form life.  It helps the sixth form develop a community spirit and benefits all of our students; it is a mechanism by which students can give back to the College.  Students’ views make a valuable contribution to College life.  The sixth form council is active is many areas of the College.  Community service is also required for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

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